Issues: Women

Local nominations for the Senate's 16th annual 'Women of Distinction' tribute due by this Friday

Elmira, N.Y., April 2--State Senator Tom O'Mara today reminded area residents that nominations are due by this Friday, April 5, 2013, for the Senate's 16th "Women of Distinction" tribute.


April 2, 2013

Senator O'Brien Nominates Mary Alice Price for "Women of Distinction" Honor

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien has nominated former Pittsford Schools Superintendent Mary Alice Price for inclusion among the Senate’s “Women of Distinction” honorees, in recognition of achievements during her 40-year career as an educator and administrator.

“Mary Alice Price exemplifies the type of leadership that New York State needs in all of its institutions,” Senator O’Brien said. “The outpouring of support and gratitude that Superintendent Price received from her former students and colleagues when she retired was most impressive. I believe that her style of leadership serves as an example to all of us, myself included.”

April 1, 2013

Saratogian: NY Senate's Marchione seeks Women of Distinction

NY Senate's Marchione seeks Women of Distinction

Saratogian, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 20, 2013



ALBANY, NY – State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky met with Food Network personality Padma Lakshmi. The Top Chef host was in Albany advocating on behalf of her charitable organization, Endometriosis Foundation of America.


March 19, 2013

Leader Stewart-Cousins Honored at NOW-NYS Chapter Women's History Month Celebration

Leader Stewart-Cousins being honored at the National Organization for Women-NYS Chapter Women's History Month Celebration with NOW-NYS President Zenaida Mendez on Sunday, March 17th at Elements Food & Spirits in White Plains, NY.

March 18, 2013

State Sen. Kathleen Marchione seeks award nominations

State Sen. Kathleen Marchione seeks award nominations


State Sen. Kathleen Marchione, R-Halfmoon, announced she is seeking nominations for the annual Senate Women of Distinction program.  Nominees can be local community leaders, business owners, educators, artists or community volunteers.

Marchione has established a three-woman advisory panel to review nominations and recommend a woman from the 43rd Senate District to be honored.  The 43rd District includes Columbia County and portions of Washington, Saratoga and Rennselaer counties.

March 11, 2013

Senator Marchione seeks nominees for "Women of Distinction" Program

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 2013?  If the answer to either question was “yes,” then State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione wants to hear from you by Monday, March 25! 

Senator Marchione Women of Distinction Nomination Form, 2013.pdf

March 8, 2013
March 8, 2013

Senator Parker Celebrates March As Women’s History Month

Parker Reflects on New York’s Contributions to Empowerment,

Looks Forward to Continuing to Expand Equality and Justice for Women

(Brooklyn, NY) “One hundred years ago this week, 5,000 women marched up Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., demanding the right to vote,” said Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn). “That march was the first civil rights march to use Washington, D.C., and can be traced directly back to the 1848 Women’s Rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.”

March 8, 2013

Women's Equality Exhibit Opens At State Capitol In Recognition Of National Women's History Month

The 2013 Women’s Equality exhibit opened this week at the State Capitol in Albany, New York. The exhibit highlights the struggle for economic equality that women have faced since the 1820s to the 1980s. The Governor toured the exhibit with members of the New York State Women’s Equality coalition. The display, located in the War Room, is part of an ongoing initiative to create museum quality exhibits for public viewing at the State Capitol.

March 8, 2013

Senate Passes the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act

The New York State Senate today passed the “Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act” to further protect trafficked children and other victims, and punish the criminals who are responsible for sexual exploitation.

March 6, 2013

Senator Stavisky Celebrates March As Women’s History Month


Senator Stavisky Celebrates March As Women’s History Month

March 1, 2013

Senator Tkaczyk: Raising Minimum Wage Helps Women with Children, Benefits the Economy

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined her colleagues to call for an increase to the  New York State minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation. She said the increase would be especially beneficial to women with small children and have an overall positive effect on the economy.

 “More than 55 percent  of the workers in New York State receiving minimum wage are women, many of them with children,” Tkaczyk said. “Even those who can work 40 or more hours each week are living below the federal poverty level and are struggling to provide their families with decent housing, clothing and food.”

Tkaczyk said raising the wage would also have an overall economic benefit:

February 28, 2013

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013

Senator Seward Seeks "Women of Distinction" Nominees

ONEONTA, 02/20/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today plans for the state senate’s annual Women of Distinction celebration.

The senate will honor distinguished women from throughout the state at a May 7th Albany reception, where each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the exceptional contributions of exemplary New York women.

February 20, 2013

Sign Up to Support the Women's Equality Act Agenda

Governor Cuomo has proposed a comprehensive Women’s Equality Act, bringing together a number of key measures that have failed to move in Albany in the past, including protecting women's reproductive choice, achieving pay equity, stopping sexual harassment, and ending family status, source-of-income, and pregnancy discrimination.

This is a comprehensive and compelling agenda, but it needs your support.  Anti-choice advocates have mobilized in opposition to the reproductive health provisions of the governor’s proposal, and many other aspects of the proposal have long been obstructed by the business lobby.

Please sign up to support the Women's Equality Act agenda.Your support is vital to passing this long-overdue legislation and advancing the cause of equality in New York State.

February 6, 2013

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening New York’s Domestic Violence Laws

A robust package of legislation was signed into law this week to improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence while at the same time provide survivors with enhanced protections so they can more safely sever ties with their abusers.

The bill package addresses the recidivist nature of domestic violence by holding serial offenders more accountable for their behavior with the creation of a new crime and new considerations when determining bail, and creates a state-level Fatality Review Team to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides.

October 26, 2012


Invites People to Learn About Women’s History in New York State

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her “Women of Distinction” exhibit is now on display at the Pulaski Public Library, located at  4917 North Jefferson St. in Pulaski.  The display is available for viewing during regular library hours.   

September 10, 2012
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