Issues: Women

Griffo Helps Pass Women's Equality Agenda

 

Demonstrating his continued commitment to creating equality for women in the Empire State, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo’s first legislative action in 2015 was to vote in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda.

“In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged us to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I’m tremendously proud that me and my Senate colleagues have now met this challenge for each of the last the years.”

January 12, 2015
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Senator Marc Panepinto Votes on Women’s Equality Agenda

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement on the passage of several bills from the Women’s Equality Agenda:

“I am proud that in my first votes cast as a State Senator, I helped pass eight key pieces of legislation in the Women’s Equality Agenda. Ranging from equal pay for equal work to ending discrimination and sexual harassment against women in all workplaces, these bills would help all New Yorkers, regardless of gender, secure the rights and protections they deserve. Unfortunately, these eight important bills stand little chance of becoming law because Senate Republicans continue to refuse to pass the part of the Women's Equality Act that codifies a woman's right to choose in New York State. We need to pass the entire Women's Equality Act immediately and ensure women in our state are treated equally under law."

January 12, 2015
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Young Joins Colleagues To Pass Landmark Legislation Ensuring Women's Equality

Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda Includes Senator Young’s Bill Allowing Domestic Violence Victims to File for Temporary Orders of Protection Electronically
 
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) today joined her colleagues in the Senate to unanimously pass an historic package of legislation known as the Women’s Equality Agenda.

January 12, 2015
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January 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Historic Women's Equality Agenda

ALBANY, 01/12/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to adopt the comprehensive Senate Women’s Equality Agenda to enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. 

“By passing this landmark legislation to start the 2015 legislative session, the senate is underscoring the importance of these historic measures,” said Senator Seward.  “This is not the first time I have voted to approve these measures and I hope the state assembly will finally take action and join the senate in adopting this legislation which will make positive changes in the lives of women.”

January 12, 2015
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Senator Funke’s video reaction to the passage of the Senate Women’s Equality Act

Senator casts first legislative votes for historic package of eight laws; Equal pay for equal work, expanded protections from harassment & discrimination pass bipartisan Senate.

January 12, 2015
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Women's Equality Act

"Today’s legislative maneuvering is clearly a political ploy by the Senate Republicans. To once again reject the full Women’s Equality Act is deeply disturbing. Let us remember that the final point is simply codifying current federal law  into New York State law and saying anything to the contrary is a deliberate distraction from their extremist anti-choice views. Women’s health should never be a partisan issue. In 1970, a dozen Senate Republicans joined with their Democratic colleagues to address reproductive rights in New York State. It is troubling that today’s Republican conference has once again proven that they are all against women’s reproductive rights."

January 12, 2015
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FUNKE HELPS PASS SENATE WOMEN’S EQUALITY ACT

Senator casts first legislative votes for historic package of eight laws; Equal pay for equal work, expanded protections from harassment & discrimination pass bipartisan Senate

January 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Package

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 12, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE ACTION ON WOMEN’S EQUALITY LEGISLATION

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. The comprehensive package of legislation, of which Senator Martins is a sponsor, would: stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims.

January 12, 2015
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SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF COMPREHENSIVE WOMEN’S EQUALITY AGENDA

Senator George Amedore today voted to approve a comprehensive women’s equality agenda that would ensure equal pay for equal work, and provide women much-needed protections against discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

“I’m happy that these important pieces of legislation were the Senate’s first order of business; I’ve said all along they need to be a priority,” said Senator Amedore. “These bills have bipartisan support, and women in New York have waited long enough – they deserve these protections. It’s time for our colleagues in the Assembly to put women’s health and safety above politics and pass this package of bills.”

The bills passed by the Senate today would:

January 12, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Joins Senate Colleagues To Approve Women’s Equality Package

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference and the Senate Independent Democratic Conference to approve a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 12, 2015
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RITCHIE PRAISES PASSAGE OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY MEASURES

Legislative Package Aims to End Discrimination, Combat Sexual Harassment and Stop Domestic Violence

State Senator Patty Ritchie today is praising passage of legislation that will provide females across New York State with new protections when it comes to discrimination, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

The historic measures passed Monday mark the first legislative act of 2015 and are the components of a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda, made up of bills that would stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims. 

“In every corner of our state and across our nation, women are breaking glass ceilings and reaching new heights. However, we cannot turn a blind eye to the things that often hold them down—namely the discrimination, harassment and abuse that often happen in the workplace and in our society at large,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 12, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN, BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT RUBEN DIAZ, JR., BRONX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: GRADUATES OF BRONX H.I.R.E. SURVIVORS PROGRAM START NEW INTERNSHIPS IN THE BRONX

New Year Means New Start & New Job for Six Local Domestic Violence Survivors

BRONX, NY - Graduates of the Bronx H.I.R.E. Domestic Violence Survivors program will start new internships at small businesses and city and state offices across the borough, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Bronx Chamber of Commerce executives announced today. The two-part initiative includes a six-week job training course followed by a six-week paid internship program geared toward increasing job readiness, preparing survivors for the workplace and putting women on a path to financial independence.

January 12, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON INSTALLED AS CO-CHAIR OF POLICY ON NFWL BOARD

New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson was recently elected to serve as Co-Chair of Policy on the Board of Directors for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), the nation’s oldest organization addressing the needs of elected women at all levels of government.

December 12, 2014
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Senator Klein, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Honor First Graduates of Bronx H.I.R.E. Survivors Program

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, and Bronx Chamber of Commerce executives celebrated the graduation of the first class of women enrolled in the Bronx H.I.R.E. Domestic Violence Survivors Job Readiness and Internship Program Thursday. The graduation marks the first step in securing domestic violence survivors good jobs that will lead them on a path to financial independence.

November 20, 2014
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Scarsdale Women's Club Meeting

(Scarsdale - November 12th) Today, the Senator was the guest speaker at the Scarsdale Woman's Club, addressing issues of interest including the Women's Equality Act and her role as the Democratic Conference Leader. The members include some of her constituents in Scarsdale, Greenburgh, White Plains and Yonkers. They also asked questions about the tax cap's impact on capital improvements in school districts, legalizing marijuana, fracking, and even whether or not she thinks we will ever see a woman President ? "Yes," the Senator answered, "And hopefully one who lives nearby."

November 13, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On NYC Human Rights Commission

"I applaud the mayor's decision to bring in new leadership at the Human Rights Commission.  Instead of tackling the thousands of citizen-initiated complaints it receives annually, for the past several years HRC was disproportionately focusing its limited resources on fining businesses for using unintentionally gendered language in job recruiting advertisements," (i.e. posting an ad for a ‘waitress’ or ‘hostess’).

“Of the 53 discrimination settlements reported by the Commission in 2014, 18, or more than a third of all settlements, are for this sort of case.  Of those 18, only two appear to have been tested to show actual discriminatory intent. There is a similar pattern in 2012 and 2013, where employment ads allegedly showing gender discrimination made up 40% and 30% of total settlements respectively and only a few were tested to prove actual discriminatory intent.

"Many of the cases don’t come out of actual complaints, but rather from college students getting paid by HRC to troll on-line classifieds. 

"It is extremely troubling that this kind of questionable case comprises a third or more of the Commission’s enforcement output when so many complaints of actual discrimination go unanswered.

“New Yorkers expect and deserve a Human Rights Commission that helps bring justice to those who have been wronged, not one focused on generating revenue through petty fines.”

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November 7, 2014
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