Issues: Human Rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
July 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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

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

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


Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris was proud to be one of the 33 votes in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, which passed the New York State Senate on Friday, June 24 by a vote of 33-29 and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

New York is now the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, giving LGBT couples the same domestic and human rights as heterosexual couples.

“Today, New York reclaimed its mantle as the nation's human rights leader. I am proud to be one of the 'yes' votes that made marriage equality a reality in our state,” Senator Gianaris said. “May our example set the tone for the rest of the country so that all Americans can enjoy the same rights and privileges.”

June 25, 2011

Senator Ball Interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360

6/25/2011 - Senator Greg Ball is interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper about the gay marriage vote in New York State.


June 25, 2011

MSNBC: Senator Ball Interviewed on Marriage Equality

6/22/2011 – Senator Greg Ball is interviewed about Marriage Equality by Thomas Roberts on MSNBC.

June 24, 2011

RNN: Senator Ball Discusses Governor Cuomo's Marriage Equality Bill

6/23/2011 - On RNN's Richard French Live, Senator Greg Ball discusses Governor Cuomo's Marriage Equality Bill

June 24, 2011

Official Statement

NYS Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson)

June 23, 2011
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