Albany Season! Training on Rules of the Road for Lobbying in NYS

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!

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Read Our Newsday Op-ed: Redistricting Reform in Nassau County

Redistricting is neither red, nor blue

Elections 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.

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New Report: Fair Redistricting for Nassau County

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Our democracy is founded on the ideal that everyone deserves a chance to be heard. But in Nassau County, partisan politicians engage in gerrymandering – dividing communities in order to dilute their voice, and protect political incumbents. The redistricting process in Nassau County is broken: the last three years have been bitterly divisive, plagued by lawsuits and a wasteful, dysfunctional process.

There is a better way to do redistricting. Today, we're releasing a report called Voters First, which we wrote with our partners in the Nassau United Redistricting Coalition. The report lays out the current state of Nassau County's redistricting process and how we got here. Then, we analyze examples from across the state and country of fair, non-partisan, citizen-led redistricting processes and make recommendations tailored for Nassau.

Voters should come first, not partisan politicians. A citizen-led process is right for Nassau County and right for our democracy. Click here to download our report!

 

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‘Communities of Color Can Make the Difference this November’

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.

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