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  • Sunday, December 19, 2010

    Suffolk County, NY Focus


    It has becoming increasingly clear that New York politics is corrupt and inefficient almost across the board. Almost every single political party, whether Republicans, Conservatives, Indpendence Party, Teabaggers (their name for themselves), Democratic Party or Working Families Party, has been tainted by corruption. So far only the Greens seem fairly clean.

    Simply put, this state is messed up politically. That is not to say there aren't some very good elected officials out there. People like NYC Comptroller John Liu, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Assemblyman Jim Brennan, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, etc. are excellent people who I am proud to support. But for each of these good folk there are people like the recently indicted Espadas, Hiram "the slasher" Monserrate, Clarence Norman, David Yassky, Diane Gordon, "Public" Advocate Bill de Blasio, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, City Councilman Steve Levin, State Senator John Sampson...all corrupt as hell or scandals waiting to happen.

    So what do you and I do as proud Progressive Democrats? Well, one of the top organizations in NY State fighting for reform is the The Brennan Center for Justice. I recommend them as a resource for all Reform-minded New Yorkers.

    The latest from the Brennan Center:

    In an effort to change the way the business is run in Albany, the Brennan Center for Justice, Citizens Union, Common Cause/NY, League of Women Voters of New York State, and New York Public Interest Research Group sent the following letters to members of the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate, outlining the specific rules reforms each chamber can take to make New York's Legislature more democratic, transparent, and accountable.

    Letter to New York State Assembly Members

    Letter to New York State Senators

    Let's hope the call for reform starts to take root before NY State becomes as infamous for corruption as Chicago and Louisiana have.

    BLOGGING NY STATE: the best state-wide political blog is the The Albany Project.

    I will also mention:

    Drum Major Institute: Politics, Policy and the American Dream

    and Reform NY is the blog of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here are some local branches of the NAACP:

    Brookhaven NAACP
    PO BOX 621
    Port Jefferson Stat, NY 11776

    Islip Town NAACP
    Central Islip, NY 11722

    Islip Town NAACP Youth Council
    571 Grand Boulevard
    Brentwood, NY 11717

    Eastern Long Island NAACP
    Southampton, NY 11969

    Eastern Long Island NAACP Youth Council
    PO BOX 2699
    Southampton, NY 11969

    Huntington NAACP
    PO BOX 3044
    Huntington Station, NY 11746

    Central Long Island NAACP
    PO BOX 688
    Amityville, NY 17701

    Central Long Island NAACP Youth Council
    155 N 25TH STREET
    Wyandanch, NY 11798

    National Jewish Democratic Council:

    The National Jewish Democratic Council is the trusted voice and resource for Democratic office holders, candidates and party organizations to better understand and engage with the Jewish community. NJDC mobilizes the Jewish community and convenes opinion leadership to support the Democratic promise for all Americans. We look to our Jewish tradition to guide us on the issues of social and economic justice, religious pluralism and the peace and security of the State of Israel that will be the hallmark of our work.

    NJDC believes that through our work in Democratic Party politics, we can ensure a better world for our children and grandchildren.

    For more information, or to become a member of the New York chapter, contact msudco2@aol.com.

    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.


    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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