Government Briefs 05.03.18

Montaukett Action in Albany

Members of the Montaukett Indian Nation traveled to the state capital on April 24 for an advocacy day called “We Are Still Here!”

They spent the day meeting with legislators in support of bills sponsored by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, which would provide state acknowledgment and recognition of the tribe.  The Montauketts have long sought to restore state recognition, claiming that it was improperly removed in 1910, when a court declared them extinct.

League Activities in Water Mill

Kristen Medeiros-Slevin will be the guest speaker at the 41st annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Water Mill Community House. A reception will start the program, at 2 p.m., followed by the talk. 

Ms. Medeiros-Slevin will speak about her experiences running as an independent, with no party backing, for supervisor of the Town of Smithtown in November. 

The league’s annual meeting, adoption of a 2018-19 budget and a local program, and the election of officers and directors will follow.  

Also at the meeting, the league will present the winner of its $1,000 Betty Desch Student Leadership Award to a graduating senior, and will announce  the names of two students who will be sent to the New York State League Education Foundation’s annual Students Inside Albany conference later this month.