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CBS New York: Suffolk County Offering Free, Take-Home Drug & Alcohol Test Kits Ahead of Prom Season

May 22, 2018

As students celebrate, many parents worry about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. That’s why there’s a new tool in Suffolk County to give parents some peace of mind.

“As we go into prom season, as we go into graduation, we know there’s going to be a lot of celebrations and there potentially is going to be a lot of alcohol and drugs that could be used,” Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory told CBS2’s Reena Roy.

County officials hope to prevent tragedies with the “Test, Don’t Guess” program, rolling out thousands of free, take-home kits that allow parents to test their kids for alcohol and drug use.


The Suffolk Times: Suffolk County looks to create Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council

May 17, 2018

On Tuesday, DuWayne Gregory, presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, announced that a bill to create a Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council, has been passed. 

It is hoped the council will help boost the industry, attract and retain jobs and boost related tourism. Suffolk County has over 980 miles of shoreline and more than 300 bodies of water, Mr. Gregory said. 

“It is a $1.6 billion industry in Suffolk County alone, with over 700,000 jobs,” said Eric Kreuter, president of the Association of Marine Industries. “We’re very excited about this, where we can actually talk about issues affecting marine businesses all across Suffolk County, to improve boating and improve tourism, getting more recreational boats into Suffolk County, as well as our workforce development, which is a vital interest to us.” Presiding Officer Gregory Honors Council Of Thought And Action, Founder On 10th Anniversary

May 16, 2018

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory was on hand to help celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Council of Thought and Action and honor the organization’s founder on Thursday, May 10 at Farmingdale State College.

The Council of Thought and Action (COTA) is a grass-roots movement developed by Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis in 2008 while she was working as an Assistant District Attorney for Nassau County.

The organization’s goal is to change the culture of communities where drug dealing, gang violence and prison sentences are common problems.


Newsday: Suffolk Legislature reauthorizes LI aquifer-protection commission

May 15, 2018

The Suffolk legislature voted on Tuesday to extend the life of the Long Island Aquifer Protection Commission for another five years, despite complaints that it has failed to develop an effective management plan with legal powers to protect the water supply.

The lawmakers voted 16-2 to reauthorize the bicounty commission, which was due to sunset at year’s end, after Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), the environment committee chairwoman, withdrew a motion to table the measure.

Hahn said she and bill sponsor Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport), have agreed to meet with key stakeholders to pursue regional management options while the commission continues its work.


Newsday: DuWayne Gregory gets Congressional Black Caucus PAC backing

May 10, 2018

Second District Democratic Congressional candidate DuWayne Gregory has been endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans), the PAC’s chairman, said in a statement that Gregory, presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, “is well-poised to make history as the first black Congressional Representative from Suffolk County.”


Amityville Record: Legis. Gregory joins Northwell and Bay Shore hospital to announce Project Connect

May 9, 2018

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory joined officials from Northwell Health and Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore to announce Project CONNECT, a collaboration that will expand Northwell Health’s robust Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocols to individuals who have overdosed and are treated in the Emergency Departments of Southside and Huntington hospitals.


Newsday: Former Rep. Steve Israel backs DuWayne Gregory for Congress

May 9, 2018

Former Democratic Rep. Steve Israel has endorsed Suffolk legislative presiding officer DuWayne Gregory for Congress because of Democratic primary foe Liuba Grechen Shirley’s stand against proposed legislation to criminalize attempts by Americans to boycott the State of Israel.

Israel, who had planned to stay on the sidelines in the Second District race, cited Grechen Shirley’s July 19, 2017, posting on the website “New York’s 2nd District Democrats” about legislation aimed at the boycott movement. The movement is known as BDS — Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions.

“While I had originally planned to be neutral . . . in light of Ms. Grechen Shirley’s support of a boycott against Israel, I cannot remain silent” said Israel. “The movement to boycott Israel is shameful. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, the only country that fully empowers women and is essential to U.S. security.”


Newsday: DuWayne Gregory gets Tom DiNapoli backing in Congress race

April 23, 2018

Suffolk legislative presiding officer DuWayne Gregory has gotten his biggest endorsement yet in his latest bid for Congress — that of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

“I am excited to endorse DuWayne Gregory as he runs for Congress said DiNapoli, a Democrat. “We need a leader who will advocate for the middle class, protect taxpayers and stand up to Donald Trump. DuWayne . . . is the kind of leader New Yorkers can trust to fight for them.”


Newsday: Suffolk Sandy task force holds first public hearing

April 11, 2018

A Suffolk County task force is looking at what went right and what went wrong after superstorm Sandy to better prepare for storms to come.

The Suffolk County Superstorm Sandy Review Task Force held its first public hearing Wednesday night at Stony Brook University with three more set for Lindenhurst, Medford and Southampton.

“This is looking at, did people get the help they needed and why, five years later, are people still trying to rebuild and get back in their homes?” said Joshua Slaughter, an aide to the Suffolk legislature’s presiding officer, DuWayne Gregory (D-Copiague), who created the task force along with Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket). Its four working groups, on emergency response, resiliency, recovery and infrastructure, will develop recommendations for a report by December.


Newsday: DuWayne Gregory wants Peter King to return Harendra Singh donations

March 28, 2018

Democratic congressional contender DuWayne Gregory on Wednesday called on veteran GOP Rep. Peter King to return or turn over to charity $5,000 in contributions given to him by the star prosecution witness in the ongoing Nassau corruption trial, Harendra Singh.

Gregory, the Suffolk Legislature’s presiding officer, also demanded that King “come clean” about his ties to Singh and “serious allegations of pay-to-play corruption.”


Newsday: DuWayne Gregory gets two more minor party ballot lines

March 25, 2018

Two more minor parties have announced their backing of the Suffolk Legislature’s Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory in November’s congressional election against Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) as Gregory competes with activist Liuba Grechen Shirley for the Democratic nomination.

The Women’s Equality and Independence parties endorsed Gregory last week. Gregory’s minor-party endorsements — the Working Families Party announced for him this month — ensures Gregory will have three lines in November’s election against King, regardless of the Democratic primary outcome.


Newsday: DuWayne Gregory wins Working Families backing for Congress

March 4, 2018

The Working Families Party, which has played an increasingly potent role in local candidate selection, is backing the Suffolk Legislature’s presiding officer DuWayne Gregory in his second congressional bid against Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).

“I think people understand I have a track record working on issues that’s not just theoretical,” said Gregory. “I also have name recognition and experience on issues important to people and have shown I can get the job done.”


Long Island Herald: Race for 2nd C.D. seat heats up

February 8, 2018

“My parents taught me the importance of giving back to your community and your country,” Gregory said. “I will fight every day to make sure that Long Island families, our children and our children’s children have the opportunity to live the American dream.”


Long Island Business News: Gregory: Long Island must fight federal offshore drilling plan

January 29, 2018

As Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, I am committed to fighting to prevent offshore drilling and to protecting our residents, our coastline and our economy from this environmentally destructive plan that has the potential to cause irreparable damage to Long Island’s coastal resources.


WSHU: Suffolk Lawmaker Gregory To Run For Congress

January 17, 2018

“It’s time we had a representative who stood up to the extremist and bigoted leadership in Washington and stood up for Long Island families.”


Newsday: Suffolk Legis. DuWayne Gregory wants to challenge Rep. Peter King

January 16, 2018

Gregory called King “ineffective” for failing to block the Republican tax plan signed into law last year. The law reduces the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, which Gregory said will hurt Long Island homeowners.

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