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!
The Executive Board of the Brookhaven Town Democratic Committee has overwhelmingly endorsed Judge Theresa Whelan for Suffolk Surrogate Judge.
“Theresa Whelan is a life-long Democrat. She has served on the bench for ten years and is the only truly qualified candidate to serve as surrogate judge,” said Brookhaven Democratic Chair Lillian Clayman.
“To run a Republican in a Democratic primary is an all-out assault on our party and the values that we stand for,” Clayman said. “We will be waging a campaign against this attempt to hijack our party by the Republicans. It’s dirty tricks, plain and simple.”
Longtime Democratic activist and First Council District Leader Barry McCoy said, "It is outrageous that there are supporters of Tara Scully in the Democratic Party who are attempting to deny the public a choice for the Surrogate court judgeship by supporting a Republican to be a candidate on the Democratic line. Party lines should be restricted to party members. New York law should be changed to forbid the process of cross endorsement which is a major source of corruption."
Scully, a registered Republican, is challenging Theresa Whelan for the Democratic line in a primary to be held on September 13th.
“As Democrats, we will stand should to shoulder against the Republicans and their enablers who want to destroy our party and what we stand for,” said Clayman.
The following rules are applicable for committee members who will be collecting signatures for petitions.
- Petition carriers must be a registered Democrat.
- All petition signers must be registered Democrats who are registered to vote in the district where the candidate is running.
- The dates the voters sign must be in chronological order top to bottom of the sheet, June 4, June 6, June 9, etc. (or 6/6; 6/6; 6/9...).
- Petition Carriers cannot sign a petition sheet that they are carrying, because you cannot witness the collection of your own signature. You may sign a different page of a petition if it is gathered and witnessed by a different person.
- Petition carriers must actually see the petition being signed by the voter.
- All signatures must be in blue or black ink. Never use pencil.
- Persons should sign the petitions with the same name as they are listed. Tell the voter how they are registered before they sign to avoid mistakes. No one may sign for another person. Women must sign their own first name and not their spouse’s. Do not use titles (Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.).
- The date the voter signs should be filled in when the voter signs the petition.
- The Law requires that the only thing the voter must fill out on the petition sheet is his or her signature. They should use their actual signature, not print their name. The petition carrier can fill in the addresses. We suggest that the voter’s signature is the only information that should be filled out by the voter on the petition. Before the voter signs, you should print clearly and legibly on the petition, in the voters presence, the date. However, it is not wrong or incorrect for the voter to fill in all the information him or herself. If the voter desires to do so, let the voter fill in the information. Just be sure the date, the address, and the printed name are correct and legible and that the voter signs on the correct line.
- Do not erase, cross out, or white out errors. If in error or in doubt, cross out the entire line and go to the next line below the line and have them sign properly. Do not try to correct mistakes after you have left the voter.
- Do not abbreviate names or addresses, except St., Ave., etc. Never use ditto marks.
- No Post Office Box numbers in place of the address of the signer. No zip codes, just the street address and the Village or Hamlet name. Example: 123 Smith Ave. Medford
Larry Tierney - Democratic Party Volunteer 776-9008
Many of you have asked about the Ballot Proposals.
Much thanks to Larry Tierney for putting together the information below:
PROPOSAL ONE - VOTE NO 😠
Constitutional Convention - Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?
This effort for a yes vote is supported by Reclaim NY, an organization funded by Robert Mercer who is Stephen Bannon’s financial backer.
PROPOSAL TWO - VOTE YES 😀
An amendment allowing the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer's pension if he or she is convicted of a certain type of felony.
PROPOSAL THREE - VOTE YES😀
An amendment authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes.
The proposed amendment will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns; as a substitute for the land removed from the forest preserve, another 250 acres of land, will be added to the forest preserve, subject to legislative approval. The proposed amendment also will allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of specified highways that cross the forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
(The NY League of Conservation Voters is a good source. They recommend a Yes Vote - You can google them to see for yourself. They are good at parsing out election propositions written in legalese and translating them into plain English.
Instructions When Voting By Absentee Ballot
When voting, carefully fill in each circle next to all 14 candidates names. Do not write anything on the ballot or it may be disqualified. When you mail back the ballot be sure to sign the OUTSIDE of the supplied envelope where indicated. Put your filled out ballot in that envelope, seal it and put it in the self-addressed envelope supplied. You must add a postage stamp to the outer envelope. The deadline for returning the filled out ballot is that it must be postmarked no later than Monday Nov. 6th, the day before Election Day, Nov.7th.
On Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, Donald Trump stood in the lobby of Trump Tower and answered questions from the press in what will be remembered for a long time as the most bizarre, offensive, and divisive remarks ever given by a sitting President of the United States. Although the controversial points of this "speech" centered around President Trump attempting to construct a false equivalency between peaceful protesters and white supremacists, the title of the Q&A session is officially known as "Remarks by President Trump on Infrastructure." In this blog entry, we are posting some statements from our 2017 Democratic candidates in reaction to the President's remarks.
"I was saddened, disgusted, and downright terrified by the hate and ignorance on display in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. Everyone in this country has both a civic duty and a moral obligation to stand up and speak out in the face of unadulterated bigotry—in the face of evil people who assault the values of equality and tolerance that have buttressed this nation for over two-hundred years. The President of the United States has that duty and obligation above all others. I had the very brief privilege of interning for President Obama in the White House Counsel’s Office after I graduated from law school. President Obama was absolutely correct when he tweeted that “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” That sentiment stands in stark contrast to what we heard today from President Trump. Simply put, there are not two sides to an argument when one side is carrying swatsikas. Our elected leaders at all levels, from the President to the most local official, have a duty to speak out against those who preach hate and those who give them cover. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Heather Heyer, the families of the two Virginia State Police officers who died, the other victims of the domestic terrorist attacks in Charlottesville, and anyone in this country who still suffers at the hands of such intolerance."
-- Jack Harrington, Democratic Candidate for Brookhaven Town Supervisor
"When you wonder if national politics ever affect local events, think of the innocent people fighting against white nationalists coming to their community and a President who doesn't condemn the ensuing violence. Today and every day I stand with anyone and everyone who fights against hatred."
-- Cindy Morris, Democratic Candidate for Brookhaven Town Clerk
"A young woman has died on American streets at the hands of a Nazi, and when pressed on the issue some of our leaders have decided to equivocate and to distract us with talk of statues and history. When confronted with this news - that a white supremacist rally has ended with a white supremacist murdering someone - the response should never be to say "there is blame on both sides" and that a group of white nationalists contained "very fine people." I urge everyone, wherever they may fall on the political spectrum, to look inside of themselves and realize that on this issue these people are wrong. A good leader should not further the divides in our nation by emboldening racists and bigots. I hold out hope for an America led boldly with of love, patience, introspection, and understanding. I believe it is the duty of all of our leaders to demonstrate such character, and I look forward to their statements condemning hate and violence."
-- Mike Goodman, Democratic Candidate for Brookhaven Town 2nd Council District
"When our elected representatives fail to uphold their oath to support and defend the Constitution and all it represents, then it becomes time for us to vigorously work to ensure that these individuals no longer hold elected office."
-- Lisa Di Santo, Democratic Candidate for Brookhaven Town 5th Council District
"At times like this when there is so much tension over the latest terrorist murder in Charlottesville, true leadership, at all levels, rises to the occasion. The ongoing rants of those supporting racism, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy are an affront to Americans. These acts and words are not just the rants of some fringe groups but represent the feelings of too many people. We need leadership that will step up and call out those who would look to divide our country and deny rights to American citizens. Rights guaranteed by our Constitution. Many Americans have died fighting for our freedoms and it is an affront to them to see the lack of backbone by many of the elected's. Those in office, at every level, who have not stood up show that they really aren't that offended by the actions of these groups and it is politically more comfortable for them to stand by and do nothing. Maybe that is what they do best."
-- Art Turkington, Democratic Candidate for Brookhaven Town 6th Council District
Jack Harrington, Democratic candidate for Brookhaven Town Supervisor, released a bold ethics plan to clean up Brookhaven Town.
Jack knows that there is a real cost to corruption. Every dollar that goes to an ill-gotten contract is a dollar increase in your taxes, a dollar taken away from our schools, and a dollar taken away from vital services to our seniors.
As the next Town Supervisor, Jack's plan will:
- Enact term limits for elected officials;
- Create an online contracting and vendor database, so every resident can see how their tax dollars are being spent;
- Enhance Contracting Disclosure Law;
- Strengthen the Board of Ethics; and
- Create an independent Inspector General to investigate Town contracts and root out corruption.
But let's face it, campaigns cost money and Jack is taking on a well-oiled political machine that has been running for 30 years. Can Jack count on you for a grassroots donation of $25, $50, or even $75 so he can take his campaign directly to the people of Brookhaven?
With your support, Jack will be able to deliver real reform in Brookhaven.
Harrington for Supervisor