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Schumer: Infrastructure Bill Could Give Suffolk Millions to Improve Water Quality


Suffolk County could be eligible to receive millions of roughly $55 billion in federal funding for water quality through the bipartisan infrastructure bill amid an increase in brown tide in Long Island waters, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Saturday at a news conference in Patchogue.

Speaking alongside environmental advocates and local officials overlooking the Great South Bay on Laurel Street, Schumer, the Senate majority leader, said that starting Monday, during negotiations over the bill, he will push the Senate to include funding for federal water infrastructure line items. That would help Suffolk and New York State tap water infrastructure funds to tackle brown tide in local waters.| read more ››

General Membership Meeting Special Guest Speaker DA Tim Sini


Dear Smithtown Democrats,

 There will be a General Membership meeting of the Smithtown Democratic Committee on Wednesday May 26, 2021, 6pm via Zoom.


At this meeting, our special guest will be Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini. Please join us as Tim Sini talks about the great work his office has done during his first term and updates the committee on his 2021 reelection campaign.


All committee members are encouraged to attend. Non-members who are registered Democrats are also invited. An email link will be sent out ahead of the meeting.


If there is something you feel should be on the agenda for this meeting, please reply...| read more ››

Shadowy group brings culture war to Smithtown school board election


An organization with no clear leader called Save Our Schools has inserted itself into school district politics and an upcoming board election in Smithtown, Long Island, stirring up grievances over issues such as white privilege and charging that school officials are indoctrinating students with an anti-police agenda.

The group circulated a newsletter several weeks ago that, within a wide-ranging litany of misinformation, falsely connected school boards and district leaders to left-leaning billionaire George Soros while condemning efforts to address racial equity and social justice.


It is a microcosm of a national movement against discussions of systemic racism in schools and educators’ attempts to rectify racial discrepancies, which conservatives have painted as a bid to immerse...| read more ››

Facing crush of crises, Joe Biden sworn in as 46th president

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Credit: Getty Images/Alex Wong

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in Wednesday as president and vice president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises faced by few of their predecessors.

With Donald Trump absent — he became the first president since 1869 to skip his successor's inauguration — Biden said he would be the president "for all Americans."| read more ››