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Source: Long Island Press

Long Island Lobby Day Presses NY Pols in Albany

BY TIMOTHY BOLGER

Posted: February 23, 2012
Originally Published: February 15, 2012

Business, environmental, civic and other activists from Nassau and Suffolk counties joining forces Wednesday at the New York State Capitol for the fourth annual Long Island Lobby Day.

Members of more than 50 organizations boarded a charter bus from Melville to Albany, where they will push state lawmakers for progress on five main issues: Transportation, human services, small business, economic development, sewage and infrastructure and energy and environment.

The group said in a statement that they are meeting with the dozen state Assembly members and nine state Senators from the Island, including Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). They also are scheduled to meet with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).

Dubbed the Long Island Lobby Coalition, the group includes leaders of smart growth advocates Vision Long Island, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the Long Island Federation of Labor, the Long Island Business Council, the Long Island Housing Partnership, the Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition and more than a dozen civic associations and chambers of commerce, among others.

The first Long Island Lobby Day came on June 8, 2009—the same day two renegade state Senators defected from the then-Democratic 32-30 majority to join Skelos in what later turned out to be a month-long coup before the GOP regained the Senate majority in 2010.

Voters later rejected the two lawmakers behind the coup, Hiram Monserate of Queens and Pedro Espada Jr.of the Bronx. Monserate was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend and Espada is facing federal corruption charges.