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Flexible approach is gaining acceptance

first_imgFlexible approach is gaining acceptanceOn 22 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today What working arrangements are organisations employing to stay ahead of thegame?In recent years there has been much talk about the use of flexible workingpractices, both by employers who want to be able to flex labour in line withdemand and employees who want to work in more flexible ways to achieve a betterwork-life balance. But how widespread is the use of flexible working practices in reality? The findings from the 2003 Cranet Survey reveal a number of trends. Since1995, there has been some growth in the use of flexible working, in particularthe use of homeworking and teleworking. Some types of flexible working are much more common than others. For examplenearly all respondents with more than 200 employees used part-time working,whereas the use of annual hours and compressed working were much less common.In many cases, although various forms of flexible work practices were used,they only involved a small proportion of the workforce. The use of part-time staff has been consistently high. Since 1995, the vastmajority of companies (more than 95 per cent) have used part-time staff. Theuse of temporary staff has also been high, but there is evidence of somedecline – from 96 per cent in 1995 to 88 per cent in 2003 – which may be inresponse to the shifting legal status of temporary staff. However, despitebeing widely used by organisations, our findings show that these practices donot cover a significant slice of the workforce. For example, there was a smallincrease in the proportion of staff working part-time over the eight-yearperiod, in 75 per cent of cases part time staff amounted to less than 20 percent of the workforce. In 2003, three-quarters of employers reported usingfixed-term contracts, but this typically only covered a small proportion of theworkforce – almost 70 per cent reported using temporary contracts with lessthan 10 per cent of staff. Perhaps not surprisingly, two areas which have seen a significant increasewere the use of home-based and teleworkers (see figure 1). While these forms ofworking are still not widespread (a little over one-third and one-fifthrespectively), there has been a significant increase in their use over theeight-year period – the use of teleworking has almost doubled. This trend canbe explained by developments in communications technology – which make thepracticalities of remote working easier – and by the increase in work-lifebalance initiatives. Sixty-one per cent of employers operated job-sharingschemes and 50 per cent offered some form of flexi-time, usually covering agreater proportion of the workforce. The use of shift-working was commonly used by respondents and unlikepart-time and temporary work, tended to involve a greater proportion of theworkforce – 36 per cent of companies reported that more than a fifth of theirworkforce did shifts. However, the three surveys showed some decrease in theuse of shift work (see figure 2), which is perhaps surprising considering theincreasingly long operating hours in many service businesses. This may indicatea more innovative use of different types of contracts to cover longer hours.The use of overtime continues to be high – 94 per cent of organisations makinguse of it – but this has decreased from 97 per cent in 1995 and 1999.Organisations may be employing more cost-effective solutions in terms of otherflexible working arrangements. Overall, the findings suggest that with a few exceptions, there has beenconsiderable stability in the use of flexible work practices and that, evenwhere various forms are widespread, they tend only to relate to a smallproportion of the total workforce. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas for penguins in Antarctica, targets for conservation action.

first_imgGlobal targets for area-based conservation and management must move beyond threshold-based targets alone and must account for the quality of such areas. In the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, a region where key biodiversity faces unprecedented risks from climate change and where there is a growing demand to extract resources, a number of marine areas have been afforded enhanced conservation or management measures through two adopted marine protected areas (MPAs). However, evidence suggests that additional high quality areas could benefit from a proposed network of MPAs. Penguins offer a particular opportunity to identify high quality areas because these birds, as highly visible central-place foragers, are considered indicator species whose populations reflect the state of the surrounding marine environment. We compiled a comprehensive dataset of the location of penguin colonies and their associated abundance estimates in Antarctica. We then estimated the at-sea distribution of birds based on information derived from tracking data and through the application of a modified foraging radius approach with a density decay function to identify some of the most important marine areas for chick-rearing adult penguins throughout waters surrounding Antarctica following the Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) framework. Additionally, we assessed how marine IBAs overlapped with the currently adopted and proposed network of key management areas (primarily MPAs), and how the krill fishery likely overlapped with marine IBAs over the past five decades. We identified 63 marine IBAs throughout Antarctic waters and found that were the proposed MPAs to be adopted, the permanent conservation of high quality areas for penguin species would increase by between 49 and 100% depending on the species. Furthermore, our data show that, despite a generally contracting range of operation by the krill fishery in Antarctica over the past five decades, a consistently disproportionate amount of krill is being harvested within marine IBAs compared to the total area in which the fishery operates. Our results support the designation of the proposed MPA network and offer additional guidance as to where decision-makers should act before further perturbation occurs in the Antarctic marine ecosystem.last_img read more

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Hsu’s late shot seals 6-4 BYU win over Gonzaga in ESPNU featured game

first_img Written by Robert Lovell Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCC March 22, 2018 /Sports News – Local Hsu’s late shot seals 6-4 BYU win over Gonzaga in ESPNU featured game FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – Brian Hsu hit a two-run blast in the seventh inning to break a tie and give BYU a 6-4 win on ESPNU in the first of a three-game set against Gonzaga Thursday night at Larry H. Miller Field.“The guys came out fighting tonight,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “To get this win was really good, and it should make us come out relaxed and ready to play tomorrow (Friday).”The Cougars (11-9, 1-3 West Coast Conference) got their first league win as the Bulldogs fell to 11-9, 2-2 (WCC).Gonzaga put its first batter on after a BYU throwing error. He came around to score to give the Bulldogs an early one-run lead.Keaton Kringlen singled to lead off the bottom of the second. A walk and a sacrifice bunt gave way to Jarrett Perns’ sacrifice fly to center field that pushed Kringlen across to tie the game.Both teams scored a run in the third inning. For the Cougars, Daniel Schneemann lined a single over third base to drive home Brennon Anderson from second base.In the fifth, BYU took the lead when Anderson doubled to the left-center gap to score Perns, who led off the inning with a single. Schneemann blooped one into shallow center field to bring Anderson around and make it 4-2 for the Cougars.BYU starter Jordan Wood surrendered two runs in the sixth to square the score at 4-4 before escaping.Hsu launched a home run just inside the left foul pole to make it a 6-4 Cougar lead in the bottom of the seventh. Anderson, who had walked, scored his third run of the game on the shot.Wood (2-1) was replaced on the mound after 7.1 innings and 117 pitches. He allowed eight hits and three earned runs, while fanning six Bulldogs.Drew Zimmerman came on for BYU and recorded five outs without any Gonzaga hits or walks for his second save off the season. Casey Jacobsen, who was brought on as a defensive replacement at third base in the ninth, made a diving play for the second out.The Cougars host the Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

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France Starts Construction of First Mistral-Class Assault Landing Ship for Russian Navy

first_img View post tag: Assault France Starts Construction of First Mistral-Class Assault Landing Ship for Russian Navy View post tag: Mistral-class Back to overview,Home naval-today France Starts Construction of First Mistral-Class Assault Landing Ship for Russian Navy View post tag: For View post tag: News by topic View post tag: construction View post tag: Navy France begins construction of the first Mistral-class assault landing ship for Russian Navy, advance has been obtained, reported RIA Novosti referring to a spokesman for the French state-led defense company DCNS.The EUR 1.2-bln contract for construction of two French Mistral-class helicopter carriers for Russia was signed in June 2011. “The advance was obtained several weeks ago, and works on the first ship are being started. It will be delivered in 2014, the second one – in 2015“, said the interviewee. Recall that Central Navy Portal reported on the first tranche transfer back on Nov 23.According to the official, construction of the second ship must start in several months; both ships will be built in parallel. The source did not say whether keel-laying of the second Mistral would depend on the date of payment for the first one. Assault landing ship Mistral has displacement of 21,000 tons; length overall is 210 meters; speed is over 18 knots; operating range is up to 20,000 miles; crew is 160 men plus 450-men landing party. Air wing comprises 16 helicopters including six placed on the top deck. Expectedly, each Russian Mistral would carry eight Ka-52K and eight Ka-29 helicopters.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 02, 2011 Industry news View post tag: Landingcenter_img View post tag: France View post tag: of December 2, 2011 View post tag: ship View post tag: first View post tag: Russian View post tag: starts View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

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5 things you can learn about Greggs

first_imgGreggs’ record annual profits off the back of a bold food-to-go strategy gives any bakery pause for thought. British Baker takes a look at the key factors which give the high-street baker its competative edge.LEADERSHIP:There can be no doubt that Greggs is very much a Roger Whiteside company now. The seasoned veteran had a vision for Greggs, and a family bakery chain wasn’t it. He has been clinical in changing the company over to its food-on-the-go mantra, streamlining in any way possible. His moves have firmly cemented its position as a rival to the likes of Costa, Starbucks and Subway. Last year he spoke about how the UK customer had been in love with Greggs for a long time – and how the company needed to give something back.FITTER:Greggs still does cakes. It still does pies. But it has recognised the prevailing winds and has been quicker than some of its rivals to put in healthier options. Its Balanced Choice range is selling well, and it was recognised for its work in this area with a 2015 IGD Health and Wellness award. Commenting on this, Greggs says: “Success this year has come from range of extensions, including soup and salads, ‘heat to eat’ sandwiches and ‘no-added sugar’ soft drinks.”VALUE FOR MONEY:Greggs has been running its £2 breakfast deal for six years now and, last year, introduced any sweet or savoury product and a hot drink at the same price point. The consumer has responded well to these deals. They have almost become iconic on the high street.EFFICIENCY:As part of the Whiteside mantra, the company has also worked hard to get its back office systems to where they need to be. In an interview with British Baker last year, just near St Paul’s, the chief executive admitted he had no idea what the stock would be in that shop at that time, and that the company would be working towards changing this. In its preliminary results for the 52 weeks to 2 January, 2016, the company has admitted it has introduced SAP as its core enterprise resource planning system. And it added: “We are well advanced with plans to bring our existing finance processes into SAP in the first half of 2016. This will provide the platform on which we will build a suite of capabilities across logistics: procurement, product life-cycle management and centralised ranging, forecasting and replenishment.”BIGGER:Yes, Greggs has announced the closure of three bakeries and some 355 jobs look set to go – but at the same time the company has announced a £100m investment as it moves from a decentralised bakery business to a ‘centrally-run modern food-on-the-go brand’. Putting it bluntly, Greggs has big plans. It thinks that by operating smarter it can grow even bigger via improved supply chain logistics, meeting consumer product need and without a reliance on the high street. All of this, it would appear, can also become a reality with a smaller number of production sites.last_img read more

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HKS receives $1 million

first_imgHarvard’s Kennedy School of Government (HKS) announced a $1 million gift from the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. The gift will be used to launch a new graduate fellowship that will support emerging leaders from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while advancing the mission of the School’s Middle East Initiative (MEI), a nexus for convening policymakers and scholars on the region.The Abu Dhabi Graduate Leadership Fellowship will make it possible for the UAE’s top public service talent to pursue a midcareer master’s degree in public administration as part of HKS’s Edward S. Mason Program, which is designed specifically for emerging leaders from transitional economy countries.The first leadership fellows will join HKS for the 2011-12 academic year. Awarded on a merit basis to UAE citizens who work for the Abu Dhabi government, these fellowships will also offer recipients a range of co-curricular activities, including seminars designed to enhance critical leadership skills, public speaking workshops, and mentoring and networking opportunities.The Crown Prince Court issued the following statement in awarding the fellowship: “This fellowship program echoes President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s steadfast belief that the progress of nations is built on education, and Crown Prince His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s unwavering commitment to education and the constant development of the future ranks of leaders.”“The success of future leaders depends on transnational cooperation and collaborative scholarship,” said HKS Dean David T. Ellwood. “We are delighted to award these fellowships to students from the UAE who will enliven our community and enrich our understanding of their nation and the broader Middle East region. I thank the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi for their vision and generosity in establishing this fellowship.”The fellowship will be open to outstanding candidates who have earned admission to HKS, possess track records of demonstrated excellence in prior public service work, and communicate clear aspirations for returning to Abu Dhabi to work in public service upon graduation.For more information, visit MEI’s website.last_img read more

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Governor-elect Shumlin names Jeb Spaulding to lead his administration

first_imgAlexandra MacLean is a native Vermonter who most recently served as Governor-elect Shumlin’s campaign manager. In this role she successfully helped Governor-elect Shumlin win both the primary and the general election to become Vermont’s next governor. Prior to the campaign, Alex served as Shumlin’s aide in the Senate President Pro Tem’s office. In addition to serving for three years in these roles, she holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Alex grew up in the North East Kingdom and continues to reside there today. Beth Robinson is a partner in the Middlebury and Burlington law firm of Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP. She was one of the leaders of Vermont Freedom to Marry, a group that successfully advocated for Vermont’s same-sex marriage law, which passed in 2009.Susan Barlett, a long serving member of the state Senate from Lamoille County, was one of Shumlin’s opponents in the Democratic primary. Despite that, she campaigned hard for Shumlin in the general election against Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie. Bartlett is frequently praised for her no nonsense approach to budgetary matters.Shumlin said he probably would not name any more staff before Thanksgiving, but did not entirely rule it out either.Spaulding was the highest vote getter in any race of the just concluded elections, receiving more than 90 percent of the vote. He was first elected in 2002, the same year Governor Douglas first won. Once Shumlin is sworn in Spaulding will officially step down, thus allowing Shumlin to appoint a new treasurer. Speculation on who would fill that position began immediately.Biographies of Senior AppointmentsJeb Spaulding has served as Vermont’s State Treasurer since 2003 and is currently immediate past president of the National Association of State Treasures. His Office is responsible for the State’s cash, debt, and investment management. During his tenure as Treasurer, Vermont regained a triple-A bond rating for the first time since the 1970s and now has the most favorable credit rating of all New England states. Spaulding has been tapped by the Vermont Legislature on multiple occasions to develop solutions to ongoing fiscal challenges, such as escalating pension costs and funding for deteriorating roads and bridges. As State Treasurer, he serves on the boards of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the Vermont Economic Development Authority, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank, and several other state-sponsored entities. Prior to being elected State Treasurer, Spaulding served eight terms in the Vermont State Senate from 1985-2000, where he served as chair of the Appropriations, Education, and Joint Fiscal Committees. Spaulding was a founder and General Manager of WNCS-FM in Montpelier and a partner in Precision Media, Inc. He has also served as the Director of the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology at Vermont Technical College, an adjunct instructor at Norwich University, and as Director of Adult and Technical Education at the Vermont Department of Education. Treasurer Spaulding earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont. Pictured: Beth Robinson, Bill Lofy, Governor-elect Shumlin, Susan Bartlett and Alexandra MacLean. Jeb Spaulding is behind Shumin. Photo: Vermont Business Magazine Bill Lofy has 16 years of experience managing political and policy initiatives at the state, national, and international levels. In addition to serving for seven years as a senior advisor to Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and advisor to the Vermont legislative leadership in 2006-2007, he holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. For the past three years, Lofy has served as Deputy Political Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, where his responsibilities included managing the transition for Senator Al Franken. Lofy is the author of an acclaimed biography of Wellstone and co-author of two campaign management books. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in the Cape Verde Islands in West Africa, Lofy also served as a development worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo. MacLean was Shumlin’s popular campaign manager and spokesperson and previously worked for him in his role as president pro tem of the Senate. Vermont State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding as Secretary of Administration was the most surprising name among the small group of senior appointments announced by Governor-elect Peter Shumlin this afternoon at his transition office in Montpelier. The four others named were Bill Lofy as chief of staff, Alexandra MacLean as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, Beth Robinson as counsel and Susan Bartlett as special adviser. See biographies below.While Spaulding was an early supporter of Shumlin’s and was often cited as a possible senior member of the governor-elect’s staff, there had been no acknowledgement by Spaulding that he was being considered. Spaulding stated at the press conference that he was content to keep his current job, but that when the governor-elect asked him to serve that that is what he felt he should do.Lofy was previously named as one of the senior members of Shumlin’s transition team. He formerly had worked for US Senator Paul Wellstone of Wisconsin. Lofy has held important positions in the national Democratic Party. Beth Robinson is a partner at the Middlebury and Burlington law firm of Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, where she has practiced since 1993. Her work spans a broad range of areas from groundbreaking constitutional litigation to representing claimants in workers’ compensation cases. She has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for her work. Beth may be best known for her role in Vermont’s freedom to marry movement. She served as co-counsel to the plaintiffs in Baker v. State, Vermont’s landmark case involving the constitutional rights of same-sex couples, helped lead the lobbying effort which led to the passage of Vermont’s civil union law in 2000, and helped lead the effort in 2009 that culminated in the Legislature’s passage of a bill extending the legal right to marry to same-sex couples. The Burlington Free Press named her Vermonter of the Year in 2009 in recognition of her efforts. Beth graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1986 and from the University of Chicago Law School, Order of the Coif, in 1989.Susan Bartlett was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2010. She was a small business owner in Stowe and in 1992 was elected as the first woman and first Democrat to represent Lamoille County in the Vermont Senate. She has served on the Appropriations Committee since 1994 and has been its Chair since 2001. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in educational administration from Johnson State College.Source: Vermont Business Magazine. 11.15.2010. Jeb Spaulding photo State of Vermont. Biographies supplied by Shumlin’s office.last_img read more

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Exclusive: Nassau Police Aide Gets Community Service for Harassment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Frances ColvinA civilian Nassau County police service aide struck a plea deal with prosecutors to complete 21 hours of community service to settle a charge that she harassed a romantic rival for months.Frances Colvin accepted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead, meaning she doesn’t have to admit guilt and the case will be sealed if she doesn’t get arrested again anytime soon.“You complete your community service, don’t get in trouble for six months, it’ll be like it didn’t happen,” Judge David Sullivan told Colvin as she signed an order of protection requiring her to stay away from the victim.“There was no overt act of harassment,” said her attorney, Gerard McCloskey. “I think if we went to trial it would have been dismissed.”Authorities had arrested the 56-year-old Malverne woman in November when she was accused of using her access to internal police systems to look up the victim’s 2010 arrest for driving while intoxicated after Colvin learned that she and the victim dated the same man.The man at the center of the love triangle was never identified. Sullivan read the victim’s name in court, but the Press is not identifying her.“Call the police. I am the police,” Colvin allegedly told the victim when Colvin confronted her and their apparent co-boyfriend in March 2011, the victim wrote in her statement to police.The victim told investigators that shortly after the initial confrontation, her employer drug tested her and wouldn’t say if it was because of a phone call, but the tester “gave me a look indicating yes,” the documents read.During another confrontation months later, Colvin allegedly told the victim that Colvin and the victim’s boyfriend were still dating, according to the documents. Then, in December 2011, Colvin allegedly contacted the victim’s ex-boyfriend and told him about the victim’s legal troubles.“I am worried about her coming to my home or damaging my car,” the victim states in her deposition. “I am installing a security camera because of her. I am also concerned about Frances calling my job and getting me in trouble.”Police had suspended Colvin, who earned $46,296 this year, from her desk job helping Fourth Precinct officers with paperwork, a source familiar with the case told the Press. McCloskey said she’s still working for the department, but was demoted.Inspector Kenneth Lack, the the top Nassau police spokesman declined to comment on the case because the “item is still  with our Internal Affairs Unit.”last_img read more

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Huntington Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 44-year-old woman was killed when she crashed her car in her hometown of Huntington over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Tracymarie Verme was driving a Lexus westbound on Central Street, when she struck two unoccupied parked vehicles west of Clinton Avenue at 4:31 p.m. Saturday.The victim was take to Huntington Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8252.last_img read more

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Long Island Primary Voters Guide 2016

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Registered Democratic voters will cast their ballots Tuesday in five Long Island primary races that will decide which New York State legislative candidates are among the choices on Election Day in November.The match-ups include a three-way Democratic primary in the lone LI state Senate race up for a vote on Sept. 13 and four primaries in local state Assembly races—two in Suffolk County and two in Nassau. The trio running to challenge freshman state Sen. Tom Croci (R-Sayville) includes former Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano (D-Brentwood), attorney Joseph Fritz, also of Brentwood, and John DeVito, a law student from Mastic Beach. In the other two Democratic primaries in Suffolk, Giovanni Mata, a publicist from Bay Shore, is challenging seven-term state Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood) while Jordan Wilson Jr., a recurrent candidate from North Babylon, is challenging freshman state Assemb. Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Wyandanch). Republican opponents have yet to emerge in either of those Assembly races.In Nassau, Carmen Piñeyro, a Freeport village trustee, is challenging the Democratic nomination of Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), who was first elected to the state Assembly in 1988, with the winner facing perennial Republican candidate Cornelius Todd Smith of Lakeview. And former Nassau Legis. Jeffrey Toback is challenging Democratic nominee and fellow Long Beach resident Anthony Eramo in the race for the state Assembly seat vacated by state Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), who replaced disgraced ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) this spring. The winner of that primary faces Republican candidate Michelle Miller of Atlantic Beach and Green Party hopeful Joseph Naham of Long Beach on Nov. 8.Related: An Inside Look At How Skelos Trial Exposed Slimy Side Of NY PoliticsWhat follows is our annual voters’ guide to the candidates in the September primaries:From left: Rick Montano, John DeVito and Joseph FritzNEW YORK STATE SENATE 3RD DISTRICTRick MontanoThis 66-year-old Brentwood resident and ex-Suffolk County lawmaker, who was unseated three years ago after a decade in office, is mounting his second attempt to win a State Senate race after losing a bid for Islip Town Supervisor last year. In 2012 he challenged then-Assemb. Phil Boyle for the seat vacated by the late Sen. Owen Johnson. The former federal prosecutor was the only Democrat who didn’t always caucus just with the Democratic majority in the county legislature. Now that he’s out of elected office, he’s applying that independent streak to the local political party, which he’s been shaking up by rallying candidates to run in primary challenges against some Democratic nominees. If elected, he hopes to better serve the district’s disadvantaged minority communities.John DeVitoA Mastic Beach native, DeVito, 25, is a law school student making his first run for elected office. Aside from volunteering as a Democratic committeeman, he has also worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau. If elected, he would work to repeal Common Core, ban outside income for state elected officials and curb the influence of special interest groups in Albany. Regardless of whether he wins the Democratic line in the primary, he will appear as the Working Families Party candidate on Nov. 8 ballots.Joseph FritzFritz is a 71-year-old private attorney and Democratic committeeman from Brentwood who has run for various elected offices over the years. He was previously elected to the Brentwood school board. He also served as a hearing officer for the district and Nassau County. If elected to the state Senate, Fritz intends to use the position to bring more resources to communities that have been left out in the past. Regardless of whether he wins the Democratic line, he will appear on November ballots as the Women’s Equality Party candidate.From left: Phil Ramos and Giovanni MataNEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLYDISTRICT 6Phil RamosA 60-year-old retired Suffolk County police detective who lives in Bay Shore, Ramos is running for his eighth term representing the district that encompasses the northwest corner of the Town of Islip. He’s pushed legislation to help crack down on illegal guns so they don’t fall into the hands of gangs and backs the Dream Act. In addition to serving on the ways and means, aging, education and local government committees, he was also named deputy majority leader last year. He is also running on the Working Families and Independence party lines.Giovanni MataThis 37-year-old publicist and El Salvadoran immigrant from Bay Shore is making his second run for office. Last year, Suffolk Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) conceded the Democratic primary to him when he challenged her nominating petitions in court, but Mata lost on Election Day when Martinez was re-elected on minor party lines. Mata is a former chair of ex-County Executive Steve Levy’s Hispanic advisory committee and later joined Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s administration as a Project Director at the Office of Minority Affairs. Mata describes himself as a strong advocate of Hispanic rights.From left: Jordan K. Wilson Jr. and Kimberly Jean-Pierre.DISTRICT 11Kimberly Jean-PierreThis 32-year-old freshwoman lawmaker from Wyandanch represents the district that includes western and northern halves of the Town of Babylon . She previously served as an aide to Suffolk County Legis. DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) and U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) before working at the Town of Babylon’s Industrial Development Agency and leading the Wyandanch Community Resources Center. She sits on the Assembly’s economic development, mental health, local government, transportation and banks committees. Her priorities include bringing higher-paying jobs to her constituents, ensuring that her district’s schools get a fair share of aid and championing the rights of minorities. She is also running on the Working Families and Independence party lines.Jordan K. Wilson Jr.Wilson, 53, of North Babylon, is a mental health counselor making his latest run for office after prior bids for Suffolk County legislature and county comptroller. He has previously served as a Democratic committeeman, Town of Babylon assistant, county legislative aide and Long Island Regional Planning Board consultant. If elected, he said his top priority is combating public corruption by passing legislation that helps counter the influence of money in politics in addition to advocating for criminal justice reform, infrastructure reform and education reform.From left: Earlene Hooper and Carmen Piñeyro.DISTRICT 18Earlene HooperThis 77-year-old Hempstead resident is running for her 15th full term representing the district that includes central Nassau County. After winning a special election in 1988, she worked her way up the ranks to become the deputy Assembly speaker, making her the highest ranking woman in the state Legislature. A social worker by training, she has been an administrator in the state Department of Social Services, Division of Children and Family Services. She touts her support of women’s equality, minorities and small businesses. Hooper is also running on the Women’s Equality Party line.Carmen PiñeyroA 40-year-old mortgage banker and immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Piñeyro is the first Latina ever elected to the Village of Freeport Board of Trustees, where she’s serving her second term. She was previously elected to the Freeport Board of Education, where she rose to the rank of board president. She is involved in many community and civic organizations pertaining to Hispanic affairs, women issues, youth issues and immigrant concerns. If elected to the Assembly, she hopes to bring more school funding to the district as well as jobs and youth outreach.From left: Jeffrey Toback and Anthony Eramo.DISTRICT 20Anthony EramoEramo is a 42-year-old Long Beach city council member who was re-elected to his second term last year. He is also a field technician for Verizon, where he is chief shop steward for his union. He touts his experience in helping the city recover from Superstorm Sandy as giving him the credentials needed to bring good jobs and tax deductions to the district, which includes the full length of Long Beach Island as well as the southwestern corner of Nassau County. He is also running on the Working Families, Women’s Equality and Independence party lines.Jeffrey TobackA 56-year-old former Nassau County legislator who was unseated 13 years ago, Toback, of Long Beach, is a private attorney. During his terms as legislator, Toback described himself as the “Quality of Life Guy,” supporting preservation of environmentally sensitive areas, as well as the law that banned smoking in restaurants to reduce the effects of second-hand smoke. If elected, Toback plans to bring reform to Albany through nonpartisan redistricting and reform the formula by which New York State allocates school aid.-Compiled by Timothy Bolger and Michael Bakshandehlast_img read more

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