Nassau County Democrats Rally Support


“We’re anticipating a large turnout, which I think is certainly indicative of the measure of importance when it comes to efforts to win back Nassau County,” said Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs prior to the Nassau County Democratic Committee Annual Spring Dinner, recently held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. “In 2017, I’m sure Nassau County will be getting attention, not just on a local level, but around the country.”

Jacobs’ prediction was justified by the substantial crowd that amassed on Monday, April 24, as just over 100 tables of Democratic dignitaries, candidates and supporters alike filled the grand ballroom.

The Nassau County Democratic Committee Annual Spring Dinner was recently held at Woodbury’s Crest Hollow Country Club

Following cocktail hour, Jacobs opened up the dinner portion of the night articulating the aims of the Democratic party, specifically within the county, and introducing the lengthy list of influential politicians within the room, including Tom Perez, special guest and chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Also in attendance was Lee Seeman, currently serving her third term as a councilwoman for the Town of North Hempstead, representing the communities of North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park and Floral Park, and the villages of Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Russell Gardens, University Gardens and Lake Success. Seeman was presented with the Judy Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award.

“You can help the committee by getting involved right now. Let’s take back our county, then our country,” said Jacobs before welcoming Laura Curran, the current county legislator, serving the Fifth Legislative District, encompassing Nassau’s South Shore, who is running for the county executive position.

Running on a platform vowing to “end the culture of corruption and restore Nassau’s faith in its government,” Curran, who was elected to the legislature in 2013 and re-elected in 2015, is best known for enacting legislation that aided veteran-owned businesses, and mitigating the “zombie home” epidemic across Nassau County communities.

She will be running against Republican candidate Jack Martins, former New York State Senator representing the Seventh District, who was defeated by Democrat Tom Suozzi, also present at the dinner, in the 2016 election to represent New York’s Third Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

“We must stay vigilant and not let the forces of hate divide us again,” said Curran. “Local governments have been synonymous with corruption. Let’s end this culture of corruption. I ask the rest of Nassau County to join me in this fight.”

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez

Attention toward the main stage at the front of the room intensified as Perez prepared to address the crowd. Known for his work in the Obama administration as the secretary of labor, nominated for the position in March 2013 and sworn in on July 23, 2013, Perez has been an outspoken proponent of fighting voter suppression, targeting gerrymandering, supporting state parties and emboldening candidates at all levels of government, and making facts on President Donald Trump and the Republican party more easily accessible.

Despite rumors that Perez might have served as a running mate to presidential-hopeful Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, he was ultimately not selected. He announced his candidacy for chair of the Democratic National Committee on Dec. 15, 2016, arguing that “we’ve got to organize, organize, organize. And we’ve got to make sure we build those relationships with state parties because we’ve lost touch with our voters…And the way you do that is to get out there in the communities, not just in urban areas, but in suburban and rural America and talk to people and listen.”

His presence at the Woodbury-based spring dinner was an attempt at just that, appealing to the likes of Nassau County’s Democratic hopefuls in the upcoming elections.
Much of his speech centered around Trump’s failure to enact any meaningful legislation within the first 100 days, despite the administration’s adamant touting of the fact that the President has signed 30 Executive Orders, more than any former U.S. president.

“The first 100 days have been riddled with corruption,” said Perez. “We are a strong country because we are a compassionate country, and these 100 days have indeed been chaos and carnage. We have the power of the people and we will continue to fight.”
He continued on to express his faith in local government, and the necessity of developing a Democratic stronghold across all levels of government.

“Local municipal elections are so important. We need to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket, from the school boards to the State Assembly,” he concluded. “We need to articulate what we believe, which is a government and an economy that works for everyone. We are a party of ‘we,’ not a party of ‘me.’”

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Nicole Lockwood is the former editor of the Syosset Jericho Tribune and New Hyde Park Illustrated News.


  1. No justice for Darryl Woody in Nassau County’s (corrupt0 Supreme Courts in Mineola. Darryl Woody’s death on January 3, 2011, while on 1to suicide watch; being treated by doctors at NUMC, was caught on Video Surveillance Cameras implemented by federal authorities, DA’s Office and Nassau County’s legislature. Darryl Woody’s Human and Civil Rights are being violated by Nassau Count’s Executive Administration and the Supreme Courts In Mineola. NCCC blames the Medical Center. NUMC blames that jail. Both Conspire to ‘hide the truth’ by denying access to the Video Surveillance Camera Files that depict Darryl Woody’s true cause of death by_asphyxiation, while on “1to1 suicide-watch at NUMC_a homicide! This is a cover-up; a “Major Scandal that’s being perpetrated against an innocent, mentally-ill, pre-trial detainee, who was begging for his (prescribed) medications, when he, like Thomas Pizzuto (1999), was attacked beaten brutalized and then tortured for seventeen hours before being transported to NUMC the following day for treatment. Days later Darryl Woody was said to have been “Found” hanging by jail guards that were suppose to be on constant 1to1 watch; sitting outside his room door at NUMC. This is a “homicide” that’s being covered-up as a suicide by hanging by NUMC, NCCC, and Nassau County’s (federally indicted) Executive, including members of the Jail Advisory Board and the legislature. Nassau County has engineered this case to stay in local courts instead of the feds by poisoning the attorney pool and compromising our lawyers ethical responsibility to effective counsel. Three Conflicts of interest concerning three separate lawyers have happened due to corrupt tactics, political connections, or just ‘seling-out’ Nassau County’s corporate establishment that runs Nassau County and the judicial system. This is a political hit-job that is being perpetrated by Ed- sticky-fingers -Mangano and his crony appointed operatives at NUMC and in the Sheriff’s Department; facilitated by Norma Gonsalves collaborating, colluding regime in the legislature. This is a federal case! Where are the feds? The feds are in bed with Nassau County’s corrupt politics. How did the Homicide Division, DA’ s Office, NYSCOC, NYCLU, The AG’s Office, Internal Affairs, Risk Management at NUMC, [all] fail to review the Video Surveillance Files that depicts the truth? Systematic collusion, malfeasance, misfeasance, omission and enterprise corrupt fraud by a Continuing Criminal Enterprise led by Nassau County’s racketeering ‘Boss’ Ed-sticky-fingers -Mangano in his fraudulent schemes that defrauds tax-payers. NUMC and NCCC are getting away with murder! This made possible with the aid of Nassau County’s corrupt courts where discovery motions to review the video(s) are being injudiciously denied by justices at the Supreme Courts. What’s NUMC. NCCC, Nassau County ‘HaveTo Hide?’ :”We Can Handle The Truth!” Release The Video(s)!” “Now!” Trial Date September 11, 2017. Index: 017721/2011 Foil Request not effective!

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