Issues: Women

In the News: Women's Groups: Let Cities and Counties Increase Minimum Wage (Source: LoHud.com)

Women’s rights advocates and legislators released a letter Monday urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support a bill that would allow cities and counties to increase their own minimum wage.

“Failing to adequately raise the minimum wage has hampered our state’s economic growth and kept over 1.1 million hard-working New Yorkers in poverty,” State Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said in a statement. “A majority of minimum wage earners are women, many of whom are desperately trying to provide for their families and make ends meet.”

April 8, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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In the News: Campaign Finance Reform Benefits Women (Source: LoHud.com)

New York state is on the cusp of making history — and that's a good thing for women.

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo included a proposal for the public financing of state elections in his budget. The plan creates a system where public funds match citizens' small campaign contributions to reduce the influence of big money in politics.

March 24, 2014
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Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month; a good time to reflect on the contributions of women to our state and nation’s history. Take the opportunity to learn more about the inspiring New York women whose lives continue to influence and teach us, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman.

March 21, 2014
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New York State Senate Inducts St. Marianne Cope into Historic Women of Distinction Exhibit

ALBANY--To celebrate Women’s History Month, the New York State Senate is hosting an exhibit honoring historic New York women whose achievements in arts, science, government, military, labor, education, and social reform have earned them recognition as Women of Distinction.

This exhibit inducts American Saint and health care pioneer St. Marianne Cope (1838-1918), of Syracuse and Utica. In 1869, she became one of the founders of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. She was a pioneering advocate for patients’ rights, sanitation, and hygiene, and believed that no distinction should be made for patients due to their religious beliefs, nationality, or color.

March 18, 2014
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HONORING NEW YORK’S NOTABLE WOMEN

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

What started as a small-town school event in California held over the course of a week in 1978, Women’s History Month has grown tremendously.  Today, throughout the entire month of March, the world’s focus turns to women and the significant contributions they have made to our history, culture and society. In recognition of Women’s History Month, the New York State Senate has developed its “Women of Distinction” program which celebrates females from the Empire State. 

This year, three women have been added to the Senate’s Historic Women of Distinction exhibit, including an individual with ties to Central New York.  Mother Marianne Cope, O.S.F. was a German-born American and a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York.  Known for her charitable works and compassion, she spent much of her life caring for lepers in the Hawaiian Islands.  Despite her close contact with those who had the disease, Cope was never afflicted by it—considered by many to be a miracle in itself.  In 2005, Cope was beatified by  Pope Benedict XVI and in 2012, she was declared a saint.  Mother Marianne Cope now joins the ranks of other remarkable women who are being celebrated through the Women of Distinction program, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Estee Lauder, Harriett Tubman and many others.

March 17, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Women's History Month

“It is up to the women,” was the theme of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins' remarks on the floor of the State Senate as a resolution she sponsored in honor of Women's History Month was adopted. "It's important to celebrate the other women in the Chamber, [as well as] the unsung heroines like mothers, including my own mother," said the Senator. She also recognized various women throughout history, like Eleanor Roosevelt who not only served as First Lady but also was a great leader who fought for human rights.

March 6, 2014
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RITCHIE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Nominees to be Honored at Event on May 1st

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s 2014 “Women of Distinction” program. 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM

The program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

“Each and every day, women in our region are doing amazing things and throughout the years I’ve had the opportunity to recognize dozens of them through the New York State Senate’s ‘Women of Distinction’ program,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m truly excited to once again honor the women of our region who are making a difference.” 

Women living in the 48th Senate District, including Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties are eligible for nomination. All nominees will be invited to a local recognition ceremony to be held on May 1st.  One individual from each State Senate district will be selected to travel to the Capitol to be honored at a special reception on May 13th.  

March 6, 2014
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O'Mara kicks off Women's History Month by accepting local nominations for Senate's 17th Annual 'Women of Distinction' program

Elmira, N.Y., February 28—Kicking off New York State’s celebration of Women’s History Month throughout March, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced that he is accepting nominations for the Senate's 17th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Monday, March 24, 2014.

February 28, 2014
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2014 Women of Distinction Nomination Form

 

Are you a “woman of distinction?”

Do you know – and wish to recommend – someone special for consideration as part of the New York State Senate’s prestigious “Women of Distinction” Program for 2014?

If the answer to either question was “yes,” then State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione wants to hear from you!

In observance of March as “Women’s History Month,” Senator Marchione announced that she is seeking nominations from across the 43rd Senate District for the State Senate’s popular and prestigious Women of Distinction Program.

February 24, 2014
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"Building A Leadership Pipeline For Women" Discussion Panel

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblywomen Robinson and Titus, hosted a discussion panel during Caucus weekend in Albany about roles of women in society, and how women helping women can make a bigger impact in the workforce. The panel also discussed some of the hardships of being a woman in the professional world and the choices that professional women have to make about family and career. Panel participants included Jackie Williams (State & Broadway), Jennifer Jones Austin (FPWA), Leecia Eve (Verizon), Mylan L. Denerstein (Counsel to the Governor), Carolyn McLaughlin (Albany City Council), and Mecca Santana (Chief Diversity Officer of the State of New York).

February 17, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Recognizes National Women And Girls In Sport Day

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti today recognized National Women and Girls in Sport Day, which marks the importance of sports participation in the lives of girls and women.

 

February 5, 2014
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United Way Women's Leadership Council Breakfast

Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke about the importance of having more women in the legislature, as well as leveling the playing field in the overall workforce and how the job still is not done at the United Way Women's Leadership Council Breakfast January 31st.

February 3, 2014
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Press Release: Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Assembly’s Passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda

“I congratulate the Speaker and the Assembly for passing the comprehensive, 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda.

“In 1970, when the issue of reproductive health was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. It is now time for the Senate Coalition to act and to pass the entire 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda.”

January 27, 2014
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Senator Serrano Participates in Family Planning Advocates' Annual Day of Action

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano joined advocates from the Family Planning Advocates for their Annual Day of Action. Nearly 500 women's health care advocates gathered in Albany to advocate for women's issues, including the passage of the full ten point Women's Equality Agenda which is designed to ensure equal pay, alleviate sexual harassment in the workplace, end family status discrimination and protect a woman's right to choose.  

January 27, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Receives Public Service Award from American Chinese Women’s Association of New York

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) was honored with the Public Service Award for her exemplary record of service to the Chinese-American community at a celebration hosted by the American Chinese Women’s Association of New York.

January 9, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #1: The Right Route For Government

Happy New Year!

My wife and I did some traveling for the holidays. Our destination was the same as the year before – and many years before that. One thing had changed, however. We didn’t agree on how to get there.

Governing is a lot like a road trip. All participants share a common destination, but the disagreements are always about what exact route to take.

State legislators and the governor, regardless of political affiliation, all want to help New York attract good-paying jobs and grow our economy. We also want to invest in our children and keep spending in check while maintaining services.

This week, Governor Cuomo will unveil his roadmap in a State of the State address. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing his plan.

January 2, 2014
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