Issues: Women

New Bipartisan Pro-Choice Bloc Announces Leadership

Today, the newly-organized Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC) announced its new leadership team of four new co-chairs: Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) and Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro), and Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers).

The BPCLC is a bloc of more than 75 members of the state legislature committed to advancing women's health and reproductive choice in New York. The caucus counts among its members representatives from both houses and both the Republican and Democratic parties. The BPCLC's priority in the 2012 legislative session is the Reproductive Health Act, A. 6112 / S. 2844.

February 9, 2012
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SENATOR BALL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR WOMEN OF DISTINCTION HALL OF FAME

 

Brewster, N.Y. – (1/24/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is accepting nominations for his Women of distinction Hall of Fame, which will honor a woman from each town, village and city in the 40th Senate District.

January 24, 2012
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Sen. Krueger Statement in Support of “Trust Women Week”

New York – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) released the following public statement in support of the Silver Ribbon Campaign’s Trust Women Week, a week-long collaborative effort and ‘online mobilization’ for women’s reproductive health and reproductive rights:

“Last week marked the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which acknowledged common sense – women have a right to govern themselves, their health, and their bodies.

January 24, 2012
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Elderly Passengers Upset About TSA’s Strip Search Denials

CBS posted a video with Senator Gianaris' comments on the TSA's response admitting some wrongdoing. 

Watch the video here.

January 20, 2012
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TSA regrets 'discomfort,' but says elderly fliers weren't strip-searched

CNN reports that although the TSA has altered their responses to the allegations that they wrongfully strip searched two elderly women travelling through John F. Kennedy Airport, they are standing by their statements that neither of the women were asked to remove any clothing. Senator Gianaris believes the TSA has failed in admitting to their misconduct and in making sure their procedures are welcoming to the flying public.  

January 20, 2012
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TSA apology? Two elderly women were screened improperly

The Los Angeles Times investigates the matter involving two elderly women who claim to have been strip searched while travelling through Kennedy Airport and the subsequent denial by the TSA that such strip searching actually occured. Senator Gianaris says that the letter he received from the TSA acknowledges standard procedures were violated but that it didn't go far enough in admitting the strip searches were done and in apologizing to the victims.

The Transportation Security Administration has offered a mea culpa, of sorts, for the screening of two elderly women who said they were partially strip-searched at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in November.

January 20, 2012
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Over 150 Small Businesses Participate in MWBE Training Sponsored by Senator Adriano Espaillat and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

Businesses assisted on various fronts including MWBE certification, license/permits, workers’ compensation, and doing business with the state

(New York, NY) – Over 150 small businesses, representing a cross-section of local economic activity in Manhattan and the Bronx, participated in an important training for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) organized by State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and other local officials.

January 19, 2012
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Governor Cuomo's 2012 Executive Budget and Reform Plan Outlines Vision to Continue Building a New New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

January 17, 2012
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National Foundation for Women Legislators National Women’s History Museum Initiative

In 1827, Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor and noted author launched a campaign to establish a national day of thanks. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent letters to governors, senators, presidents and key officials. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request with a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday. 

November 18, 2011
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Senator Krueger Talks Health Exchanges

The Bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus wants to make sure women still have quick access to family planning and other services once the Affordable Healthcare Act is fully in place. As caucus founder Senator Liz Krueger explains, their concerns is connected to the state-level health insurance exchanges.

October 26, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Pro-Choice Caucus Push Obama Admin On Care Inclusion

Fifty-four Assembly members and senators have signed on to a letter circulated by the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus urging the Obama administration to interpret the health care reform law such that state-level health care exchanges include all family planning essential community providers in their networks.

The letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Donald Berwick, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, notes wait times increased most significantly – up to 70 days in the Boston area – for women’s health care providers when Massachusetts implemented its version of health care reform. The lawmakers don’t want to see that replicated here in New York.

October 26, 2011
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Press Statement regarding the passage of bill S.3111

Bill S.3111 gives parents of still born children the option to get birth certificates and name their children.

Senator Adams' states:

" I am heartened that Governor Cuomo has signed bill S. 3111 into law, as it provides a measure of compassion and solace to parents who have been subjected to an unfathomable set of circumstances.  Over the past two and a half years I've met with parents that have suffered the cruel fate of having a stillborn child.  No matter when the event transpired, they carry the pain as if it were yesterday.

September 30, 2011
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September 20, 2011
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NEW YORK STATE SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON TAPPED FOR LEADERSHIP POSITION

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (Senate District 36, D/WF) has been selected to serve in leadership for the nation’s oldest organization addressing the needs of elected women at all levels of government.  

September 19, 2011
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THE EXAMINER: ‘GO PURPLE’ KICKS OFF AT MAHOPAC PUBLIC LIBRARY

Ellsworth (middle) stands among county and state officials during Friday’s breakfast.

 

September 19, 2011
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Vigil for Camila Guzman

On August 1, Camila Guzman was found murdered in her Harlem apartment on East 110th Street.  Her tragic death shows the prevalence of violence against transgender women in this country. Camila’s family, friends, and community allies will gather to honor her memory. 

August 11, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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July 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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