Millennial Strategies

Vehicle of change: licensing undocumented residents

By JEFF GUILLOT // The face of our region is changing, both politically and socioeconomically, and it’s time we had some tough conversations. So, let’s get right to it: Long Island lawmakers and stakeholders should embrace state legislation that allows undocumented people to obtains driver’s licenses. Let’s throw the morality and racial politics out of the conversation – our region has dealt with enough of that. I could wax poetic about fundamental fairness and social…


Albany changed NYS voting laws, and maybe LI’s future

By JEFF GUILLOT // Recent reforms in the way we conduct elections can help increase voter turnout on Long Island, change the scope of our elections and significantly affect the future of our region. Let’s not mince words here: The Republicans got hammered in the 2018 midterms here in New York. I disagree with many pundits who assert that this was a generationally massive rebuke of a sitting president, because there have been plenty of…


In this ‘Green Mile,’ the Island has a healthy head start

By JEFF GUILLOT // It’s been roundly embraced by progressive presidential candidates and panned by conservatives as a pipe dream dripping with bongwater. But regardless of your position on the package of legislative initiatives collectively known as the Green New Deal, Long Island’s longstanding commitment to environmental protection could put us in a unique position to reap the benefits of this dialogue. Regardless of whether or not this idea ever finds its way to the…


The shutdown and you: A Long Islander’s guide

By JEFF GUILLOT // One thing I drill into the collective consciousness of students every semester is that the role of the federal government in your daily life is minimal, compared to state and local governments. In normal, peaceful times, the average citizen only interacts with the federal government if they are interacting with the military or the immigration system. Virtually every other element of your day-to-day interactions with government are at more localized levels,…


Politics 2019: Are millennials ready to govern?

By JEFF GUILLOT // Congratulations are due to my millennial-aged comrades. In 2018, you outshined every previous dismal midterm voter turnout and showed up in record numbers. It was clear that people wanted change, and young voters – who ideologically lean to the left – helped elect a Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives that is the most diverse in history, and a record-shattering Democratic majority in the New York State Senate that…


For Millennial Strategies, another day at the races

By GREGORY ZELLER They sure grow up fast. When last we checked in on political consulting startup Millennial Strategies, the firm was repping a few Democratic causes and gearing up for a state senate election in Brooklyn. Now it’s knee-deep in Election 2016, with its agenda-topping race to succeed veteran U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) in New York’s 3rd Congressional District, where Millennial Strategies is managing the campaign of former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman. The…


Political insight and advocacy, millennial style

By GREGORY ZELLER // There had to be a better way. That was the thinking shared by Jeff Guillot and Alex Voetsch. Both worked in political capacities – Guillot for a Manhattan-based consultancy and Voetsch for the New York State Democratic Lawyers Council, a voting-rights and election-protection advocate. And both felt constrained by their respective “establishment entities,” as Guillot put it. They met as fellows of the New Leaders Council, a national nonprofit offering training…