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Jul
18
2020

Lawmakers and activists across Long Island saluted civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Rep. John Lewis as they mourned his death, which comes at a time when communities are still confronting racial injustices decades after he started fighting for equality.

“John Lewis’ life and now his death has to inspire us — all of us — to keep going for justice, for reform and for equity,” said Tracey Edwards, Long Island Regional Director of...read more ››

Jul
17
2020

Democratic Sen. Jim Gaughran in a letter released Friday urged top leaders in the U.S. Senate to extend the $600 in unemployment assistance for those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The money, which comes in addition to traditional unemployment benefits, is set to expire at the end of the month.

“It is imperative that the U.S. Senate follow the House of Representatives’ leadership and extend Federal...read more ››

Jul
13
2020

The proposal is sponsored by state Sen. James Gaughran, D-Suffolk, who said the issue was raised to him through a constituent. The person had been served with a jury notice, but was concerned about being around people due to the coronavirus pandemic, said the Long Island Democrat...read more ››

Aug
5
2019

A New York legislator is looking to pass two bills that would bring harsher penalties for boating while intoxicated.

Sen. Jim Gaughran wants to make it a felony to boat while intoxicated with a child 15 or under. Currently, a BWI is a misdemeanor.

The other law would take away your driver's license for a BWI conviction.

"While drunk boaters pose a danger to themselves and others, people who knowingly choose to operate a...read more ››

Jul
31
2019
Jim Gaughran & Joe Saladino Holding Oysters Used to Help Clean the Bay

Community oyster gardens could be Long Island’s solution to improve the region’s polluted water quality.

The Town of Oyster Bay plans to increase the number of oyster gardens in several places, like Laurel Hollow. Officials say the reason to expand is environmental.

Oysters act as natural filters. They feed on contaminants in the water. Oysters can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day.

State Senator Jim Gaughran...read more ››

Oct
26
2018

The state legislative races on November ballots can be like the filet of sole on a steakhouse menu — not what most people are looking for. Yet, though the governor’s race, and even congressional races, will draw the greatest interest on Nov. 6, elections for the New York State Senate are unusually important this year and deserve New Yorkers’ full consideration.

Democrats are in solid control of the Assembly, but Republicans control the...read more ››

Oct
24
2018

Two years ago, James F. Gaughran lost a bitterly contested State Senate race to longtime incumbent Carl L. Marcellino. The margin was small — about 1,700 votes of more than 146,000 cast.

Our judgment in 2016 was that Gaughran was the better candidate, and nothing has happened to change that assessment. If anything, it is even more true today.

Marcellino, 75, has represented his district well in his 23 years in office. His...read more ››

Oct
22
2018

The left-leaning Daily Kos website last week gave a boost to the campaign of Democratic state Senate candidate Jim Gaughran, pointing to his race on Long Island as key to helping flip control of the chamber.

Gaughran’s shoutout on the website led to 4,000 individual contributions totaling more than $47,000 as a result, his campaign said.

Gaughran is running to unseat Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino.

The race was one of...read more ››

Oct
17
2018

The race for the 5th Senate District seat is pitting a seasoned politician against a familiar opponent.

The district covers parts of the North Shore of Long Island in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Democratic challenger Jim Gaughan says he's been campaigning hard against 23-year veteran state Sen. Carl Marcellino in the district that covers parts of the North Shore in Nassau and Suffolk.

Gaughan says he wants to bring...read more ››

Oct
16
2018

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Tuesday endorsed Democratic state Senate candidate Jim Gaughran in Long Island’s 5th Senate district.

“Jim Gaughran has proven that he is a responsible leader who is able to keep costs low while maintaining outstanding services,” said Schumer, the Senate minority leader.

“As Chair of the Suffolk County Water Authority, Jim has shown that he has the skills Long Island families need from their next...read more ››

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