Issues: Women

SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY PAY LEGISLATION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to report the State Assembly has followed the Senate’s actions of passing the women’s equality pay legislation this week.

April 28, 2015
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Equal Pay for Women to Become Law of NYS—FINALLY!

Working together, we made Albany put fairness over politics and pass Equal Pay for Women legislation that’s a giant leap forward in ensuring opportunity in the workplace.

Repeated studies have shown that, despite a 50-year-old federal law aimed at prohibiting paycheck discrimination, women continue to earn just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men doing the exact same job. That’s not—and for more than two years, I’ve been working to put teeth in New York’s law to stop that practice.

Now, the Assembly, which has been holding up the bill over politics, has finally passed it, sending the measure to the Governor who has promised to sign it. You can read the details of this landmark legislation, by clicking here.

April 28, 2015
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Statement From Senator Ortt on Women’s Equality Agenda

It was an honor that one of my very first votes as a State Senator was in support of a long-overdue Women's Equality Agenda. I'm encouraged that the Assembly followed our lead and today voted for equal pay for equal work.  I urge the Governor to pass this into law and I hope the Assembly leadership will immediately bring all the remaining women's equality bills to the floor so that we can: prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace, remedy discrimination, prohibit family status discrimination, prevent housing discrimination for the victims of domestic violence, allow for electronic filing for orders of protection and end pregnancy discrimination.

April 27, 2015
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SENATOR SUE SERINO COMMENTS ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

SENATOR SUE SERINO COMMENTS ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK 

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R—Hyde Park) released the following statement regarding the Assembly’s move to join the Senate in passing the fair pay provision of the Women’s Equality Act:

“Finally. New York’s women have waited long enough.

This measure delivers tangible results, has the potential to shatter glass ceilings across the State and shift the culture that discourages growth and development within the workplace. This measure will go a long way toward empowering women and breaking down barriers to real progress.

April 27, 2015
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Statement from Senator Catharine Young on the Assembly's Passage of Equal Pay Legislation

“The Senate began 2015 by immediately passing legislation to guarantee equal pay in the workplace, provide victims of domestic violence greater protections and address the other important components that make up our Women’s Equality Agenda. While a number of these items still need to be passed by the Assembly, it is a positive sign that they finally have acted on the issue of equal pay for equal work.

 

April 27, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Join The Women's Equality Campaign In New York State

     Recently, the New York State Assembly took action on components of the Senate's Women’s Equality Agenda which the Senate passed back in January.  This eight-point plan that takes steps to protect the rights of New York women at work and at home and it is important that every component be voted on and approved by the Assembly.

March 21, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION

     “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
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Senator Parker Helps to Combat Sexual Assault on College Campuses

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

March 16, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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