Issues: Women

Angels of Mercy 5k

I recently joined the Angels of Mercy at their annual 5k fundraiser at Meridian Centre Park in Brighton. Angels of Mercy is a tremendous organization dedicated to assisting women in our community, and have successfully advocated for stricted human trafficking laws in New York. I am proud to support Angels of Mercy, and have worked closely with them to sponsor legislation that will help move women forward in our state. 

September 1, 2015
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Senator Sanders Hosts "Women, Power, Wealth" Event

State Senator James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) hosted a free financial planning event called "Women, Power, Wealth" on June 20, 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church in Jamaica. The mission was to help empower women by educating them about savings, money management and credit repair. Other topics included the importance of long term care insurance and having an "escape plan" in case of financial crisis. "I'm trying to shake things up," Sanders said of his inspiration for holding the event. "I don't like where things are currently. I don't like the hand that women have been dealt. I think we need a new deal. The hand that says women will always be less than men, the hand that says women can't move forward - I think we need to take that hand and throw it away."

June 23, 2015
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Murphy hosts 2015 Women of Distinction event

CHAPPAQUA, NY - Senator Terrence P. Murphy this week honored a dozen women from across the 40th Senate District Thursday at the Chappaqua Library. These accomplished women were nominated by their hometowns and represent a wide array of achievements which stand as a model of altruism, selflessness and bravery for all residents of the Hudson Valley. "I'm proud to recognize and honor outstanding women who have made our community a better place through achievement in business, charitable works, education, the arts, from all walks of life," Senator Murphy said. "The Senate’s Women of Distinction Program rightfully applauds the personal achievements and career successes of outstanding women. This program is truly one of the highlights of the year serving as your Senator."

May 22, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Teachers of Excellence and Women of Distinction and Discusses Public Safety Issues on Your Voice

On this Your Voice program, recorded on May 18, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his 2015 Teachers of Excellence, his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, West Point Day, the Officer Brian Moore Resolution, Court of Claims, and ticket scalping legislation.

May 19, 2015
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Senator Serrano Presents Upper West Sider Emily Kessler with 2015 Woman of Distinction Award

(Upper West Side, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano honored Upper West Sider, Emily Kessler, with the New York Senate 2015 Woman of Distinction Award. This award highlights distinguished women across the state who have made significant contributions to our society.

May 14, 2015
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Senator Young's Legisaltion Passed To Provide Further Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Legislation will allow domestic violence victims to testify via close-circuit television

ALBANY – According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, only about 48 percent of all violent victimizations are reported to police. Today, the state Senate passed legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence in order to encourage them to report their abuse to the authorities.

“Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten and according to studies 84 percent of women visiting hospital emergency rooms for domestic violence were injured by their intimate partners,” said Senator Young.

May 13, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Honors Master Sergeant Sue Clark as His “Woman of Distinction”

ALBANY, NY - May 5, 2015 New York State Senate Women of Distinction Ceremony

May 13, 2015
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Senator Serrano Comments on his "Woman of Distinction" Honoree, Emily Kessler

This week, the New York State Senate held its annual Women of Distinction celebration, where all Senators are encouraged to highlight an amazing woman from our district who's made significant contributions to our community and society as a whole. This year it is with great honor that I recognize Emily Kessler.

May 12, 2015
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STEFANIK, RITCHIE, INTSCHERT ANNOUNCE FORMATION OF ‘UPSTATE WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL’

Effort Seen As a Way to Help Women Succeed, Inspire Future Leaders 

Rep. Elise Stefanik, State Senator Patty Ritchie and Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert, joined by other local leaders, today announced formation of the “Upstate Women’s Leadership Council.”

The nonpartisan, non-political group is aimed at increasing opportunities for women’s personal and professional advancement and inspiring a next generation of leaders across Northern and Central New York.

“Today, more and more women are stepping up to the plate, in academics, business, medicine and public service,” said Senator Ritchie. “The Upstate Women’s Leadership Council’s aim is to help these women and others find success in their chosen fields, and inspire women of every age—but especially young women—to reach for higher goals and become our next generation’s leaders,” Senator Ritchie said.

May 7, 2015
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Senator Robach Honors Kim Condon of Brighton With the NYS Senate Woman of Distinction Award

Annual Program Honors Women’s Contributions to Our Community

Senator Joe Robach is proud to recognize Kim Condon of Brighton with the New York State Senate’s 2015 Woman of Distinction Award in Albany. 

The “Woman of Distinction” program was created in 1998 as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month and honors New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or act of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.

May 6, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Names Livingston County Resident 'Woman of Distinction'

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) honored Elizabeth “Betsy” Sherwood of Caledonia on Tuesday with one of the New York State Senate’s highest honors, the “Woman of Distinction” award.  Sherwood is being recognized for her work in the community as a lifelong resident and president of the non-profit organization Focus on the Children.

May 6, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HONORS LEADING BRONXITE RANDI MARTOS AT 18TH ANNUAL NEW YORK STATE WOMEN OF DISTINCTION CEREMONY

Klein Recognizes Lifelong Riverdale Resident for Her Community Activism, Leadership & Public Service

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) honored Randi Martos, Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, at the 18th annual Women of Distinction Ceremony at the State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday evening. For more than 20 years, Martos has served as a strong, positive force in the Bronx -- holding an array of leadership positions including democratic district leader, parents’ association president, head of her co-op board and more.

May 6, 2015
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Senator Young Honors Dr. Shirley A. Mullen As A Woman of Distinction

Recognized for her service and accomplishments in higher education

 

ALBANY – For her distinguished career in the field of higher education, Dr. Shirley A. Mullen, President, Houghton College, was honored this week as a New York State Senate 2015 “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) selected Dr. Mullen as the 57th Senate District’s honoree for her long and distinguished record in higher education and community outreach.

 

May 6, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Nominates LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis for 2015 Woman of Distinction Award

Davis is first transgender woman to receive the annual Senate award

Hoylman: “Carrie is a role model for trans kids who might be struggling with their identity.”

ALBANY - Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) presented Carrie Davis with the 2015 Woman of Distinction award for the 27th District. Carrie currently serves as the Chief Programs & Policy Officer at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) in New York City and is the first transgender woman to receive the Woman of Distinction Award, which is presented to a woman in each senate district each year.

May 6, 2015
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Senator Ortt Honors North Tonawanda Resident for “Woman of Distinction”

Annual Program Recognizes Women’s Contributions to Our Community

ALBANY - State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today recognized North Tonawanda resident Master Sergeant Sue Clark as a New York “Woman of Distinction” during a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building. Master Sergeant Clark was personally selected by Sen. Ortt and was among 62 other distinguished women who were honored by the state Senate this evening.

The event showcases outstanding women living and working in New York State whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond.

May 5, 2015
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NARAL Lobby Day

(Albany - May 5th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressed an impassioned crowd at the NARAL Lobby Day in Albany. In her speech, the Leader mentioned the fact that the Senate has been going to sleep when it relates to legislation regarding women, women’s rights and women’s reproductive rights. She stressed how imperative it is for members of the legislature to be bipartisan about these issues to protect women across New York State. She closed by urging the crowd to go back to their districts after the lobby day is over, and energize the base of support to foster a more progressive state.

May 5, 2015
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Family Planning Advocates Day of Action

(Albany - May 4th) "You think you are lobbying for bills, and you are, but it’s bigger than that," said Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at the Family Planning Advocates (FPA) rally Monday morning. As a long-time proponent of women's reproductive health rights, the Leader came out to support the efforts of FPA and its members who continue to fight to protect and expand access to a full range of reproductive health services. "You are lobbying a legislature that refuses to allow women self-determination, refuses to allow women equality, refuses to allow women to say, I know what I need.

May 5, 2015
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Sen. Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt talks about the events he took part in during Earth Week and the environmentally-friendly bills he sponsored that passed in the Senate on Earth Day. He also talks about the Equal Pay bill for women that is awaiting the governor's signature. Sen. Ortt talks about other stops he made throughout his district.

May 1, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION ENSURING WOMEN RECEIVE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

     “Passing legislation to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work, as well as other important protections for women, was one of the first actions taken by the Senate this year. 105 days later, the Assembly has decided to join us in approving the pay equity legislation. As the father of four daughters and a cosponsor of these bills, I'm pleased they have finally done so.

April 28, 2015
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