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Hempstead NY, Oct. 5, 2018. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks at podium at start of Town Hall Meeting at Hofstra University, Long Island.

Gillibrand Town Hall at Hofstra: YES to Affordable Health Care, Good Education, Diversity, Protests & Hope

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

Hempstead NY, USA, Oct. 5, 2018. Sen. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND poses with, L-R, MARIA TERESA ROMERO, ELSA FORD, and MILLIE MOTA, members of Brentwood Bay Shore Breast Cancer Coalition, at end of Town Hall at Hofstra University. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. Oct. 5, 2018. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), 2nd from right, poses with, L-R, Maria Teresa Romero, Elsa Ford, and Millie Mota, members of Brentwood Bay Shore Breast Cancer Coalition, at end of Town Hall at Hofstra. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Town Hall at Hofstra University last night, Oct. 5th, landed at the start of the Columbus Day holiday weekend. But midterm elections were only 31 days away, and the Student Center Theater was packed.

After Dean Meena Bose, the moderator, introduced Gillibrand, the senator spoke to the largely supportive audience.

Anyone who wanted to ask Senator Gillibrand a question had taken a red raffle ticket, and put half of it in a glass bowl before the Town Hall began. Tickets were drawn at random for the Q&A. 

Judge Kavanaugh

Not surprisingly, an early question was about the highly controversial Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh – which the Senate was voting on the next day.  

  • VIDEO – Judge Kavanaugh:

Gillibrand said she planned to vote against his confirmation because she thinks he’d put Roe VS Wade in danger, and “Judge Kavanaugh, he doesn’t value women, does not respect women, or listen to them.” 

Young Voters:

To a politically active but frustrated young voter, Gillibrand stressed the importance of being heard, voting, fighting for our country and values, and not giving up hope.

Excerpts from Gillibrand’s response:

“Don’t lose hope. Truth is, our Democracy never works unless regular people stand up and demand action….

“And, if we can really be heard and talk about our values and our priorities and how disappointing it is to have someone like Brett Kavanaugh serve on the Supreme Court, if we articulate that by voting, and organizing our communities, and even running if you think we must –

” – You’re gonna transform government, you’re gonna flip the house, and you’re gonna flip the senate, and that will create enormous oversight and accountability over the Trump administration, and give us a chance of unwinding some of the horrible things this president has already done, so do not lose hope.

“And most successful movements in this country have been student lead movements. So when young people care deeply, their parents care deeply, and so do their communities.

Opioid Crisis:

When a Hofstra alumnus asked what actual approaches were going to be taken to effectively deal with the opioid crisis, Senator Gillibrand said, “Children are dying all across this country,” and discussed how more, and more effective, Prevention, Intervention and Response were needed.

Trump 2020:
An audience member asked, “For those of use who are on the ground, and are working hard everyday, and are gonna keep on working, what can we do so we can make sure we don’t end up with another Trump or somebody worse in 2020, outside from asking people like you to run in 2020, in all sincerity?”

Excerpts from Gillibrand’s response:

“I believe we will win, in both ’18 and ’20 because I think America believes in a set of values that President Trump doesn’t believe in…. We believe in the Golden Rule…. Making sure everyone has a chance at the American Dream.

“So whether you believe that health care is a right, not a privilege – clean water is a right – every kid should have access to a good education – that people shouldn’t be with laden with debt after college – that people should have the training to get a good job to earn their way to middle class, those four values will be on the ballot 2020.

“Those are American values I believe New Yorkers and people across the county will vote for, and that will be very different leadership than today.”

Immigration:

The last question was a long, multi-part one about immigration, and the audience softly booed when the questioner said the parents of Dreamers should never get citizenship.

When Senator Gillibrand’s response started with “I disagree,” the audience cheered. She then added, “That was a heartfelt question, so let me tell you why I disagree,” and responded energetically. [Video starts during audience member’s question]

  • VIDEO – Immigration:

Gillibrand concluded with a rousing message about diversity:

“Fundamentally, do not be afraid of people who need our help. We are rich. We are powerful. We can create a growing economy.

“And the things that create a growing economy is diversity – is ingenuity – is entrepreneurism – is innovation, and that comes from the beautiful panoply of America.”

Q&A topics also included:

  • Support of Senate bills protecting wildlife whose numbers are dangerously low.
  • Support of Peace legislation: Senate Bill S.2047, Preventing Preemptive War with North Korea Act of 2017, which has 13 out of 100 senators currently backing it.
  • Fighting hunger, including through food stamps – whose main recipients are children, seniors, and veterans – and through non-profit programs such as Island Harvest – Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization – which, as Gillibrand explained, “marshals food and supplies from people who have offered it to those who need it most.”

The audience applauded enthusiastically at the end of the Q&A.

Gillibrand promised to stay as long as it took for everyone who wanted a selfie with her to get one. (Well, they were sort-of selfies, since an aide took them, using audience members’ cell phones.)

The line for photos stretched from the stage to halfway across the back of the theater. 


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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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