Category Archives: Activism

Garden City, New York, USA. November 6, 2018. Nassau County Democrats watch Election Day results at Garden City Hotel, Long Island. LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY, candidate for New York Congressional District 2, speaks to supporters after incumbent King is declared winner. CHRISTOPHER SHIRLEY, her husband, joined her onstage. © 2018 Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com

Purple Reign Day for Long Island Voters

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 12, 2018

Perhaps even more media outlets than usual covered the Nassau County Democratic Election Results Watch this Nov. 6th, for one of the most hotly contested Congressional races nationally was NY District 2, and the Democratic candidate, Liuba Grechen Shirley, was on site there at the Garden City Hotel.

Garden City, New York, USA. November 6, 2018. Nassau County Democrats watch Election Day results at Garden City Hotel, Long Island. KEVIN THOMAS was elected New York State Senator for 6th District. His wife RINCY is standing next to him. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. November 6, 2018. Nassau County Democrats watch Election Day results at Garden City Hotel, Long Island. KEVIN THOMAS was elected New York State Senator for 6th District. His wife RINCY is standing next to him. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

A surprise victor at the event was Kevin Thomas, who, despite modest campaign funds and no name recognition, strategically defeated Republican 29-year incumbent Senator Kemp Hannon. Chase, who was five when his opponent started in office, will become the first Indian American NYS senator.

Though there wasn’t a similar upset outcome for the race between Republican 26-year incumbent Pete King and blue wave, pink wave, first time candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley, it was a very close contest.

Each candidate was in the lead at some point, making for a night of emotional crests and troughs for Grechen Shirley and her supporters, many of whom were there wearing Liuba campaign t-shirts and buttons.

  • VIDEO – 2018 Nassau County Democratic Committee, Election Night: 

  • Democratic candidates and elected officials at the event &/or in above photo video include:

Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, NY05
Congressman Tom Suozzi, NY03
Liuba Grechen Shirley, Congressional candidate NY02

NYS Senator John Brooks, District 5

NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, District 35, Senate Minority Leader
NYS Senator-Elect James Gaughran, District 8
NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky, District 9
NYS Senator-Elect Anna Kaplan, District 7
NYS Senator-Elect Kevin Thomas, District 6

NYS Assemblywoman-Elect Judy Griffin, District 21
Mike Reid, NYS Assembly candidate, District 14

Joanne Curran Perrucci, candidate for Nassau County District Court judge, District 4

Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Supervisor
Laura Gillen
, Hempstead Town Supervisor


2018 Election Night, Garden City:  GALLERY

“2018 Election Night, Garden City”: PHOTO VIDEO

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Steve Israel Brings Out His BIG GUNS on Long Island

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 22, 2018

Rep. STEVE ISRAEL – the former N.Y. Congressman now on his second literary campaign – packed Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine last Friday night when his new novel “Big Guns” made its Nassau County debut at the neighborhood book store/cafe bar in Rockville Centre.

Rockville Centre, New York, USA. April 20, 2018. R-L, Author STEVE ISRAEL and Moderator RITA KESTENBAUM hold Israel’s newest novel BIG GUNS at special event for the former Congressman’s book at Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Rockville Centre, New York, USA. April 20, 2018. R-L, Author Steve Israel and Moderator Rita Kestenbaum hold Israel’s newest novel BIG GUNS at event for former Congressman’s book. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

“Big Guns” is a satire about America’s 800-rounds-gorilla gun lobby, a feckless Congress, and the small fictional town of Asabogue on Long Island’s East End. 

Moderator RITA KESTENBAUM – a gun-control activist, non-profit founder, and former Hempstead Town Councilwoman whose daughter was senselessly shot to death while away at college – introduced Israel after brief words from a couple of local officials, including Hempstead Town Supervisor LAURA GILLEN who told how, early in her legal career, she quit after her first day on a job when she learned the NRA was a major client of the firm.

Rockville Centre, NY, USA. April 201, 2018. Sitting facing audience, Rep. STEVE ISRAEL speaks at event for the former Congressman's newest novel BIG GUNS, at Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine. Left of Israel is Moderator RITA KESTENBAUM. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Rockville Centre, NY, USA. April 201, 2018. Sitting facing audience, Steve Israel speaks at event for the former Congressman’s newest novel BIG GUNS, at Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine. Left of Israel is Moderator Rita Kestenbaum. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

With the sharp insight and wit noted in reviews of “Big Guns” and his debut novel “The Global War on Morris,” Israel shared details of his writing process and general experiences with fellow Congress members, especially while in the privacy of the Senate elevator, that helped shape the novel Congress. 

The first time I covered this event’s author and moderator together was a 2016 Panel on Preventing Gun Violence that then-Congressman Israel co-hosted with Hillary Clinton in Port Washington, with Rita Kestenbaum as one of five panelists who lost a family member due to gun violence.

Friday night, when asked if he saw a chance for more effective gun-control laws, Steve Israel mentioned – with fettered optimism I happen to share – the social media savvy Never Again movement created by teen survivors of February’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High mass shooting. 

Rockville Centre, New York, USA. April 201, 2018. Rep. STEVE ISRAEL signs book for a fan at special event for the former Congressman's newest novel BIG GUNS, at Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine store. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Rockville Centre, New York, USA. April 201, 2018. Steve Israel signs book for a fan at special event for the former Congressman’s newest novel BIG GUNS. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After the Q&A, Israel signed copies of his book, with the line of “Big Guns” toting fans trailing into the bar in the next room.

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