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‘Women’s values’ rallies in Huntington, Port Jefferson Station

‘Women’s values’ rallies in Huntington, Port Jefferson Station Read More…   Long Island Roar!!! Women's March Port Jefferson #latinasmarchforespect by SEPA Mujer on sábado, 21 de enero de...

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Protesters ask Sen. Flanagan to address transgender, immigrant issues

  Politicians may have been celebrating a budget deal in Albany, but a coalition of advocates was protesting in Smithtown over a host of issues they say have been left out of the political debate this session. A small group of about 20 advocates on Friday walked into the office of Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) with signed petitions and letters. They were calling, among other issues, for support of legal protections for transgender people; tuition aid for immigrants who don’t have legal status; placing limits on solitary confinement of prisoners, and increasing state funding for public transportation. Their common concern, they said, is that Flanagan has not agreed to meet with advocates on progressive issues to hear them out. “We’re just asking for our fair share,” said Aaron Watkins-Lopez, organizer with the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union, which is seeking better bus services funded through taxes. “What we are asking for is that our elected officials, our state senators and our representatives, when they go back to the state, they are advocating for Long Island, you know, they’re not just advocating for their best interests,” Watkins-Lopez said. “We are all groups that people like to pretend that we don’t exist . . . but we are here and we’re going to get louder.” Flanagan’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The advocates spoke...

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in Westbury, pushes to raise minimum wage

  HIGHLIGHTS ‘This is the right fight,’ governor tells crowd Critics say plan would harm small businesses Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo held a rally Tuesday in Westbury to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, arguing that the proposal is “about fundamental fairness” for hardworking New Yorkers. Cuomo said too many low-income residents are forced to work multiple jobs to feed their families and keep the lights on. “This is the right fight,” Cuomo told more than 200 union members and Democratic officials at the Yes We Can Community Center. “This is about fairness for all; opportunity for all.” Cuomo started his Drive for $15 tour on Tuesday, traveling from Manhattan to the Bronx to Westbury in a recreational vehicle emblazoned with the slogan, “Fight for Worker Fairness.” Cuomo’s proposal calls for raising the minimum wage incrementally from $9 per hour — a rate that went into effect last month — to $15 per hour. The $15 increase would be phased in earlier in New York City, on Dec. 31, 2018, while the hike would go into effect for the rest of the state on July 1, 2021. Nearly 125,000 Long Islanders earn the minimum wage, according to the governor’s office. A total of 2.3 million New Yorkers would earn higher wages under the plan, increasing spending by more than $15.7 billion across the state, Cuomo officials...

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