Locals Lobby for Cancellation of Trump Rally

The Long Island Progressive Coalition, along with many other local organizations, have called for a stop to the Long Island campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump. These organizations are lobbying the Suffolk County Republican Party to cancel its upcoming Trump event and plan to protest throughout the week. The Trump rally will take place Thursday at the Patchogue Emporium.

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NYC and Long Island groups deliver petition to Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan calling for educational funding

Petition With Over 10,000 Signatures Calls for Support of Several Assembly Budget Proposals in Order to Combat Poverty and Institutionalized Racism

(Long Island, NY) A group of supporters representing nearly 10,000 petition signers gathered Wednesdaymorning at both Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan’s office to demand funding for education Continue reading “NYC and Long Island groups deliver petition to Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan calling for educational funding”

Long Island Elected Officials Launch “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave”

Hempstead, N.Y. – Today, Long Island elected officials joined with a diverse array of organizations from across Long Island to announce the launch of “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave,” a campaign to urge New York state to pass paid family leave this year. With 6.3 million New Yorkers lacking access to paid leave, speakers at today’s event urged Albany to stand with Long Island families and pass landmark paid family leave legislation this year so that no New Yorker has to choose between paying their bills and caring for a newborn child or a loved one. The event took place at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, an organization that has long fought for women’s health issues, including paid family leave. Over the next few weeks, the campaign will engage Long Island families as the legislative session proceeds through a series of town halls and other events to build momentum for paid family leave across Long Island Continue reading “Long Island Elected Officials Launch “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave””

AQE: Long Island Assemblymembers See Impact and Need of Pre-K During Tour of Schools

Advocate for Increase Aid from State

(Long Island, NY) The Alliance for Quality Education and Long Island Progressive Coalition were joined by Assemblymembers Phil Ramos and Kimberly Jean-Pierre in a day-long “Pre-K Tour” stopping at Brentwood, Central Islip, and Copiague pre-K sites. The tour is a continuing effort to raise awareness for the importance and need of more state-funded full-day pre-k on Long Island. Brentwood, Central Islip and Copiague are three of the many school districts that recognize the need of pre-k in their community but must face the obstacle of competitive grants each year in order to receive funding.

The benefits of investing in quality pre-K is exponential. Children do better in school, go to college and earn higher income.  When communities have more economic activity; there is less crime, more stable families, and successful schools. For every dollar invested in quality full day pre-K, taxpayers can see a return of $8. Without the investment in quality early learning programs students will already be behind their peers starting kindergarten… Continue Reading.

Elected Officials to Launch Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave

The Long Island Exchange’s article Elected Officials to Launch “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave”

State, county, and local elected officials to release letters urging Albany to pass paid family leave this session

(Long Island, NY) On Friday, March 4th, elected officials from all levels of government from across Long Island will come to Hempstead to help launch “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave,” a campaign to urge the state to pass paid family leave this year.

With 6.3 million New Yorkers lacking access to paid leave, these officials will urge Albany to stand with Long Island families and pass landmark paid family leave legislation this year so that no New Yorker has to choose between paying their bills and caring for a newborn child or a loved one.

The event will be hosted at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (located at 540 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY), an organization that has long fought for women’s health issues, including paid family leave.

Co-sponsoring organizations include: NY Working Families, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, 1108CWA, 1199SEIU, 32BJSEIU, 338 RWDSU/UFCW, Long Island Progressive Coalition, National Institute for Reproductive Health, New York Civil Liberties Union, and New York Communities for Change.

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A Winning Formula for LI Democrats

Published by Newsday. Written by Lisa Tyson.
November 23, 2015

It’s going to take a lot more than a stitch in time to save the “Long Island Nine” in the 2016 elections. If the Democratic challengers to these nine Republican state senators who represent the Island follow these three rules, they’ll have a real shot at winning seats and taking back the State Senate majority from Republicans.

First, Democrats need to make Republican corruption central to their campaign themes and commit to fixing the state’s electoral system by promising to support publicly funded elections. This month’s elections for Nassau County district attorney and Oyster Bay supervisor proved voters will stand up against a system that’s based on elected officials being impacted by campaign contributors.

Democrat Madeline Singas’ victory over well-known Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray for Nassau district attorney, and the very slim victory, despite recent scandals in his administration, of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto over Democrat John Mangelli are textbook examples of how to run against a corrupt political system and beat the odds.

Next year, Venditto’s son, state Sen. Michael Venditto, is up for re-election with a last name that’s linked to scandal. Will the younger Venditto stand up for real reform, including publicly funded elections, that will stop Albany’s culture of corruption? He hasn’t yet.

Second, challengers need to stand up for the issues that can truly improve voters’ lives, like increasing the minimum wage and making college tuition affordable. After all, it’s the big money interests who fight these policies by heavily contributing to lawmakers.

When it comes to having elected officials who are responsive to the needs of most New Yorkers, state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) embodies all that’s wrong with Albany. What’s worse than his alleged crimes to enrich himself and his son is the legal bribery that happens every day at the Capitol. When Skelos was head of the Senate Republicans, he set the agenda — an agenda that put corporate profits before the needs of ordinary New Yorkers. His pro-fracking, anti-living wage, and even pro-gun positions trace to corporate interests.

Third, candidates need to make sure voters look down the ballot by connecting the major presidential campaign issues like income inequality to state issues like raising the minimum wage. In 2012, President Barack Obama won seven of nine State Senate districts on Long Island. Democrats also have an enrollment advantage in seven of the nine Long Island districts.

In the last presidential election, Obama won the 7th District with 54 percent of the vote. That same year, incumbent Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) won only 52 percent. Democrats will turn out next year because their voting numbers rise in presidential elections. Democratic candidates for State Senate need to get those votes by having meaningful conversations with voters.

The Democratic enrollment advantage on Long Island and across New York gets stronger every year. So far, Senate Republicans have been able to cling to power by scaring voters — saying votes for Democrats will give control of the state to New York City; taking campaign money from big real estate moguls and hedge fund managers; and buying off a few Democrats by giving power to a small group that caucuses with the Republicans.

Next year can be one of change. It can be a historic moment when Democrats vote against corruption — legal and illegal — by demanding their issues come first and that their elected officials are accountable to them.

Lisa Tyson is director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition.

Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island: Should There Be Limits On Speech?

“Free Speech: Should There be Limits?” is the topic of a panel discussion to be held at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island on Sunday, June 21 at 11 am. The Ethical Society is located at 38 Old Country Road in Garden City (at the western end of Old Country Road, between Mineola Boulevard and Herricks Road).

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Garden City News Online: “Ethical Humanist Society to Present Social Justice Leadership Awards”

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is honoring three Long Islanders for their commitment to the betterment of the world-activist David Sprintzen, journalist Bob Keeler and legislator Michelle Schimel.

On Thursday, May 14, the three will receive the Ethical Society’s Social Justice Leadership Award at a dinner to be held at the Nassau County Bar Association, 15th and West Streets, Mineola at 6 pm.

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