Issues: Civil Rights

NY Times: For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection

By: Russ Buettner

In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care.

Those nannies, as well as other domestic workers who make possible the lives of New York’s eternally striving work force, have long gone without basic workplace guarantees that most employees take for granted.

That appears likely to change soon.

June 10, 2010

Daily News: Government Must OK New Domestic Worker Rights

by: Albor Ruiz

Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections.

"As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society."

June 10, 2010

NYT Editorial: Domestic Worker's Rights

New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected.

June 10, 2010

Breaking Barriers: Majority Announces Passage Of Legislative Package Expanding Opportunities For New Yorkers With Disabilities

Sweeping Legislation Improves Services For People With Disabilities,Puts An End To Discriminatory Practices

June 10, 2010

NY Daily News: Adams, Jeffries Defend Stop-And-Frisk Bill

The NY Daily News Covers Senator Adams' press conference on a city-wide database:

(Courtesy: NY Daily News, Celeste Katz)

June 9, 2010

Conference Of Black Senators Releases Their Signature Agenda Issues

Yesterday, the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS) unveiled their 2010 Signature Agenda issues and expressed their concerns regarding these particular bills not being brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Members of CBS truly believe that African American Communities have suffered long enough within the areas of Economic Development, Education, Health, Housing, Environment, Crime, Racism and Discrimination.

May 25, 2010

Senator Adams on the Stop, Question, and Frisk Database


NYS Senator Eric Adams is joined by Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman, and Several Elected Officials to introduce legislation to regulate the NYPD Stop, Question, and Frisk Database

May 24, 2010

Senator Maziarz Stands Against Racism

On April 30, 2010 Senator George Maziarz participated in a "Stand Against Racism" event sponsored by the YWCA of the Tonawandas.

May 21, 2010

Housing Works: Half of All State Senators Support GENDA; Advocates to Lobby Again May 11

The New York State Senate is slowly coming around to supporting equal rights for gender nonconforming people.Housing Works latest vote count has 31 state senators firmly in support of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA). The bill prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and all other areas covered by New York State Human Rights Law. Only one more ‘yes’ vote is needed to have a majority in the 62-person Senate.

May 18, 2010

Senate Majority Passes Resolution Honoring the Life of Dr. Dorothy I. Height

(Albany NY) On April 27, 2010, the Senate Democratic Majority passed a resolution, sponsored by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Mt. Vernon), honoring the life of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, a leader of the African American and women’s civil rights movements. 

April 28, 2010

Serranos Applaud Obama LGBT Visitation Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 16, 2010

Contact: Damaris Olivo | (212) 828-5829


April 16, 2010

Joint Statement on Flag Burning at LGBT Community Center

Joint Statement by Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Senator Thomas Duane, Assembly Members Danny O’Donnell, Deborah Glick, Dick Gottfried, Micah Kellner, Matthew Titone and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer Re: Condemning the Recent Flag Burning at LGBT Center

April 15, 2010

Senator Montgomery' 2010 Juvenile Justice Reform Agenda

Click the pdf link below to view the Senator's 2010 Juvenile Justice Reform Agenda

2010 Juvenile Justice Reform Agenda

April 7, 2010

3/24/2010: Resolution Honoring Dr. Olivia Hooker

On Wednesday, March 24th, the New York State Senate passed a Legislative Resolution honoring Dr. Olivia Hooker, a psychologist and former college professor at Fordham University who resides in Greenburgh, New York. Dr. Hooker, who became the first black woman to enlist in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, is a survivor of the Tulsa Riot of 1921. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the resolution in recognition of Dr. Hooker’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the advancement of women and civil rights.

March 23, 2010

Zero-Tolerance of Violence

      As a man who deeply loves and respects my wife of over 30 years and as a grandfather with ten grandchildren, I have worked hard to build a world free of violence, a world that respects women and protects our most vulnerable populations. I have fought hate crimes in my district, provided help to victims of violent crimes, sponsored last month's March for Peace Against Gun and Youth Violence, and proposed legislation to classify violence against women as hate crimes (S.2788).

February 8, 2010

Today in Black History

Ratification of the 13th Amendment

February 1, 2010

Sen. Schneiderman on Prisoners and the 2010 Census

New York State Senator Eric Schneiderman discusses pending legislation regarding how the U.S. Census counts inmates at upstate correctional institutions. Taped Jan. 25, 2010.

January 25, 2010
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