• Politics

    How Women on Long Island are changing the Local Political Landscape

    By Quari Alleyne Women were at the forefront of the 2018 midterm election, but regardless of their political affiliation, their political experiences remain similar. Female politicians on Long Island are testaments of this. Siela A. Bynoe is in her fourth year as Nassau County legislator. She is the only African-American female on the legislature and feels like she has been treated aggressively by her male counterparts. Bynoe, a 40-year resident of Nassau, has long refuted the idea of biting her tongue when dealing with issues she’s passionate about. “I am always going to assert myself because this is not about me,” Bynoe said. “This is about the people I am…

  • Politics

    Suffolk County passes legislation to reduce gender pay inequality

    By Akanshka Kar On November 30th, Suffolk County county executive Steve Bellone signed legislation that will prohibit employers from asking a job applicant’s current and previous salary in efforts to reduce pay inequality for women and minorities in the workplace. The Restricting Information on Salaries and Earnings (RISE) Act is set to be in effect by June 30, 2019. “As a woman who has irked for decades in corporate, nonprofit and government positions whose applications all included previous salary rise, I was honored to co-sponsor this measure,” Kara Hahn, Suffolk County Legislature (D-5), said. Being the first bill of its kind to be introduced on Long Island, the aim is…

  • Health,  Politics

    Birth control opt-out policy will cost Long Island women hundreds of dollars

    By: Remi Schott The sound of studio-synthesized guitars, powerful drums, and deafening screams of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” fill the air, reminding 20-year-old Tate Simmons to take her birth control. It’s 7:06 P.M as Simmons runs to her bag and pulls out the little parcel holding one month’s worth of pills. Simmons, a resident of Point Lookout, has been taking birth control for four years. Still on her parents’ health insurance plan, her mother’s employer provides cost-free coverage for birth control. The Trump administration’s new policy finalized on Nov. 7 allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for female employees. The…