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Zeldin Opposes Historic Reduction of Military Troop Strength

February 26th, 2014

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Balancing our budget is good. Reducing our national debt and deficit is good. The road to achieving these two laudable goals must not be through a reduction of military troop strength to pre-World War II levels.

Senator Calls NYS Senate Passage of the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” Crucial For Progress

February 26th, 2014

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NYS Senator Ken LaValle reported that NY State made regulatory changes on deadline to preserve $120 Million in federal funds that were in jeopardy.

Karl Grossman: de Blasio had better get used to the media heat if the new mayor is to succeed.

February 24th, 2014

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had better get used to the media heat — or he will undermine the ambitious — and important — things he is trying to do.

Karl Grossman: The Reign of “The Little King of Suffolk County”

February 22nd, 2014

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Karl Grossman: The Reign of “The Little King of Suffolk County”

W. Kingsland Macy was Suffolk County Republican chairman from 1926 to 1951. For part of that time, from 1946 to 1950, he was also Suffolk’s representative in the U.S. House of Representative. This was before the huge population boom in Suffolk so he was the congressman for the entire county. Earlier, he had been a New York state senator from Suffolk. And he was the first chairman of the Suffolk County Water Authority upon its founding in 1951.

Karl Grossman: Suffolk County needs to act to save lives and raise tobacco purchase age to 21

February 19th, 2014

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Karl Grossman: Suffolk County needs to act to save lives and raise tobacco purchase age to 21

Dr. William Spencer, the first physician elected to the Suffolk County Legislature in its history, is leading an effort to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products in Suffolk to 21. “It will save a lot of lives,” says Dr. Spencer, a pediatric surgeon.

Suffolk Democrat Hennessey Opposes Plan to Fund an Education for Inmates

February 19th, 2014

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While the reasoning behind inmates coming out of prison with an education makes a certain kind of sense, we cannot do it with taxpayer money. It is our children and families who deserve the help. They must come first.

“House of Cards: Season 2″ — and its LI Politics Connection

February 17th, 2014

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“House of Cards: Season 2″ — and its LI Politics Connection

If you’ve ever headed north on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway contemplating what life would’ve been like if plans to build the bridge across the Long Island Sound would’ve come to fruition, Season Two of the award-winning Netflix original drama House of Cards gives you most of the answers — and then some.

Karl Grossman: Puppy mills have become a hot issue in recent years

February 8th, 2014

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New York State’s Agriculture & Markets Law specifically preempted local governments from regulating pet dealers. That came to end last month when what State Senator Kenneth LaValle of Port Jefferson calls the state’s “new ‘puppy bill’ law” took effect.

George Demos: An Open Letter to Lee Zeldin

February 2nd, 2014

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George Demos: An Open Letter to Lee Zeldin

The Republicans in the State Senate had the opportunity to walk away from voting for this piece of legislation which allowed for the enactment of Obamacare through the New York exchange. Had you not voted for it, and had the Republican majority held against its enactment, it would never have happened. That’s a fact.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Important vote coming up and I need your help

February 2nd, 2014

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Please click here to join our Military Justice Improvement Act Thunderclap. As we near a final vote, it’s the best thing you can do today to help build the crucial support we need.

Karl Grossman: Hopefully the nasty, ethically-challenged Christie will fade — before doing some huge national damage.

February 2nd, 2014

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I have wondered why much of the U.S. mainstream media had been promoting Chris Christie. Television stresses “likability” in on-air personalities and guests, a high “Q-score.” But there was the governor of our neighboring state of New Jersey—mean-spirited, given to vicious attacks on people — a fixture as a guest on TV, especially on NBC’s Today show. Why were big corporate media boosting, cheerleading for this neo-Nixon?

Before There Was A Snowdon There Were Representatives Like Long Island’s Otis G. Pike

February 1st, 2014

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Before There Was A Snowdon There Were Representatives Like Long Island’s Otis G. Pike

Otis G. Pike was the greatest member of Congress from Long Island I have known in 52 years as a journalist here. Pike, who just died, was simply extraordinary.

NYS Assemblyman Ed Ra: An Uncommon Plan for Our Schools

January 31st, 2014

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Over the past twelve months, there has been one education issue that stands out above all others: the flawed roll-out and implementation of Common Core. Children, parents and educators alike have all spoken out about the high stress, frustration, anxiety and difficulty that have arisen in the wake of these new standards and curriculum.

Are Mangano’s Economic Policies Result in Stronger Job Market?

January 29th, 2014

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s economic policies of freezing property taxes for four straight years and creating local jobs have resulted in lower unemployment. Today, the New York State Department of Labor released statistics indicating a drop in unemployment to 5.1% this past December, from 7.1% in December 2012. Long Island’s overall unemployment rate of 5.1% indicates how local economic policies are working when compared statewide (6.6% unemployment) and throughout the nation (6.5% unemployment).

Karl Grossman: Long Island Farmer’s Brilliant Book Challenges Montsano, GMOs

January 25th, 2014

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Just out is a brilliant book, highly important and beautifully written, by Scott Chaskey, a Long Island farmer (for 25 years he has run the Peconic Land Trust’s Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett), poet and crusader for local, organic, sustainable agriculture. Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds is about something humanity has been deeply involved in and dependent upon throughout our time on earth: seeds.

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