On Tuesday government reform groups called on New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-2) to bring to a vote a bill that would close what’s known as the “LLC Loophole.”
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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.
My name is Katherine, and I am currently an intern at LIPC. I study business management and philosophy at Molloy College, and will be graduating in May. I’ve always been interested in politics, which drove me to seek an internship with the Long Island Progressive Coalition
Throughout my studies, I’ve learned the value of placing people, not profits, at the heart of business. As a future business person, I am proud to be working on the Fight for 15 Campaign, which places people, as well as their dignity and well-being, at the heart of the economy.
Long Island is a great place. We have some of the best beaches, we’re close to New York City, we’re home to the Hamptons, and we have some beautiful state parks. When you’re relaxing on the beach, coming home from a day in the city, or hiking on the North Shore, it can be easy to forget that this is also a place of extreme wealth disparity.
When I first started at LIPC, I didn’t know much about the Fight for 15 Campaign. However, after being involved in outreach efforts at the local train stations, the various state senators’ offices, and the rally in Albany, I discovered that this is truly the issue of our time, and there are many people devoted to making a change. I never knew that faith groups, unions, and other organizations took such an interest in political issues. The most poignant of these experiences was when we delivered petitions to all of the local senators’ offices with Make the Road NY. I was deeply humbled by the people present from Make The Road, many of whom had given up so much to come to the United States, who had to accept low-wage jobs just to survive, yet who were all still so devoted and optimistic about making life better not only for themselves, but for us all. In Albany, a Honduran woman spoke about having been a lawyer in her home country, but coming here to find that the only job available to her was cleaning. Despite all of the crazy hours she had to work to make ends meet, she still made the time to fight for what she believes in. When the minimum wage increase was passed last week, I thought of these people and how much they stand to gain.
All issues stem from the economy. When people don’t make a fair living wage, they can’t go out to buy from local small businesses. They can’t take part in the many amenities offered to us on Long Island, and they sometimes have to rely on welfare or other social services. For some, it is a choice between food or rent, electricity or transportation, or childcare and heat. It’s a complex issue that contributes to a lower quality of living for us all. With the increased minimum wage, over 300,000 Long Islanders stand to benefit. Buying power island-wide will increase by $2.5 billion dollars. Most importantly, perhaps people will not have to make the difficult decision of which basic necessity they will be able to afford during any given month.
Pope John Paul II once said, “A society will be judged by how it treats its weakest members.” If we do not fight for fair wages, what does that say about our nation? If we do not treat the economically disenfranchised with dignity and respect through fair wages for all of their hard work, then who are we as people? Further, if we do not stand with those fighting for justice, then who will stand with us when we seek justice someday? I think that the biggest takeaway from my time at LIPC is that fighting for increased rights for all, whether it’s through wages, education, raising the age, or fair elections, is not only something that lasts solely for the duration of a semester, it’s something that lasts for life. I’ve learned that it’s not only a rewarding volunteer opportunity or a resume-builder, but it’s a moral obligation to advocate for those seeking a more just state through any means that I can. I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work on causes that I care about, and to work with such a welcoming and passionate staff!
NYC and Long Island groups deliver petition to Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan calling for educational fundingFriday, March 25th, 2016
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 (more…)
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 (more…)
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.
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.
The Long Island Progressive Coalition Invites You to a Cocktail Party Honoring
Champions in Fighting Corruption
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas
Tuesday, January 19th 5:30pm to 8pm
UFCW 1500, 425 Merrick Avenue, Westbury
Individual Tickets $50
Anti Corruption Crusader Sponsorship $1000
Anti Corruption Advocate Sponsorship $250
http://lipcevent.eventbrite.com or call 516-541-1006×10
or mail to LIPC, 90 Pennsylvania Avenue, Massapequa NY 11758
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.
In the letter “A $15 solution to stagnant wages” [Aug. 20], some pertinent points were omitted.
I agree with the writer that an increase in the statewide minimum wage for all workers would be preferable. Unfortunately, Republican lawmakers have blocked legislation that would include wage increases statewide.
Read the full article here.