Issues: Women

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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Pressure builds to prosecute Strauss-Kahn case

By Mariano Andrade | AFP – Sun, Jul 10, 2011

A New York state senator and a coalition of women's rights groups and community leaders gathered Sunday to defend the alleged victim of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and demand the prosecution continue the sexual assault case."We are here to ask the District Attorney to do his job. We ask (DA) Vance to let the victim have her day in court," said New York Democratic Senator Bill Perkins at a news conference in Harlem.

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July 13, 2011
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State Senator Pressures Manhattan DA To Not Drop Strauss-Kahn Case

07/10/2011 09:50 AMBy: NY1 News

A Harlem lawmaker is calling on the Manhattan district attorney to pursue sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn and let the alleged victim have her day in court.

State Senator Bill Perkins said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. should not drop the case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund, since a dismissal could discourage future victims of sex attacks from coming forward.

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July 13, 2011
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Chorus of voices rises urging NY prosecutors to see Strauss-Kahn sex assault case through

Jul 13, 3:07 AM EDTBy COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZAssociated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- As prosecutors privately weigh what to do with the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, an increasingly loud discussion is shaping up between legal experts who say the case is doomed and advocates who argue the prosecution should proceed despite questions about the accuser's credibility.

July 13, 2011
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N.Y. community groups, activists unite to support Strauss-Kahn accuser

July 10, 2011|  From Susan Candiotti, CNN National Correspondent

July 13, 2011
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Perkins Calls for Manhattan DA to Pursue DSK Case

By Ivan PentchoukovEpoch Times Staff

July 10, 2011

NEW YORK—State Sen. Bill Perkins called on Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to continue pursuing the sexual assault case against former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn on behalf of a Sofitel hotel worker.Perkins issued a letter to Vance prior to the press conference held on Sunday in the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem.“We believe that the district attorney has a responsibility to pursue this case, because apparently there is some evidence that merited him getting involved to begin with,” Perkins said.

July 13, 2011
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A Vigorous Prosecution of Strauss-Kahn Is Urged

By NOAH ROSENBERG

NY TimesPublished: July 10, 2011

As the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn teetered on the brink of collapse, several supporters of his accuser gathered in Harlem on Sunday to urge the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to pursue the case “vigorously.”“Today is a very important day because it is a time for us to guarantee that justice is done,” said State Senator Bill Perkins, a Democrat, who was joined at an afternoon news conference by other politicians and members of various advocacy organizations.

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July 13, 2011
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'Courageous' maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of rape must have her day in court, say supporters .

By Richard Hartley-parkinsonLast updated at 4:07 PM on 11th July 2011

Activists have rallied behind the woman who accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.Calling on authorities to continue his prosecution, the women's rights groups and other community leaders say they want the local district attorney 'to do his job' and let the alleged victim have her day in court....

July 13, 2011
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July 13, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Sex and the City Star Cynthia Nixon Lobbies Lawmakers on Marriage Equality

 

Senator Montgomery is joined by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon who traveled to the New York's State Capitol on Tuesday, June 14 to urge lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill. The bill was approved by the Assembly that day.

Senator Montgomery, a long-time supporter of marriage equality noted that proponents of the bill have managed to close a vote gap in the Senate in a very short period of time but that the bill is still one vote shy of victory.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Oppenheimer honors Lindsay Farrell, Open Door President and CEO, as 2011 Woman of Distinction

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) has named Lindsay Farrell, President and CEO of the Open Door Family Medical Centers, a 2011 New York State Woman of Distinction.  Each year, the NY Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who have enriched the quality of life in our communities and our state.

In her opening remarks at the public ceremony held recently in the State Capitol, Senator Oppenheimer praised Farrell for her “tireless efforts in making quality, affordable health care a reality for economically disadvantaged residents of Westchester County.  Her dedication and vision has quite literally ‘opened the door’ to  a brighter, healthier future for countless children and families.”

June 14, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Honors Dix Hills Breast Cancer Leader As His 2011 Woman Of Distinction

At a recent ceremony in Albany, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) hosted Ms. JoAnn Pushkin to officially recognize her selection as his 2011 Woman of Distinction.  The Dix Hills resident was honored for her efforts to expand access to early breast cancer detection for the 40% of women who have dense breast tissue.  Ms.

June 7, 2011
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