Issues: Civil Rights

Hoylman Statement on Robert Gates’ Call To End Boy Scouts of America’s Discriminatory Policy Toward LGBT Leaders

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “I'm pleased that Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America has publicly called to fully end his organization's discriminatory practices against LGBT people. If he truly believes the Boy Scouts’ policy is wrong however, Mr. Gates should act now and not wait for a protracted decision-making process by the Scouts' governing body."

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May 21, 2015
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Hoylman Blasts Senate Vote to Commemorate Boy Scouts of America with Official State License Plates

Hoylman: “This is a license to discriminate.”

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “This is a ‘license to discriminate.’ New York State should not be commemorating the Boy Scouts of America with official state license plates while this organization continues  to ban gay adults from being troop leaders and is under investigation by the State Attorney General for its employment practices.

May 20, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Nominates LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis for 2015 Woman of Distinction Award

Davis is first transgender woman to receive the annual Senate award

Hoylman: “Carrie is a role model for trans kids who might be struggling with their identity.”

ALBANY - Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) presented Carrie Davis with the 2015 Woman of Distinction award for the 27th District. Carrie currently serves as the Chief Programs & Policy Officer at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) in New York City and is the first transgender woman to receive the Woman of Distinction Award, which is presented to a woman in each senate district each year.

May 6, 2015
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Gianaris Introduces Bill to Ban State-Funded Travel to Indiana in Response to Discriminatory Law

Senator Michael Gianaris introduced a bill that would ban state-funded or state-sponsored travel to Indiana or other states that may emulate Indiana’s new discriminatory “religious freedom” law.

“In recent years our nation has finally moved forward on LGBT rights and it is important that we as New Yorkers take a stand to keep us from moving backwards,” said Senator Gianaris. “In order for our state to play our rightful role as a national leader on this issue, we need to send a loud and clear message all the way to Indiana that this discriminatory law must be opposed. I urge my colleagues to support this proposal, and I encourage states that have not already done so to follow our example.”

April 30, 2015
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Statement form State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Bill That Would Grants Attorney General Jurisdiction to Prosecute Police Misconduct:

"For the second time in the last two weeks Senate Republicans have failed to move legislation out of committee that would reform how our criminal justice system prosecutes incidents involving law enforcement that result in the death or injury of a New Yorker. I am very disappointed that the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations failed to recognize the need to advance a bill that would help remove doubt from the criminal justice process and restore the public's trust.

April 28, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUPPORT TO BAN "CONVERSION THERAPY"

MANHATTAN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding President Obama's support to ban "conversion therapy":

April 16, 2015
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Statement from Sen. Krueger on 20-year Sentence for Purvi Patel

New York -- The following statement was issued today by State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Co-Chair of the NYS Bipartisan Legislative Pro-Choice Caucus, in response to reports that Purvi Patel was sentenced by an Indiana court to 20 years in prison on charges of feticide and felony neglect: 

April 2, 2015
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THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET BUDGET EQUITY XXIII

PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE BUDGET 2015-2016 BY THE NEW YORK STATE BLACK, PUERTO RICAN, HISPANIC, AND ASIAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS

File: 
BPRHA Budget Equity 2015.pdf

March 20, 2015
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Remarks on the "Bloody Sunday" Resolution

(Albany - March 17th) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced a State Senate Resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,”  when, on March 7th, 1965, civil rights protesters marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in the fight for voting rights. That fateful day, over 600 men, women and children were beaten as they attempted to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke about the courage of the marchers and their firm belief that justice and equality would prevail. The brutality these unsung heroes faced sparked awareness that allowed for the right things to happen to minorities across the nation.

March 18, 2015
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CAUCUS PUSHES 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION PRIORITIES

“Meeting the Needs of Minority Communities during this Budget Season 

New York, NY – The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus led by Chair Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, outlined the major priorities from their annual report “The People’s Priorities 2015”. Standing in support with them was New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), Hunger Action, American Heart Association, YMCA, and other labor unions, advocacy groups, and clergy. The Caucus formally announced their agenda which ensures that the budget and other pieces of legislation positively affect and provide equal access for low income and minority communities. 

March 12, 2015
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Senator Hamilton marches in commemoration of 1965 Civil Rights protesters in Selma

(Brooklyn - March 7, 2015) In honor of the bravery of Civil Rights protesters 50 years ago today, Senator Hamilton marched across the Brooklyn Bridge with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, elected official colleagues, and human rights advocates.

The New York Daily  News reported, "Hundreds of people — black and white — walked across the Brooklyn Bridge... Their arms linked, former Mayor David Dinkins and other political and civil rights leaders led the singing, sign-holding procession of marchers."

March 9, 2015
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New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative (Public Hearing) on Criminal Justice Reform

Joint – Assembly Standing Committee on Codes
Chair: Assembly Member Joseph Lentol
Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary
Chair: Assembly Member Helene Weinstein
and New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus
Chair: Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry
Public Hearing: Criminal Justice Reform
Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Juan Gabriel Genao (518) 455-4313
Media Contact: Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Sanders Supports Religious Garb Bill to Prevent Workplace Descrimination

ALBANY, N.Y., March 3, 2015- Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) and the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group held a press conference on the Bangladeshi-Americans Annual Lobby Day to support the passing of Senate Bill S3263 and Assembly Bill A2049, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace against attire that is worn for a religious purpose.

March 4, 2015
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African American Heritage Committee Black History Month Luncheon

(Yonkers - February 28th) The Senator was the keynote speaker at the African-American Heritage Committee Black History Month Luncheon which was hosted at the Nepperhan Community Center. The honorees were Shawyn Patterson Howard and Paula Crawford. Congratulations for all of your hard work - well-deserved recognition!

March 2, 2015
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What if Malcolm X were alive today? - Senator Sanders Holds Community Discussion

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) marked the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X as so many others did, by attending a memorial commemoration in Harlem at the educational center named after the slain human rights leader. It was the site of the former Audubon Ballroom, the location where Malcolm X was gunned down. A single blue spotlight illuminated the area where he drew his last breath.   During his remarks Senator Sanders recalled how much the Muslim minister known as  El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz had influenced him on a personal level and how his impact on the world can still be felt today.  

February 26, 2015
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Sen. Sanders Speaks at 50th Memorial Commemoration of Malcolm X

State Senator James Sanders speaks about the legacy of Malcolm X at the 50th Anniversary Memorial on February 21, 2015 at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

February 24, 2015
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State Senator James Sanders Jr. meets with Ilyasha Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, at 50th Anniversary Memorial

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) had the opportunity to speak with Ilyasha Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, at a memorial commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of the human rights leader. Shabazz is a motivational speaker and author, perhaps best known for her memoir “Growing Up X.” Senator Sanders delivered some brief remarks during the event on February 21, 2015, at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Harlem. He recalled how much Malcolm X had influenced him on a personal level and how the slain Muslim minister's impact on the world can still be felt today.  

February 24, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Dems Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honors Civil Rights Pioneer & Centenarian Dr. Olivia Hooker of Greenburgh During Black History Month

(Albany - February 24th) In honor of Dr. Olivia Hooker’s 100th Birthday which falls during Black History Month, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced a Senate Resolution and nominated Dr. Hooker for a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. The award and a copy of the Resolution were presented to Dr. Hooker during an event in her honor held by the Yonkers Human Rights Commission at the Hudson River Museum on February 21st.

February 24, 2015
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