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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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