Progressive groups from throughout the East End are holding a forum on “A Healthier New York for ALL” on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Drew Lecture Hall at Stony Brook University’s Southampton Campus.

The forum will give advocates for the New York Health Act a chance to discuss how they hope providing a public health care program, dubbed “Medicare for All,” can dramatically alter the way New Yorkers pay for health care.

At 1:30 p.m. there will be a moderated panel discussion with Assemblymember Fred Thiele, Prof. Martha Livingston, Chair of the Public Health Dept. at SUNY, Old Westbury; Robert Chaloner, Southampton Hospital President; Michael Hynes, Superintendent of Patchogue-Medford Schools and Jackie Romero, Nurses’ Union. The panel will be moderated by PEER member Cheryl Cashin, a health economist and managing director at Results for Development Institute who has 20 years experience designing and implementing health financing policy for health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Both prior to and after the moderated panel, attendees will be invited to fill out a short health care survey for the Campaign for NY Health. There will also be a Health Care ART Gallery to view and learn about the US Health Care in comparison to other countries. 

The forum is sponsored by several New York Progressive Action Network chapters, including Progressive East End Reformers and North Forkers for the Common Good, along with the Butterfly Effect Project, Christ Episcopal Church, EEAN, Hamptons United Methodist Church, Indivisible North Fork, North Fork Greens, Neighbors in Support of Immigrants, OLA, R & R, SEPA Mujer, Solidarity Sundays, Southampton Progressive Caucus, Suffolk County Green Party, Suffolk Progressives and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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