Issues: Civil Rights

NY1 News: Sen. Espaillat calls on Senate Republicans to bring Rent Regs and Same Sex Marriage for a vote

State Lawmakers Head Back To Capitol; Same-Sex Marriage, Rent Regulations Await

By NY1 News

The waiting game continues in Albany this afternoon as several pieces of pressing legislation, including rent regulations and a possible vote on same-sex marriage, remain up in the air.

The State Senate adjourned just before 11 p.m. yesterday following a marathon session...

..."We should give New Yorkers closure on this. There should be an answer on marriage. Five extenders on rent and last night they didn't even bring up an extender. Quietly in the middle of the night, with troopers in the galleries and people passionate on both sides, they quietly scooted out of the chambers," said State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

June 24, 2011
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MSNBC: Senator Ball Interviewed on Marriage Equality

6/22/2011 – Senator Greg Ball is interviewed about Marriage Equality by Thomas Roberts on MSNBC.

June 24, 2011
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RNN: Senator Ball Discusses Governor Cuomo's Marriage Equality Bill

6/23/2011 - On RNN's Richard French Live, Senator Greg Ball discusses Governor Cuomo's Marriage Equality Bill

June 24, 2011
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Senator Squadron Statement on Marriage Equality

ALBANY -- Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon the Senate's passage of marriage equality:

Tonight, we made history.

With one small bill, we've changed the lives of countless New Yorkers.

As legislators, it's rare that we have an opportunity to vote on something with as personal and immediate an impact on our constituents as marriage equality.

June 24, 2011
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Official Statement

NYS Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson)

June 23, 2011
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MSNBC: Senator Ball Interviewed on Marriage Equality

6/22/2011 - Senator Greg Ball is interviewed about Marriage Equality by Thomas Roberts on MSNBC.

June 23, 2011
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Senator Ball talks marriage equality on CNN's "In the Arena"

6/20/2011 - With one more vote needed to pass marriage equality, New York Senator Greg Ball holds out for stronger religious protections.

June 20, 2011
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Park Slope Patch: Roll Call - Marriage Equality

"It's rare that we have an opportunity to vote on something that has as personal and immediate of an impact on our constituents as marriage equality," said Senator Squadron. "Living up to New York's values means providing equal rights for all. That's why I will fight to win over my undecided colleagues and make sure we get this passed this year."

June 17, 2011
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Greg Ball on Capital Tonight

06/16/2011 - Senator Greg Ball is interviewed by Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight.

June 17, 2011
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Sex and the City Star Cynthia Nixon Lobbies Lawmakers on Marriage Equality

 

Senator Montgomery is joined by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon who traveled to the New York's State Capitol on Tuesday, June 14 to urge lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill. The bill was approved by the Assembly that day.

Senator Montgomery, a long-time supporter of marriage equality noted that proponents of the bill have managed to close a vote gap in the Senate in a very short period of time but that the bill is still one vote shy of victory.

June 16, 2011
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Queens United, Almost, for Marriage Equality

Senator Gianaris spoke to the Advocate about same-sex marriage following yesterday's rally advocationg for the passage of same-sex marriage.

A substantial contingent of elected officials, labor leaders, and other advocates hosted a press conference Wednesday to show support for marriage equality in Queens, N.Y., a borough represented by two undecided state senators key to passage of the legislation.

June 9, 2011
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June 8, 2011
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Senator Ball Interviewed on State of Politics

06/06/2011 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, talks with Liz Benjamin on 

June 8, 2011
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Senator Rivera Joins Bronx Community Leaders and Elected Officials at Marriage Equality Press Conference

Senator Gustavo Rivera joined Bronx community leaders and elected officials at a press conference in support of marriage equality. The press conference was sponsored by the Bronx Rainbow Independent Democratic Association (BRIDA) and the Bronx Community Pride Center.

“The right to marry your partner, to take care of your partner when they're sick, take time off from work to care for them - those are basic rights all New Yorkers deserve," said Senator Rivera. "Denying marriage to same-sex couples is a discriminatory practice. I believe New Yorkers deserve equal rights and that includes marriage equality."

Senator Rivera has committed to voting in favor of marriage equality when there is a vote on the floor of the New York State Senate.

June 6, 2011
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Serrano Joins Marriage Equality Advocates on Steps of the Bronx Courthouse

Senator José M. Serrano today joined government colleagues and gay rights advocates on the steps of the Bronx Courthouse, to urge lawmakers to vote in favor of a Marriage Equality bill.  "It's a travesty that in this day and age there are people among us who don't have the same rights as others," said Senator Serrano. "Marriage Equality is one of the most critical civil rights issues of our time, and we must not back down until we have equal rights for all the people of New York State"The press conference was organized by Brida Bronx Rainbow Independent Democratic Association, Bronx Marriage Equality Now, the Bronx Community Pride Center, and Bronx District Leader Kenny Agosto.

June 3, 2011
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NYS MEMBERS OF COLOR PUSH FOR REPEAL OF VACANCY DECONTROL

NYS MEMBERS OF COLOR PUSH FOR REPEAL OF VACANCY DECONTROL TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF LOW- AND MODERATE-INCOME NEW YORKERSLaws to sunset in two weeks; group urges Gov. Cuomo to strengthen rent regulation laws

June 2, 2011
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Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz and Civil Rights Obstructionists

May 26, 2011

For Immediate Release

Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz and Civil Rights Obstructionists

New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement today in response to reports of New York City Mayor Bloomberg's speech about America's civil rights movement.

"It was disturbing today to hear Mayor Michael Bloomberg trivialize the suffering and agony of African Americans during the slave era by comparing it to the push to legalize homosexual marriage.

 

May 27, 2011
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