Issues: Civil Rights

Schumer, Gianaris Calling For TSA Passenger Advocates

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the announcement made by Senator Gianaris and Senator Schumer, which called on the TSA to designate on-duty passenger advocates at airports in order to resolve disputes between passengers and agents over screening issues. 

“While the safety and security of our flights must be a top priority, we need to make sure that flying does not become a fear-inducing, degrading, and potentially humiliating experience,” Schumer said. “Right now, passengers who feel that their rights are about to be violated have nowhere to turn, but by training passenger advocates at each of our airports, the TSA can finally give passengers a voice.”

January 13, 2012
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Senator Parker Hosts 8th Annual "A Shared Dream" A Free Tribute in Word & Song to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In conjuction with A Shared Dream Foundation and New Hope Christian Fellowship

Featuring Gospel Recording Artist Byron Cage

When:  January 16th, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Brooklyn College, Walt Whitman Theater

Free and open the community, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

January 16, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Senator Parker Welcomes Tenth Circuit Decision on Oklahoma Measure Targeting Shariah Law

I commend the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision today in Awad v. Ziriax to affirm the preliminary injunction against the Oklahoma “Save our State” Constitutional Amendment banning courts from applying Islamic and international law. Today there is a movement that seeks to ostracize and discriminate fellow Americans on the basis of their religion, Islam. As we mark Rev. Martin Luther King birthday next week, we must continue his mission of seeking equality for all, irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, or creed.

January 10, 2012
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OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL UNVEILS YEAR-END REVIEW

Review Cites Progress For New York On Taxpayer Protection, Public Safety, Economic Justice, Public Integrity, Civil Rights & Environmental Protection

The Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued an end-of-the-year review detailing many of its accomplishments in areas including public safety, economic justice, taxpayer protection, public integrity, civil rights and environmental protection.

December 29, 2011
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lgbtSr Interview: New York State Senator Liz Krueger

By Mark McNease

I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with New York State Senator Liz Krueger. Senator Krueger has been in the New York Senate since being elected in a Special Election in 2002. She is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of five other committees.

December 15, 2011
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Wedding of friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield

Last Friday Senator Perkins attended the wedding of his friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield who live in Harlem.  The well attended ceremony was held at Mr. Rodrigues' art gallery, Casa Frela. " This  is a great occasion for me," Senator Perkins told the couple, who had waited 25 years for the opportunity to marry.  "Sponsoring New York's Marriage Equality Bill, I hoped to give everyone the same benefits under the law. Lawrance and Fred's was the first LGBT wedding I've attended since our bill passed in June, but I'm looking forward to attending many, many more."

November 22, 2011
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Wedding of friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield

Last Friday Senator Perkins attended the wedding of his friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield who live in Harlem.  The well attended ceremony was held at Mr. Rodrigues' art gallery, Casa Frela. " This  is a great occasion for me," Senator Perkins told the couple, who had waited 25 years for the opportunity to marry.  "Sponsoring New York's Marriage Equality Bill, I hoped to give everyone the same benefits under the law. Lawrance and Fred's was the first LGBT wedding I've attended since our bill passed in June, but I'm looking forward to attending many, many more."

November 22, 2011
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Manhattan BP Scott Stringer and NYS Senator Eric Adams Call on Federal Government to Investigate NYPD’s Controversial Stop and Frisk Program

Cite U.S. Attorney’s charges against NYPD officer for arresting African-American male for racist reasons, blast program that overwhelmingly targets Black and Latino men

October 21, 2011
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Oppenheimer Celebrates Marriage Equality

          Marking the historic passage of the marriage equality law, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) was honored to attend the recent wedding of Chris Fraley and Victor Self.  Surrounded by family and friends, Fraley and Self exchanged vows on Sunday afternoon in Rye, becoming one of the first couples in Westchester County to marry under the new law.

July 26, 2011
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Advisory: Senator Squadron, Colleagues to Host "After 'I Do': What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?"

 

Forum Will Bring Together Public Officials, Experts, Advocates to Address Obstacles Still Facing Married LGBT New Yorkers 

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymembers Deborah J. Glick, Brian Kavanagh, Joseph R. Lentol and Joan Millman, Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, and Rosie Mendez, and the Senate sponsor of marriage equality State Senator Tom Duane will host a public forum on the challenges that remain for married LGBT New Yorkers following this year’s historic passage of marriage equality.

July 26, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: After ‘I Do’: What’s Next for LGBT New Yorkers?

Even after the historic marriage equality vote, LGBT New Yorkers still face a number of challenges after they’re married -- including DOMA, interstate travel and relocation, adoption, social security, and health benefits. Join Senator Squadron and colleagues for a panel discussion with experts and advocates on the obstacles and opportunities for LGBT New Yorkers after ‘I Do.’

August 16, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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July 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Wedding bells ring for gay New Yorkers

Queens Chronicle quoted Senator Gianaris on the historic passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

It is said that marriage marks the beginning of the rest of your life, and for gay and lesbian New Yorkers, Friday night was nothing less than a fresh start.

“We are now being treated as fully equal citizens,” said gay Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), touting the passage of state legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. “Having the option just makes us more whole as human beings, whether we choose to get married or not.”

In bars and in clubs, in homes and on the steps of City Hall, New Yorkers from all walks of life celebrated.

June 30, 2011
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Krueger Looks To Lady Gaga On #SSM

By David King

June 22nd, 2011

Senate Democrats have a hot new Twitter hash tag: “#letusVote” to prod Senate Republicans to bring same-sex marriage legislation to the floor for a vote. Sen. Liz Krueger is credited with creating the tag and she has been trying to get prominent same-sex marriage proponents to use it. “@ladygaga #NYSenate needs your help!” Krueger tweeted. “Can you & ur Little Monsters pls help us trend #letusVOTE We want to vote for #samesexmarriage in NY” Lady Gaga has yet to pick up the tag says,” Krueger spokeswoman Katie Kincaid,” but we’re working on it

June 28, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS APPLAUDS HISTORIC PASSAGE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY ACT

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris was proud to be one of the 33 votes in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, which passed the New York State Senate on Friday, June 24 by a vote of 33-29 and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

New York is now the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, giving LGBT couples the same domestic and human rights as heterosexual couples.

“Today, New York reclaimed its mantle as the nation's human rights leader. I am proud to be one of the 'yes' votes that made marriage equality a reality in our state,” Senator Gianaris said. “May our example set the tone for the rest of the country so that all Americans can enjoy the same rights and privileges.”

June 25, 2011
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Senator Ball Interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/24/video-lawmaker-explains-opposition-to-gay-marriage/

6/25/2011 - Senator Greg Ball is interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper about the gay marriage vote in New York State.

 

June 25, 2011
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