Join us at BTDC Headquarters for the Turn Brookhaven Blue Rally: A Dress Rehearsal for 2020!
Come join and hear Democratic Chair Rich Schaffer, County Executive Steve Bellone, Democratic County Legislature Candidates, and Democratic Candidates for Brookhaven Town!
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10am at the Brookhaven Town Democratic Committee Headquarters at 757 Horseblock Road, Farmingville, NY 11738.
Volunteer!! Town-wide canvassing will immediately follow the rally!
Get out from behind your computers and volunteer! The 2019 slate of Brookhaven Town candidates are unified, hitting the doors, and ready to re-make town government so that it is responsive to the needs and voices of hard working, everyday Brookhaven residents—not special interest donors. Help us get rid of the current “pay to play” system of government by volunteering with a campaign. Activating volunteers and voters in 2019 will pave the way for change at the national level in 2020!
Check out our volunteer page to find out how you can take part, or contact one of the campaigns individually to help!
"The Mueller Report: The Findings of the Special Counsel Investigation" by Robert S. Mueller III, Special Counsel's Office U.S. Department of Justice is one of the most important and consequential documents of the modern era. Thanks to Audible, as long as you have an Amazon account, you can listen to the report for free (all eighteen hours of it).
There is also an Audible version of the Mueller Report provided by the Washington Post that's available for purchase, and includes exclusive analysis by their Pulitzer Prize winning staff.
If you prefer to listen to the report on SoundCloud, it is also available there (thanks to Mike Schaefer for the link).
To read along, you can download a PDF version of the redacted report at the US Department of Justice website.
Proposal 1 is a proposition appearing on the 2018 election ballot for all Brookhaven voters.
It would amend the Town Code of Brookhaven to establish a term limit of three (3) four-year terms for Brookhaven Town elected officials, and extend the term of office for those officials from two (2) years to four (4) years, beginning on January 1, 2020.
The Background -
With little more than two weeks’ notice the Republican-dominated Brookhaven Town Board put the resolution for this referendum on the calendar at a Town meeting on August 2nd, 2018.
- NO public hearings were held
- NO period of public comment,
- NO input from the Town Attorney
- NO request made to the Attorney General’s office to weigh-in on pertinent legal questions regarding the referendum.
When the town meeting was held, the residents who did show up to speak in opposition to this referendum were shouted at and bullied.
What the Board members said:
- Two-year terms make it difficult to get anything done, when you have to campaign and raise money every other year.
Every single member of the Town Council was re-elected with more than 60% of the vote, except for one. (Some of them routinely win with over 75% of the vote). On average, they raise $60,000. Campaigning is an important part of our democratic process, and they want to avoid going to the voters.
- Every other town in Suffolk County has four-year term lengths, except for Brookhaven.
Brookhaven is the only town in Suffolk County with a Councilmanic or “Ward” system. All other towns with four year terms ARE NOT. NY State’s Town Law Sec. 85 is very clear in that two-year term lengths are required for elected officials under a Ward system.
BROOKHAVEN ALREADY HAS TERM LIMITS ON THE BOOK! It was passed by referendum in 2003. The Solicitor General has concluded that two-year term lengths are mandatory for a Ward system of governance under state law.
This is an attempt to calcify Republican domination over Brookhaven government. There are some council members who have already served 12 years. This measure would re-set the clock, allowing them to stay in office as long as they want, making it THEIR choice, not ours.
Check out this Maddow segment featuring some interesting tidbits about Lee Zeldin and his campaign.
EDIT: Video has been removed from YouTube. You can find details about Zeldin's "misprinted" flyers at Salon.com in this article.
Join us at Perry Gershon's Farmingville Office this Saturday for a Get Out The Vote Rally with Congressional Candidate Perry Gershon, Congressman Eric Swalwell, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone!