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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 founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com