Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
I prefer thinking positive thoughts. But not everyone has the same mental habits. There are some folks who just love thinking through the absolute worst-case scenarios. What if the LIE shuts down and I can’t get home? What if Long Island beaches became infested with sharks and all are closed for the summer? What if the Mets never get their act together?
Those are all pretty crazy, right?
But now it’s worth taking a look at a possibility that seems just as crazy if it were to happen – that the House of Representatives doesn’t pass immigration reform, and our federal system stays broken.
At first thought, that possibility seems even weirder and more unlikely than that shark thing. The basic outlines of immigration reform are widely and bipartisanly popular – people across the spectrum support an accountable bill that increases border security, cracks down on businesses who try to game the system, makes sure that immigrants who pay taxes and learn English have a chance to earn a path to citizenship, and have future immigration levels tied to our economic needs.
A whopping 80 percent of Long Islanders support a bill with those outlines, according to a recent poll by Long Island Wins and the Long Island Civic Engagement Table. And even our decidedly dysfunctional U.S. Senate, which doesn’t agree on anything, passed an immigration bill by a 68-32 margin.
With all that support for change, if the Republican-controlled House of Representatives drops the ball and fails to pass a bill, what does that mean?
It would mean that our broken federal immigration system would stay broken. That would mean no improved border security system. That would mean no accountability for businesses that take advantage of the law, which would affect wages for all Long Islanders. That would mean no way for hard working immigrants to earn a path to citizenship so they can pay local and federal taxes and be a full contributor to our community.
And that, frankly, would mean a poorer Long Island. We all have a stake in fixing our broken immigration system.
Long Islanders get it. A majority of people agree that immigrants generally come to Long Island to work hard and provide for their families.
History is happening now. The Senate vote was an important step in moving millions of immigrants into a responsible system. That’s good news for Long Island and good news for America. However, we know that nothing gets done -- or gets done right -- in Washington unless people keep speaking out until the fight is won. There’s a debate coming up in the House, and some politicians have set out to make this bill meaner, more punitive, and more counterproductive; or not to pass a bill at all. Our voices need to get louder and clearer: fix our immigration system now.
Maryann Sinclair Slutsky is the executive director of Long Island Wins, a communications organization promoting commonsense policy solutions that work for all Long Islanders.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00
A North Massapequa family continues to send out massive seasons greetings this year with an array of twinkling lights, carolers, reindeer and even Santa himself — all in an effort to raise some funds and the Christmas spirit.
This is not the first year the Oemcke house at 186 N. Syracuse Ave. has kept the block well lit during the holiday season. Steve and Carrie Oemcke have always had an affinity for Christmas decorations, but they kicked the yuletide into high gear about three years ago and have expanded their display exponentially with each Christmas.
Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:00
The chef was busy sautéing onions, mushrooms and peppers while his sous chef prepared the wild salmon with a mustard Dijon’s and a panko topping. A few hours earlier the same team was busy inserting a lifesaving stent into a man’s heart. Dr. Kevin Marzo, aka the cardiac chef who is the chief of cardiology at Winthrop University Hospital along with his physician assistant Joe Dardano were preparing a special meal for a very discriminating audience, teenagers.
Last Wednesday evening at the beautiful demo kitchen located at Hampton Major Appliances in Garden City, the space donated by owner Frank Ingraldi, Dr. Marzo and his team consisting of Dardano and the marketing department of Winthrop University Hospital, Diane Bachor and Courtney Seck were preparing a gluten free meal for the Explorer’s Club. Forty students, the majority from Massapequa High School and some from Manhasset, Jericho and Garden City attended the event.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
It was an exciting and well deserved evening for the Massapequa Volleyball girls varsity team and their coach at the Nassau County Volleyball Coaches Association awards dinner. The team worked very hard this year, achieving more than expected as a Cinderella team.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Chris Mammone of Massapequa, who saw his four year winning streak broken in 2012, started a new one this year with a strong 15:32 finish to win the 21st annual New York Blood Services Rob’s Run, a 5 Kilometer cross country race held through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury. Mammone’s performance headed up the team championship win for the Bellmore Striders.