2019 LOHV-NY Endorsements

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Anthony Beckford (Liberal independent Party) is a candidate for District 45 member of the New York City Council in New York. Beckford is running in the general special election on November 5, 2019. Beckford was a candidate for the same seat in the May special election. Beckford was disqualified before the general special election scheduled for May 14, 2019.

Beckford was a candidate who sought election to the New York State Assembly to represent District 42. Beckford lost the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on September 13, 2018.

Beckford was a True Freedom Party candidate for District 45 representative on the New York City Council in New York. He was defeated in the general election on November 7, 2017.


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Beckford is a single father, the son of Jamaican immigrants, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His professional experience includes work in retail, food services, professional boxing, photography, and in the entertainment business.[1] Beckford has also worked as a community advocate and activist. His involvement includes working with Councilman Jumaane Williams on the community issues of gun violence, mental health, and housing. Beckford has led the Brooklyn sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit-a self-described police accountability group that documents police interactions in the community. He co-founded and has served as president of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn.[2]

Beckford reported to Ballotpedia that he has also advocated for affordable housing, immigration rights, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, adequate funding and resources for public schools, and for police accountability. He has also advocated against the escalation of hate crimes in the Black and Jewish communities.[2]

He has been a member of various groups such as the Democratic Socialists, the Ernest Skinner Political Association, JFREJ, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Black Caucus of the Green Party, New Kings Democrats, Muslim Democratic Club of New York, NYPAN, BPAN, CBID, Central Brooklyn Political Action Association, Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn Progressive Alliance, and the Obama Foundation "My Brother's Keeper."

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of The League of Humane Voters of New York for my run for the 45th City Council District. As an animal lover, owner and advocate, I fully agree to and support the League's agenda. We must protect our animals from abuse and exploitation,  whether they are domestic, live on farms or in the wildlife."

In Solidarity,

Anthony Beckford

Candidate for 45th City Council District - Union Supporter

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyBeckford4CityCouncil

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vote4Beckford



Joseph W. Murray for Queens County District Attorney










"As Queens County D.A., you have my word, that I will prosecute animal abusers to the fullest extent allowed by law."

Joseph W. Murray








News: July 22, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed A1303B/S5532B into law,

making New York State the first state in the country to ban the surgical declawing of felines.

See full media release here.





Help the Wildlife Killing Contest Ban Become Law!



Hooray for Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Senator Monica Martinez for boldly crafting a comprehensive bill (A722, S4253) that will, once and for all, put an end to outrageous WILDLIFE KILLING CONTESTS! 

Often sponsored by bars, individuals participate to see who can kill the MOST, LARGEST, or HEAVIEST of an unprotected wild animal species. The well-known contests are those in which crows, coyotes, and squirrels are killed, but there are many other unprotected species such as raccoons, bobcats, skunks, and opossums. 

The time has come for these barbaric contests to end. The reasons are many:

Killing contests actually INCREASE the populations that they falsely claim are being reduced. This is how: There's a phenomenon called Compensatory Rebound, and it works this way: when a population is suddenly reduced, the remaining individuals have more food availability, are consequently healthier and more fertile.  Births are increased and quickly fill the niches left by the killing.

Lead from shot and bullets is concentrated in the fields and forests and leach into the soil and aquifers supplying water to wild animals and people as well. 

Other animals that eat left over carcasses are lead-poisoned, as reported by wildlife rehabilitators. If pet dogs find the carcasses, they will also be poisoned by ingesting lead bullets or shot.

It sends a bad message to young participants that teaches that wild animals' lives are worthless, and killing is fun.

While a few NYS legislators who may participate in these contests, or represent those who do, complain that a lifestyle is being imposed upon, we respond by saying that our lives and the lives of wild animals have been imposed upon for too many years by those who have little regard for individual wild animals and even species. It's high time for this activity to become illegal. Such shocking disrespect for wild animals will no longer be tolerated by the public and belongs in the dustbin of history.

Send your support and encouraging letters to:

Assembly Member Glick  https://nyassembly.gov/mem/Deborah-J-Glick/contact/

Senator Martinez martinez@nysenate.gov  

Assembly Member Englebright (Chair of the Encon Committee in the Assembly) engles@nyassembly.gov Senator Kaminsky (Chair of the Encon Committee in the Senate) kaminsky@nysenate.gov . 


Please stay in touch with the League of Humane Voters®/NY to follow the progress of this bill Jeffery@lohv-ny.org.



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2019 Agenda: click on this document. 


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Mission Statement of the League of Humane Voters®

The Mission of the League of Humane Voters® (LOHV®) is to create, unite, and strengthen local political action committees, which work to enact animal-friendly legislation and elect candidates for public office who will use their votes and influence for animal protection.