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  • Valerie M. Cartright for Town Council - District 1

    Valerie M. Cartright, a devoted and passionate, community-conscious advocate is ready and willing to serve as your next Councilperson in District One - Town of Brookhaven, a place she calls her home.

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    Vote for Valerie M. Cartright for Brookhaven Town Council on Nov 7, 2017!
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    The last day to register to vote is October 13, 2017.

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    Spring Kickoff Fundraiser

    April 24, 2017 is our Spring Kickoff Fundraiser. Please come out and support the re-election of Councilwoman Valerie Cartright.
    The Meadow Club
    1147 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY.

    6-8 PM.
    Cocktails, dinner, and desert! Tickets are $125.
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  • Biography

    • Valerie M. Cartright was elected in November of 2013 and is currently serving her second term as Councilwoman of Council District One in the Town of Brookhaven.

      During her term in office, Councilwoman Cartright has dealt with numerous quality of life issues, worked on various projects with community groups and institutions such as SUNY at Stony Brook, implemented code changes to solve problems in the community, read more

    Highlights

    • Association of Towns

      Since taking office, Councilwoman Cartright became a member of the Association of Towns.She serves as a Committee Member to the Association of Towns to advocate for Brookhaven on the State Level, and to utilize the knowledge of other local leaders to enhance and inform legislative action in our communities. The Association of Towns of the State of New York is an organization of Town Governments, with membership of over 800 Towns across the State of New York.

    • Adjunct Instructor at St. Joseph's College

      Ms. Cartright presently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at St. Joseph's College in the Human Services Management and Leadership Masters Program, teaching a "Leadership, Law and Ethics" course.

    • Recent Community Honors and Recognition

      Councilwoman Cartright received the Brookhaven Community Leadership Award, the Human Service Leadership Award for a Significant Contribution on behalf of SJC Alumni Association and the Departments of Health Administration, Nursing and Human Services. She was also an Honoree at the Of Colors "EMBRACE" & Diversity Celebration, and sworn in as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. She was also recently selected to receive an Honorary membership of Kiwanis Club of Three Village. Councilwoman Cartright has served as the keynote speaker at array of events.

  • In focus

    • Education

      Children and the youth are the future of our town and it is important that we provide adequate services and programs that allow them to develop and reach their full potential. This can be accomplished through mentoring and increased community support.

    • The Enviroment

      The key to a long lasting healthy life is a clean environment. This is why we need to preserve open space, monitor the quality of our water and air and engage in energy conservation.

  • How you can donate

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  • My Accomplishments

    In the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Area, Councilwoman Cartright:

    Works with the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association, North Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club, Senior Clubs and other community groups

    Supports and aids in the efforts of Terryville Historical Society, Friends of the Greenway Trail, Enjoy Life Community, and Girl and Boy Scouts of America

    Sponsored & passed adoption of Port Jefferson Station Hub Study and continues to work with the Citizens Advisory Committee to work towards implementing the Community’s Vision.

    Sponsored & passed Lawrence Aviation Overlay District to protect the community from the aftermath of the pollution at and around the site.

    Strongly advocated for improvements to our parks including Washington Avenue and Block Boulevard.

    Voted to preserve Open and continues to work with Terryville Historical Society to recreate Gentleman’s Driving Track .

    Supports local businesses.

    Sponsored & passed housing and code amendments to combat illegal rentals.

    Hosted e-Waste/Drug Take Back/Paper Shredding Events.

    Regularly hosts “round table” discussions and community meetings about issues affecting our communities.

    Serves as a Committee Member to the Association of Towns to advocate for Brookhaven on the State Level, and to utilize the knowledge of other local leaders to enhance and inform legislative action in our communities.

    Fought against change of time for Public Hearings, in favor of accessibility for hard working citizens

    Works alongside Comsewogue School District, Crime Awareness Committee and SCPD 6thPrecinct to keep our communities safe

    Zealously advocates for her constituents even on unpopular positions

    Actively working with community towards the development of a land use plan

    In the Three Village Area, Councilwoman Cartright:

    Works with Civic of the Setaukets and Stony Brook, Stony Brook Concerned Home Owners, Stony Brook University, Three Village Chamber of Commerce, Senior Clubs and other community groups.

    Supports and aids in the efforts of Ward Melville Heritage Organization, Three Village Historical Society, Friends of the Greenway Trail, Setauket and Stony Brook Harbor Task Forces, and Girl and Boy Scouts of America.

    Sponsored & passed historic designation at Sleight House, Timothy Smith, and Bethel AME Church.

    Strongly advocated for improvements to our parks including West Meadow Beach and Gamecock Cottage.

    Voted to preserve Open Space

    Sponsored & passed legislation to support the efforts of local Mariculture Programs.

    Sponsored & passed housing and code amendments to combat illegal rentals

    Serves as a resource to residents, landlords, tenants and students

    Supports local businesses

    Hosted e-Waste/Drug Take Back/Paper Shredding Events

    Regularly hosts “round table” discussions and community meetings about issues affecting the Three Village Area

    Serves as a Committee Member to the Association of Towns to advocate for Brookhaven on the State Level, and to utilize the knowledge of other local leaders to enhance and inform legislative action in our communities

    Zealously advocates for her constituents even on unpopular positions.

    Actively working with community towards the development of a land use plan

  • My Mission

    Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright is fighting to make town government more accountable,accessible, and transparent. Her strong advocacy on behalf of her constituents has put Town Hall back to work for the people.

  • Quality of Life

    Protecting the Brookhaven way of life and its rich history and culture is among Councilwoman Cartright's primary goals. During her first term, she has worked to ensure this result by:

    ✯ Addressing quality of life and Civic issues with proactive and creative solutions.
    ✯ Advocating for an informed approach to land preservation as the Environmental Liaison.
    ✯ Consistently including Civic members in community based, smart growth planning.
    ✯ Working hard to revitalize downtown areas to encourage our young adults and seniors to stay in Brookhaven.

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  • Environment

    The key to a long lasting healthy life is a clean environment. This is why we need to preserve open space, monitor the quality of our water and air and engage in energy conservation

  • Voter Participation

    The residents of Town Council District one should have a voice and a say in governing. Ms. Cartright believes that good governing and planning stems from the grassroots level and inclusion of all affected citizens. She plans to build upon this and create stronger ties with local community leaders for the betterment of all citizens of Council District One.

  • Community Based Planning

    The residents of Town Council District one should have a voice and a say in governing. Ms. Cartright believes that good governing and planning stems from the grassroots level and inclusion of all affected citizens. She plans to build upon this and create stronger ties with local community leaders for the betterment of all citizens of Council District One.

  • postal address

    For Donations and Correspondence:
    Friends of Valerie M. Cartright
    P.O. Box 614
    Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

    Telephone: +1 631-384-5195
    E-mail: voteforval2017@gmail.com

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  • Valerie M. Cartright

    our candidate for Town Council in District One, is a practicing attorney who resides in Port Jefferson Station

    She has experience in law related to construction, family, criminal, civil rights, labor and employment. Valerie has supported programs that address institutional and structural prejudice while working to increase racial equity in public school education, housing and healthcare.

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  • Valerie M. Cartright

    Valerie M. Cartright was elected in November of 2013 and is currently serving her first term as Councilwoman of Council District One in the Town of Brookhaven. In the brief time since being sworn in on January 7, 2014, Councilwoman Cartright has dealt with numerous quality of life issues, worked on various projects with community groups and institutions such as SUNY at Stony Brook, implemented code changes to solve problems in the community, cooperated with Citizens Advisory Committees to shape Land Use Plans and Community Visionings, worked with the Parks Department to improve and maintain our beaches and parks, sponsored legislation for historic designations and open space purchases, and served as Councilperson Liaison to Environmental Protection, Utilities, the Town Clerk’s Office, the Black History Commission, and the Grants Committee. Councilwoman Cartright has attended countless community and civic events, hosted informational meetings, and partnered with local groups and organizations to implement projects and address issues in Council District One.

    Of great importance to Councilwoman Cartright is easy and open access to government and the involvement of residents in the governmental process. It is her practice to include Civic Association members in meetings with developers presenting projects in Council District One. Councilwoman Cartright also established the Community Connection Campaign, in which she both sends regular e-mail updates (including programs and functions, important information, and upcoming Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board agenda items relevant to Council District One), and hosts Mobile Office Events throughout the Council District.

    Councilwoman Cartright is committed to providing governmental transparency to the residents of Council District One, and the Town of Brookhaven as a whole, by providing citizens with the ability to actively participate at various community informational meetings, following the Rules of Procedure and Open Meetings Law, and opposing efforts to hold Public Hearings at Town Board Meetings earlier than the currently established 6:30 PM time.

    Since taking office, Councilwoman Cartright became a member of the Association of Towns, received the Human Service Leadership Award for a Significant Contribution on behalf of SJC Alumni Association and the Departments of Health Administration, Nursing and Human Services, been an Honoree at the Of Colors Black History Exhibition, "EMBRACE" & Diversity Celebration, and sworn in as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. Councilwoman Cartright has served as the keynote speaker at array of events.

    For the past eleven years, Ms. Cartright served as a tireless and community-conscious advocate and attorney. Throughout her legal career, she has gained invaluable legal experience in the areas of construction law, insurance defense, general civil and criminal law, civil rights, family, education, and labor and employment law. Her affiliation with the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington allowed her to make large-scale impacts on the community while serving to preserve the civil rights and liberties of those individuals whose rights have been violated. One of the most fulfilling areas in which she has worked is the area of Voter Protection, wherein, through her office, she commenced litigation to uphold the Voting Rights Act and worked diligently to prevent unconstitutional and discriminatory denial of voters on Long Island. Ms. Cartright's efforts to protect the rights of voters are not limited to the courtroom. Prior to entering office, on Election Day she visited various communities on Long Island and served as a legal tool to people in the community, working hand-in-hand with individuals who believe that their right to vote has been violated.

    Councilwoman Cartright received her Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuschberg Law Center in Suffolk County, after receiving her undergraduate degree in International Studies from West Virginia University. During her legal career, she has earned numerous awards for academic excellence, and contributions and service to the law school and legal community. She remains steadfast in her commitment to mentoring and coaching law students and was both recognized as an Alumni Honoree by the Black Law Students Association of Touro Law Center and named the "2008 Public Service Attorney of the Year". Ms. Cartright also received the Alumni of the Month award (May 2012) by Touro Law Center for her service to the community.

    Councilwoman Cartright is a Past President of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, the former Chairperson of the Civil Rights Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, and the former Chairperson of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the New York State Bar Association. While serving as Chair of the YLS, she published an article in the New York Law Journal, entitled The Integrity of the American Justice System. She continues to play an integral role in molding the young minds of leaders of today and tomorrow through various mentoring commitments and through her service to and through various community organizations. Councilwoman Cartright is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.-Rho Omega Zeta Chapter, Project Hope-The New Direction, National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Suffolk County Chapter, National Bar Association, and New York State Bar Association. On occasion, she serves as a panelist or guest lecturer for Bar Association events, speaking on legal issues. The Councilwoman is frequently invited to speak on various issues at community organization events. Councilwoman Cartright is also the former Trustee of the Brookhaven Rosa Parks Democratic Association and has been recognized and honored by the Brookhaven Democratic Committee's Women's Caucus for her service to the community.

    In addition to serving as Councilwoman, Ms. Cartright presently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue in the Human Services Management and Leadership Master's Program.

    Councilwoman Cartright is a resident of Port Jefferson Station, a community she proudly calls her home.

  • Education

    Children and the youth are the future of our town and it is important that we provide adequate services and programs that allow them to develop and reach their full potential. This can be accomplished through mentoring and increased community support.

  • Endorsements & Testimonials

    The following are a list of endorsements for Valerie M. Cartright.
    - Democratic Party  (2013 AND 2015)
    - Working Families Party  (2013 AND 2015)
    - Independence Party (2015)
    - Women's Equality Party (2015)
    - The Mason Tenders District Council PAC (2015)
    - Times Beacon Record  (2013)
    - Long Island Federation of Labor (2013 AND 2015)
    - Long Island Environmental Voters Forum (2013 AND 2015)
    - 1199 SEIU Health Care Workers East (2013 AND 2015)
    - CWA Local 1104 (2013)
    - CWA LOCAL 1108 (2015)
    - CWA District One PAC (2015)
    - CSEA Local 1000 AFSCME (2015)
    - IBEW 1049  (2013)
    - IBEW L0cal 25 (2013)
    - Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, Inc., LI Chapter  (2013)
    - Eleanor's Legacy  (2013)
    - Haitian American Political Action Committee (2013 AND 2015)