Issues: Human Rights

Push On To Strengthen New York Good Samaritan Law

CBS New York wrote this article that talks about the appeal by local officials to expand New York’s Good Samaritan laws. Senator Gianaris feels that strengthening the law will be effective in preventing crime.

January 18, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

"Today, we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and are reminded of the power of perseverance and the importance of helping others. As a representative of one of the most diverse communities in the world, I am humbled by the ability of different peoples to live side-by-side and create a respectful, loving environment in which our children can grow up understanding the inherent nature of dignity for all. None of this would be possible without the sacrifices made by Martin Luther King, Jr. We are forever indebted to him."

January 16, 2012
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Queens Mosque Bombings

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: January 3, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

On a day celebrating a new year, four bombings occurred in Southeast Queens causing extensive property damage to one home, but fortunately no lives were lost.  The arson attacks were committed by using Molotov cocktails on the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center, a bodega on Hillside Avenue and two homes; all of which took place within miles of each other in Jamaica, Queens.

January 3, 2012
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SCHUMER AND GIANARIS URGE TSA TO DESIGNATE AN ON-DUTY PASSENGER ADVOCATE AT AIRPORTS TO HEAR PASSENGER CONCERNS AS THEY OCCUR; CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO RECENT CASES OF INAPPROPRIATE SEARCHING AT KENNEDY AIRPORT

 TSA ‘Passenger Advocate’ at Airports Will Assist Travelers With Concerns Over Inappropriate Screening Processes, Immediately and On-Site

Schumer, Gianaris Request Investigation of Security Checkpoint Procedures at Kennedy Airport Following Recent Cases of Alleged Inappropriate Searching of Three Elderly Women

Schumer, Gianaris: Enhanced Screening Programs at Airports are Making the Skies Safer, But We Must Strike the Right Balance Between Security and Protecting Vulnerable Passengers

December 11, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaking at Schumer-Gianaris press conference at JFK Airport.

Senator Gianaris joined Senator Schumer to request the TSA conduct an immediate and comprehensive investigation into what actually occurred during the three alleged strip-searching incidents.

December 11, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Pro-Choice Caucus Push Obama Admin On Care Inclusion

Fifty-four Assembly members and senators have signed on to a letter circulated by the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus urging the Obama administration to interpret the health care reform law such that state-level health care exchanges include all family planning essential community providers in their networks.

The letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Donald Berwick, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, notes wait times increased most significantly – up to 70 days in the Boston area – for women’s health care providers when Massachusetts implemented its version of health care reform. The lawmakers don’t want to see that replicated here in New York.

October 26, 2011
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Senators Urge Attorney General Schneiderman to Investigate NYPD Profiling and Surveillance of Muslims

(Brooklyn, NY) Today, Senator Kevin Parker was joined by Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Shirley Huntley, Liz Krueger, Velmanette Montgomery, Bill Perkins, and Gustavo Rivera in a letter to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman seeking an investigation into the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) potentially unlawful covert surveillance operations of the Muslim community in New York City and other jurisdictions. 

October 5, 2011
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Senator Adams Receives Human Rights Award

Senator Adams was honored with a Human Rights Award, presented by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club at their awards dinner.

October 3, 2011
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Senator Squadron Discusses Ethics Reform, Marriage Equality on Capital Tonight

Senator Squadron joined Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight to discuss "After 'I Do': What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers," a forum he hosted on remaining challenges for the LGBT community. He also discussed Albany ethics reform, which was recently signed into law.

September 13, 2011
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Promoting Workers Rights as Human Rights

Senator Montgomery met with members of the TWU on August 20, 2011 to discuss promoting understanding of Workers Rights as basic Human Rights.

September 1, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Pressures Assembly Majority To Pass Laura Cummings' Law

In January of last year, Laura Cummings, a developmentally disabled young woman from North Collins, was tragically murdered by her mother. Subsequent information revealed that Laura had been sexually and physically abused by her mother and brother for years. Had New York State Child and Adult Protective Services been given the proper legal tools to conduct an appropriate investigation after several reports of abuse in the Cummings' home, Laura's death could have been prevented. Today I joined my colleagues from Western New York to demand the Assembly take action on this critical measure.

August 22, 2011
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Secure Communities making our communities insecure and unsecure

Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 3:50 pm, Wed Aug 17, 2011.

August 18, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Celebrates National LGBT Pride Month

On July 21, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams celebrated National LGBT Pride Month and the passage of the Marriage Equality bill.  The Senator honored 7 constituents from his district who played a vital role in the LGBT movement.

  

 

August 1, 2011
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Oppenheimer Celebrates Marriage Equality

          Marking the historic passage of the marriage equality law, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) was honored to attend the recent wedding of Chris Fraley and Victor Self.  Surrounded by family and friends, Fraley and Self exchanged vows on Sunday afternoon in Rye, becoming one of the first couples in Westchester County to marry under the new law.

July 26, 2011
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July 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

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.

July 11, 2011
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Wedding bells ring for gay New Yorkers

Queens Chronicle quoted Senator Gianaris on the historic passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

It is said that marriage marks the beginning of the rest of your life, and for gay and lesbian New Yorkers, Friday night was nothing less than a fresh start.

“We are now being treated as fully equal citizens,” said gay Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), touting the passage of state legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. “Having the option just makes us more whole as human beings, whether we choose to get married or not.”

In bars and in clubs, in homes and on the steps of City Hall, New Yorkers from all walks of life celebrated.

June 30, 2011
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Krueger Looks To Lady Gaga On #SSM

By David King

June 22nd, 2011

Senate Democrats have a hot new Twitter hash tag: “#letusVote” to prod Senate Republicans to bring same-sex marriage legislation to the floor for a vote. Sen. Liz Krueger is credited with creating the tag and she has been trying to get prominent same-sex marriage proponents to use it. “@ladygaga #NYSenate needs your help!” Krueger tweeted. “Can you & ur Little Monsters pls help us trend #letusVOTE We want to vote for #samesexmarriage in NY” Lady Gaga has yet to pick up the tag says,” Krueger spokeswoman Katie Kincaid,” but we’re working on it

June 28, 2011
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