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Gerrymandering hurts our democracy – Suffolk Times Op-Ed (2/24/2022)

Here is Op-ed I wrote for the Suffolk Times, that speaks about the perils of gerrymandering.
 

Phthalates: Small chemicals, big side effects

I was driving home recently with my car’s radio tuned to WLIW, and I was listening to Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb interview with Dr. Leonardo Trasande, director of NYU Langone’s Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards and a leader in children’s environmental health, about the recent publication of a study for which he was the lead researcher.  Bobby and Dr. Trasande were speaking about phthalates, exposure to them, and how they are a threat to all of us, yet hidden in plain sight.  Even after I arrived home and pulled into the driveway I sat paralyzed in my car, transfixed by what I was hearing. 

Now what are phthalates and why should we care?  

 

Phthalates, often called plasticizers, are a group of chemicals, usually found in plastics and gel-like products, that you and I use everyday and can act like hormones in the body. What is frightening is that exposure to these chemicals seems to be unavoidable due to the vast number of products that use phthalates- products such as food packaging, personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, perfume), vinyl flooring, detergents, and lubricating oils to name a few examples of the hundreds of consumer products that contain the these chemicals.

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“You’re right, I do not have a uterus, yet I care about abortion rights”

Nick at Women's March
Yesterday my daughter Annie and I traveled to DC to join two of my longtime High School friends (Melinda Reynolds-Moran and Dr. Laura Valente, two proud, strong, successful alums from the Sachem Class of ’82) for the Women’s March. My daughter, a senior at Southold High school, had never been to a protest, so I asked her to join me on the trip, and since my wife could not attend, it would give us a chance to spend some time together. “Annie, you’re taking an AP US Government and Politics class this year; this protest could offer something your text or teacher can’t, and that’s seeing and feeling democracy in action,” I said as I packed her bags in our car.  

 

“Why do you care so much about this issue? You’re not a woman,” she asked as we left the gas station in Cutchogue and began our 7-hour drive to Washington DC. “You’re right, I do not have a uterus, yet I care about abortion rights,” I said. 

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Suffolk County Needs an Economy that Works for Everyone

Suffolk County is one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and it is also a place where there has been little movement in wages and employment opportunities for decades. It shouldn’t be a struggle to find a job with a wage that can pay for housing and still put food on the table, but this is real and ongoing.

We Need Solutions Now!

We must recognize that our economy is changing fast, and we need to act! Long Islanders must have access to the tools they need to thrive in the new economy – not the old.

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Nick Antonucci – Values We Need Right Now

Nick Antonucci grew up in Holtsville, New York, right here in Suffolk County. It is where he learned discipline, perseverance, faith in God and country, and the value of hard work.

“The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary” is a quote that Nick’s grandfather shared with him when he was young and one he never forgot, and he has applied that simple principle to everything he has done since. As a student, teacher, and executive director of a nonprofit professional development school, Nick has always worked hard to succeed.

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Why I Am Running for Congress

Written on January 7th, 2021

For me, it’s really about my fellow New Yorkers – the great people of Long Island, my neighbors in the 1st Congressional District. I don’t care about the labels: Democrat, Republican, Right, Left. It’s about what is right and what is wrong; and I have seen enough wrong in my lifetime. It is time to make things right. This is why I am seeking your support for Congress.

The mindless violence and the misguided judgement we all witnessed in Washington DC on January 6th left me with a profound sense of shame and sorrow. Those who forced themselves into the Capitol and even some members of Congress, those who swore an oath to defend the Constitution, highlighted the deep divide and incivility that engulfs politics today. I will not stand for this.

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