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‘Resist Trump Tuesdays’ TWWLI Visits Sen. Schumer’s LI Office

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 26, 2017

This Tuesday, activist groups such as MoveOn, Indivisible, and Together We Will made their first Resist Trump Tuesdays visits to government representatives to express concerns related to President Trump. Members of Together We Will Long Island visited the L.I. office of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that afternoon.

Center back in light blue shirt, TWWLI admin SUE MOLLER, of Merrick, and left of her in suit, GARRETT ARMWOOD, Long Island Regional Director for U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York; speak when members of Together We Will Long Island stop by Schumer's Melville office to share their concerns, especially about Trump's Cabinet appointees, #SwampCabinet. This Stop Trump Tuesday, #StopTrumpTuesday, event was part of nationwide political movement. Members of organizations such as MoveOn, Indivisible, and TWW plan to visit their Senators' offices each Tuesday duringTrump's first 100 days of presidency. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Melville, NY, USA. Jan. 24, 2017. Members of Together We Will Long Island meet with (top left in suit) GARRETT ARMWOOD, Long Island Regional Director for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) during first ‘Resist Trump Tuesdays.’ (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The wet, windy weather didn’t stop 15 members of TWWLI from driving to the Melville office building, where they gathered in the lobby for some final preparation, and then took the elevator up to Senator Schumer’s office.

When a staffer answered their knock on the door, it was clear the office couldn’t fit the 15 members, so they met with GARRET ARMWOOD, the senator’s L.I. Regional Director, in a nearby hall surrounding a circular staircase.

SUE MOLLER, who’s one of TWWLI’s admins and my daughter, had arranged the group’s drop-in visit and written a letter to the senator that stated the group’s concerns over Trump’s Cabinet appointees. After she read the letter to Armwood, several group members asked him questions and brought up additional concerns.

  • FYI from FLI:  #StopTrumpTuesday – #ResistTrumpTuesdays – #SwampCabinet are 3 hashtags related to this event.

Later, back in the lobby, the members agreed the meeting was a success. TWWLI plans to continue dropping by Senator Schumer’s office to express their concerns regarding Trump each Tuesday* during the President’s first 100 days in office.  (*see update below)

Melville, New York, USA. 24th January 2017. Fourteen members of Together We Will Long Island gather in lobby of bulding that U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has his Melville office in. They discussed plans before stopping by Schumer's office to share their concerns, especially about Trump's Cabinet appointees, #SwampCabinet. TWWLI members included, clockwise starting left, (in black cap) SHERRY MEDEROS, of Copiague; (in light blue TWWLI shirt) administrator SUE MOLLER of Merrick; social media director JUAN ALICEA, of Medford; member; (in blue cap) ANDREA ROSS BOYLE, of Dix Hills; (in coral sweater) TEDRA GRANT, of Dix Hills; member; (at upper right) PHILIP SOLIS, of Dix Hills; member; (holding coat) ERICA DORAN, of Syosset; LAURIE MITCHEL, of West Babylon; This Stop Trump Tuesday, #StopTrumpTuesday, event was part of nationwide political movement. Members of organizations such as MoveOn, Indivisible, and TWW plan to visit their Senators' offices each Tuesday duringTrump's first 100 days of presidency. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Melville, NY, USA. Jan. 24, 2017. Before going to speak with Sen. Chuck Schumer’s staff, 14 members of Together We Will Long Island gather in lobby of building Schumer’s office is in.  (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

UPDATE 2/6/2017:  On Resist Trump Tuesdays, members from more than one activist organization continue to protest outside the Melville offices of Senators Gillibrand and Schumer.

TWWLI aims to communicate as effectively as possible its ongoing concerns about Trump’s goals & actions. So, at this time, rather than have a large group of TWWLI members go to the senators’ L. I. offices, a few of them will drop off items such as members’ short videos (that will also be posted on twitter), snacks, and notes at each office.

TWWLI LINKS:  Readers are asking me for TWWLI contact info, so I’ve added more links:

My ‘Resist Trump Tuesdays’ news photos:    SLIDESHOW      GALLERY

Our First Stand: Save Health Care, with Reps. Kathleen Rice & Tom Suozzi

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 17, 2017

Last Sunday, during the Our First Stand: Save Health Care Rally in Westbury, hundreds of protestors gathered – many with signs and banners, political buttons and shirts – to make their healthcare coverage positions and worries clear.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER of Merrick, AMY BUDD of Bellmore, STEFANA MULLER of Babylon, and BETH MCMANUS of Seaford, the Administrators of Together We Will Long Island, TWWLI, are holding protest signs at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. It was one of dozens of nationwide Bernie Sanders' rallies for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. Jan. 15, 2017. L-R, SUE MOLLER of Merrick, AMY BUDD of Bellmore, STEFANA MULLER of Babylon, & BETH MCMANUS of Seaford, Admins of Together We Will Long Island, TWWLI, hold up signs before start of “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Representatives KATHLEEN RICE (D-NY4) and TOM SUOZZI (D-NY3) hosted the rally, which was held at Yes We Can Community Center. It was one of several dozen Our First Stand rallies inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders throughout our country.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. Representative KATHLEEN RICE (Democrat - 4th Congressional District) is speaking at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Hosts were Reps. T. Suozzi (Dem. - 3rd Congress. Dist.) and Rice. It was one of dozens of nationwide Bernie Sanders' rallies for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. Rep. KATHLEEN RICE (D – NY4) speaks at “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally.  (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Speakers included officials from Nurses Association and Planned Parenthood, a young woman who underwent life & death cancer treatments, and a father whose young son needs continuing expensive medical care.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. BRIDGIT SQUITIRE, of West Islips holds a sign asking "HEY DONALD, ARE YOU GONNA PAY FOR MY CHEMO-THERAPY?" at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Hosts were Reps. K. Rice (Democrat - 4th Congressional District) and T. Suozzi (Dem. - 3rd Congress. Dist.). It was one of dozens of Bernie Sanders' rallies nationwide for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. Jan. 15, 2017. BRIDGIT SQUITIRE, of West Islip holds a sign asking “HEY DONALD, ARE YOU GONNA PAY FOR MY CHEMO-THERAPY?” at “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The audience frequently clapped and shouted in support as each speaker shared how current health care benefits helped, and what the anticipated consequences were of repealing the Affordable Care Act, taking millions off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, or defunding Planned Parenthood.

Westbury, New York, USA. January 15, 2017. L-R, RON MOTTA and his son ROBBY MOTTA, 11, who has major health care needs, of Huntington; Rep. KATHLEEN RICE; Rep. THOMAS SUOZZI; brunette cancer surviver; JUDI BOSWORTH, Supervisor Town of North Hempstead; and other speakers on stage wave to audience at end at the "Our First Stand" Rally against Republicans repealing the Affordable Care Act, ACA, taking millions of people off health insurance, making massive cuts to Medicaid, and defunding Planned Parenthood. Hosts were Reps. Rice (Democrat - 4th Congressional District) and Suozzi (Dem. - 3rd Congress. Dist.). It was one of dozens of Bernie Sanders' nationwide rallies for health care that Sunday. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Westbury, New York, USA. Jan. 15, 2017. L-R, RON MOTTA and son ROBBY MOTTA, 11, of Huntington; Rep. KATHLEEN RICE; Rep. TOM SUOZZI; cancer surviver; JUDI BOSWORTH, Town Supervisor of North Hempstead; and other speakers at end of “Our First Stand: Save Health Care” Rally. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When you view this post’s slideshow, you’ll see the the signs, the banners, the buttons, the shirts…. and most importantly the faces behind them, telling about an important part of Our First Stand: Save Health Care.

(Plus, you’ll see how Voldemort got a compliment.)

U.S. Presidential Inauguration Parade 2017

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 31, 2016

Yesterday, I read the exciting news that Long Island’s own Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums will participate in the Inauguration Parade on January 20, 2017.

Originally known as “Fir Na Tine” (Gaelic: Men of Fire), it’s America’s first Volunteer Firefighter Pipe Band, and has performed widely, including at St. Patrick’s Day parades, at halftime shows for NY Jets, and band members were the 11 Pipers Piping in a Christmas commercial.

Fundraiser for firefighter Ray Pfeifer - battling cancer after months of recovery efforts at Ground Zero following 9/11 2001 Twin Towers attack - draws supporters from New York, Massachusetts and more, on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at East Meadow Firefighters Benevolent Hall, New York, USA. The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums band performed. [NOTE: Background tent color altered digitally to blue] (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

East Meadow, NY, USA. March 31, 2012. Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums band performs at firefighter Ray Pfeifer Benefit. [NOTE: tent digitally altered blue] (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Also, Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums has been an inspiring, stirring part of many memorials and benefits. In spring 2012, I covered the band when it played at the Ray Pfeifer Benefit at the East Meadow Firefighters Benevolent Hall. Retired FDNY firefighter and Hicksville resident Ray Pfeifer is a true profile in courage, perseverance, and brotherhood.

FYI From Long Island: After the 9/11/2001 Twin Towers terrorist attacks, Pfeifer helped recovery efforts at Ground Zero, and by 2008 was battling cancer. Pfeifer – along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, Representatives Peter King and Carolyn Maloney, and others – helped make sure the 2010 James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act was eventually extended to 2090.

Fund raiser for firefighter Ray Pfeifer on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at East Meadow Firefighters Benevolent Hall, New York, USA. The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums band performed. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

East Meadow, New York, USA. March 31, 2012. The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums band performing at Ray Pfeifer Benefit. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band participates in the U.S. Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington DC in a few weeks, it will be continuing its mission of proudly representing the Nassau County Fire Service.

To help the band reach its $10,000 goal to cover transportation & lodging costs for its 40+ members, their band manager created a gofundme fundraiser: “Presidential Inauguration Parade” for the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums. To donate, please click on the above link – or enter this URL in your browser: https://www.gofundme.com/js9n5w

  • Photo Video of Ray Pfeifer Fundraiser, with Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums music:


(Thank you to Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums, esp. Band Manager Alan Jacoby, for permission to use their music in above photo video of 2012 Firefighter Ray Pfeifer Benefit.)

  • UPDATE 1/18/2107:  $17K+ of revised $20K goal has been raised at gofundme

slideshow: Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums

slideshow: Firefighter  Ray Pfeifer Benefit

band’s official site: Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums

Ed Mangano, Tom Suozzi Debate, Nassau County Executive Candidates, 2013

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
October 13, 2013

On October 8, 2013, Republican incumbent EDWARD MANGANO, Nassau County Executive, and Democratic challenger THOMAS SUOZZI, former County Executive, had a heated debate hosted and moderated by the Nassau County Village Officials Association at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury.

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. 8th October 2013. R-L, Republican EDWARD MANGANO, the Nassau County Executive, and Democrat THOMAS SUOZZI, the former Nassau County Executive, are approached by supporters and media before the two face each other in a debate hosted by the Nassau County Village Officials Association, representing 64 incorporated villages with 450,000 residents, as the opponents face a rematch in the 2013 November elections.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. 8th October 2013. L-R, TOM SUOZZI and ED MANGANO before start of debate hosted by Nassau County Village Officials Assoc.  (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

More than once, the moderator asked for restraint from groups of hecklers in the audience.

Opponents Suozzi and Mangano face a rematch in the November 5, 2013 elections.

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Nassau County State of the County Address 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 17, 2012

During the March 14, 2012 State of the County Address, Nassau County’s Movie Industry was one of the topics highlighted by County Executive EDWARD MANGANO.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano gives State of the County Address, on Wednesday night, March 14, 2012, at Cradle of Aviation museum, Garden City, New York, USA. Mangano (front) was introduced by Legislator Peter Schmidt (at podium) Nassau County Presiding Officer and Majority Leader. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. March 14, 2012. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano gives State of the County Address at Cradle of Aviation museum. ( © 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

I already knew about one of the films mentioned – the Phil Spector Biopic (2012), starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren – because my daughter Sue was an Extra when some scenes were shot at Nassau County’s Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, Mineola, in 2011.

Understandably, Extras aren’t supposed to start chatting with principal actors, but when my daughter was positioned near Ms. Mirren on the grand stairway leading to the building’s entrance, Sue was concerned how Mirren’s shawl was dragging on the steps.

So  – when the cameras weren’t on – Sue pointed out the hazardously droopy shawl to Ms. Mirren, who was charmingly grateful for the head’s up.

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Nassau County Legislature Votes to Close 4 of 8 Police Precincts

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 6, 2012

Since it wasn’t surprising I was at the Nassau County Legislative Building for much of the day – from before noon until after 5 PM yesterday – I should have brought more food than a small coconut bar, especially since the meals others brought in were off-limits for my gluten-free diet.

The Nassau County Legislature voted to Close 4 of 8 Police Precincts, many hours into their Monday, March 5, 2012 meeting, which was so well attended by residents and Press that it was often Standing Room Only.

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Nassau County Legislature, controlled by Republicans, votes along party lines to consolidate 8 police precincts into 4, on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Mineola, New York, USA. Thomas Dale was confirmed as Nassau County Police Commissioner earlier that meeting. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. March 5, 2012. Newly confirmed Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

The 19 legislators voted along party lines, with the 10 Republicans voting YES and the 9 Democrats voting NO to the police precincts closing and – earlier in the meeting – to confirming THOMAS DALE as Nassau County Police Commissioner.

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Nassau County Legislature, controlled by Republicans, votes along party lines to consolidate 8 police precincts into 4, on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Mineola, New York, USA. Milagros Vicente (right, pointing finger), a North Valley Stream resident, was one of those shouting out in audience after a Yes vote by one of the legislators. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. March 5, 2012. At right, Milagros Vicente, of N. Valley Stream, protests vote to close 4 Nassau County Police Precincts. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

And the pizza wafting from the waiting room outside the Legislative Chambers smelled really good.

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Nassau County Legislature Postpones Controversial Police Precinct Vote

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
February 28, 2012

Before heading out to Mineola yesterday to cover Nassau County Legislature’s public meeting, I checked some government and facebook pages, and found out that the controversial vote about merging police precincts was postponed. (Vote is tentatively rescheduled for March 5, 2012.)

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Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (Republican) speaks about postponing vote on controversial merging of Police Precincts, on Monday, February 27, 2012. Vote is tentatively rescheduled for March 5. (Ann E Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. Feb. 27, 2012. Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R) speaks to press about postponing vote on controversial merging of Police Precincts. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

While getting verification about the postponement, I learned the “We the People Save our Waters Coalition” was holding a noon rally about stopping the long-term lease of Nassau County Sewage Treatment Plants, and it would be held outside the county’s Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, so I headed out to catch that first.

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