Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
Be Able To Agree?
Election Day should have marked an end to some of the shouting that’s taken hold of our politics. However, with the fiscal cliff crisis in Washington only narrowly averted, and more legislative brinksmanship apparently on the way, that may have been too much to hope for.
However, there is one thing on which all sides should be able to agree: Common sense on immigration issues.
There’s popular support for that, of course. A common theme between President Obama and those of so many others up and down the ballot was that people who support fair and commonsense solutions to fixing our broken immigration system tended to do very well.
It’s clear that immigrant voters played a huge role in re-electing the President. And immigration played a huge role in mobilizing the Latino and immigrant vote, in part due to unprecedented voter mobilization work by the labor movement, community groups and ethnic communities.
But it wasn’t just candidates who won on the issue. The state of Maryland put their own version of the Dream Act on the ballot, to allow young immigrants who graduate from high school and know America as their home to pay in-state tuition at Maryland’s colleges. Voters in Maryland resoundingly rejected attacks on immigrants and resoundingly voted for a basic and needed immigration reform. Immigration solutions are smart politics. Marylanders can soon expect to discover that it’s smart policy, too, as the state begins to retain more of its most talented high school graduates and see them get to work creating jobs.
And it’s clear that this dynamic will get stronger over time. The current generation of young voters – millennials – are the most diverse voting group in American history. And the generation rising just behind them are even more diverse.
In Nassau County and across America, immigration issues present an opportunity for leaders willing to take them seriously, and a challenge for politicians at risk of being left behind.
President Obama apparently recognized this when he explicitly called out immigration reform as part of his second-term agenda in his election night remarks. So have a number of Republicans, who have begun to call for a change in the party’s recent hard-line stance against immigration reform.
That’s welcome news. But now comes the need to get to work. Working our way towards immigration solutions that work for native and immigrant Long Islanders alike is a challenge too big to leave to one party. Let’s hope, for once, that the folks in Washington can agree.
Maryann Sinclair Slutsky is the executive director of Long Island Wins, a communications organization promoting commonsense policy solutions to local immigration issues. longislandwins.com.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.