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Women’s Rights Need Protection

This year the Republican majority in the State Senate, for the second year in a row, failed to join the Assembly in passing the Women’s Equality Act (WEA). The WEA is a common-sense 10-point proposal introduced by Governor Cuomo that would, among other things, strengthen human trafficking laws, eliminate the gender pay gap, and protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. 

 

That last provision is especially important in light of the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow companies to deny women access to quality healthcare based on the beliefs of their employers. The Hobby Lobby ruling is yet another example of a countrywide campaign led by GOP extremists to take a woman’s healthcare decisions out of her own hands.

 

The Women’s Equality Act would protect a woman’s right to choose simply by codifying Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. Those who oppose this measure argue that it is unnecessary and

redundant, but to them I say it is a crucial measure of protection as women’s rights are under constant assault on a national level. That is why I find it especially offensive that Senator Jack Martins and his Republican colleagues in the Senate blocked the WEA from even coming to a vote, killing any chance it had of passing.

 

It is unconscionable to me that public officials in New York, in the year 2014, would fail to acknowledge and take steps against the war on women that plagues our country. New York has been a leader in the women’s rights movement since the Seneca Falls Convention, and we owe it to our history to lead the way on women’s equality.  

 

The women of New York deserve pay equity, they deserve sexual harassment protections, and they deserve laws preventing discrimination based on gender, but most importantly, they deserve to know that they are protected here at home from the GOP extremists elsewhere in our country seeking to walk back the hard-won steps we have made towards women’s equality. 

 

In 1970, 12 New York Republican state Senators voted to grant a woman’s right to make her own healthcare choices. Today, Jack Martins and his extremist GOP colleagues will not allow a simple measure establishing a woman’s basic right to choose to come to a vote. I am running for State Senate because I believe those who deny the progress we have made as a state and a nation on women’s rights should not represent New Yorkers in government. I am an unequivocal supporter of the full Women’s Equality Act, and I will always fight for women’s rights. 

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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