- Governor Cuomo laid out an ambitious Justice Agenda for his first 100 Days in office – 20 items detailed below
- Assembly woman Crystal Peoples-Stokes is named Assembly Majority Leader – that makes 4 women in NYS’s top positions! https://
buffalonews.com/2018/12/17/ peoples-stokes-named-assembly- majority-leader/
- Wage Data Transparency Law to pass in NYC Council – Rally on Thursday
GOVERNOR CUOMO UNVEILS AGENDA FOR FIRST 100 DAYS – 2019 JUSTICE AGENDA (Press release 12/17/2018)
Governor Cuomo announced the agenda in a speech hosted by the Roosevelt Institute. This year, in the face of the nation’s biggest social crisis, and with the federal government seeking to undo generations of progress, Governor Cuomo broke with tradition, laying out his legislative agenda in December 2018 instead of waiting until the State of the State address to enable the Legislature to commence action on these top priorities immediately upon convening.
“Let this agenda be New York’s Declaration of Independence. We declare independence from this federal government’s policies. We disconnect from the nationalism, and the racism, and the chaos, and the xenophobia, and the misogyny, and the discrimination, and the dissembling of this Washington administration,” Governor Cuom
The 20-point agenda includes:
Ensure a Progressive Tax System: While the federal government prioritizes tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Governor Cuomo believes in a just, progressive tax system that taxes its citizens based on their ability to pay. The Governor will maintain the state’s progressive income tax with a millionaire’s tax, while permanently capping regressive local property taxes at 2%.
Cut Middle Class Taxes while Fighting to repeal SALT: The federal government’s cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions was a devastating and targeted assault on New York that has increased taxes on New Yorkers and reduced home values. Governor Cuomo will continue to lead the fight to repeal the cap on SALT while in New York continuing tax cuts for middle class families.
Protect Quality, Affordable Health Care: While the federal government and radical judges continue to roll back the Affordable Care Act and tear away health care from millions of Americans, Governor Cuomo will take action to make sure New Yorkers are protected. The Governor will work to codify the health exchange into law and pass a law to ensure preexisting conditions continue to be covered by insurance companies regardless of what happens at the federal level.
Codify Reproductive Rights: In the face of the federal assault on women’s reproductive rights, including a Supreme Court that threatens to roll back Roe v. Wade, Governor Cuomo will fight to pass the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraceptive
Enshrine Gender Equality into Law: Nearly a century after it was first proposed, New York State has still not passed the Equal Rights Amendment to protect against discrimination on the basis of sex in our State constitution. To right this decades-old wrong, Governor Cuomo will push to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to add sex as a protected class.
Combat Gun Violence: 2018 was by far the worst year for school shootings in American history. To once again lead the nation on gun safety, Governor Cuomo will push to pass the Red Flag Law, ban bump stocks and extend the waiting period for purchasing a gun from three days to 10 days.
Launch a $150 Billion Infrastructure Plan: While the federal government fails to make progress on an infrastructure plan, Governor Cuomo will expand on New York’s nation-leading $100 billion infrastructure plan — building new airports, bridges and train stations all across the state — by investing an additional $150 billion in our infrastructure that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Fund and Restructure the MTA While Easing Traffic in New York City’s Business District: After decades of neglect and diffused responsibility, the MTA is in dire need of funding and reorganization. Governor Cuomo will fix the MTA by passing congestion pricing and overhauling the outdated structure of the authority in order to build a reliable, state of the art mass transit system with a steady funding stream and a structure that supports operational excellence.
Ensure Education Equity: After requiring data on how local schools distribute funds in last year’s budget, it’s clear that poorer schools too often do not receive an equitable share of funding from their school districts. Governor Cuomo will fight for an education system where districts distribute funding
Pass the Dream Act: While the federal government has declared war on new immigrants, New York is standing up for our immigrant communities. This year, New York will pass the Dream Act once and for all to ensure a higher education system that opens the door of opportunity to all of our children.
Launch the Green New Deal: The federal government still denies climate change, remarkably turning a blind eye to their own government’s scientific report. New York will be the most progressive state in the nation in moving to renewables and growing the new sustainable green economy. The Green New Deal will make New York’s electricity 100% carbon neutral by 2040 and put the state on the path to eliminating its carbon footprint.
Ensure Clean, Safe Drinking Water for All: Industrial toxins have infiltrated many of our communities’ drinking water systems, but the federal Environmental Protection Agency has been slow to test and regulate chemicals and to regulate pollution. Governor Cuomo will invest in our water infrastructure and clean our water for our children and our children’s children.
Improve Our Democracy: To continue New York’s progressive path of justice for all, Governor Cuomo will protect our democracy to make sure our government truly represents the people. While the federal government works to disenfranchise voters, Governor Cuomo will encourage citizens to engage in the democratic process by allowing voting by mail, enacting early voting, instituting same day and automatic voter registration, synchronizing federal and state elections and make Election Day a State Holiday to ensure as many people as possible participate in the democratic process.
Increase Trust in the Democratic System: To ensure our government is for the people, by the people, Governor Cuomo will close the LLC loophole, ban corporate campaign contributions, overhaul our campaign finance system and end outside income for lawmakers.
Protect Public Sector Unions: While the federal government is waging an all-out attack on the labor movement in both the public and private sector and seeks to undermine the right to organize and collective bargaining, Governor Cuomo believes that the labor movement is a force for social justice and the middle class. The Governor will expand the Janus protections to cover public sector labor unions at the local level and ensure workers have labor rights in the gig economy.
Keep Housing Affordable for New Yorkers: The lack of affordable housing is a crisis across the state and nation. While the federal government has abandoned its constitutional and moral responsibility dictated by the 1949 Housing Act, under Governor Cuomo‘s leadership New York will invest more in affordable housing than ever before. Governor Cuomo will reform rent regulations, including ending vacancy decontrol, repealing preferential rent and limiting capital improvement charges to protect affordable housing and respect tenants’ rights.
Pass the Child Victims Act: Governor Cuomo will fight to ensure our society holds those who abuse our children accountable criminally and civilly by passing the Child Victims Act once and for all.
Protect LGBTQ Rights: New York was the first large state to pass marriage equality, but as the federal government still seeks to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, Governor Cuomo will codify the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act into New York State law and end conversion therapy.
Legalize Adult Use of Recreational Marijuana: Governor Cuomo will end the disproportionate criminalization of one race over another by regulating, legalizing and taxing adult use of recreational marijuana.
Ensure Fairness in the Criminal Justice System: Governor Cuomo will work to address injustice in the criminal justice system by ending cash bail and enacting speedy trial and discovery reforms.
Below are some twitter sites to visit to tweet about this Governor Cuomo’s bill and the unfair and discriminatory employment practices against women being paid their value.
- Thank you @NYGovCuomo for introducing the “salary history” bill that will help to close the wage gap & promote equality in NY. #equalpay #bansalaryhistory
- Women shouldn’t need to work 15 months to be paid what men receive in 12. It is time for #EqualPay! #EqualPayDay
- Increasingly, women are heads of household. Paycheck unfairness hurts America’s working families #EqualPayDay #EqualPayNow
NFBPWC is thrilled to support our new ad hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse against Working Women. We are all feeling inspired by Chair Jackie Melvin’s words from our last e-Alert describing how each of us make a difference on this important issue.
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Step 10 – Give yourself a pat on the back for making a difference for women!
Step 11 – Post on your social media and let your friends know to join you in sending a message about this important issue!
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January is Anti Trafficking Awareness Month, but we hope that you will consider every day as Anti-Trafficking Day.
This announcement from the American Hotel and Lodging Association contains many resources you can utilize in your daily lives to prevent this Modern Day Slavery from occurring.
See below & thank you.
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Who do you know that is planning to use the new Paid Family Leave program in the first few weeks and months of 2018?
Stories and experiences are critical to helping people learn about the new program. We’re looking to build a group of 10-15 individuals who are actually using the new system in the first few months of the year to gauge how the program is working and provide feedback to appropriate state agency contacts. We’re looking for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, jobs, and income levels. Hearing experiences from the ground up will guide how we can best support and improve the implementation of the new program.
This could be any members of your team, network, or staff that will be taking leave for the birth, adoption, foster care placement of a new child, or to care for a seriously ill family member. And, because people qualify up to a year after the qualifying event, some may be taking Paid Family Leave starting January 1 for a new child from 2017.
Please send us an email to connect us with individuals you feel might be a good person to talk to. You can also use the email template below to reach out to people in your network.
Outreach email template:
I’m sure you know the exciting news: Paid Family Leave starts in New York January 1st, and in 2018 will provide 8 weeks of leave to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member.
Because this is the first new program of its type in New York in years, the team of advocates who helped pass this law is looking for a handful of individuals to speak with who are planning to use the new program in the first few weeks and months of 2018. If you’re willing to have a few short conversations with the team about your experiences, challenges, or ease of applying for the benefit, they’d love to hear from you.
This will help them to gauge how the program is rolling out, advocate for those having challenges with the new system, and provide feedback to appropriate state agency contacts.
E-mail Eric Williams at email@example.com to volunteer.
NFBPWC-NYC member Houry Geudelekian co-chairs the Working Group on Girls and NGO. She is actively involved in the United Nations.
Click on the link below to download their 2016-2017 annual report and see all the progress that is being made.
Happy Women’s Equality Day! NFBPWC-NYC is supporting the celebration of women we know.
In honor of Women’s Equality Day WomensActivism.NYC is launching a crowd-sourced campaign to build a catalog of 20, 000 activist women by 2020.
Who will you write about? Please send a copy of your story to our webmistress professional photographer –firstname.lastname@example.org – so we can post these stories on our website too.
Celebrate today by adding a story of an activist woman who inspires you at http://www.womensactivism.nyc/share
Post stories to: http://www.womensactivism.nyc/share
Be sure to post comments using the hashtag #20000By2020.
Let’s make Women’s Equality Day special by sharing the stories of inspiring women. Help reach #20000by2020
Celebrate #WomensEqualityDay share a story of an activist who inspires you at http://www.womensactivism.nyc/share – #20000By2020
Save the DATE : NFBPWC-Next Meeting on September 27, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. in NYC
On Thursday, April 21, 2016 Bill 704A was signed into law. It requires the N.Y.C. Department of Small Business Services to conduct a voluntary survey of companies that do business with the City to collect data on the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity among the directors, officers, and executive-level staff members of such companies. The survey will additionally request information on companies’ plans to improve diversity in such positions and efforts taken to achieve those plans.
This is the beginning of answering the need for transparency of equality, diversity and plans to improve diversity in the C Suite and on boards.
There is of course, more work to be done, but let’s Celebrate this Major Step Forward.