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  • Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Suffolk County, NY Focus

    This comes from a group called "Suffolk Values":

    Suffolk County Stands Up Against Extremists

    “We will not let menacing outside influences from South Carolina, Virginia or any other state decide who will represent Long Island”

    (Long Island) Members of the community led by Assemblyman Phil Ramos, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, State Senator Diane Savino, Annette Levinson of Congregation Beth El, David Kilmnick, CEO of Equality Long Island, Shahid Khan, President of Pakistani-American Association, and concerned Long Islanders spoke out against Lee Zeldin’s extremist campaign of fear, hate and bigotry.
    The community members organized today’s press conference to condemn the actions of Zeldin supporters at Saturday’s “Women for Foley” rally. His supporters protested the Women’s Rally by waving the Confederate battle flag, a symbol of division and hatred, along with pro-Zeldin and pro-Carl Paladino signs. Protesters made obscene gestures at women entering the rally while yelling anti-Brian Foley, anti-Andrew Cuomo rhetoric.

    Assemblyman Phil Ramos: “We are standing here today to reject the politics of racism and extremism that we are seeing on Long Island. We will reject individuals who want to stir negative emotions and fear in order to gain political ground. The politics of Zeldin and Paladino do not belong in this community or any community in the United States.”

    State Senator Diane Savino: “I was shocked at the behavior of Mr. Zeldin’s supporters at the rally on Saturday. Lee Zeldin refuses to take responsibility for the appalling behavior of his supporters. Like it or not Lee Zeldin’s owns the actions of his supporters and we will not tolerate it. We will reject the hate, we will reject the intimidation and we will not allow this disgusting behavior to go unchecked. We deserve better and we are better.”

    Annette Levinson, representing Congregation Beth El: “Over the past few months we have seen outsiders come into our community, spreading lies about Senator Foley, encouraging bigotry and just this past Saturday waving a flag that is a symbol of racial violence and oppression. We are here today demanding decency and equality for all people.” She continued: “I am here to tell Lee Zeldin and his extremist supporters that intimidation won’t work in our community. We will not sit by while you and your supporters spread hate and disgrace. You do not represent Long Island and you will not represent Long Island.”

    Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri: “All I have to say to Mr. Zeldin is, if this is the company that you keep, I do not want to be in your company. And I do not want you to be my leader in the Senate, and I do not want you to make determinations about what happens in my community.”

    David Kilmnick, CEO of Equality Long Island: “This past week we have seen the offensive actions of the Zeldin campaign. Across Long Island we must reject this politics of hate and tell Zeldin and Paladino to stop hiding behind their supporter’s message of bigotry. What we have to do on Long Island is make sure that these wannabe politicians are sent packing. We need to support people like Brian Foley, who stands up for all New Yorkers, not just a small group of fringe people who reject unity and equality.”


    Democrats and Independents have to unite against Republican extremists like this. And of course it is made worse by the fact that Carl Paladino is the anointed Republican/Teabagger candidate for Governor and another Republican for Congress is a known white supremacist. Can the Republicans get more intolerant and crazy?


    News for Suffolk County:

    Re-elect Democrat Tim Bishop for Congress:



    Congressman Tim Bishop hails House passage of 9-11 Health Bill

    Larry Silverman for State Senate:



    Democrat Larry Silverman addresses MTA Board. Demands Albany Accountability

    Charter Schools Perform Worse than Public Schools in New Data


    Drinking Liberally Groups in Suffolk County: Political Action through Social Interaction

    Bayport Drinking Liberally:
    * When? First Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    * Where? Sage Cafe, 4 Montauk Highway
    * Hosted by Peter Haynes | Chip Watterson

    Huntingon Drinking Liberally:
    * When? Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm
    * Where? Rookies Sports Club, 70 Gerard Street
    * Hosted by Hillary Hess


    Stonewall Democrats of Suffolk County: PO Box 312 Brightwaters, NY 11718
    Phone:631-439-0203 Fax:800-863-3359
    E-mail: info@stonewalldemsofsuffolk.org

    Since 1997, the purpose of the Gay Democrats of Suffolk County has been to interview Democratic candidates running for office on ballots in Suffolk County and to support and/or endorse those candidates who are responsive to issues concerning the Gay and Lesbian community. We aspire to be an active participant and voice within the Suffolk County Democratic Party as well as the community at large. Since 1997 we have been registered with the Suffolk County Board of Elections as "Gay Democrats of Suffolk County" however we have changed our name to be recognized as "Stonewall Democrats of Suffolk County"

    GLBT Democrats of Suffolk County: This is the official website for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Democrats of Suffolk County, formerly Gay Democrats of Suffolk County.. We exist as a charter from the Suffolk County Democratic Committee - the Honorable Richard H. Schaffer Chair, and as such we act as a liaison between our community and the Democratic Party in Suffolk County.

    As a service to the GLBT Democratic Community we have established a Yahoo information and posting site at www.GayAndLesbianDemocratsOfSuffolkCounty@yahoogroups.com

    For more info, contact ph: 631-399-3048 or email: info@glbtdemsofsuffolkcounty.org

    Brookhaven Town Democratic Committee: Welcome to the Brookhaven Town Democratic Committee (BTDC) Website. BTDC is a vibrant grassroots political organization that provides the resources and infrastructure to elect local Democrats to public office. We have an array of political activities for you to participate in, as well as internships for high school, college and graduate students. For more info call: (631) 689-7315 or go here to volunteer.

    Huntington New York Democratic Committee: It has been said by Will Rogers that "We don't belong to an organized political party, we're Democrats." And later, another great Democrat said, "If the Democratic Party was in France, it would be five parties."Maybe these men were right, but we believe that this is our great strength - our ability to hold a variety of opinions on a topic without being exclusionary or divisive.We are indeed a great tent where people with many varying views can come together and exchange ideas and work toward the common goal of caring for people by providing GOOD GOVERNMENT. We respect each others differences, and celebrate the variety of life experiences which have helped to create the dazzling mosaic that is the Democratic Party. Individually, we may not have it all, but TOGETHER we have the keys to successful governing. We hope that this website will provide an interesting introduction to our Party and that through it you may be intrigued enough to perhaps join us at our monthly meetings or on the Campaign Trail OR BOTH.

    Our office is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Please feel free to call or write.

    Huntington Town Democratic Committee
    50 Gerard Street, Suite 110
    Huntington New York 11743
    Phone (631) 421-3399
    Fax (631)421-3357
    email: chair@huntingtondems.org

    Smithtown Democratic Committee

    Smithtown Democratic Committee members are part of over 1,300 Suffolk residents, of Suffolk's ten towns, who are members of the Suffolk County Democratic Committee. We are the volunteers whose grassroots activities give our candidates the edge in tough campaigns. We are united by principles and philosophy and we work together to make sure that our elected officials embody our beliefs.

    Find local Democratic events in Smithtown by clicking here.

    Islip Town Democratic Committee meets at the Headquarters monthly on the second Tuesday in West Sayville, NY

    93 Main St
    West Sayville, NY 11796
    (631) 567-DEMS (3367)

    Southampton Democratic Committee: They're still getting their website up and running, but you can sign up for their email list or find out how to get involved by going here.

    You can also check out their Facebook site.

    Suffolk County Democrat Committee: Over 1,300 Suffolk residents of Suffolk's ten towns are members of the Suffolk County Democratic Committee. We are the volunteers whose grassroots activities give our candidates the edge in tough campaigns. We are united by principles and philosophy and we work together to make sure that our elected officials embody our beliefs. To volunteer, go here.


    BIODIESEL IN SUFFOLK COUNTY:

    I also want to highlight where you can get biodiesel fuel in Suffolk County.

    Burts Reliable, 1515 Youngs Avenue, Southold, NY, 11971, 631-765-3767, Offers B20 (good in ANY diesel engine) and B100 (pure biodiesel), CREDIT CARD/24 HOUR/SELF-SERVE

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