Issues: Women

Oppenheimer Names Reina Schiffrin 2012 Woman of Distinction

At a ceremony held in Albany  on May 15th, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) paid tribute to Reina Schiffrin, naming her a 2012 Woman of Distinction.  Ms. Schiffrin is the President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP).

As one of the most senior women in the Senate, Senator Oppenheimer welcomed the honorees at the 2012 Women of Distinction ceremony:  “Tonight we honor outstanding women who make our world and our lives better.  With us today are individuals of remarkable character.  They have demonstrated initiative and commitment in the pursuit of higher goals for themselves, as well as acting as role models for all women.”

June 8, 2012

Senator Espaillat, TWU Local 100, & Community Leaders Call for Stronger Protections for Women from Harassment at Workplace and Swift Action by MTA, Following Harassment of Bus Driver

Disturbing sexual harassment incident involved bus driver being licked on the face by her supervisor; a month and a half later, there has been no resolution

June 2, 2012

Gianaris Honors Lewandowski

The Queens Gazette wrote about the State Senate's 15th annual Women of Distinction celebration, where Senator Gianaris honored Sheila Lewandowski.

State Senator Michael Gianaris honored Sheila Lewandowski of Long Island City’s The Chocolate Factory Theater as part of the state senate’s 15th annual Women of Distinction celebration on May 15 in Albany. Lewandowski was recognized for her ongoing dedication to local businesses, community improvement and the development of the arts in Long Island City.


May 24, 2012

Senator Owen Johnson Honors 2012 Woman Of Distinction Beth Delli-Pizzi Of West Islip.

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently honored Beth Delli-Pizzi of West Islip as a 2012 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”  Ms. Delli-Pizzi was among women from throughout New York State who were honored at the Women of Distinction Award Ceremony held at the State Capitol on May 15, 2012.

May 21, 2012

Randi Bregman Honored as NY Senate Woman of Distinction

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) named Randi Bregman, Executive Director at Vera House, as the 49th Senate District’s “Woman of Distinction” as part of the New York State Senate’s 15th Annual Women of Distinction celebration.

May 17, 2012

Senator Oppenheimer names Reina Schiffrin 2012 Woman of Distinction from the 37th Senate District

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer was honored to designate Reina Schiffrin, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, the 2012 Woman of Distinction from the 37th Senate District.

May 16, 2012


Sister Yliana Hernandez Selected as 2012 "Woman of Distinction"

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today honored Sister Yliana Hernandez of Newburgh at a special ceremony held in Albany as one of the New York State Senate's 2012 "Women of Distinction."

Sister Yliana was honored for her outstanding contributions to education and for her commitment to helping others in her local community.  Sister Yliana is currently the principal at the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, a private middle-school in Newburgh, which instructs 60 girls with a combination of full-time and volunteer teachers. 

May 15, 2012


Community leader is honored at Empire State Plaza ceremony in Albany

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C, Poughkeepsie) announced that Gaye Mallet is being honored today by the State Senate as a 2012 New York State Woman of Distinction.

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

May 15, 2012

Osborne Association Members Lobby Lawmakers, Ask for Support of Montgomery Bills

Representatives of the Osborne Association came to Albany to ask lawmakers to support Senator Montgomery's legislation that was introduced to addresses concerns raised by three young people whose parents are in prison. The bills are:

S 6044-A: Directs the commissioner of corrections and community supervision to establish and maintain a public website that provides information concerning specific visitation rules, regulations, policies and procedures for all correctional facilities.

May 4, 2012

Our Town: Krueger Takes on 'the War on Women'

Our Town's Megan Finnegan reported on Liz's forum at the CUNY Graduate Center last week, "The War on Women: An Evening Basic Training."

Krueger was joined on April 24 at the CUNY Graduate Center by Amy Richards, writer and activist; Joe Rollins, executive officer of the Political Science Department at the CUNY Graduate Center; Shelby Knox, director of women’s rights at; and Jamia Wilson, vice president of programs at the Women’s Media Center. Each was invited to speak about what they feel are currently the biggest threats to women’s rights and how concerned citizens can combat them.


“We should take nothing for granted,” Krueger told the audience of over 100 people. “If we don’t make a stand, if we don’t push the envelope as far as we can back in the opposite direction, if we don’t continue our fight to make progress, then we could wake up another year and a half from now in this country going, ‘Oh my god, we thought 2012 was bad, who imagined this could happen here?’ But this can happen here.”

May 3, 2012
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