Issues: Women

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015

Asian women’s center opens in Elmhurst

As reported by the Queens Examiner:

New York City’s Asian population will have more resources and help at their disposal, thanks to the hard work of the New York Women’s Asian Center (NYAWC) and a grant from the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA).

The funds from the grant will provide a wide-range of services to help survivors of domestic violence, as well as their children, in a new Queens location.

The services offered, thanks to the grant, include a 24/7 hotline, counseling and case management services, advocacy, financial education to survivors, healthy relationship workshops to teens and services to teens in abusive relationships.

For full article, click here.

April 16, 2015

Statement from Sen. Krueger on 20-year Sentence for Purvi Patel

New York -- The following statement was issued today by State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Co-Chair of the NYS Bipartisan Legislative Pro-Choice Caucus, in response to reports that Purvi Patel was sentenced by an Indiana court to 20 years in prison on charges of feticide and felony neglect: 

April 2, 2015

Yonkers Riverfront Library Women's History Month Event "She Did and So Can You!"

(Yonkers - March 14th) March is Women's History Month. A great way to spend it? Inspriring the next generation to be leaders! On March 14th the Senator, along with Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, spoke at the Yonkers Riverfront Library Women's History Month Event "She Did and So Can You! " The Girl Scouts and others joined the celebration of women leaders.

March 30, 2015

Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Women's Equality, Upstate Transit and Fort Drum on Your Voice

On this Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate's progress toward enhancing the rights of women in New York, the proposal to increase funding for Centro, and the continued support for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. He also talks about current budget negotiations as the April 1st deadline nears.


March 24, 2015

Join The Women's Equality Campaign In New York State

     Recently, the New York State Assembly took action on a component of the Senate's Women’s Equality Agenda by approving important anti-trafficking legislation (S.7).  This legislation is a part of an eight-point plan that t

March 21, 2015

Women's Equality Package

Statement From Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Assembly Passage of Anti-Human Trafficking LegislationPosted by Majority Press on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 

I commend Speaker Heastie for bringing long-stalled, anti-human trafficking legislation to the floor of the State Assembly as a standalone bill, as Senate Republicans have been calling on the Assembly to do for the better part of two years now.

By doing so, the Speaker has signaled the importance of putting progress ahead of politics, and shown that this Legislature can work together to get a result on issues important to the women of this state...

March 17, 2015

Statement from Senator Venditto

"One of my first legislative acts as your new State Senator this year was to vote on a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda to enhance the rights of women and protect New Yorkers who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. This package of bills included a bill that toughens penalties on human trafficking and I called on the Assembly to do the same. Today, the Assembly decided to act on this bill. I hope the Assembly will also join us in taking up and passing the rest of this legislation to protect our mothers, sisters, daughters, and all women in New York State."

March 16, 2015

Assembly Passage of Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation a Positive Step For Women Across New York

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) on the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act:


“Today’s passage of the anti-human trafficking legislation by the Assembly is a positive step for the health and safety of all New York’s women. For nearly two years my Senate Republican colleagues and I have been calling on the Assembly’s downstate leadership to follow our lead and put progress ahead of politics. By finally doing what’s right for New York’s women, the new Assembly Speaker has shown a willingness to work together to get results on the critical issues before our state.


March 16, 2015


     “I am pleased that my colleagues in the Assembly have finally joined the Senate in acting on legislation to protect people from human trafficking. 

     As I have long said, reforms like tougher penalties for human trafficking, measures to ensure pay equity for women, and stronger protections for victims of domestic violence and discrimination should not be tied together. Each of the measures should be considered individually, on their own merits, not held hostage for political purposes. I am hopeful that the Assembly’s action today means that they are joining us in finally putting women first.

March 16, 2015

Senator Parker Helps to Combat Sexual Assault on College Campuses


March 16, 2015

Action to Combat Human Trafficking -- A Big Step Forward for Women’s Equality

My colleagues and I in the New York State Senate kicked off the 2015 Session by approving our Women's Equality Agenda -- a vitally important series of bills designed to ensure greater equality and opportunities for women throughout our state.

March 16, 2015

Senator Kevin Parker Interviews Tracey Brooks, President and CEO of Family Planning Advocates of New York

Senator's Parker's Legislative Report with Tracey Brooks, President and CEO of the Family Planning Advocates of New York 

March 13, 2015

New York State Senate honors the achievements of American women


The New York State Senate honors the achievements of American women.

Related links:

Resolution J763-2015Governor proclaims March, 2015, as Women's History Month in the State of New York

Women of Distinction 2015The New York State Senate developed the Historic Women of Distinction exhibit where every March, we celebrate famous women in several disciplines whose contributions have earned them recognition as New York’s Historic Women of Distinction. 

Women's History MonthSite Hosted by The Library of Congress

March 4, 2015

Senator Sanders Presents A Free "Women in Power" Workshop

State Senator James Sanders Jr. will present a free "Women in Power" workshop on Saturday, March 14, as part of Women's History Month.  It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 122-05 Smith Street in Jamaica.

March 3, 2015


Nominations Now Being Accepted for Special Senate Program 


State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program; a special initiative aimed at honoring women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding leaders from the present.

“From doctors and teachers to people who volunteer countless hours in the name of bettering their community, over the past several years I’ve had the honor of recognizing dozens of women from across our region who are going above and beyond to make a difference,” said Senator Ritchie. “This year, I’m truly looking forward to honoring a new group of local women through this special program.”

February 27, 2015

Press Release: Senate Dems Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honors Civil Rights Pioneer & Centenarian Dr. Olivia Hooker of Greenburgh During Black History Month

(Albany - February 24th) In honor of Dr. Olivia Hooker’s 100th Birthday which falls during Black History Month, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced a Senate Resolution and nominated Dr. Hooker for a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. The award and a copy of the Resolution were presented to Dr. Hooker during an event in her honor held by the Yonkers Human Rights Commission at the Hudson River Museum on February 21st.

February 24, 2015

"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" Documentary Screening

(Irvington - January 29th) Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the screening of the documentary film "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" on January 29th. Directed by Mary Dore who discussed the lengthy project that chronicles the start of the women's movement in this country, the documentary interviews 38 female pioneers in the fight for gender equality including Muriel Fox, who co-founded the National Organization for Women and is a Westchester resident. As the saying goes, "We've come a long way, baby, yet the fight for reproductive health rights and equal pay continues today, including here in New York."

January 29, 2015

Senator Young Discusses the Women's Equality Agenda, the Upcoming Budget Process and Shares the Story Of A Local Vet

On the latest edition of "Your Voice," Senator Young discusses the importance of the Women's Equality Agenda, the first package of legislation taken up in the 2015 Session by the Senate. The package passed with unanimous bipartisan support and included eight key components aimed at protecting, promoting and empowering the women of New York State. Among the provisions that passed the Senate was a bill sponsored by Senator Young to protect victims of domestic violence.


January 28, 2015
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