MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Nov. 4, 2019

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Gottfried Celebrates Enactment of GENDA

Richard N. Gottfried
Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried

Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (D-Chelsea, Midtown) released a statement yesterday to celebrate the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) going into effect.

GENDA, which Gottfried introduced in the Assembly, passed both houses of the Legislature last January. It codifies gender identity as a protected class, assuring that transgender and non-binary people cannot be denied housing or healthcare.

“No one should ever be denied basic needs like housing and health care or employment opportunities because of another’s narrow-mindedness,” said Gottfried. “Today, the provisions of GENDA that make it a hate crime to harm a person based on their gender identity or expression go into effect, providing more protection from discrimination.”

Jackson, Rivera, Gottfried to Host Town Hall Meeting on New York Health Act

State Senator Robert Jackson
State Senator Robert Jackson

State Senators Robert Jackson (D-Washington Heights, Fort George, Inwood) and Gustavo Rivera (D-Kingsbridge Heights) and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried (D-Chelsea, Midtown) will be co-hosting a town hall meeting on the New York Health Act tonight.

The electeds will be discussing the New York Health Act, a piece of legislation that would establish a single-payer healthcare system for the state of New York. If the bill is successful, New Yorkers will no longer have to pay premiums, deductibles or co-pays.

The event will take place tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the West End Collegiate Church, 245 West 77th St.

Espaillat Says Republicans Will Come Around on Impeachment

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat
U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat

Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights, Sugar Hill) appeared on CNN yesterday to discuss the possible role Republicans will play in the impeachment inquiry going forward.

Last week, the House voted on a resolution to continue to the next phase of the impeachment inquiry. Although it passed with a vote of 232-196, there were no Republicans who voted in favor of it. Regardless, Espaillat expressed confidence that the evidence that the inquiry produces will be enough to sway Republicans eventually.

“I think that once republicans of good will listen to the evidence, listen to the testimony, they will be compelled. Their constituencies will force them to be compelled to be on the right side of history.”

Stringer, Kallos, Powers, Seawright to Host Round Table Discussion on Small Businesses

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

City Comptroller Scott Stringer (D), Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright (D-Upper East Side, Yorkville), and Council Members Ben Kallos (D-Yorkville, Lenox Hill) and Keith Powers (D-Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill) will be hosting a round table discussion on small businesses this Wednesday.

The electeds are hosting the meeting in collaboration with Carnegie Hill Neighbors and representatives from Community Board 8. Together, they will discuss the uncertain future of small local businesses in the borough – particularly Carnegie Hill.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, 1085 5th Ave.