With a packed legislative agenda in New York State this year, our lobbying efforts are more important than ever. This training offers partner non-profits the opportunity to learn how, as non-profit organizations, we can effectively advance issues and policies that connect with our core missions.
On March 20th, at 3pm, join the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, and Alliance for Justice for a great training on the rules of the road for NY lobbying!
Redistricting is neither red, nor blueElections are about choice. At least, they're supposed to be. But for many Nassau County residents, the choice in our elections is made before we even get to the polls.
That's because the process that determines the shape of our county legislative districts -- redistricting -- is controlled by political appointees who owe their designations to the political parties. A report recently released by the Nassau United Redistricting Coalition concluded that given the opportunity, both Republican and Democratic partisans will gerrymander legislative lines to gain advantage and protect incumbents.
Altschuler: In Nassau race, minority voters can make the difference
October 28, 2013 by DANIEL ALTSCHULER in Newsday [Original here]
Despite a recent polling showing an advantage for Edward Mangano in the Nassau County Executive race, some analysts are expecting a tighter contest on Nov. 5. After all, the last time Republican Mangano and Democrat Thomas Suozzi faced off, the difference was 386 votes.
The focus now has predictably turned to the typical analysis: which candidate would more effectively mobilize his base, and who would convince voters he is the most fiscally responsible. This approach, however, misses a fundamental transformation in Nassau County that could impact the election. Given Nassau County's recent demographic changes, the decisive factor could be turnout in communities of color.
With two weeks to go until pivotal local elections in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, we're making waves – and headlines. Today Newsday highlights our first-of-its-kind candidate forum, showcasing the transformative power of civic engagement in working class Latino, African-American, and immigrant communities. Click through for the article in full.Read more