News Clips

  • NYSUT backs Democrat James Gaughran for state Senate

    July 15, 2018 - 4:30pm

    Democratic State Senate candidate James Gaughran has gotten an early endorsement from New York State United Teachers in his rematch against GOP Sen. Carl Marcellino, chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

  • Kaplan pushes for abortion reform in New York

    July 5, 2018 - 10:19am

    Erika Christensen said she decided to terminate her pregnancy at 32 weeks when she found out the baby she would give birth to would not be able to breathe outside of her body.

    Christensen, from Brooklyn, was shocked to learn in her known-to-be progressive home state of New York her medical decision was criminal, she said.

  • Suozzi continues push for immigration reform

    July 3, 2018 - 10:18am

    Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) is among the members of Congress pushing for immigration reform in the wake of a family-separation policy that was widely condemned.

    “The policy of separating children from their families at the border was immoral and un-American,” he said in a statement last week. “Instead of bad policies, implemented poorly, we need to strengthen our border security, while crafting comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the urgent issue of the DREAMers and provides a pathway for over 11 million people to live legal and productive lives in America.”

  • Nassau County readies ‘consumer-friendly’ assessment office

    June 26, 2018 - 9:23pm

    Nassau officials are promising a more “customer-friendly” assessment department, with staffers who will point residents to websites showing comparable local home sales, as the county prepares to release new property assessments for the first time in seven years.

    Staff members will travel to communities countywide to explain and justify the new assessment numbers, which, in many cases, are expected to change substantially as officials rely more on market value to set property assessments.

  • Suozzi, Rice tour tent city for migrant children in Texas

    June 23, 2018 - 9:25pm

    Saturday’s tour of a Texas tent city for migrant children crystallized how unknowable their future is and the imperative of finding long-term solutions, said two U.S. representatives from Long Island.

    Thomas Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) and Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) spoke to Newsday after visiting a temporary shelter for more than 300 children, mostly boys over 13, run by a nonprofit, BCFS, for the federal government.

  • Nassau lawmakers push for gun storage safety law

    June 18, 2018 - 11:50am

    Democratic lawmakers in Nassau County are pushing for a law that would require gun owners to take measures to keep guns out of the hands of kids.

    The proposed Nassau County Gun Storage Safety Law would require anyone who owns gun and lives with a minor to keep the weapon locked in a depository or box.

    County Executive Laura Curran gathered in Mineola Monday with fellow lawmakers, as well as students, law enforcement officials and people who have lost loved ones to gun violence to call for the bill.

  • Standard & Poor’s upgrades Hempstead Town bond rating

    June 18, 2018 - 9:48am

    Standard & Poor’s upgraded the Town of Hempstead bond rating from an A+ to an AA- with a positive outlook.

    The outlook is based on the town’s 2016 audited financials.

    The report noted the town’s “recent and projected strong budgetary performance and increased budget flexibility” and its “focus on controlling expenses through numerous internal controls,” such as the town’s “implementation of several levels of approvals for purchases, as well as inventory control to prevent extraneous purchases.”

  • Nassau Democrats pick candidates in key State Senate races

    May 23, 2018 - 9:20pm

    Nassau County Democratic Committee members officially nominated their candidates for state and local offices Tuesday night, a day before the state convention kicks off.

    Hundreds of party supporters gathered at the Cradle of Aviation Museum to hear the announcements for state Assembly and Senate offices, as well as local and district court judgeships. The nominations were accepted during a meeting that lasted about 19 minutes.

  • John Brooks seeks re-election to key State Senate seat

    May 20, 2018 - 7:14pm

    Freshman Democratic state Sen. John Brooks declared his bid for re-election Sunday, with Democratic officials saying his candidacy is at the “top of the Republican hit list” in the fight to control the State Senate.

  • Gillen posts Hempstead’s costs of outside counsel for past 2 years

    April 29, 2018 - 6:23pm

    Democratic Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen has posted on the town’s website the cost of outside counsel for the past two years, after three Republican council members and the town board’s only other Democrat again stalled a plan to solicit competitive proposals for legal services.