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Democrats and Black Tussle Over Mailer

Cupcakes reference triggers charge of 'sexist literature.'

A war of words over pictures has broken out in Huntington, as the race to fill a Suffolk County legislative seat gets hotter.

At the center of the argument is a quote from Elizabeth Black, a Republican who is running for the 18th Legislative District job. The seat will become empty as incumbent Majority Leader Jon Cooper is term-limited. She is running against Dr. William Spencer, a Democrat.

When i in February, Black was asked what serving as a Huntington school board trustee had been like. She replied, “Many things have come before us. Obviously we don’t always agree; you’ve got to do what you think is best. The health and safety and fine education of the children are our goals. We’re all doing that.  And we’re upholding the laws of the Constitution.

"When you run for a position like that, you know it isn’t going to be easy. It’s not going to be all cupcakes and lollipops.”

In criticizing her votes on the school board to raise taxes, Suffolk County Democrats seized on the cupcake and lollipops quote, sending out a mailer that shows a photo of Black appearing to pop out of a cupcake and noting her quote to Patch.  “If Elizabeth Black’s tax increases weren’t enough, her out-of-control spending the school board takes the cake," the mailer reads. And in a letter sent to Black this week, Suffolk County Democratic chairman Rich Schaffer accused Black of trying to distract voters.

But the imagery of Black and the cupcake was too much for several Huntington residents.

The group, including Black’s sister-in-law, Bronwyn Kelly, wrote an open letter, signed by 40 women, to Spencer, saying, “This is demeaning, disgusting and disrespectful not only to Elizabeth, but to all women.  This offensive imagery and language has no place in our society and we expect better, especially from one who seeks to represent us in our government, let alone a doctor who vowed to “Do No Harm”.  Further, it is distressing that the New York State Democratic Committee approved and published this sexist literature."

2 Turn Tables October 10, 2011 at 02:22 AM
Avalon Bay is not in HS. The transparency is as clear as pea soup. From what I can ascertain, those for it had some sort of personal gain for themselves. It is NOT improving a neighborhood in need. In had no idea it is off of Park Ave.
JSC October 11, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Thom, she doesn't need to suspend her pension... this is from the NYSTRS website... see (d) Earnings After Retirement Service retirees can have unlimited earnings in the following cases: a) in private employment; b) in federal employment; c) in public employment outside New York State; d) as an elected official, inspector of elections, poll or ballot clerk, commissioner of deeds, juror or notary public; or, e) in all employment (including NYS public employment) beginning in the calendar year they turn age 65. Sections 211 and 212 of the Retirement and Social Security Law govern NYS public employment by service retirees under age 65. The Section 212 earnings limit, determined by the State Legislature, is currently $30,000.
2 Turn Tables October 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Lauren, do a head count at Flower Hill. 35 is a more accurate number.
lauren October 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM
David you are wrong. I have the class list. The only class with 31 is 1st gr duel language. All the others are between 20-25.
Tom B. October 11, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Oh, give me a break. To call this mailer "sexist" is the height of political correctness. Liz Black must be pretty desperate to have her supporters try to turn this into a campaign issue. How about talking about what should be the REAL issues in this campaign, like taxes, jobs, crime, etc. This whole debate is a big distraction, which may have been Ms. Black's intent all along.

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