Long Island victories trigger big win for NYS Dems


Long Islanders woke up Wednesday to learn their votes helped Democrats win a majority of the New York State Senate.

Those gains put the Democrats in control of the senate for the first time in eight years.

“The Democrats won an overwhelming majority in the state senate largely because of the six victories on Long Island,” said Kevin Law, president and CEO of the Long Island Association, the region’s top business group.

The victory likely puts Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, as the next Senate majority leader.

“Her district is suburban,” said Michael Harrison, president and CEO of Axcelsior Strategic Solutions, a Massapequa-based government affairs firm. That distinction indicates that Stewart-Cousins would have an “appreciation” for and “be sensitive” to Long Island’s needs, Harrison pointed out.

Now, all eyes are on Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat in the 9th district who defeated Francis Becker by a margin of 62 to 38 percent.

“This time, when I go back to Albany it will be in the majority, and I look forward to all the great things we will accomplish together,” Kaminsky said in a statement.

“Watch for Sen. Todd Kaminsky to be awarded a leadership position as he will now become the go-to guy to get things done in the state senate,” Law told LIBN. “I am confident he and his new senate colleagues will look out for our region.”

Harrison shared that sentiment.

“Kaminsky emerge as the natural leader combined with the most experience,” Harrison said. “He is the known quantity within the Democratic conference right now.”

A Democratic majority in the state senate could mean lawmakers will pass new legislation that allows New York to collect sales tax on Internet purchases, Harrison said.

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed collecting online sales tax previously, “it never made it through,” Harrison said.

John Flanagan, the senate GOP leader, said in a statement that the election results were “disappointing,” Republicans will continue to have a “strong voice” at the state level.

“Senate Republicans will never stop advocating for the principles we believe in or the agenda that New Yorkers and their families deserve,” he said.

Democrats would do well to work with expertise of Flanagan, as well as Sen. Philip Boyle and Sen. Kenneth LaValle – who all won races as incumbents on Tuesday, Harrison said.

Democrats should “make use to the degree that they can of that institutional knowledge,” when it comes to challenges that the region, Harrison said.

But Lisa Tyson, the director of the Massapequa-based Long Island Progressive Coalition, said there is now momentum for change.

“We have new leadership in the senate that must stand up and fight for progressive changes throughout the state,” Tyson said in a statement.

“New York voters spoke loud and clear today as they shifted the power in the New York State Senate,” she said. “Voters want real change. They want voting reform, public financing of elections, school aid that does not leave any child behind, and they want New York to make a bold stand and truly address climate change.”

The results

In an upset in the state’s 5th senate district, James Gaughran, a Democrat, defeated state Sen. Carl Marcellino, a Republican and the 23-year incumbent, by a margin of 54 to 46 percent. And Democratic candidate Kevin Thomas ousted 29-year incumbent Kemp Hannon, a Republican, by a margin of 50 to 49 percent,

And in the 7th district, Anna Kaplan, the Democratic North Hempstead councilwoman, unseated Sen. Elaine Phillips, the Republican incumbent, 54 to 45 percent.

John Brooks, the Democrat incumbent, defeated Jeff Pravato, 53 to 47 percent in the 8th district. And in Suffolk, Legis. Monica Martinez defeated Dean Murray, a Republican, in the 3rd district.

Long Island Business News, Author, Adina Genn

Long Island victories trigger big win for NYS Dems

Democrats Win NY Senate Majority After Long Island Upsets


Democrats unseated three Republican New York State Senators on Long Island and picked up a fourth LI State Senate seat previously held by a Republican, likely flipping the balance of power from GOP to Democratic control in the state’s upper legislative chamber, according to unofficial early returns from the state Board of Elections.

In a rematch of a razor-thin 2016 race, Democratic Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman James Gaughran unseated 23-year incumbent state Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) 54 to 43 percent, results show. Democratic Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Anna Kaplan ousted freshman state Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill) 53 to 44 percent, results show. And 29-year-incumbent Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) is two percentage points behind Democratic challenger Kevin Thomas, who declared victory.

In Suffolk, Suffolk County Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) beat State Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) 50 to 47 percent in the race to replace retiring state Sen. Tom Croci (R-Bohemia) in the 3rd Senate District.

“This is an historic night in New York State,” Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs told supporters.

It is the first time in a decade that the Democrats may control the state Senate, where Republicans have long been the lone check on Democratic power in state government. The GOP’s current one-vote majority hinges on a lone Democratic senator that votes with the Republicans. Before that, a since-ousted faction called the Independent Democratic Conference voted with Republicans to give the GOP a majority.

It’s a stunning development considering  all nine LI state Senate seats were solidly Republican not long ago. Now, the GOP holds just three of those seats.

“Today, voters braved the rain and came out across the North Shore of Long Island and I’m honored that they chose me, a Jewish refugee from Iran, to be their next State Senator,” Kaplan said. “We now have an important responsibility to protect Long Island taxpayers, protect women’s reproductive health rights and do more to end the scourge of gun violence. I look forward to the opportunity to getting to work for all Long Islanders and New Yorkers.”

The other five members of Long Island’s State Senate delegation, including New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport), were all re-elected.

“New York voters spoke loud and clear today as they shifted the power in the New York State Senate,” said Long Island Progressive Coalition Director Lisa Tyson. “For decades the NYS Republican Senate have blocked reforms that would improve people’s lives. We have new leadership in the Senate that must stand up and fight for progressive changes throughout the state.”

Long Island Press.com, Timothy Bolger, author



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The Long Island Progressive Coalition endorses NYS Senate and Congressional candidates



This Midterm election will probably be the highest turnout in decades across the country and here on Long Island. The stakes have never been higher. The fate of this country and the fate of New York State is in the hand of voters and once again Long Island will be at the center of it all.

The destructive politics of President Trump has brought this country back 50 years by destroying the environment, vilifying and deporting immigrants, gutting the health care system, attacking unions and so much more. Voters are primed and ready to go to the polls to protect Long Island from Trump’s racist, hate-filled agenda. These voter won’t be able to vote out Trump but they will be able to vote for the future of the US Congress. Now is the time to Flip Flip Flip.

The destructive politics of NY Senator Flanagan and the Senate Republicans have been holding this state hostage for decades. We need leadership in the Senate that will pass legislation that improves Long Islanders’ lives, that makes New York State a champion in climate change action, education equity, ethics reform, public financing of elections and so much more. Now is the time to Flip Flip Flip.

The Long Island Progressive Coalition believes that the following candidates will be crucial in representing Long Island against President Trump and Senator Flanagan’s disastrous agendas and are receiving our endorsement:

CD 1: Perry Gershon
To volunteer, please call: 631-364-9828


CD 2: Liuba Gretchen-Shirley
To volunteer, please call: Kevin: 845- 264-7031


NYS District #2: Kathleen Cleary
To volunteer, please call: 631-827-3328


NYS District #3: Monica Martinez  
To volunteer, please call: 631-439-0403


NYS District #4: Lou D’Amaro
To volunteer, please call Kevin: 516-242-6941


NYS District #5: Jim Gaughran
To volunteer, please call Mario: 516-232-4906


NYS District #6: Kevin Thomas
To volunteer, please call Tam: 202-815-5065


NYS District #7: Anna Kaplan
To volunteer, please call: 516-366-0923


NYS District #8: John Brooks
To volunteer, please call: 516-308-2665


NYS District #9: Todd Kaminsky
To volunteer, please call Hallie: 516-508-2115







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As of last week, The LIPC now call ourselves a solar developers! As a part of Long Island Progressive Coalition we have created a nonprofit solar program with Resonant Energy. Last week our first project was installed at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. This marks a huge accomplishment for LIPC and a sign of things to come. We are committed to building out community-driven clean energy solutions that expand access to institutions and communities left behind in the renewable energy economy.

Check out powerupsolarli.com to learn more and help us bring solar solutions to your community.

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The Long Island Progressive Coalition is very proud of our Director Lisa Tyson for being name to City and State New York  Long Island 50 Power List.

An expert at grass-roots organizing, Lisa Tyson has been behind some of the most uphill political battles on Long Island in recent history. She galvanized commuter support for the Long Island Rail Road’s third track, helped pass the law increasing the state’s minimum wage and pushed affordable housing projects in Huntington and Southampton over the finish line. She skillfully fills an assortment of roles, from policy wonk to fundraiser to advocate, and has become a leader of Long Island’s “resistance” movement.

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Residents speak out against offshore drilling plan at marathon state hearing

A standing room-only crowd packed the legislative auditorium at the county center today for a hearing on the Trump administration’s plan to lease the outer continental shelf for oil and gas exploration and drilling.

More than 50 people — including local elected officials, a trustee of the Shinnecock Nation, environmental advocates and experts and commercial and recreational fishermen — testified at today’s hearing in opposition to the draft plan, which would open more than 90 percent of the country’s outer continental shelf to oil and gas exploration and drilling. The plan was announced by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Jan.4, implementing an executive order signed by President Donald Trump last year […]  Continue Reading…