“More than two dozen protesters from three progressive advocacy groups gathered at the Mineola office of State Sen. Jack Martins Wednesday afternoon to present him with Roadblock Awards for blocking several pieces of Democratic legislation.
The protesters, members of Make the Road Action Fund, the New York Communities for Change and the Long Island Progressive Coalition, were confronted by Martins campaign adviser E. O’Brien Murray, where a heated argument reportedly ensued.”
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Thursday September 2, 2010 2:44 PM By William Murphy
AG candidate Eric Schneiderman continues his apparent Democratic primary strategy of identifying every group that tilts the slightest degree to the left, wrestling them to the ground and extracting an endorsement.
Thursday’s groups included the Long Island Progressive Coalition, Local 259 of the United Auto Workers, and 1119 SEIU, representing health and hospital workers.
About 20 members of those groups wave Schneiderman signs and cheered thinly in the hot, humid weather at a news conference outside state Supreme Court in Mineola.
“We are so proud to endorse Eric Schneiderman, the true progressive in the race for attorney general,” Lisa Tyson, director of the LI Progressive Coalition said. “As a lifelong progressive reformer, there is no question where Eric stands on the issues.”
By David Freedlander
State Senator Eric Schneiderman is slated to receive the endorsement of the Long Island Progressive Coalition today in his run for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.
The group, a 31-year-old grassroots activist organization, hails from the backyard of one of Schneiderman’s top challengers to the Democratic nomination, Nassau county district attorney Kathleen Rice.
“This endorsement is not about [Rice] not doing certain things,” said Lisa Tyson, the group’s president. “This is about believing in people who can do certain things that we have cared about for a long time.”
The LIPC’s focus has been on campaign finance reform, affordable housing, and clean energy issues on Long Island, according to Tyson.
Tyson said that Rice had not rebuffed the group during her time in office, but that instead the LIPC and the DA’s office have not focused on the same issues.
In fact, Tyson noted, the LIPC is part of the Working Families Party, which gave Rice their line in both 2005 and 2009.
The endorsement could help bolster Schneiderman’s progressive bonafides as Democrats prepare for their state convention next week. His backers are trying to make the case that Rice is too moderate for a Democratic primary.
Schneiderman said that the endorsement showed the depth of his base.
“I am proud of the fact that I have the support of progressive organizations around the state,” he said. “I expect to get a lot of support from progressives and others out on Long Island.”