In LI's Hottest Senate Race, Voters of Color & Immigrants Mobilize for Minimum Wage, School Funding



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Steve McFarland (English & Spanish), Long Island Civic Engagement Table steve.mcfarland@maketheroadny.org516-336-0259
Maryann Sinclair Slutsky (English), Long Island Wins, mslutsky@longislandwins.com516-506-3505

In LI's Hottest Senate Race, Voters of Color & Immigrants Mobilize for Minimum Wage, School Funding

100+ Demand Key Legislation at Brentwood Community and Candidate Forum

BRENTWOOD — With just two weeks to go in Long Island's most closely-watched state senate election, over 100 immigrants and voters of color filled the public library here on Wednesday night for a community and candidate forum focused on key pieces of state legislation: the New York DREAM Act, an increase to the minimum wage, and adequate funding for public schools. [Photos available here.]

District residents shared personal testimony about reforms that will have a profound effect on the working class agenda, and have long been blocked in the New York State Senate.

Both Republican Tom Croci and Democratic candidate Adrienne Esposito were invited, and Esposito attended the forum, fielding responding to questions about these and other issues.

Miriam Elaraby, member of Make the Road New York, “Tonight is important because we have to make our politicians understand that this policy is not optional—it’s a must-have for Long Island People are drowning under the high cost of living. When people drown, the community drowns with it. ”

Rosa Quiles, a member of New York Communities for Change, said, "Adequate funding for our public schools will benefit our children right now. Smaller class sizes, AP courses. Kids have multiple intelligences and we must discover them! I'm pleased to hear Ms. Esposito's position on school funding and am proud of the community turnout tonight. My community will be voting on this issue on November 4th!"

"It's tremendously imporant for our communities of color in Brentwood and across Suffolk County to come together and speak about the issues that affect our daily lives," said Janeth Niebla-Galaviz, Suffolk County Organizer for the Long Island Civic Engagement Table. "We will be turning out to vote on November 4th, and will continue to hold our elected officials accountable after the election."

"The large turnout for this forum demonstrates how engaged the immigrant community is on the the issues that matter most to them," said Maryann Slutsky, Executive Director of Long Island Wins. "Immigrants and voters of color are turning out to vote for quality life in their communities."