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Zephry Teachout: Your child doesn’t have to take the State tests

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Zephry Teachout: Your child doesn’t have to take the State tests

On Tuesday, New York State classrooms will start to administer the annual standardized tests. I’m writing to let you know that if you are a parent, you have the right to refuse to allow your children to be tested, and give you resources that might be helpful in making your decision. Find out more about […]

Karl Grossman: Get the just-published book, written by Paul Arfin “Unfinished Business: Social Action in Suburbia—Long Island, N.Y. 1945-2014.”

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Get the just-published book, written by Paul Arfin “Unfinished Business: Social Action in Suburbia—Long Island, N.Y. 1945-2014.”

It’s an encyclopedic account titled “Unfinished Business: Social Action in Suburbia—Long Island, N.Y. 1945-2014.” The just-published book, written by Paul Arfin, who has been deeply involved for a half-century in non-profit work on the island, is breathtaking in its sweep. It’s about the struggles and accomplishments that resulted in the development of social programs, major […]

Kate Browning: Stop the costly cycle — and raise the age of incarceration

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Kate Browning: Stop the costly cycle — and raise the age of incarceration

  Today, New York State is only one of two states that automatically processes, prosecutes and incarcerates 16 and 17-year-olds as adults, but it’s proven that jails do not rehabilitate, programs do. While other states are properly addressing the needs of their youth through robust community-based services, we need to do more. Here in Suffolk […]

Karl Grossman: The Expanded Powers of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Karl Grossman: The Expanded Powers of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission

“Fortunately here in Suffolk County you and we have the power. No one should feel powerless,” the long-time chairman of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission, Rabbi Steven Moss, declared recently about combating acts of discrimination including hate crimes in Suffolk. And he explained how, as of this year, the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission—from […]

Karl Grossman: The Helicopters Noise Battle between Manhattan and East Hampton Airport is Reaching a Governmental Crescendo

Monday, March 30, 2015

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Karl Grossman: The Helicopters Noise Battle between Manhattan and East Hampton Airport is Reaching a Governmental Crescendo

The battle centered on the noise from helicopters flying between Manhattan and East Hampton Airport is reaching a governmental crescendo. The new East Hampton Town Board has come up with a set of tough regulations to quell the racket a just-held  public hearing epitomized the intensity of the issue. Because several hundred people were expected—and […]

Karl Grossman: We should leave the oil in the Atlantic for future centuries

Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Karl Grossman:  We should leave the oil in the Atlantic for future centuries

The Obama administration’s recent move opening up a vast area of the Atlantic Ocean, to our south, to oil and gas drilling comes in the face of there being so much of the stuff being produced in the U.S. that the industry can’t find places to store it, and gasoline being at the lowest price […]

Rob Germino: Ippo the Hippo

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Rob Germino:  Ippo the Hippo

  This opinion piece originally appeared in The Gold Coast Beacon.  It has been re-posted on LIPolitics.com at the request of the author. Hippos are known to be very aggressive.  They are also known to mark their territory by spreading their defecation.  In the Town of Oyster Bay, some could draw comparisons to a powerful […]

Cuomo: Broadband For All New Yorkers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Cuomo:  Broadband For All New Yorkers

Dear Fellow New Yorker, If you’re reading this on a screen, you deserve powerful Internet access. Broadband is one of today’s most transformative innovations—on par with historic breakthroughs such as running water, electricity and the interstate highway system. Broadband refers to wide bandwidth data transmission, and this technology enables the fastest, most reliable Internet access […]

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray Calls for State Legislation Requiring PSEG Execs to Disclose Salaries

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray Calls for State Legislation Requiring PSEG Execs to Disclose Salaries

“Disturbing” is one word that Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray used to describe PSEG Long Island’s failure to disclose important data associated with the utility’s recent rate increase proposal. In a letter sent to local representatives of the New York State Senate and Assembly, Murray detailed her dismay with the utility’s actions and called on […]

NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano: Shedding Light on the Capitol

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano: Shedding Light on the Capitol

A legislative column from NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head) There is no denying the importance of an open and transparent government. Through these practices we raise awareness about the inner workings of all levels of government. While this should remain a constant theme throughout the course of a year, there is one week in […]

Zephyr Teachout: Updates in the fight for public schools

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Zephyr Teachout: Updates in the fight for public schools

  The fight for public schools in New York gets more tense every day. Here’s where we are: Andrew Cuomo proposed a budget that is bad for our children and our future. He proposed some money for education funding, but only if it comes with more testing, and more diversion of public money to privately-run […]

NYS Assemblyman Al Graf: Stop Playing Politics With Police Officers’ Lives

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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NYS Assemblyman Al Graf: Stop Playing Politics With Police Officers’ Lives

NYS Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook) recently attended the Criminal Justice Reform Hearing in Albany and questioned NYPD Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker and Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks of the NYS Unified Court System about law enforcement procedures and safety of officers and the public. The hearing examined policy to improve civilian and police […]

Karl Grossman: Groundwater, underfoot but not to be overlooked—it’s of vital importance.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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Last week was National Groundwater Awareness Week (not that you would have put it on your calendar). But the National Groundwater Association, a non-profit organized based in Ohio composed of scientists, engineers and others “dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge,” so proclaimed the week to be. “Groundwater along with oxygen is arguably the most important natural […]

Robert Germino: Primary battle could be historic for the city of Glen Cove

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Robert Germino: Primary battle could be historic for the city of Glen Cove

  Republican Party leaders most likely view Tony Gallo‘s primary challenge for Glen Cove mayor as unbecoming a “good party soldier.”  A good party soldier clicks his heels and snaps to attention on cue–not someone who bucks the party’s leadership.  The one word that does not drip from the party leader’s mouth is “dissent.” The […]

Karl Grossman: Ben Jones’ Decades Long Crusade Against Tailgating

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Karl Grossman:  Ben Jones’ Decades Long Crusade Against Tailgating

  Ben Jones has for decades been on a crusade to get action on tailgating. Mr. Jones, a Long Island paramedic—and at 92 the oldest paramedic in New York State (and probably in the U.S.)—emphasizes that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “a stunning 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are caused […]

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