Issues: Women

Majority Brings Marriage Law Into 21st Century

Package ends NY’s status as only state lacking no-fault divorce,guarantees significant protections for women

June 15, 2010
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SI Advance: At Parade, Gay Community Calls for Visibility

By: Judy Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Under a canopy of rainbow-colored balloons, several hundred gay and lesbian Staten Islanders and their supporters kicked off the borough’s sixth annual LGBT Pride Parade and festival in St. George yesterday with a clear message: We are one of you.

“We are here to say we are your friends, your neighbors,” said spectator Brian Hagan of New Brighton. “We sit next to you on the bus, in church. We are part of the diversity of the city.”

June 10, 2010
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NY Times: For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection

By: Russ Buettner

In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care.

Those nannies, as well as other domestic workers who make possible the lives of New York’s eternally striving work force, have long gone without basic workplace guarantees that most employees take for granted.

That appears likely to change soon.

June 10, 2010
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Daily News: Government Must OK New Domestic Worker Rights

by: Albor Ruiz

Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections.

"As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society."

June 10, 2010
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NYT Editorial: Domestic Worker's Rights

New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected.

June 10, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Names Dr. Eileen Santiago 2010 Woman of Distinction

At a ceremony held in Albany on May 25th, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) paid tribute to Dr. Eileen Santiago, naming her a 2010 Woman of Distinction.  For the thirteenth year, the New York State Senate has honored contemporary women whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in communities throughout the state.  Dr. Santiago is the principal of the Thomas A. Edison School in Port Chester.

June 8, 2010
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Empowering Women in Government; Past, Present and Future

In the New York State Legislature there are a total of 212 elected positions, currently only 51 women are members of either chamber, while women make up the larger portion of New York’s population.  This statistic emphasizes our need to recognize the women that have made significant contributions in the past and present while motivating more women to participate in government or become active in their individual communities in the future. 

June 8, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Delivers Keynote Address Encouraging Young Women to Run for Office

Saturday evening, June 5, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins delivered the keynote address at the White House Project’s annual “Go Run” civic and political leadership training for women.The multi-day program sponsored by the White House Project is part of an initiative called, “Vote, Run, Lead,” intended to engage women in the political process as voters, activists and candidates through trainings, inspiration and professional networking.  

June 8, 2010
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SENATOR STACHOWSKI AND STATE SENATE PASS HISTORIC BILL TO PROTECT DOMESTIC WORKERS: Measure Provides Basic Labor Protections To Over 200,000 Employees

June 2, 2010

       Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View) tonight announced the New York State Senate has passed the historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (S.2311-A) which would make New York the first state in the nation to provide new standards of worker protection for more than 200,000 employees in an industry which has gone unregulated for decades.

June 2, 2010
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Yonkers Insider: Yonkers Resident Honored as a NYS Senate Contemporary Woman of Distinction

On Tuesday, May 25th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was proud to honor Yonkers resident Helen Henkel as one of the New York State Senate’s Contemporary Women of Distinction. As a Contemporary Woman of Distinction, Ms. Henkel was honored for her contributions that have enriched the quality of life in our community.

June 1, 2010
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Dr. Ada Grabowski, Albion School Superintendent, recognized as Woman of Distinction

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, Albion Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ada Grabowski, was recognized as a 2010 New York State “Woman of Distinction.”

May 27, 2010
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SENATOR KRUEGER JOINS HER SENATE COLLEAGUES IN HONORING ‘WOMEN OF DISTINCTION’ ACROSS NEW YORK

For Immediate Release | May 26, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

 

(Albany, NY) Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who make our world and our lives better. This year, for the 13th annual Women of Distinction celebration, Senator Liz Krueger recognized Mary Silver, who has tirelessly fought for issues impacting New York City Schools.

May 26, 2010
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Senate honors ‘Women of Distinction’ across New York Celebrates the women who make all our lives better

(Albany, NY) Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who make our world and our lives better.  Today, the 13th annual Women of Distinction celebration recognized 57 women whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in communities across New York. 

May 26, 2010
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SENATOR STACHOWSKI HONORS LOCAL WOMAN AT STATEWIDE EVENT: Peg Overdorf Selected as 2010 "Woman of Distinction"

       Senator William Stachowski (D, Lake View) today honored Margaret “Peg” Overdorf of Buffalo, NY at a special ceremony in the state capital as the New York State Senate’s 2010 “Woman of Distinction.”

       Peg Overdorf was honored for her outstanding work as the Executive Director of the Valley Community Association (VCA) in the City of Buffalo and for her incredible community service throughout Erie County.

May 25, 2010
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Conference Of Black Senators Releases Their Signature Agenda Issues

Yesterday, the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS) unveiled their 2010 Signature Agenda issues and expressed their concerns regarding these particular bills not being brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Members of CBS truly believe that African American Communities have suffered long enough within the areas of Economic Development, Education, Health, Housing, Environment, Crime, Racism and Discrimination.

May 25, 2010
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Senate Majority Works to Reform Antiquated Matrimonial Laws

Today, the Senate Democratic Majority held a hearing on matrimonial law reform, hosted by Senate Majority Conference Leader, John L. Sampson and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chairwoman, Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee and Chairwoman, Majority Task Force on Domestic Violence.  The hearing focused on :

May 6, 2010
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