Zeldin’s War on the Environment

By Perry Gershon:  (Source: https://www.facebook.com/pg/perry4congress/posts/?ref=page_internal)

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Lee Zeldin continues to support the Trump Administration’s destruction of our environmental protections. The new “plan” for coal represents one more example of the total disregard for the serious health effects of air pollution. The concept of allowing any state to remove all carbon dioxide emissions standards on coal plants is asinine. The fact remains that emissions from states like West Virginia affect people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and beyond. Most New Yorkers — but apparently not Donald Trump or Lee Zeldin — learned this key lesson decades ago, when New York and neighboring states successfully joined forces to defeat the threat of acid rain.

Lee Zeldin is one of the House’s biggest supporters of dismantling environmental protections under the guise of “deregulation”. Under President Trump, the EPA has been converted from an agency created and designed to protect American citizens, specifically their drinking water and the air they breathe, to an agent of industrial greed trying to wreck havoc on decades of good work. In 2018 alone, there have been 22 roll call votes in the House on environmental matters – Zeldin has voted with the polluters and against environmental protections on 21 of the 22 votes – hardly the mark of an environmentalist.

Let’s be very clear on Zeldin’s voting record. In his four years in the House, he has voted against the environment in 107 of 128 votes. He has opposed climate change protections in 22 of 23 votes. He is 7 for 7 supporting bills opposed to air quality protections and 9 for 9 in support of bills protecting dirty energy. On clean water, his votes are 100% opposed to protection on 19 different roll call votes. He is 8 for 8 voting against protecting wildlife.

We have a choice in November. I promise to work tirelessly to protect the environment – whether that be our clear air, clean water, clean energy production, or protecting wildlife. And I will make it my priority to get Plum Island protections through both the House and Senate and in front of the President to be signed into law, a task where Zeldin failed. Lee Zeldin has a track record of working against us and for big polluters. Perhaps not a coincidence he takes corporate PAC money while I will not. I urge you to support me to replace Lee Zeldin as the next Representative of NY-1.

 

 

Also read Why Trump is Taking on Car Emission Rules :  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/17/climate/trump-clean-power-rollback.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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When Fascism Comes to America…

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In response to articles in the Southampton Press:

“My opponent was attacking me [with those comments], trying to kick me out of office because of comparisons to Trump and Adolf Hitler, and that’s absolutely insane,” Mr. Zeldin said.

Mr. Gershon: “I talked about what’s going on and my fears,” he said. “I see creeping authoritarianism in Trump and Zeldin policies: taking babies away from mothers, siding with dictators against our intelligence agencies and allies, siding with insurance companies looking to take away health care and coverage for people with pre-exisiting conditions, calling the press the enemy of the people. Lee Zeldin has never criticized Trump for any of it.”

James Ewing writes:
The Holocaust Museum in Washington lists 14 warning signs of Fascism: 
1) Powerful and continuing nationalism:
“The nation-state remains the best vehicle for the life intended by God…I will always put America first…I am your voice…I alone can fix it.” —DJ Trump.  
2) Disdain for Human rights: Trump quits the UN Human Rights Council. ”Ignore due process…Torture works.”
3) Enemies as a unifying cause: “…build the wall…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, taking our money. They’re killing us.” 
4) Military Supremacy: “I want a Parade…I too have a Nuclear Button…much bigger and more powerful…and my Button works!” 
5)Rampant sexism: “I just start kissing, I don’t even wait, when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” 
6) Controlled mass media: “What you‘re seeing and what you‘re reading is not what’s happening…FAKE NEWS is the enemy…it may involve putting reporters in jail, a couple days, and they are ready to talk.” 
7) National security obsession: ”Islam hates usThey’re trying to take over our children…We’ll build the wall, folks…zero tolerance….Don’t even worry about it. Go to sleep. Go home, go to sleep.” 
8) Religion and government intertwined: “Trump has the Cyrus anointing to navigate in chaos [making America great again through an] imperfect human agent.”—Lance Wallnau, evangelical author and leader.
9) Corporate power protected: Companies are taking tax cuts, promoting deregulation, and anti-labor laws. Climate-change science deniers and industry insiders are now in key regulatory posts to ensure economic growth at all costs,
10) Labor power suppressed: The Trump administration has weakened health, safety, and consumer protections, cut funding for the National Labor Relations Board, blocked “right-to-work” laws, collective bargaining, family medical leave, and civil rights protections. 
11) Disdain for intellectuals & the arts: Trump cuts funding for: DOE’s Office of Science, The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, NASA, NOAA, NIH, NEH, CPB, NPR and PBS. The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities have all resigned. 
12) Obsession with crime & punishment: “…punch him in the face…lock her up…They should be forced to suffer…fast trials, death penalty…beheading…society will rot away until capital punishment is used more commonly.”
13) Cronyism & corruption: “…on my team…I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people.” 
14) Fraudulent elections: “Its a hoax.” 
“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” 
—George Santayana.
DJT and Zeldin (R) or Perry Gershon (D) in New York’s Congressional race? Your choice.
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Flip the House — Defeat Zeldin!

Zeldin's Record Print

By Jacquelyn Gavron & Amy Turner, July 19, 2018

New York’s First Congressional District (NY-1), historically a swing district, is represented by Lee Zeldin (R). He was initially elected with Tea Party support and is an unwavering Trump loyalist with extremist views. Here’s a sampling of how he’s voted.

HEALTH CARE

Zeldin voted for the American Health Care Act—the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare—which would have resulted in:

  • 14 million people losing health care coverage in 2018 (51 million by 2026)
  • Huge Medicaid cuts ($834 billion)
  • Loss of coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, which includes pregnancy.

ENVIRONMENT

Don’t be misled into thinking that Zeldin’s an environmentalist due to his votes on LOCAL issues such as offshore drilling and the “Save Don’t Sell Plum Island” bill (introduced by Bishop, 2013). On NATIONAL issues, he’s consistently opposed regulation and was rated among the worst environmental regulators 3 years running by the League of Conservation Voters. Zeldin’s voted to:

  • Slash EPA funding by $500M
  • Permit coal companies to dump mining toxic waste in streams
  • Prohibit the EPA from requiring oil and gas companies to reduce methane pollution—a key contributor to global warming.

GOP TAX BILL

Zeldin boasts that he voted against the tax bill because it eliminated SALT deductions. But months earlier he had refused to sign a bi-partisan letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin protesting its elimination. He voted against it because Ryan didn’t need his vote to pass the bill and has said little about its other damaging provisions such as:

  • Huge tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans
  • Repeal of the estate tax
  • Eliminating deductions for vets, teachers, and those with student loans
  • Increased taxes on many middle-class families.

GUN SAFETY

Zeldin has received $56,281 in NRA donations, more than any sitting NY representative. He co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would override New York’s strong gun laws and let gun owners from states with weaker laws carry hidden, loaded weapons in public places in New York and is opposed by law enforcement across the country, including AGs from 17 states, local police commissioners (including NYPD and SCPD) and the Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (comprised of 12 associations including the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association and the National Sheriffs Association). Zeldin has also voted against bills to:

  • Ban firearms in airports
  • Deny guns to people on the terrorist no-fly list
  • Prevent mentally ill veterans from buying guns
  • Fund CDC research on gun violence
  • Restrict the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms from regulating ammunition for semi-automatic weapons.

IMMIGRATION

Zeldin has been in lock-step with Trump’s immigration policies since his post-inaugural travel ban against Muslims and defended Trump’s comment about immigrants from “shithole countries.” He has also voted to:

  • Rescind DACA
  • Require state and local governments to comply with ICE requests to detain undocumented immigrants
  • Block funding for states and localities that have “sanctuary” laws on immigration.

LGBTQ RIGHTS

Zeldin has said he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman and has voted against the Marriage Equality Act of New York 2011 and legislation preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Zeldin has:

  • Supported Trump’s rescinding of Obama’s rule on transgender bathroom use
  • All but said he supported Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

Zeldin voted for a bill to ban abortion at 20 weeks (directly challenging Roe v. Wade), which was opposed by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as a serious threat to women’s health and not based on sound science. Zeldin has supported:

  • Defunding Planned Parenthood
  • Federal legislation allowing parents to prevent their daughters from receiving abortions.

 

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Money Cannot be Eaten

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Pronounced extinct in 1979, a small colony of black-footed ferrets was found in the wild near Meeteesee, WY, in 1981. Animals from this colony were used to start a captive breeding program, which has since released hundreds of animals back into the wild across the western states and Mexico. Hopefully these colonies will help to re-establish the species in the wild.

By James Ewing:
Trump’s Republican administration has been carrying out an unprecedented attack on our bedrock environmental laws, from the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, to the National Environmental Policy Act, to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
“Save EPA”, a volunteer organization made up of retired and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency says, the Trump administration is changing their mission from protecting human health and the environment to protecting industry.
On July 19th, the administration proposed the most sweeping set of changes in decades to the Endangered Species Act. 
Although 90% of voters support the ESA the Interior Department has proposed new provisions rendering it ineffective.These include a provision that, for the first time, “allows” economic consequences of protecting plants or animals to be considered when deciding whether or not they face extinction.
As originally written an endangered species is listed “solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available without reference to possible economic or other impacts of such determination.” The new proposal eliminates the latter phrase, thereby exposing a listing decision to cost-benefit analysis.
Another change requires considering economic factors when deciding whether or not a species should be protected at all.
Environmentalists are concerned the changes will remove protections for the country’s most threatened species.  (Including Polar bear, Texas ocelot, Florida panther, Woodland caribou, Leatherback turtle, Southern Blue Fin Tuna, Red wolf.)
The changes are part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to dismantle ecosystem protections and disregard science when making decisions about the environment.
In its 40-year existence, the ESA “has successfully protected 99% of all listed species” said Christy Goldfuss, at the liberal Center for American Progress, “this administration is working to further imperil the more than 1,600 threatened and endangered species.”
“This is the first time that we’ve seen an orchestrated effort by the president and Republican congress, the industry and the Interior Department all working together in a concentrated effort to eviscerate the act,” said Bruce Babbitt former Secretary of the Interior  (1993-2001).
Our voice endorsing this myopic, appalling gutting of environmental protections is our current house representative Lee Zeldin (R-CD1) and this voice cannot stand.
“Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught, 
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”
– Native American prophecy
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Zeldin’s ‘Kick Out’ Rally

After all, Zeldin’s rally wasn’t a ‘Kick Off’ but in stead, a ‘Kick Out’ rally.  Who better to comment as Karl Grossman, in the Riverhead Local:

https://riverheadlocal.com/2018/07/29/assault-on-the-press-hits-close-to-home/

Karl Grossman     Karl Grossman

Karl is a veteran investigative reporter and columnist, the winner of numerous awards for his work and a member of the L.I. Journalism Hall of Fame. He is a professor of journalism at SUNY/College at Old Westbury and the author of six books. Karl lives in Sag Harbor. Email Karl
He writes:

“It was an unprecedented incident in Suffolk County history — two journalists were kicked out of a political rally. It happened last month at a “kickoff” rally for Congressman Lee Zeldin whose district includes Riverhead and the other five East End towns, all of Brookhaven, a slice of Islip and most of Smithtown.

As Pat Biancaniello, editor of Smithtown Matters, one of the journalists kicked out of the rally, wrote in an editorial: “Last night I was ejected from the Lee Zeldin kick-off rally which I was invited to, without cause. Yes, I was invited to attend the rally by the Zeldin campaign and was credentialed by the Zeldin campaign. Upon arrival I was told to go anywhere I wanted to take photos, again by the Zeldin campaign. I stood in the same spot, with my credentials plainly in sight, for roughly an hour and a half before, out of the blue, I was told to leave without an explanation.”

Biancaniello continued: “I was forced to climb over a rope to get to the path leading to a door—(one woman sneered and said ‘bye bye’ as I walked past). Once out the door and in a backyard area, I was mocked by a group of people. A man upset that I was taking photos smacked my camera and I was told by security to leave the Elks Club premises. All the while I was wearing the press badge supplied by the Zeldin campaign and telling everyone I was an invited press person.”

As David Ambro, managing editor of The Smithtown News, wrote in an article: “Without provocation, without just cause, and without a word of explanation, the campaign staff of Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) threw me and a fellow journalist out of his campaign kickoff at the Elks Club on Edgewood Avenue in Smithtown Thursday, June 28. It was the first time in my 40-year career as a journalist that I have ever been thrown out of anything. I didn’t like it.”

“I saw a tweet that said we had been thrown out of a ‘white supremacist fest,’” Ambro went on, “a reference, I suppose, to one of the Zeldin-rally speakers, Sebastian Gorka, who Democrats charge is a ‘Nazi sympathizer.’ I’ve covered a white supremacist rally before — a cross-burning during a brief Suffolk uprising of the KKK in 1998 — and that’s not what this was. I will say, though, that being thrown out was arbitrary and capricious, overbearing and intimidating.”

Ambro declared: “It put us in a precarious situation, singled out in a crowd that was revved up to a fevered pitch by the rhetoric of the speakers and at a time when the president they idolize has declared the media to be ‘an enemy of the people.’ And, in the aftermath, the response by Rep. Zeldin and his campaign was in bad taste.”

The Press Club of Long Island issued a statement last week on what happened in which its board of directors stated: “When reached by the Press Club, Zeldin said in an email: ‘As Americans, we cherish our Constitution, freedoms and liberties, and that includes our sacred First Amendment protecting freedom of the press.’”

“The press,” said PCLI, a chapter (one of the biggest) of the national Society of Professional Journalists, “serves an important role to keep Americans informed of facts that allow us to form our own independent judgement on matters before our community, nation and world. The congressman, who was reportedly not present when the journalists were removed, said Biancaniello and Ambro were confused as protesters, and he invited them back to his events.”

PCLI continued: “While we appreciate Zeldin’s apology and strong statement on the press, we do not believe Biancaniello and Ambro should have been removed from the event in the first place. We see this most recent incident as part of a larger pattern of mistreatment of the press. The Trump administration set the stage in February 2017 when then White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer excluded The New York Times, CNN, Politico, The Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed from a press briefing. Around the same time, President Trump began calling the press the ‘enemy of the people.’ It was a phrase often used in the past by communist dictators to refer to dissidents, or political opponents. Trump has repeatedly employed the term to speak of hard-working journalists simply doing their jobs…As a nation, we must afford journalists the protections that we have from the time of our founding, thus allowing them to reveal important truths.”

I am proud that the Press Club of Long Island reacted quickly and strongly to what happened — and proud of the two Suffolk journalists who were put upon.

I founded PCLI in 1974. I was sitting at my desk at the daily Long Island Press reading a story about a reporter jailed for not divulging a source. My recollection is that this occurred in Maryland. I arranged for a gathering of Long Island journalists to form an organization to challenge this kind of thing. At the meeting I was elected president of the club.

Through the years PCLI has taken on various government officials on Long Island for not complying with the Freedom of Information Law and similar behavior — but journalists getting kicked out of a political rally here, this is new — and intolerable. The assault on the media that is underway today in the U.S., led by Donald Trump, is an attack on the U.S. democratic process. It is not acceptable in the U.S.— and on Long Island.”

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3 D Printable Guns

From Linda James:

Wednesday could prove to be a landmark day in the gun debate. That’s when people can start legally downloading blueprints for 3D-printable guns. The implications of this could be historic. Do-it-yourself firearms don’t have serial numbers and are untraceable. Supporters say the ability to build unregulated and untraceable guns makes it much harder, if not impossible, for governments to ban them. Others fear the technology will make it easier for terrorists and people who can’t pass background checks to get guns.
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Check out this YouTube Video!
Where does Lee ZELDIN stand?
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VIDEOS on 2 Great Unity Events

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Perry Gershon speaks at the Democratic Unity Rally in Smithtown 6.28.18  Posted by Mark Ledzian:   https://vimeo.com/277871509

Perry Gershon and all 4 primary Dem. opponents join forces at July 1st Unity Event in the Springs (East Hampton).   Filmed by Nigel Noble    https://vimeo.com/280783262
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