As the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn teetered on the brink of collapse, several supporters of his accuser gathered in Harlem on Sunday to urge the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to pursue the case “vigorously.”“Today is a very important day because it is a time for us to guarantee that justice is done,” said State Senator Bill Perkins, a Democrat, who was joined at an afternoon news conference by other politicians and members of various advocacy organizations.
By Richard Hartley-parkinsonLast updated at 4:07 PM on 11th July 2011
Activists have rallied behind the woman who accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.Calling on authorities to continue his prosecution, the women's rights groups and other community leaders say they want the local district attorney 'to do his job' and let the alleged victim have her day in court....
The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.
Senator Montgomery is joined by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon who traveled to the New York's State Capitol on Tuesday, June 14 to urge lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill. The bill was approved by the Assembly that day.
Senator Montgomery, a long-time supporter of marriage equality noted that proponents of the bill have managed to close a vote gap in the Senate in a very short period of time but that the bill is still one vote shy of victory.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) has named Lindsay Farrell, President and CEO of the Open Door Family Medical Centers, a 2011 New York State Woman of Distinction. Each year, the NY Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who have enriched the quality of life in our communities and our state.
In her opening remarks at the public ceremony held recently in the State Capitol, Senator Oppenheimer praised Farrell for her “tireless efforts in making quality, affordable health care a reality for economically disadvantaged residents of Westchester County. Her dedication and vision has quite literally ‘opened the door’ to a brighter, healthier future for countless children and families.”
At a recent ceremony in Albany, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) hosted Ms. JoAnn Pushkin to officially recognize her selection as his 2011 Woman of Distinction. The Dix Hills resident was honored for her efforts to expand access to early breast cancer detection for the 40% of women who have dense breast tissue. Ms.
Barbara Medina was born in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to parents from the Island of Puerto Rico. Ms. Medina is single mother of three wonderful children and has spent fourteen successful years as an Executive in the Marketing business. Ms. Medina’s career allowed her to travel to different parts of the United States developing new businesses and venturing with other companies. The experience has helped her become a voice amongst the voiceless and the value of being an independent woman.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) presented Indi L. Shelby, with the 2011 "Women of Distinction" award for the 50th Senate District. The Senate honors women from Central New York and throughout the State at a reception in Albany.
"I am proud to honor the many contributions of Indi Shelby," said Senator DeFrancisco. "She has touched the lives of so many citizens in our community. She should be commended for her dedication to helping others and for the kindness and caring that she has shown others."
State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon) honored Susan Boudreau of Bay Shore as a 2011 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” at the State Capitol on May 24, 2011. The Senate honored distinguished women from throughout the state at an Albany reception, where each honoree's photograph and biography became part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of exemplary New York women.
Senator Johnson explained that the Senate’s Women of Distinction program was created as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The program, which started in 1998, honors exceptional achievement, personal excellence and outstanding, courageous and heroic actions on the part of individual women from all across the State.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of naming life-long Schenectady County resident Bonnie Daggett as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at a ceremony in Albany on May 24th.
“Ms. Daggett has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years on behalf of people with disabilities,” Senator Farley said. “I admire her dedication and selflessness. I was truly honored and proud to bestow the award of Woman of Distinction to Ms. Daggett.”
Senator Montgomery Recognized as Woman of Distinction During May’s “International Victorious Woman Month”Senator Honored by NYU and People’s World
NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) recently received two awards, which distinguish her as a visionary leader who is committed to ensuring that all people have equal access to quality education and every opportunity for positive life experiences.
Senator Montgomery was presented the Distinguished Alumna Award by the New York University (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Senator Jim Alesi (R, C, I – Perinton) announced today that Ginny Clark, Vice President of Community Affairs at Constellation Brands, has been selected as a 2011 “Woman of Distinction.” Ms. Clark was honored May 24th, at a ceremony at the State Capitol in Albany.