“The party is doing well, we’re surviving. In the last governor’s race we gained a slot on the ballot,” Long said. “I really think that a lot of people are starting to become aware of the overreaching power of government getting involved in our homes and our pockets.”
Current initiatives of the party include pushing for legislation on term limits and financing of political campaigns. Long believes that these are the two components of the current political framework that are most responsible for breeding corruption in government.
Long is also commander of American Legion Post 1424 and head of the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade, an event that was on the verge of cancellation three years ago before the local Kiwanis Club stepped in to help out with fundraising.
With their help, along with a grant provided by Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and support from local businesses and private donors, the parade has been able to grow each year. This year’s parade will be no exception, Long said.
“We have seven or eight bands, all the schools, churches in Forest Hills and even some from Richmond Hill,” Long said. “We have kids from the Little League, baseball teams, football teams, a scout group, members of Holy Child in Richmond Hill and the Church on the Gardens, not to mention students from PS 101 and members of the local PTAs.
“I think we’re going to have a great event this year,” he added.
As a special feature for this year’s parade, which will take place at noon on Sunday on Metropolitan Avenue, Long is hoping to include active Marines so that the Forest Hills community can get a taste of what the Memorial Day spirit is all about.
“I am waiting for the final call from the US Marines to get active people to march from Fleet Week,” he said. “We hope to get some active military personnel to participate in this parade.”