Lisa Tyson Named One of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women

Lisa Tyson was named one of the Top 50 Women by Long Island Business News. She was honored at a special ceremony on October 19 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Launched in 2000, the Top 50 Women in Business program has recognized Long Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement.

To read her biography from the program, click here.

To see photos from the event, click here.

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

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:  or

Luncheon Invite PDF

For further information please  call John at 516-541-1006×10or email at


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

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

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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!

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

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?


Calls for Ethics Reform Get Louder on Long Island

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

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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