Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen the Working Families Party first approached Zephyr Teachout about throwing her hat in the ring to challenge New York’s formidable Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary last year, her immediate reaction was, “How dare I?”This emotional response is the typical reaction many women have to overcome as they summon the courage necessary to fight their way into the boys’ club that is New York government—where women make up only 11 percent of the State Senate and just 20 percent of the Assembly, and where no woman has ever held the position of governor, attorney general or comptroller. Locally, the Nassau County Legislature boasts nine women among its 19 members and is led by Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), but just five of 18 members of the Suffolk County Legislature are women.This lack of parity in politics is astounding, considering that New York women have long demonstrated they can succeed at the top level of leadership in corporations, law, real estate and beyond. The challenges—both internal and external—that keep women from running for office does a disservice to the their natural constituency, as issues that range from choice to childcare to education fall by the wayside. Women’s voices are sorely needed in the highest echelons of New York politics. But first, they must “dare” to run.To find out more about this discrepancy, the Press spoke with a handful of prominent women in New York politics. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), state Assemb. Michele Schimel (D-Great Neck), former gubernatorial primary challenger Zephyr Teachout, former Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, outgoing Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, and Nassau County District Attorney-elect Madeleine Singas, a Democrat, discuss their experiences, from coping with the emotional toll campaigning might have on their families to overcoming feelings of inadequacy to contending with the challenges of unequal fundraising.When Hempstead Town Councilwoman Lee Seaman (D-Great Neck Estates) first asked Schimel to run for the Assembly, she remembers she became physically ill.“I felt the heat on my face,” Schimel told the Press. “She said, ‘People know you. You’re an activist.’ I had young children. I went home. I actually threw up.”Schimel got over it. She’s served in public office for 22 years.“I had to be asked to run,” she said. “If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be here today.”Her reluctance isn’t unique. On average, women need to be asked 14 times to run for elected office, according to a story that ran last year on NPR, because it takes that long to break through their objections before they will seriously consider running, whether it be for the school board or a seat in Congress.McCarthy wants more women to take the initiative—on many fronts.“They shouldn’t be waiting to ask for a pay raise if they know that they deserve it,” said the former Congresswoman. “They shouldn’t wait to advance themselves in whatever area they’re in. You’re not going to be asked. It’s still a man’s world. When I went to Congress, it was the first time in my life that I got equal pay because we all get the same paycheck. That doesn’t happen in the real world here.”Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University in the Bronx, says too many women rule themselves out for the wrong reasons.“I met a woman in Auburn (in upstate Cayuga County) the other day, covered in tattoos,” Teachout said. “‘People like me don’t run for public office,’ she said. ‘I’ve been divorced three times.’ We’re sort of stuck in a 1950s model of a politician, when we aren’t living in a 1950s world.”Teachout held center stage this June at a public discussion held in Hauppauge called “Why Educators Should Run,” sponsored by the New York State United Teachers union and the Working Families Party. The room was packed with teachers eager to hear how they could channel their activism, born out of a protest against the governor’s punitive Common Core evaluation system, into a change in public policy.“This is not a state in which women are not accomplished in every other area,” Teachout said, “so there’s something clearly systemically wrong in the way we’re selecting and supporting our candidates.”While on the campaign trail last year in Southampton, Teachout said that more women should be in New York politics, particularly so they could influence education policy.“Luckily we have women who are representing us federally, but not in Albany,” she told the Press, “and it’s affecting priorities.”“You know it’s a broken system when there are no women,” she added, “because it’s not that people don’t support female leaders, it’s that it’s a closed club.”Recently she was asked what ultimately gave her the courage to run against Cuomo in the Democratic primary.“I’ve wondered that myself!” she responded in a text message. “Even went and looked back over emails. But the key was, so much good could come out of it, and it was too good an opportunity to pass up.”She wanted to make it clear to women that running against someone is not being disrespectful.“It’s a sign of respect for the other people in your district or region that you think that they are adult enough to make these difficult decisions,” she explained. “Not that you are disrespecting this other person.”Former Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Rice was elected to Congress last year. (Photo: Nassau DA’s office)Rice believes women’s voices are crucial at all levels of government.“Women tend to be more pragmatic and collaborative,” she told the Press. “We absolutely bring a unique perspective to the table. And it’s not just about ‘women’s issues,’ but issues that affect all of us, from homeland security and veteran affairs to emergency preparedness.”“When I first announced that I was going to run for District Attorney, people thought I was crazy,” Rice added. “People said, ‘But no woman has ever held that position [in Nassau County] before. You’ll lose.’”Not only did Rice beat her opponent, 31-year incumbent DA Denis Dillon, she’s now in Congress, replacing Carolyn McCarthy in the seat she held for 18 years as the first female member of the House of Representatives elected from Long Island.“Just say, ‘Yes,’” Rice offered. “Say ‘yes’ to everything. Men do. Don’t let anyone else decide your potential.”McCarthy, retired last year after first being elected in 1997, told the Press that she’d had doubts about her own capabilities when she was first approached to run by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo.“I was speaking to a group of young women who were thinking about running, and I think they all came to the same conclusion: ‘Who am I that I think I can run for public office?’ I certainly had those thoughts myself,” McCarthy admitted. “I didn’t know anything about politics. I certainly didn’t know about fundraising and all the things you have to do to win an election. It’s difficult, and it depends how passionate you are about trying to make change.”McCarthy’s passion was fueled by her desire to make meaningful change in New York’s gun laws after the tragic 1993 LIRR massacre in which Colin Ferguson killed her husband, Dennis, and severely wounded her son, Kevin, as they were taking the train home together from Manhattan. She credits Kevin with persuading her to enter politics.“If my son hadn’t said to me, ‘Mom, you should run,’” McCarthy told the Press, then she probably wouldn’t have.“He said, ‘You’re already doing all the things it takes to be someone that wants to change legislation to try to save people’s lives,’” she continued. “So it was really [Kevin] that pushed me. It’s a difficult decision. Particularly because I was taking care of Kevin, and at that point of his recovery, he really couldn’t do a lot of things on his own, but he made a promise to me that if I run, that he will learn to do all the things he needs to do so that I could go out and campaign. So I had his support very strongly.”Family support is one of the biggest considerations that female candidates face. Often tasked with the primary responsibilities of taking care of children, women have to reconcile what affect their candidacy and elected office responsibilities would have on their family’s lives.“Women tend to be a lot more self-reflective and probably more self-doubting,” said Singas, who had replaced Rice as acting Nassau County District Attorney and won the job herself in Tuesday’s election.“For me, the decision to run was really about that I’d been doing this job for my entire professional career, and I never doubted my qualifications to do the job,” Singas said. “It was just about what effect it would ultimately have on my family and on my children. Did I want to put myself out there and my family out there for the kind of scrutiny and the unfairness that comes with campaigning? That was my only hesitation.”Singas hinted at the impact campaigning has on family time during her victory speech Tuesday.“They can finally have their mom back,” she said of her two children.Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas won the Nassau DA Race by a wide margin Tuesday. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Few of the women who spoke to the Press said that a career in government was their primary goal. What thrust them into the political arena was their personal experience as an activist on an array of issues.Both McCarthy and Schimel came into office via their passion to make lasting change in the state’s gun laws.“I was involved with Governor Cuomo in passing the assault weapons ban,” said Schimel. “I used to go to Albany every two years. They all knew me because I would yell at them.”But after a long time spent in the legislative process, Schimel says that other concerns arise for idealistic women like her.“You come in with a bunch of ideals, and by the end of the decade you have to look at all of the influences and make sure you are still true to your belief system,” Schimel said. “It’s difficult. I represent over 130,000 constituents who have so many different views. How do you represent them all and still stay true to the ideals that you came into the office with?”The Press spoke with McCarthy the day after a self-identified white supremacist gunman had opened fire in a South Carolina church, killing nine people on June 18. McCarthy was shaken by yet another American mass shooting, but her resolve to inspire lasting change has not wavered.“When I heard that there was a girl younger than nine or 10, who played dead, my heart just stopped,” McCarthy said. “That will never go away for all of these families that go through these kinds of tragedies. It’s heartbreaking, and I think that we do need more women that will be fighting for this because this is a family issue. It shouldn’t be a Democratic or a Republican issue. It should definitely just be an issue of protecting our people.”Thinking of others led Murray, the Hempstead Town Supervisor, to enter politics.“I always think of the vulnerable and people who need to be protected,” Murray told the Press at the Broadway Diner in Hicksville.“Actually, the three offices that I’ve held–I was the first women in each of those,” Murray said. “So, I like to think three fewer glass ceilings to shatter, I’m proud of that.”Before becoming town supervisor, she was town clerk and a state Assemblywoman.Former Democratic congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy seen in the film “The Long Island Railroad Massacre: 20 Years Later.”The transition from advocating for issues to launching a campaign for public office is rife with difficult choices for anyone, but for women, certain campaign responsibilities, particularly fundraising, appear to be more difficult. The playing field is not level.Women’s PACs, such as Emily’s List and Women’s Campaign Fund, have tried to help equalize women’s political fundraising capabilities, but women candidates remain at a disadvantage because funds tend to flow more readily toward the incumbents. Since men hold a vast majority of political offices, their war chests are exponentially more substantial.“It took me a lot of years to figure out when I was trying to raise money that the men—same issues, same ranking as I had—it was easier for them to get money,” McCarthy revealed. “I finally said to one group, ‘What’s the issue here? Because I’m a woman, I don’t deserve to raise the same amount of money as a man?’ And you know what? That changed. I was getting equal support. You have to ask for it.”Schimel observes that women often seem more comfortable giving money than asking for it, making fundraising particularly difficult.“It’s very frightening to ask for money to campaign,” she said. “It’s the hardest part. I daresay it’s harder for women.”But that’s the price women have to pay if they want to make a difference in public life, and women overcome tougher challenges than that every day, says McCarthy.“Give yourself more credit,” she said. “You’ve got more strength in you than you realize. And you can do the job. Because if you look at your daily life, you’re making executive decisions constantly.”In her best-selling business book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, coined the term “Impostor Syndrome,” a condition she says can limit a woman’s ambition and her sense of what she could accomplish.“Many people, but especially women, feel fraudulent when they are praised for their accomplishments,” Sandberg writes. “Instead of feeling worthy of recognition, they feel undeserving and guilty, as if a mistake has been made. Despite being high achievers, even experts in their fields, women can’t seem to shake the sense that it is only a matter of time until they are found out for who they really are: impostors with limited skills or abilities.”For these Long Island women in public life, they’ve faced themselves in private and found they had the ability all along.
Can we afford to hand over our Constitution to be rewritten? The First Amendment clearly states that Congress is forbidden to make any law abridging either freedom of speech or freedom of the press. However, it’s very much on their agenda to alter the wording of the Second Amendment in order to “clarify” its language for how they want it to read. Will this change the amendment or eliminate it? That depends on how they favor to make these changes. One supporter wrote, “What’s needed is a way for the states to have the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions … a constitutional amendment could be written, for example, allowing a three-fifths vote of the state legislatures to challenge court decisions.” Once the convention is graveled to order, any and all parts of the Constitution would be open to change. Will the 38-state ratification process protect us from bad amendments being passed? One only need look at history to find the answer is no.Who attends this convention? Any sitting or former member of Congress, judges, or legislators can be delegates. This means there could be a group of people serving there making compromises with each other to get the amendments they want passed voted out to the states. It’s an unpredictable situation.All Americans should let the elected officials know that they are expected to support our republic and thus avoid an Article V Convention. Beth JacksonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDid you know that 28 state legislatures have applied for an Article V Convention — also known as a constitutional convention? Since 1787, America has chosen to avoid the risk of a new convention that could rewrite our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Now 28 state legislatures want this. If just six more states apply, Congress will be forced to call an Article V Convention.
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The Jamaican – the world record holder in both the 100m and 200m – has had further scans on the injury, which showed the damage to be worse than anticipated.Bolt, who also won 11 world titles, has now retired from sprinting.Former United players Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin, Dwight Yorke, Phil Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Louis Saha, Mikael Silvestre, Jesper Blomqvist, Quinton Fortune and Dion Dublin are all expected to take part in the charity game.Bolt tweeted an image of his muscle tear and said the injury will require three months of rehabilitation.The Jamaican could only manage bronze in his penultimate race – the men’s 100m at London 2017 – before pulling up injured just as he began to hit top speed in his final event, the 4x100m relay, last Saturday.It meant the 19-time global champion, recently described by Lord Coe, the president of athletics’ governing body the IAAF, as “a genius” akin to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, bowed out being helped off the track by his team-mates, barely able to stand upright.“I don’t usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured,” Bolt said on social media, before later deleting the posts.“I have never been one to cheat my fans in any way and my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will not be able to play in Manchester United Legends’ game against Barcelona at Old Trafford on September 2 due to injury.It had been planned for the 30-year-old sprinting great, a lifelong United fan, to play in the fixture, which will raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.However, Bolt suffered a hamstring injury as he ran the final leg of the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday.
Dave Roberts knows better than anyone how small contributions can have big implications in October.An every-day player with the Dodgers in 2004, Roberts became a role player when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox at midseason. During the playoffs that year, he never picked up a bat – but he will never have to pick up another check in New England thanks to his series-turning stolen base in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.That experience makes Roberts an ideal salesman for the latest iteration of the Dodgers’ win-by-numbers approach, one that has reduced established every-day players like Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger, Brian Dozier and others into cogs in an analytical wheel.“I think the No. 1 sell is to win a championship and to sell guys that they can be a part in this process, in this collaboration, in this team in different capacities,” Roberts said. “And guys have delivered at different spots. So I think that that’s kind of the selling point. “The same thing goes in the bullpen. You can use these guys in the sixth, seventh inning or whenever. Then when you’re shaking hands at the end of a game, you can go, ‘I’m Scott Alexander. I got a lefty to hit into a double play in the seventh inning. That could have been the turning point.’ ‘I’m Max Muncy. I didn’t start but I got four RBIs the other day against the Padres’ or ‘I made a great defensive play’ or ‘I led the inning off and drew a walk.’ For me, that is really tangible stuff. So when we’re shaking hands after a game or we’re looking back on the season I’m going ‘I’m as much a part of this as the next guy.’”There might be a little more kumbaya to that than Roberts would admit. Players focus to varying extents on their numbers during the regular season. As competitors, they measure themselves against other players based on those numbers. As capitalists, they know their paycheck depends on them.In the month of October, though, numbers matter less.“I think it’s a different situation in the playoffs when the roster shrinks and it’s all about winning or losing that day,” Zaidi said. “Certainly you have that during the regular season, but the focus is even heightened now.“Guys have seen and remember too many relievers or pinch-hitters or pinch-runners who swung playoff games and those are the guys that get remembered. Everybody knows it just takes one moment to help win a game or a series this time of year.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “But with that comes a sacrifice, and just understanding that when your number is called, then just be ready when called upon. So it’s tough. It’s an adjustment for a lot of players. But, fortunately, we have players who have bought into that.”That hasn’t been an entirely voluntary process.“Honestly, we have no choice but to buy into it,” Kemp said in Atlanta on Monday with a laugh, adding that he has talked to Chase Utley about accepting his new reality.“It’s been working. Like you said, we got guys on the bench that could go somewhere and play every single day and make an impact. But we’re trying to win a championship, and every guy is on the same page, and our own common goal is to win a championship.”The sacrifices have been widespread, particularly in September when the Dodgers went full capacity, activating everyone on their 40-man roster. With that full house and a wide assortment of positional flexibility, Roberts went all in on platooning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season As a result, Kemp, Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier have not started more than three games in a row since August. Bellinger didn’t start more than four games in a row (despite being an option at two positions) in September. Max Muncy and Joc Pederson haven’t started more than three in a row since July.Only Justin Turner and Manny Machado were truly every-day players for the Dodgers over the final two months of the season.On the pitching staff, Ross Stripling, Alex Wood and Kenta Maeda were pushed from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Stripling (this year) and Wood (last year) were All-Star selections as starting pitchers. Maeda took a financial hit, giving up any chance of reaching bonuses in his contract based on life as a starter.“It’s hard being platooned. Everybody knows it,” Bellinger said, champagne and beer soaking his shirt in the Dodgers’ third post-game clinching celebration in 10 days on Monday. “Our whole team basically was. That being said, you’ve got to perform when it’s your time – and we started to hit lefties.”That is the ultimate rebuttal for any criticism of Roberts’ revolving lineups or in-house grumbling from players pushed into diminished roles – it worked.“At the end of the day, you look back at September and we were 20-9,” GM Farhan Zaidi said. “We were 20-9 with the expanded roster. We performed as well against left-handed pitching as we did all year. We know that position players want to play and starting pitchers want to start games. When they have that identity, that’s how they want to be used.“In this game, you need that kind of confidence. But I think going through that has put guys in better positions, where there’s some familiarity coming off the bench in this situation. The guys that we put in the ’pen got their feet wet during the season and now are more comfortable doing it.”Roberts no longer has 40 players at his disposal. But the Dodgers still head into their third consecutive NLCS with uncommon depth – in Game 4 of their NLDS against the Braves, Roberts used last year’s NLCS co-MVP (Taylor), a 2018 All-Star Game starter (Kemp) and a former World Series MVP (David Freese) as pinch-hitters.That depth has caused him to evolve his own philosophy as a manager, Roberts admitted, and now he “100 percent believes in” searching for every advantage rather than rolling the same players out day after day because it’s easier for the manager and more comfortable for the players.“The reason I’ve evolved is because the options we have this year versus years past – are better,” Roberts said. “And were they good before? Absolutely. But when you have a certain option and it could be lesser, in my opinion or whatever, then the sell is a lot harder. If it’s a lot more stark and clear, then it’s an easier sell. And I think right now where we’re at when I look at our options they are clearly very good options.Related Articles