Issues: Civil Rights

Commemorating Our Departed World Leader Nelson Mandela

Senator Perkins Mourns the Loss of and Celebrates the Monumental and Unprecedented Life and  Legacy of Nelson Mandela.

December 6, 2013
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Public Hearing: Examination of the Laws Governing the Age of Adult Criminal Responsibility

Joint – Assembly Standing Committee on CodesChair: Assembly Member Joseph R. LentolAssembly Standing Committee on JudiciaryChair: Assembly Member Helene E. WeinsteinAssembly Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Assembly Member Donna LupardoAssembly Standing Committee on EducationChair: Assembly Member Catherine T. Nolanand New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative CaucusChair: Assembly Member Karim CamaraPublic Hearing: Examination of the Laws Governing the Age of Adult CriminalResponsibilityPlace: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Rebecca Mudie (518) 455-4313Media Contact: Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

December 6, 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM
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Buffalo News: New York Bill Aims to Protect Interns Against Sexual Harassment

Sen. Krueger today announced her introduction of legislation to protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. The Buffalo News' Tom Precious reports:

Days after a federal judge said an unpaid intern did not have the same protections as paid employees against workplace sexual harassment, a state lawmaker has introduced legislation to end what has been described as a dangerous loophole in the state’s human rights laws. Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, wants to end sexual harassment episodes in which employers have escaped without penalty solely because the victim was an intern.

October 15, 2013
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Sen. Krueger Introduces Bill to Protect Interns from Sexual Harassment, Discrimination

Sen. Krueger today announced her introduction of new legislation to ban workplace sexual harassment of unpaid interns in New York State (S. 5951). Loopholes in local, state, and federal laws have hampered interns’ attempts to seek redress for sexual harassment through the courts.

October 15, 2013
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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Great March on Washington

On Wednesday, August 28th, Senator Stewart-Cousins commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Great March on Washington D.C. outside the Westchester County Courthouse by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, recalling Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech that changed the meaning of equality for all. Click here to view Senator Stewart-Cousins statement on the historict event

September 4, 2013
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ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, CAUCUSSAYS PROGRESS MADE, BUT WE HAVEN'T REACHED MOUNTAINTOP

The 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was organized in support of civil rights legislation, and also to call attention to significant economic inequalities. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington”, inspired by its victories (the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965), we must also acknowledge that there is still much progress to be made as a society and pervasive inequalities that must be addressed.

August 28, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Anniversary of the Historic March on Washington

“Today is the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. The fact that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s vision is being marked by the first African-American President reminds us all of the power of his words and the collective efforts of the hundreds of thousands of individuals who joined his call for equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addressing the crowd and the nation, spoke of a time when peace would reign and when compassion and understanding between all races would be a reality. He taught us that violence never brings permanent peace, hate never brings ever-lasting change, and only compassion, civility, and togetherness will rebuild a broken community.

August 28, 2013
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Senator O'Brien reflects on 50th anniversary of March on Washington, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien joins millions of Americans in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the delivery of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“Dr. King's speech still captivates us today through his courage and hopeful vision for a better future for the next generations. However, the struggle for equality among many sectors of the population continues,” said Senator O’Brien.

August 28, 2013
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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Capital Tonight to Discuss Women's Equality Agenda (Source: YNN)

Source: YNN

In recognition of Women's Equality Day on August 26th, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appeared on Capital Tonight last night to discuss how pushing for ALL 10-points of the Governor's Women's Equality Agenda can continue to make New York the leader in Women's Rights.

Click here to view the full video.

August 28, 2013
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Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

 

August 28, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Women's Equality Day

“Today is Women’s Equality Day when we commemorate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. We have made great strides in achieving full equality for women here in New York but we still have much more work to do. I commend the Governor for his Women's Equality Act legislation. It is unfortunate that the Senate was unable to pass the entire 10-point Act.

August 26, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Celebrates Federal Judge Scheindlin Finding the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy to be Unconstitutional

(Brooklyn, NY) “Today, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin concluded that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s Stop-and-Frisk program has violated the Fourth and 14th Amendment constitutional rights of potentially millions of Blacks and Latinos in New York City.

August 14, 2013
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The NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Applaud Stop and Frisk Ruling

Reforming Stop and Frisk has been a top priority 

Albany, NY- Reforming "Stop and Frisk" has been one of the top priorities of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus for at least the past decade. We strongly support and applaud Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s decision on the New York Police Department’s Stop and Frisk Program. In 2012, the Caucus traveled to D.C. to lobby the Department of Justice to investigate NYC’s Stop and Frisk practices. While in D.C. the Caucus also briefed the Congressional Black Caucus on the status and implications of this controversial program.

August 12, 2013
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Senator Serrano Applauds the Supreme Court's Decisions to Strike Down DOMA and Reject Proposition 8 Appeal

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano applauded the Supreme Court's recent rulings regarding same-sex marriage. With a sweeping decision, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a Federal ban on same-sex marriage, was struck down. The Supreme Court also chose to dismiss the appeal brought by the defenders of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. As a longtime advocate of LGBT rights, Senator Serrano expressed his profound excitement about the rulings and looked forward to the future. 

June 26, 2013
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Statement by State Senator Hoylman on Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Federal Defense of Marriage Act

“This is a great day for all LGBT families, like mine.“With the decision today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, Edie Windsor and her late wife Thea Syper, have joined the pantheon of civil rights heroes. History will inscribe their names alongside the likes of King, Parks, Marshall, Anthony and Milk.“I am so grateful for the courage of Edie and her brilliant attorney, Roberta Kaplan, to take on this discriminatory federal policy.“As we celebrate, we must continue to fight to ensure that the decisions reached today are used to remove bigotry and hate from all of our nation’s laws, and bring full equality to the 37 states that still treat LGBT families as second-class citizens.”

June 26, 2013
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Senate Approves Women Equality Agenda

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills today that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 21, 2013
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding the Voting Down of Choice Amendment

"No one would believe that in 2013 there were not enough Senators willing to vote to protect the health and equality of women.

In 1970, when choice was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. In our state, women’s health has never been a Republican or Democratic issue. I find it shocking that 43 years later not one Senate Republican stood up for women’s equality."

Click here to view the official press release.

June 21, 2013
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Video: "There Are No Excuses" for Failure to Vote on Gov. Cuomo's Women's Equality Act

Sen. Krueger joined colleagues from both houses to demand a vote on Gov. Cuomo's 10-point Women's Equality Act at a large rally held at the state capitol by the Women's Equality Coalition.

June 10, 2013
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NY Governor Cuomo Officially Introduces Women’s Equality Act (Source: Feminist.org)

Source: Feminist.org

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) officially introduced the long-awaited Women’s Equality Act.

June 7, 2013
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