Issues: Women

Sen. Adriano Espaillat Selected to Gov. Cuomo's Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Team

(New York, NY) – Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the selection of his Minority and Women Owned Enterprise (MWBE) Team, including Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D – 31st District). The MWBE team is tasked with assessing and advising on ways to expand Minority and women owned business in New York State.

February 22, 2011
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October 12, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: ** Going Green is Good Business **

New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. cordially invite you to a Small Business & Economic Development Forum. 

** Going Green is Good Business ** 

For More Information, Please Contact:

- Debra Lagapa: 914-934-5250              email: lapaga@nysenate.gov

- Kenya Ajose: 914-948-6098 x. 10       email: kajose@westchester.org

October 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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A Celebration: 90 Years of Women Voting

This week, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of a great victory for

women and a radical and hard fought win for American democracy:

women’s suffrage -- the right to VOTE!

 

Sitting here in 2010, it’s hard to imagine a time in American history

during which women were not allowed to vote, especially as we watch

women run for all levels of elected office. But as we celebrate the

90th anniversary of American women’s right to vote, we, as men and

women, must ask ourselves if we are honoring the plight of so many who

came before us and fought for this most fundamental right. The sad

reality is that in areas around the world, women and men are still

August 27, 2010
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August 23, 2010
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Help gather supplies for women in Haiti

Donation drive from August 9, 2010 - September 11, 2010

You can help by donating the following items:  

August 16, 12:00 AM - September 11, 12:00 AM
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Stands with Women's Advocacy Groups to Urge Governor Paterson to Enact New Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise.  In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, today called on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

August 10, 2010
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Standing Up for Women's Reproductive Rights

Recently, I sent an open letter to President Obama expressing my concern over abortion restrictions to the high-risk insurance pools established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPAHC) was passed, I felt that we, as a nation, were establishing the beginning of a caring, and needed, response to a serious abuse inherent to the health insurance delivery system. But, the recent announcement applicable to this Act by the Obama administration, prohibiting abortions excepting cases of rape, incest and life endangerment to the mother, carves out a legal medical procedure that has serious implications for a population that is already medically compromised.

File: 
Letter to Obama RE High Risk Pools.pdf

July 27, 2010
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Senator Bill Perkins Joins Governor Paterson To Boost Jobs And Businesses In Our Community

Senator Bill Perkins joined Governor David Paterson at the Harlem State Office Building for the historic signing of legislation that will benefit Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and small businesses in New York State.

July 16, 2010
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2nd Annual Women's Power Network Social

Invited guests will include Business Owners, Lawyers, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Caterers, Child care Professionals, Contractors, Architects, Political Consultants, Cosmetologists, Business Consultants, Authors, Funeral Directors, Clergy, Accountants and many others.

All professional women are welcome for an evening of Networking and Socializing.

FREE ADMISSION WITH RSVP

Business attire and business cards a must

July 28, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Majority Boosts Minority And Women-Owned Businesses

Majority Passes the 2010 Business Diversification Act; the New York State MWBE Asset Management and Financial Institution Strategy Act and Secures Budget Reform to Ensure MWBEs Get Fair Access to Capital for Expansion

July 2, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino's Comments on the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

"Today the New York State Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, making New York a leader again in worker protections. Domestic Workers, who have fought for years for dignity and respect in the workplace, are trailblazers and you will soon see states across the country follow suit," said Senator Diane J. Savino.

July 1, 2010
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Nannies, Domestic Workers Score Win with Albany: Can Get Overtime, Labor Protections

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 2:31 AM

ALBANY - State leaders cut a deal Monday to give nannies and other domestic workers overtime pay and new labor protections, the Daily News has learned.

"This is a tremendous victory for a group of workers who historically and systematically have been denied basic labor rights," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-S.I.), a sponsor of the plan.

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June 30, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Announces National Foundation for Women Legislators' Essay Contest

Seven female high school junior and senior students will win an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) annual conference and receive a $3,000 college scholarship. Applicants must write an essay addressing this year’s topic, “Freedom and Civic Virtues,” which calls upon students to describe how moral principles and the United States Bill of Rights shape the role of young adults in civic engagement. 

June 29, 2010
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Supports the Reproductive Health Act

 

NYS Senator Eric Adams supports S5808, Senate legislation known as the Reproductive Health Act. The bill establishes the fundamental rights to choose contraception and determine the course of a pregnancy, decriminalizing abortion by authorizing the procedure prior to viability.

June 24, 2010
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Unlikely Alliance Opposes No-Fault Divorce

Religious advocates opposed to easy divorce, women's groups are opposed to changes

By CASEY SEILER, State editor

June 22, 2010
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Senator Parker passes legislation protecting victims of domestic violence

Yesterday, June 16th, Senator Kevin Parker (D21-Brooklyn), passed legislation extending new protections to victims of domestic violence.

June 17, 2010
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Senate Majority Brings Marriage Laws into the 21st Century

(Albany, NY) Senator Diane J. Savino, joined her colleagues in Senate Majority in passing a legislative package which fundamentally restructures matrimonial law to improve the process and outcome of divorce for all New Yorkers, particularly women and children who are often the most vulnerable when marriages are dissolved.

June 16, 2010
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