Senator Schneiderman filed a lawsuit as a pro-bono attorney for four civic and labor organizations seeking to have the Metropolitan Transportation Authority re-bid its Hudson Yards property to get more funding for the transit system. Pictured here from my right are: Nancy Christensen, attorney for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign; Dan Bright, attorney for Transport Workers Union Local 100; Gene Russianoff, Senior Attorney for the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign; and Rachel Leon, Executive Director of New York Common Cause.
On Monday, January 12th, I joined my colleagues in the Senate in passing legislation to fundamentally change the way the Senate operates and conducts business. In our first order of business as the Majority, the Senate passed a series of rules changes that will foster discussion and productivity, and increase accountability and transparency for the public.
The key changes in the legislation include changes to increase openness and accountability by:
* Restoring the ability of Senators to use “Motions to Discharge” to attempt to force a bill out of committee.
On Monday, January 12, I was proud to be honored by Family Planning Advocates of New York(FPA) as one of the recipients of the prestigious Margaret Sanger Award. The honor is given each year by FPA to individuals of distinction in recognition of excellence and leadership in furthering reproductive health and reproductive rights for women. I am humbled that I was considered for an honor as high as the Margaret Sanger Award, and am grateful to Family Planning Advocates and its committed body of members for this recognition.
State Senators Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) today received top honors from Family Planning Advocates of New York State (FPA). Schneiderman, along with Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, was the recipient of the prestigious Margaret Sanger Award. The honor is given each year by FPA to individuals of distinction in recognition of excellence and leadership in furthering reproductive health and reproductive rights for women.
On Wednesday, November 12th, hundreds of New York City residents turned out for a post-election climate change event held at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side. The event, An Inconvenient Truth and Beyond: A Plan for Action, was sponsored by my office, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Manhattan Community Board 7, and Environmental Advocates of New York.
This is the second in a series of four forums entitled “Preventing Wrongful Convictions in New York State: Systematic Reforms to Convict the Guilty and Protect the Innocent” to be held across the state by the Senate Democratic Taskforce on Criminal Justice Reform. At each forum, legislators and the public hear testimony from experts and exonerees on four reform measures—mandatory electronic recording of police interrogations, preservation of DNA evidence, eyewitness identification reforms, and the creation of an Innocence Commission—that h