Issues: Women

Join the Women's Equality Campaign

Working Together We Can Make History

New York stands at the doorstep of achieving historic new laws that will end human trafficking, guarantee equal pay for equal work, protect the victims of domestic violence, and stamp out sexual harassment wherever it exists.

It’s time for the NY State Assembly to swiftly join us in enacting the "Women's Equality Package" into law.

YOU CAN HELP BY SIGNING THIS ON-LINE PETITION DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE THE STATE ASSEBLY TO TAKE FINAL ACTION ON THE “WOMEN’S EQUALITY PACKAGE” WITHOUT DELAY.

December 12, 2013
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Join the Equal Pay for Women Campaign

Millions of women across New York State are on the verge of winning an historic victory at the State Capitol.  And you can be part of this exciting effort!

The State Senate recently approved a landmark new “Women’s Equality Package,” which includes a key reform to ensure that women get equal pay for equal work.

November 19, 2013
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"The First Year Experience" Roundtable Discussion

On Wednesday, November 13th, Senator Stewart-Cousins participated in "The First Year Experience" roundtable discussion along with other female legislators including Greenburgh Town Clerk Judith Beville and Westchester County Legislators Virginia Perez (District 17), Maryjane Shimsky (District 12), and Alfreda Williams (District 8), held at the Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY.

November 15, 2013
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Westchester Women's Bar Association Roundtable Discussion

On Tuesday, November 12th, The Westchester Women's Bar Association hosted a round-table with local elected officials including Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer to discuss "how they became electeds or community leaders and what is required on a daily basis so those that are interested in an elected office position have first hand insight as to what it takes".

November 15, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Steve Otis Celebrate New Child Labor Laws Aimed at Protecting Child Models

NEW YORK, NY- Today, New York State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Senate Labor Committee Chairwoman Diane Savino, and Assemblyman Steven Otis celebrated the signing of a sweeping new child labor law that promises to end widespread exploitation of underage models in New York’s fashion industry. Until today, minors in New York's fashion industry were forced to work without the protections of the state's child labor laws. But under a new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo late on Monday night, children in the fashion and modeling industries will now be provided the same protections afforded other young performers.

October 22, 2013
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Buffalo News: New York Bill Aims to Protect Interns Against Sexual Harassment

Sen. Krueger today announced her introduction of legislation to protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. The Buffalo News' Tom Precious reports:

Days after a federal judge said an unpaid intern did not have the same protections as paid employees against workplace sexual harassment, a state lawmaker has introduced legislation to end what has been described as a dangerous loophole in the state’s human rights laws. Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, wants to end sexual harassment episodes in which employers have escaped without penalty solely because the victim was an intern.

October 15, 2013
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Sen. Krueger Introduces Bill to Protect Interns from Sexual Harassment, Discrimination

Sen. Krueger today announced her introduction of new legislation to ban workplace sexual harassment of unpaid interns in New York State (S. 5951). Loopholes in local, state, and federal laws have hampered interns’ attempts to seek redress for sexual harassment through the courts.

October 15, 2013
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Stewart-Cousins Featured in National ‘Fair Shot’ Campaign

Source: Albany Watch

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ story is featured prominently in a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness around various women’s issues.

October 8, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Speaks at Long Island City Business Women Meeting

Senator Michael Gianaris addressed a meeting of LIC Business Women and took the opportunity to discuss his work fighting for women’s rights in Albany and to help small businesses thrive in western Queens. Women’s issues took center stage this year as Senator Gianaris and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference fought tirelessly to codify Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda.

Check out this Western Queens Gazette story for more. 

October 8, 2013
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WBWPC Annual Autumn Cocktails & Jazz Event

On Sunday, October 6th, Senator Stewart-Cousins, attended the Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus Annual Autumn Cocktails & Jazz Event held at the Mansion on Broadway in White Plains, NY. At this event, the Senator, along with other members of the WBWPC, honored Sylvia B.

October 8, 2013
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Senator O'Brien recognizes "Domestic Violence Awareness Month"

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien joined Alternatives for Battered Women, the Rochester and Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium and other local elected officials in recognizing October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

“Domestic and dating violence is a scourge that must be confronted and eliminated,” Senator O’Brien said. “Throughout their lifetimes, domestic and dating violence will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men, and many incidents continue to go unreported. We must continue to insist that such violence will not be tolerated in our community.”

“I was proud to support the Domestic and Dating Violence Housing Rights law during my time in the Monroe County Legislature, and in the State Senate, fight for

October 8, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Honored "Trailblazer of Democracy" Award at Eleanor's Legacy Fall Luncheon

Leader Stewart-Cousins, along with Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Civil Rights Heroes Edie Windsor and Roberta A. Kaplan, was honored with the Trailblazer of Democracy Award for her leadership and committment to fighting for women's rights, and equal rights for all, at the Eleanor's Legacy Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Senators in attendance to support the Leader were Senators Michael Gianaris, Jose M. Serrano, Velmanette Montgomery, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Terry Gipson and Cecilia Tkaczyk. Click here for the recap of the event.

October 2, 2013
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honored by the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee

Yonkers, NY - Democratic State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored on October 2nd by the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee at their Fall Luncheon. Leader Stewart-Cousins was given the Trailblazer of Democracy award for her leadership of the Senate Democratic Conference and her dedication to progressive, common sense approaches to ensuring social and economic justice for all New Yorkers. Leader Stewart-Cousins’ fellow honorees at the luncheon were former-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and civil rights activists Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan.

October 2, 2013
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Senator Maziarz earns first-ever "Friend of YWCA of Niagara" Award

Earlier this week the YWCA of Niagara bestowed Senator George Maziarz with the first-ever "Friend of the YWCA Award" in honor of his longtime support of the organization, particularly its domestic violence program.  

Kathleen Granchelli, CEO of the YWCA of Niagara, said, "From the moment he took office in 1995, Sen. Maziarz has been a loyal friend and supporter of the YWCA of Niagara, specifically the domestic violence victims we serve in our shelter, transitional housing and counseling programs, as well as the residents of Carolyn's House, our supportive housing program for homeless women and children."

September 27, 2013
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Strengthening Women's Rights in New York

For the second year in a row, I am proud to report that the New York State Senate passed its Women's Equality Agenda, a momentous package of bills to further protect and ensure the rights of women in New York.

These landmark measures will empower women and break down barriers that perpetuate violence, discrimination, and inequality.

Unbelievably though, the State Assembly left Albany without even bothering to vote on these important bills, and they can't become law until the Assembly acts. We need YOUR help to move the Assembly to action!

September 18, 2013
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Join the Equal Pay for Women Campaign

Millions of women across New York State are on the verge of winning an historic victory at the State Capitol, but we need YOUR help!

The State Senate recently approved approved a landmark new "Women's Equality Package," which includes a key reform to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.

I was proud to vote for this package in the Senate, but our job isn't done yet. That's why I'm launching a new petition drive designed to encourage the State Assembly to take final action on these bills without delay.

September 18, 2013
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Senator O’Brien recognizes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month with local advocacy groups

Note: Each speaker's name is linked to a short extract from their spoken remarks on YouTube.

PENFIELD, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood with women’s and health care advocates, including the non-profits Made the Same Inc., the Western New York Ovarian Cancer Project and Gilda’s Club of Rochester, to discuss the serious health risk posed to women by ovarian cancer during its National Awareness Month.

Ovarian cancer is highly treatable if caught early, but current screening methods are unreliable and early symptoms are so minor that they are often dismissed by doctors. The disease will affect roughly 1 in 70 women in their lifetimes.

September 18, 2013
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Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Capital Tonight to Discuss Women's Equality Agenda (Source: YNN)

Source: YNN

In recognition of Women's Equality Day on August 26th, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appeared on Capital Tonight last night to discuss how pushing for ALL 10-points of the Governor's Women's Equality Agenda can continue to make New York the leader in Women's Rights.

Click here to view the full video.

August 28, 2013
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Women's Equality Day

“Today is Women’s Equality Day when we commemorate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. We have made great strides in achieving full equality for women here in New York but we still have much more work to do. I commend the Governor for his Women's Equality Act legislation. It is unfortunate that the Senate was unable to pass the entire 10-point Act.

August 26, 2013
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From the Union Sun & Journal: Maziarz to receive first "Friend of YWCA" award"

For more than 25 years, the YWCA of Niagara has provided food, housing, counseling and advocacy for some of the most fragile members of the Niagara County community; the hundreds of women and children, victims of domestic violence, victims who call the emergency hotline or come to the YWCA seeking lifesaving shelter and a chance at a new life for themselves and their children.

August 19, 2013
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