MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Feb. 11, 2020

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Maloney Rallies with Women’s Rights Advocates Ahead of Monumental Week in Congress

Last Sunday Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) joined fellow electeds and advocates at the historic Roosevelt House to rally support for a monumental new bill.

This week, the House is slated to pass H.R. 1980, which provides for the creation of the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum, and H.J. Res. 79, which eliminates the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

“I have worked my entire career to make sure women are represented in the halls of Congress and in seats of power,” said Maloney. “This next week in Congress will be historic for women and a culmination of decades of advocacy. The passage of H.R. 1980 and H.J. Res. 79 is vital to celebrating women’s achievements in history, inspiring the next generation to make history themselves, and finally ensuring that women’s equality is enshrined in our Constitution. I am thrilled to take these next huge steps in the fight for women’s equality,”

Levine, Taylor to Host 2020 Census Teach-In

Council Member Mark D. Levine
Council Member Mark D. Levine

Council Member Mark Levine (D-Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville) and Assemblymember Al Taylor (D-) will be hosting a “teach-in” on the 2020 Census tonight.

A “teach-in” is an informal educational forum, designed to inform the public about a complex issue. Levine and Taylor will be teaching attendees about the 2020 Census, and why it’s vital to ensure a full and accurate count.

The event will take place tonight at 6:30 at the Hamilton Grange Public Library, 503 West 145th St.

Hoylman, Sepulveda Introduce Bill to Mandate Release of Demographic Data On Judges

State Senator Brad Hoylman
State Senator Brad Hoylman

Yesterday, State Senators Brad Hoylman (D-Chelsea, Midtown) and Luis Sepulveda (D-Bronx) introduced a bill to require the collection and publication of demographic data on New York judges and justices.

S7703 would requiring the Office of Court Administration (OCA) to collect and publish an annual report on said demographic data. It would include information on their race, sex, sexuality, gender identity and disability status, among other metrics.

“It’s a detriment to our judicial system that there are parts of the state where there are virtually no judges of color and few women on the bench,” said Hoylman. “To begin to fully understand and remedy this problem, Senator Sepulveda and I have introduced legislation modeled after California that would require the New York Office of Court Administration to collect demographic information about the composition of the bench, including ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability status. In order for New Yorkers to continue to have confidence in the judiciary, we need to ensure that the diversity of our judges reflect the rich diversity of our state’s population.”