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LIPC Launches Worker Cooperative Initiative with $50,000 Grant

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Newsday Article May 3oth 2017:

Babylon IDA awards $50,000 to help grow worker-owned businesses

Updated May 30, 2017 6:00 AM
By Jesse Coburn  jesse.coburn@newsday.com

IDA pic from Newsday

Long Island Progressive Coalition officials, from left, Dan Fingas, Lisa Tyson and John Delaney in the group’s Massapequa headquarters on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The Babylon Industrial Development Agency has awarded $50,000 to the group to help create worker cooperatives in town, officials said. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

The Babylon Industrial Development Agency will award $50,000 to the Long Island Progressive Coalition for its plan to help create worker cooperatives in Babylon Town, officials said.

The initiative reflects a growing interest nationwide in collectively owned and run companies, experts said, and could help Babylon and other local communities retain existing businesses and foster new ones as well.

“This is really an opportunity to keep these jobs on Long Island,” agency CEO Matthew T. McDonough said. “When a workers cooperative is established, the workers own the business, and it’s staying here.”

The Babylon agency is the first on Long Island to provide funding for the initiative, which the coalition, a nonprofit based in Massapequa, hopes to later expand to the rest of Long Island, according to its director Lisa Tyson.

With the funding, the coalition will seek to help existing businesses transition to collective ownership and budding entrepreneurs start new cooperatives as well, Tyson said.

Workers pooling resources to buy businesses from their owners could help prevent the local economy from contracting in the coming decades as baby boomers retire, Tyson said.

The collective model, in which workers share management responsibilities and profits, may also make it easier for entrepreneurs lacking the credit profiles required for business loans to gain a foothold in the economy, McDonough said.

And “it’s not just about the individual worker-owners that are benefiting, it’s also the community,” said Carmen Huertas-Noble, a professor at the CUNY School of Law who has studied cooperatives.

Co-ops struggle when they lack sufficient startup funding, Huertas-Noble said. But once they clear that hurdle, their profits tend to circulate more locally than those of private businesses, creating “community wealth,” said Huertas-Noble, citing examples in New York City.

The New York City Council devoted $1.2 million in fiscal year 2015 to create the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, which helps existing and would-be co-ops in the five boroughs craft business plans and conduct market research, among other support services, according to a city report.

The Long Island initiative will be led by coalition staffers with help from faculty at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and Long Island University, Tyson said.

McDonough said the co-op model could appeal to a range of businesses in Babylon, from commercial bakers to millwork companies and small-scale manufacturers.

The agency and the coalition are finalizing the funding contract, McDonough said. The coalition hopes to begin consulting with local businesses and entrepreneurs on co-ops this summer, Tyson said.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

Babylon IDA funding breakdown for the Long Island Progressive Coalition worker co-op project:

$15,000 for startup costs

$5,000 for market research

$12,500 to consult with five clients

$12,500 to consult with ten more clients

$5,000 to help establish one cooperative

SAVE THE DATE: April 1, 2017 LIPC Luncheon at Timberpoint Country Club

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

The Long Island Progressive Coalition invites you to celebrate 38 years of the LIPC. Please join us for lunch at the Timberpoint Country Club, as we celebrate some truly wonderful Long Islanders who have made this a better place to live.

In 2017,  we honor the following progressive Long Islanders:

 

Michele Lynch

Retired SEIU 1199 UHE

Diana Coleman Award for Progressive Leadership

Anthony Speelman

UFCW Local 1500

Bill Pickering Labor Leader Award

Benjetta Miller

AQE Education Leader

Frank Scott Education Award

Elaine Gross

Erase Racism

Long Islander Who Has Made A Difference

David Kapell

Right Track for Long Island Coalition

Long Islander Who Has Made A Difference

Larry Levy

National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University

Long Islander Who Has Made A Difference

Rahsmia Zatar

Strong Youth

Long Islander Who Has Made A Difference

For more information and to register this event please visit us at: lipcluncheon2017.eventbrite.com  or

Luncheon Invite PDF

For further information please  call John at 516-541-1006×10or email at john@lipc.org

 

Commuters Sign On, Big Time, To Third-Track Plan

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo has a lot of company on his ride along Long Island Rail Road’s “third track.”

One day after the governor reiterated his commitment to the long-debated LIRR expansion project in a state-of-the-state address as Farmingdale State College, the Right Track for Long Island Coalition – a partnership of major organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals stumping for the railroad expansion plan – has released a pro-third track petition signed by more than 4,500 LIRR commuters […] Continue Reading…

TPP has been STOPPED Thanks To You All

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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As we enter into a holiday weekend that is focused on giving thanks for the people and things that make our lives better, we want to say Thank You to our LIPC members and supporters.

While it’s been a trying time in the 2 weeks since the election we have seen renewed commitment and energy from the LIPC family.  This commitment to justice and willingness to do the hard work of organizing and activism on Long Island is crucial to any and all successes the progressive community has.

One of those BIG successes that has happened since Election Day is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  After years of hard work, the TPP has been stopped, knocked out by a mighty coalition of environmental, labor, health and community organizations that included many Long Island groups.

This was an against-the-odds victory in the face of massive corporate support for the TPP, vocal support from the Obama administration, and a real push from the Republican leadership in Congress.  With our efforts we were able to marshal a majority of members of the House of Representatives to block the passage of this catastrophic and dangerous trade bill.  On Long Island, we spent months pressuring Representative Lee Zeldin. Working closely with our labor and environmental allies we participated in a rally outside his office with hundreds of people, as well as a mock funeral for the jobs that the deal would cost. These public actions matched with lobbying and education of Rep Zeldin led to him breaking with party leadership and rejecting TPP.

This victory wouldn’t have happened without all of YOU.  Thank You for being active and vocal members of LIPC.  Thank you for standing up for Long Island and all of its people.  Thank you for willing to take on the important fights, there are many more to come.

This Thanksgiving the LIPC staff and board are thankful for all of YOU!

Let the healing begin?

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

America has a new president, and his name is Donald J. Trump.

Lisa Tyson, president of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, thinks that this year’s vitriolic election has been an educational experience for many Americans, and not necessarily in a good way […] Continue Reading…

LIPC Director Lisa Tyson responds to charges of corruption against Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto

Friday, October 21st, 2016

MASSAPEQUA, NY – “How many more elected officials will be indicted before our leaders in the Albany finally take action?” said LIPC Director Lisa Tyson. “The announcement today of the indictments against Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto reveals more of the same pay-to-play culture we saw with the convictions of New York State’s former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver.

We call on every State Senator who has blocked campaign finance reforms and ethics reforms in the past to finally stand up to corruption and restore the confidence of the residents of Long Island. The people of Long Island do not have time for more excuses.

With the election just three weeks away, voters deserve to know where their Senate candidates stand on issues of campaign finance reforms and ethics reforms. Will another year go by with more inaction from the New York State Senate, or will our Senate leaders finally tackle Albany’s culture of corruption?

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Calls for Ethics Reform Get Louder on Long Island

Monday, June 13th, 2016

By Timothy Bolger and Michael Harris

Advocates and citizens frustrated with the avalanche of corruption scandals on Long Island and elsewhere in the state are rallying around the issue and organizing grassroots efforts aimed at pressuring lawmakers to be more ethical and transparent.

Local good government groups picketed last week outside the Long Island office of New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), urging him to allow passage of ethics reforms for Albany lawmakers before the legislative session ends Thursday, June 16. And a New York City-based nonprofit last week announced that it’s suing LI municipalities that fail to turn over financial documents in a statewide citizen-led transparency initiative recently started in Nassau and Suffolk counties […]
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Presiding Officer Gregory Calls On State To ‘Raise The Age’ Of Criminal Responsibility

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory last week called on state lawmakers to reform the state’s juvenile justice system during a press conference with the Long Island Progressive Coalition in support of the “Raise the Age” campaign at the June 1 meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature in Hauppauge. 

New York is one of only two states in the country where 16-year-olds are automatically charged as adults in criminal court, the other being North Carolina. Raise the Age NY is a public awareness campaign that includes national and local advocates, law enforcement leaders, legal representative groups, faith leaders and unions that have come together to increase public awareness of the need to implement a comprehensive approach to raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State […]

 

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Adult Prison is NO place for Kids

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
The need to #RaiseTheAge in New York is clearly shown in this Correctional Association of New York video:

 

 

For more information about the Raise The Age Campaign contact Dan at dfingas@lipc.org

Skelos Sentencing Statement

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Skelos Sentence

Lisa Tyson, Director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition on Senator Dean Skelos Sentencing

“When it comes to having elected officials who are responsive to the needs of most New Yorkers, Dean Skelos embodies all that’s wrong with Albany. What’s worse than his 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 CEO and his own personal profits before the needs of ordinary New Yorkers.

As the prosecutor noted his actions have “eroded the public trust.”  The public trust cannot be restored until we have a fair and just election system.  This sentencing should be a clear message to Senator John Flanagan and the Senate that real election reform that takes big money out of politics and provides Long Island voters with the assurance there is transparency and accountability in the system.”