Issues: Civil Rights

April 16, 2013
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Caucus Statement on the Nomination of Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeals

Assemblyman Karim Camara, Chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus issues a statement after Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeals:

Albany, NY – "We applaud Governor Cuomo for nominating Sheila Abdus-Salaam. It is fitting that she will be the first Black woman to serve. Justice Abdus-Salaam has already showed her commitment to defending our legal system throughout her decades of service. We congratulate her on her nomination and history making achievement. We believe Ms. Abdus-Salaam is highly qualified and deserves a swift confirmation."

April 5, 2013
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Caucus Says "Budget Falls Short"

While there are parts of the budget that are beneficial to the communities we represent, we are greatly disappointed that more was not done to address the needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. We were optimistic when many of our top priorities were mentioned as key priorities of the Governor in his State of the State. However, the actual results fell short.

We thank Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for their leadership during budget negotiations for advocating for the poor, low-income and middle class New Yorkers, but their efforts are only part of the process.

March 28, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins at the NAACP-New Rochelle Meeting

Leader Stewart-Cousins speaking at the NAACP-New Rochelle Chapter monthly meeting.

March 26, 2013
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Assemblyman Karim Camara, Chair of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Makes a Statement on Newly Released Marijuana Arrest Report

The report’s findings further prove the need for standardization of marijuana offenses. One million hours, over 440,000 arrests, at a cost over $75 million a year for taxpayers in the last decade is unconscionable. We cannot continue to let minor offenses like these ruin the future of innocent New Yorkers, particularly Black and Latino youth. The NYPD’s aggressive stop and frisk policies have led to a weakening of the relationship between the police department and communities of color. It is time to stop wasting millions of dollars in law enforcement resources on a failed policy, while detracting from the prosecution of serious crimes.

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Marijuana Report.pdf

March 19, 2013
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New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Join Community Groups to Call for an End to the Marijuana Possession Law

Marijuana possession is the number one arrest is New York City and a top arrest in New York State, leading to racial discrepancies, while costing taxpayers $600 million over last decade

March 12, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Celebrates March As Women’s History Month

 

Senator Stavisky Celebrates March As Women’s History Month

March 1, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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The People’s Budget Equity XXI Report

Click on the link below to view the full Equity XXI Report.....

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The People’s Budget Equity XXI Report

February 15, 2013
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NYS Black, Puerto-Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Members Call for Passage of Minimum Wage Increase

Citing overwhelming support and outsize need for higher wages in communities of color, lawmakers seek hike to $8.75, plus indexing to inflation

ALBANY — Members of the Black, Puerto-Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus called Tuesday for the state Legislature to raise the minimum wage to $8.75 and allow for annual increases to keep up with the rising cost of living. Workers of color are the majority of minimum-wage workers in New York State. More than half of the 1.5 million New Yorkers who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage are Black, Latino or Asian. 

February 12, 2013
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BPHA Caucus 30-Day Letter To Honorable Andrew Cuomo

Honorable Andrew Cuomo Executive Chamber State Capital Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

We write to request changes to your state budget and also to highlight specific changes that would support education, the justice system, MWBE, ELL, minimum wage, and school age children. However, we begin by acknowledging our support for a number of your proposals. We appreciate that your budget reflects an increase in minimum wages, as well as a 4.4% growth in education aid. 

February 7, 2013
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Black History Month and Rochester's special significance

As February begins and the United States observes Black History Month, Sen. O’Brien encourages the people of his district of all races to take some time to reflect on the rich history of African-Americans in the United States and in his district in particular.

“Black history is American history,” O’Brien said.  “I encourage everyone to take some time to look at Rochester’s importance to the African-American community, from its early role as the longtime home of abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass to the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and ‘60s that continues today.”

February 4, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Celebrates Sarvodaya Day (Mahatma Gandhi Day) and Martin Luther King Day

 

STATE SENATOR TOBY ANN STAVISKY, STATE ASSEMBLYMAN RON KIM,

AND CITY COUNCILMAN PETER KOO, JOIN DR. UMA MYSOREKAR AND THE

HINDU TEMPLE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA TO CELEBRATE LIVES OF MAHATMA GANDHI AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

January 29, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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O'Brien acknowledges lasting significance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s example

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sen. O’Brien wishes to encourage the people of his district and throughout New York State to stop and reflect on the life of civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, in recognition of the federal holiday commemorating the day of his birth.

January 18, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening New York’s Domestic Violence Laws

A robust package of legislation was signed into law this week to improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence while at the same time provide survivors with enhanced protections so they can more safely sever ties with their abusers.

The bill package addresses the recidivist nature of domestic violence by holding serial offenders more accountable for their behavior with the creation of a new crime and new considerations when determining bail, and creates a state-level Fatality Review Team to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides.

October 26, 2012
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