Issues: Women

SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO END PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation today that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with pregnancy-related medical conditions.

Bill S5880 would require employers to perform a reasonable accommodation analysis for employees with conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth. A pregnancy-related condition would be treated as a temporary disability. Additionally, it would codify in law a regulation that an employee must provide medical or other information to verify the existence of the condition. The reasonable accommodation would not have to be granted if it imposed an undue hardship on an employer.

June 12, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL PREVENTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND GIVING GREATER PROTECTION TO TRAFFICKED VICTIMS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate today unanimously passed legislation to save lives by preventing the exploitation of children and adults who are victims of human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (S5879B) toughens penalties against those who buy and sell young women, men and children and reduces the stigma defendants may face when they are victims of the massive $32 billion sex trafficking industry.

June 12, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Remembers the Award-Winning Actress and Civil Rights Icon Ruby Dee

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, America lost Ruby Dee, an award-winning actress and icon of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Senator Kevin Parker. “Ruby Dee died at the age of 91, after a life spent as a star of stage and screen, and as a civil rights activist with her husband the late Ossie Davis, with whom she shared the duty of Master and Mistress of Ceremonies at the 1963 March on Washington.”

June 12, 2014
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Sen. Krueger, Advocates Applaud Passage of “Boss Bill” in Senate Labor Committee, Call for Floor Vote Before End of Session

Sen. Krueger applauded the Senate Labor Committee’s passage today of her legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578B). Sen. Krueger called on the Senate majority’s co-leaders to follow up on this positive step by allowing a floor vote on the bill before the close of the 2014 session.

June 3, 2014
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Press Conference in Support of Senate Bill S.5880

Senator Bill Larkin speaking during a press conference in support of Senate bill S.5880, legislation to end pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

June 2, 2014
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Senator Parker Interviews Gwen Wright, Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Gwen Wright as the Executive Director of the state’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in September 2013. 

Ms. Wright had been with the agency for 20 years at the time of her appointment, serving in many capacities, most recently as Director of Human Services and Prevention.

Senator Parker interviews Ms. Wright on the office's services, latest initiatives and how her office can form coalitions to further prevent domestic violence or support victims.

For more information, visit www.OPDV.ny.gov, or call 518-457-5800.

 

 

May 29, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Remembers the Incomparable Poet Laureate Maya Angelou

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today the world lost a beacon of hope and inspiration in the passing of literary giant and poet laureate Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou died at the age of 86, after a life spent as a civil rights activist, award-winning poet, actor, singer, dancer, professor, mentor and author of several autobiographies and novels that will continue to shape the hearts and minds of generations to come,” said Senator Kevin Parker.

May 28, 2014
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Senator Serrano Continues to Fight for Full Passage of the Women's Equality Act

(Albany, NY)-  Senator Serrano joined New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, colleagues and women's rights advocates at a press conference in full support for passage of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 10-point Women's Equality Act (WEA). 

May 20, 2014
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Senator Boyle Honors West Islip Resident

On Tuesday, May 13th, Senator Phil Boyle honored Andrea Curran of West Islip at the New York State Senate’s 17th Annual Women of Distinction celebration in Albany. The Women of Distinction event is a time to honor outstanding women whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in communities across New York State.    

May 19, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Judge Gail Prudenti as 2014 Senate ‘Woman of Distinction’

ALBANY—At a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, May 13, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) presented the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti with the NYS Senate’s annual Woman of Distinction Award.

 In her role as the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State, Judge Prudenti manages the administration and operation of our state’s Unified Court System, making her responsible for a budget of over $2 billion, 3,600 state and local judges and 15,000 non-judicial employees in over 350 court locations around the state.  

May 16, 2014
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Deanna Alterio Brennen named a NYS Senate "Woman of Distinction"

Senator George Maziarz today announced that Deanna Alterio Brennen of Lewiston, the President and CEO of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as a 2014 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”

May 15, 2014
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Geri Spino Honored as Woman of Distinction

Senator Joe Robach will recognize Geri Spino of Greece with the New York State Senate’s 2014 Woman of Distinction Award in Albany.

May 14, 2014
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Senator Valesky Names Judy O’Rourke New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse– State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Judy O’Rourke, director of undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2014 Woman of Distinction. O’Rourke was recognized for her work in developing the Pan Am 103 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars programs at SU, which honor the memory of the 35 students lost in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

May 14, 2014
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News and Views with the Junior League of Rochester

I was recently joined by Chelsea Betterton and Sarah Heisman of Junior League of Rochester on News and Views to discuss the Trafficking Victim Protection and Justice Act. Members of Junior League were in Albany to push for support of this bill, which would help put a stop to human trafficking, something that unfortunately has become a problem in New York State.

May 14, 2014
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2014 Woman of Distinction

Cindy Abbott Letro was named Senator Grisanti's 2014 Woman of Distinction award recipient.

May 14, 2014
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Senator Young Honors Woman of Distinction Dorothy Button

Ashford resident honored for distinguished service and accomplishments 

ALBANY – For a lifetime of service, Town of Ashford resident Dorothy Button was honored today as a New York State Senate 2014 “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) selected Mrs. Button as the 57th Senate District’s honoree for her long and distinguished record of accomplishments that include service in the U.S. Coast Guard, years of dedicated work on behalf of fellow veterans, and decades of volunteerism as a firefighter and EMT.

May 13, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Speaking on 2014 Women of Distinction Resolution

On May 13th, the Senate passed a resolution congratulating the 2014 Women of Distinction in honor of Women's History Month. Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who is the sponsor of the resolution, spoke in honor of these accomplished women, saying, "Today is one of those days that we get to celebrate women... who inspire women of the future." Leader Stewart-Cousins then cited several women from New York State whose past accomplishments paved the way for women today, women like Sojourner Truth, Hillary Clinton, Sonya Sotomayor and Eleanor Roosevelt. The Senator thanked those present for being part of this great celebration and concluded, "Let's make sure we uplift, honor and applaud these women."

May 13, 2014
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Grisanti Names Cindy Abbott Letro 2014 'Woman of Distinction'

Cindy Abbott Letro will be honored in Albany on Tuesday, May 13 as part of a ceremony that recognizes female residents of New York who were recognized as part of the state's celebration of Women's History Month. 
  
Cindy Abbott Letro is committed to strengthening the fabric of our community through volunteerism, philanthropy and leadership. Lending her expertise developed over 25 years as a broadcast/marketing professional, Ms.

May 12, 2014
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Peralta discusses bills to fight sex trafficking

As reported by The Times Ledger:  

Few politicians aspire to bring the ambiance of Times Square to their districts, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said a stretch of Roosevelt Avenue that has grown saturated with prostitution could use some of the sterilization that transformed Times Square in the 1980s.

While speaking at Queensborough Community College April 3, Peralta described various legislative endeavors to crack down on sex traffickers and prostitution businesses and fund organizations that provide pathways out of the industry for victims.

The senator said afterward he believed recruiting Disney to open a store in Times Square anchored commercial development and ushered in an era of strict policing.

“We don’t need to bring in the big, big box store on Roosevelt Avenue — a mid-size box store,” Peralta said, noting he wanted to “keep the flavor of the mom-and-pop shops” nearby.

But the senator emphasized that wooing Disney took assistance from federal, state and local officials, and he is hoping Mayor Bill de Blasio would join him and U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) in scouting for a Roosevelt Avenue anchor.

As Times Square spurned prostitution, the industry migrated along the No. 7 train line, and Peralta said businesses began offering free car service to patrons from midtown to Corona and Jackson Heights.

For full article, click here 

April 14, 2014
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