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Coalition Urges Support Of Progressive Agenda In Albany

Representatives of activist groups asks Senator Carlucci to back Democratic leadership in state senate.

 

Members of women’s, environmental, labor, community, housing, civil rights, and immigrant organizations spoke out Tuesday on the need for elected state officials to act on a variety of issues including raising the minimum wage, passage of the Dream Act for immigrants and implementing public financing of elections. The representatives included Bob Milone of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) 1107 and the Working Families Party; Sandy Oxford of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) 888, Loretta Manning and Yusef Belford of Community Voices Heard Power and Rockland County Legislator Ilan Schoenberger. 

They called upon state legislators to act on the progressive agenda passed by voters earlier this month. Milone specified they want State Senator David Carlucci (D-New City) to support the new Democratic majority in the Senate.  Carlucci is one of four members of the Independent Democratic Conference. Milone said the coalition was concerned about rumors that the independent Democrats might caucus with the Senate Republicans.

“We’re just urging him to help elect a Democratic leader in the senate,” said Milone, who said he has worked with Carlucci for years and spoke with him as recently as Monday. 

“The only way we’re going to get our issues on the floor and voted upon in the senate is if we can get all the Democrats together,” said Milone. “We’re looking to get the Independent Democratic Committee, the four members of the committee which includes our senator, Senator Carlucci.”

Manning said public financing of elections will make running for elected office an option for anyone.

“Right now elections are bought,” she said, adding that many candidates are wealthy. 

Manning said it should not matter what is in her bank account that determines if she can run for office but how the voters feel about what she is willing to do to increase jobs and raise wages.  A bill for campaign finance reform has been passed in the assembly but not in the senate. 

“Do the right thing,” she urged.  “Remember we’re the ones that put you there.” 

Belford also brought up the need to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50.  Milone noted that 14 states have a higher minimum wage than New York.

Milone said they have worked with Carlucci in the past and that members of the Working Families state committee plan to meet with him this week.

“We’re very proud of David and what he’s done in the senate so far,” said Milone, noting that Carlucci supported some of the issues the coalition identified.

Other issues on the coalition’s agenda are the Reproductive Health act, tenants’ rights, a ban on hydrofracking, criminal justice reform and indexing the minimum wage to inflation.

Schoenberger said, “ We need our state senators and assembly members to support the progressive changes which the people voted. We need to tell every member of the state senate and the assembly to work together with the governor to accomplish this progressive agenda which represents the will of the people.”

Oxford spoke about the Dream Act and how it would help young immigrants in the state.

A similar program with unions and other groups took place in New York City on Tuesday with one in Buffalo planned for today and another in Syracuse on Thursday. Additional coalition member are Citizen Action of New York, Democracy for America, Moveon.org, New York Communities for Change, SEIU 32BJ, Strong Economy for All, Tenants PAC and United New York.

Tony T November 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Progressive Agenda = more entitlements and higher taxes for the middle class and a step closer to obama's socialist goals.
Watchdog November 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
"Schoenberger said, “ We need our state senators and assembly members to support the progressive changes which the people voted. We need to tell every member of the state senate and the assembly to work together with the governor to accomplish this progressive agenda which represents the will of the people.”" DOWNRIGHT SCARY.
Brian November 28, 2012 at 03:39 PM
@Watchdog and Tony T: Your point of view lost the election, so your point of view doesn't get to dominate the legislature. You can't claim to be patriotic, constitution loving Americans, then turn around and reject the results of every election that doesn't go the way you want it to.
Pat Godfrey November 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Working families party is he socialist party of America. They endorsed Carlucci which tells you what he is about. Basically Socialism is more centralized government with a few telling the masses how to live. How they do that is raise taxes so we have less economic choices in our lives and are funded basically by the unions in US. It has been tried through history and has never worked but this doesn't stop them. To show how much power over your life they want as an example of this is the communist party of US. If you go on their website (www.cpusa.org) and look at the second line of their vision you will see "That’s socialism. That’s our vision. We are the Communist Party USA." This is where Carlucci and the NYS senate is taking us through the Democrat party which now has a veto proof majority in Albany. Higher taxes and more government control is coming, the Demorcrats will see to it.
Richard Kavesh November 28, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Hundreds of us collected thousands of signatures on David's Democratic designating petitions. We pounded the pavement in the heat of summer to campaign for him. He ran as a Democrat and defeated a Republican who wanted him defeated. All of his supporters would be very upset -- justifiably -- if he were to caucus with the Republicans.
Watchdog November 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
“Right now elections are bought,” she said, adding that many candidates are wealthy. WHICH ONES? ..CUOMO, SHELLY SILVER, BLOOMBERG etc. All Progressives. “Do the right thing,” she urged. “Remember we’re the ones that put you there.” Kind of contradicts the premice that elections are bought. Unless of course you are taliking about democratic progressives buying off the Unions a d the BLOC voters with goodies. ( “Remember we’re the ones that put you there.” )
Watchdog November 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
So in effect you feel you " bought" Carlucci?
Watchdog November 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
BIG UNION MONEY.
Ducky November 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Well said, Brian.
Dan Whelan November 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I will not follow the progressive agenda. I will make my own decisions based on what's good for me and my family. Stalin and 5 year plans will not work for me.
Dan Whelan November 28, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Brian, Tony T is just pointing out that the progressive agenda results in more entitlement spending and higher taxes for the middle class. Are you claiming that the progressive agenda doesn't? The progressive agenda also includes euthanasia. Are you for that as well?
Watchdog November 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
"Manning said it should not matter what is in her bank account that determines if she can run for office but how the voters feel about what she is willing to do to increase jobs and raise wages. A bill for campaign finance reform has been passed in the assembly but not in the senate. " ".....issues on the coalition’s AGENDA are the Reproductive Health act, tenants’ rights, a ban on hydrofracking, criminal justice reform and indexing the minimum wage to inflation. OK I'll bite, how will the "Agenda" described above fit in with Mannings desire "to increase jobs and wages"?
Watchdog November 28, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Schoenbergers District is New Square where more than 75% of the population is on Welfare, Food Stamps and receives Medicaid and massive payments for child care. If the goal of the Progressive Agenda is to increase wages and jobs, I would surmise that Schoenberger has his work cut out for him. If he has that kind of record in his own Legislative District, imagime what will happen if he is elected County Executive!!
Pat Godfrey November 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Democrats won the election. They also have the governorship and a veto proof legislature. They will make the rules for the next 2 to 4 years. This means higher taxes, less business and jobs, more people on welfare, and bigger government on every level.
My voice November 29, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Go David buck the good 'ol boys!
JM November 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Agreed Pat....and they'll tell us how GREAT everything is. Worked so well in California....is working so well in DC...can't wait for it to work so well in NY.
Felicia November 29, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Its the prohressive agenda that has gotten us in this mess. Who do you think pushed/ forced the banks to give out loans to people who couldn't afford them? Who believed it was unfair that some people didnt own a home? Now we are all paying. Record high unemployment, record # of people in poverty and record # of people on food stamps. This is Barack Hussein Obama's. America. Thanks to all the progressives who gave him another 4 years.
Felicia November 29, 2012 at 02:02 PM
This is not rocket science - if businesses are forced to pay a higher minimum wage they will either higher fewer people or raise their prices to consumers. Same goes for Obamacare. Businesses are going to higher fewer employees and reduce hours. But that is what Barack Hussein Obama's America is all about. The more unemployed, the.more addicted to govt, the more votes for the dems.
Watchdog November 29, 2012 at 02:23 PM
i wonder if we are really ready for a ban on potato chips, happy meals and chi a fil a and anOK on marijuana and public nudity?
R. Nite November 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Unaffordable Cost Seen for Some Under Affordable Care Act http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-29/unaffordable-cost-seen-for-some-under-affordable-care-act.html Read this, I bet the average voter did not know any of this. Those of you who voted for Obama hold on to your checkbooks! You asked for it.
Dan Whelan November 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM
But nacy told us that we didn't have to know what was in the Obamacare bill before we voted on it.
Dan Whelan November 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM
...But Nancy...
Watchdog November 29, 2012 at 04:25 PM
You mean we won'tbe able to insure 30 million more people for less cost? What a surprise! But at least the kids going to Georgetown for $40,000 a year will be able to save $9.00/month fir birth control....we were sweating that one out.
Pat Godfrey November 29, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Let's start calling out who the perpetrators of these policies are. It is the democrat party. They want more government control and are doing everything in their power to get it. The press are also liberal and do not point out what they are doing. So we have a democrat dominated town, state, and federal government. What that means is higher taxes, inflation, less freedom, more welfare, less jobs. I feel for my children because they are going to have less opportunity than we had coming out of school. They are also going to have massive debt to pay off from our greediness. If it keeps going this way we're talking 70% tax rates? 80%?
Watchdog November 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM
OBAMACARE...The President said we will not have any increases in premiums. Empire just called my home for NEW RATES on Medicare Advantage which Obama said will not go up. GUESS WHAT! Premiums, Co-Pays....all going up from 15-18% across the board. What a TRAVESTY... to be misled by the President of the United States. I have a feeling that this is JUST THE BEGINNING!!! Seniors are cooked. County, Town taxes all rising and no more broken promises. We are if for a heck of a ride this next four years. The dishonesty is APPALLING!
Dan Whelan November 30, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Watchdog, that is not even the worst of it. The worst unintended consequence of Obamacare will be the loss of medical innovation and development of new cures and therapies. Obamacare takes away all incentive for the pharmaceuticals to research and develop new therapies. It doesn't matter, because the medical review board will be making decisions for patients based on actuary tables anyway
Dan Whelan November 30, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Nancy Pelosi asks: "Why didn't you read it before you voted on it?"
Watchdog November 30, 2012 at 01:33 AM
The shorter your lifespan...the better OBAMA likes it. We are in for a wild ride. He is out to change America as we knew it. Just how long it will take before people get sick of the lies and deception is anyones guess.

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