Category Archives: Nassau County

Levittown, New York, USA. June 4, 2018. Debate between Congressional District 2 Democratic primary candidates Suffolk County Legislator DuWayne Gregory and Liuba Grechen Shirley, held by Seaford Wantagh Democratic Club at Levittown Hall.

Grechen Shirley & Gregory Debate: Rivals of ‘The King’

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 6, 2018

Levittown, New York, USA. June 4, 2018. Debate between Congressional District 2 Democratic primary candidates Suffolk County Legislator DuWayne Gregory and Liuba Grechen Shirley, held by Seaford Wantagh Democratic Club at Levittown Hall. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Levittown, NY, USA. June 4, 2018. Debate between NY Congressional District 2 Democratic primary candidates Suffolk County Legislator DUWAYNE GREGORY and LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY, held by Seaford Wantagh Democratic Club. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

On June 26th, Democratic Primary voters in NY Congressional District 2 will determine which candidate – LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY or Leg. DUWAYNE GREGORY – challenges the long-entrenched Republican incumbent in the midterm election.

Levittown, NY, USA. June 4, 2018. Candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley speaks during Congressional District 2 Democratic primary debate with Suffolk County Legislator DuWayne Gregory held by Seaford Wantagh Democratic Club at Levittown Hall. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Levittown, NY, USA. June 4, 2018. Candidate LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY speaks during NY Congressional District 2 Democratic primary debate with Suffolk County Legislator DUWAYNE GREGORY at Levittown Hall. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Community organizer, business and non-profit leader Liuba Grechen Shirley and Suffolk County Legislator DuWayne Gregory faced each other Monday, June 4, in a debate held by the Seaford Wantagh Democratic Club at Levittown Hall.

Levittown, NY, USA. June 4, 2018. Candidate Suffolk County Legislator DuWayne Gregory speaks during Congressional District 2 Democratic primary debate with Liuba Grechen Shirley held by Seaford Wantagh Democratic Club at Levittown Hall. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Levittown, NY, USA. June 4, 2018. Candidate Suffolk County Legislator DUWAYNE GREGORY speaks during NY Congressional District 2 Democratic primary debate with LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY at Levittown Hall. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The two Democrats, not surprisingly, have much more in common than not, but there are differences and points they each stressed.

Gregory is the Majority Leader of the Suffolk County Legislature, where he’s been legislator for the 15th District since 2008, compared to Grechen Shirley who hasn’t held an elected office.

Grechen Shirley’s fundraising efforts have been more successful, plus the mother of two toddlers recently gained national attention when she became the first female congressional candidate to get FEC approval to use campaign donations for childcare when she’s working on her campaign.

The following short videos – each about 5 minutes – are Gregory’s and  Grechen Shirley’s closing statements, and give insights about the candidates and the goals each would have if elected to congress:

  • VIDEO – DuWayne Gregory’s closing statement:

  • VIDEO – Liuba Grechen Shirley’s closing statement:

The candidates most forcefully voiced opposition for their Republican opponent running for his 14th term, Rep. Pete King. When an audience member asked Gregory and Grechen Shirley what would happen if he or she didn’t win the June 26th primary – each promised to support the winner’s campaign to unseat King.

Gregory & Grechen Shirley Debate: SLIDESHOW | GALLERY

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Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON goes on stage to deliver Keynote Address during Day 1 of NYS Democratic Convention, held at Hofstra University on Long Island.

Hillary Clinton Returns to Hofstra to Speak at NYS Democratic Convention

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 24, 2018

HILLARY CLINTON acknowledged the elephant in the room early in her Keynote Address at the New York State Democratic Convention at Hofstra University yesterday, May 23, 2018.

Hempstead, New York, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON greets GEOFF BERMAN, Executive Director of New York State Democratic Committee, as she goes on stage to deliver Keynote Address during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention, held at Hofstra University on Long Island. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON greets GEOFF BERMAN, Executive Director of NYS Democratic Committee, at NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Clinton said, “Being here at the Mack [Sports and Exhibition Complex] at Hofstra brings back good memories of the first debate in 2016 against the Republican nominee….” and added, “It was a great night – mostly because I won.”

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON delivers Keynote Address during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON delivers Keynote Address during Day 1 of NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The friendly audience aiming for a Blue Tide in upcoming elections cheered. 

Hempstead, New York, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON delivers Keynote Address during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention, held at Hofstra University on Long Island. NYS Democratic Leaders on stage include CHRISTINE QUINN, Exec. Committee Chair, sitting to right of Clinton. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON delivers Keynote Address at NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. NYS Democratic Leaders on stage include (3rd from right) CHRISTINE QUINN, Exec. Committee Chair. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Clinton strongly endorsed Gov. ANDREW CUOMO, who’s running for a third term, and she said the governor and Lt. Gov. KATHY HOCHUL stand up to the president. At the end of Clinton’s speech, Gov. Cuomo – in a surprise appearance – joined her onstage and presented a large bouquet to the former First Lady, Secretary of State and NYS Senator, as delegates applauded, stood, and held up “Thank You Hillary” and “NY ♥ HRC” posters.

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. Delegate, the president of her Democratic club, is holding 'NY heart-symbol HRC' poster in convention hall during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. Delegate, the president of her Democratic club, holds ‘NY ♥ HRC’ poster during Day 1 of NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Flanking Clinton’s appearance, two incumbents running for re-election won their party’s nomination. State Comptroller TOM DiNAPOLI gave his acceptance speech after winning unanimously. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul – who’s facing challenger NYC Council Member JUMAANE WILLIAMS in the Sept. 13th Democratic Primary – gave her acceptance speech after winning.

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON and Governor ANDREW CUOMO, holding bouquet for Clinton, are together on stage during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention, held at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON and Governor ANDREW CUOMO, holding bouquet for Clinton, are together on stage at NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Meanwhile….

During Clinton’s speech, her Hofstra 2016 debate opponent was nine miles away in Bethpage, having accepted Rep. PETE KING‘s invitation to lead a roundtable on MS-13 violence on Long Island.

The president began by mentioning he spent a lot of hours at beautiful Bethpage State Park – where, according to a remark he made during his campaign, he used to arrive at 2 in the morning to play a round of golf.

2018 NYS Democratic Convention:  SLIDESHOW  |  GALLERY

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