NY Lawmakers on the Move, May 10, 2022

Lawmakers on the Move

Gillibrand Lauds Perry’s Swearing in as Ambassador to Jamaica

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) yesterday lauded former Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry on his being sworn in as ambassador to Jamaica:

“I want to warmly congratulate Nick Perry on becoming the new ambassador to Jamaica. Not only does he understand the needs of Jamaicans both on the island and the U.S. mainland, but he represented the large and vibrant Caribbean diaspora of the 58th Assembly District in Brooklyn,” said Gillibrand.

“As an immigrant, veteran and elected official, Nick Perry represents everything wonderful about the ‘American Dream.’ I cannot think of a better person to serve as ambassador to Jamaica.”

Kaplan, O’Donnell Real Estate Gender Inclusive Bill Passes Assembly

State Sen. Anna Kaplan
Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell

Sen. Anna M. Kaplan (D-Long Island) and Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell (D-Manhattan) yesterday saw their legislation updating the nearly century-old section of the law relating to real estate salespeople, striking antiquated, gender specific language, and replacing it with gender neutral language pass the assembly.

The underlying section of the real property law, written in 1927, which regulates the real estate brokerage and sales professions, currently includes 85 references to “salesmen” and dozens of instances of gendered pronouns like he, him, and his. The law only includes reference to a “salesperson” in two places, and makes no references to “saleswomen.”

“Jobs have no gender, but unfortunately, many of our State’s laws still use gendered language when discussing professions that are practiced by people of all genders. It’s important that we update these antiquated sections of the law to reflect our New York values and send a message that everyone, regardless of gender, should be able to pursue their passions,” said Kaplan.

“People of all professions deserve to feel valued, but gendered language in our real property law fails to adequately recognize the contributions of women and non-binary New Yorkers. We want our workplaces to reflect the diversity of New York, and the best way to achieve that goal is by making sure all realtors feel that they belong and the profession is accessible,” said O’Donnell.

The new law removes gendered language from the Real Estate Article by removing references to “his or her” in favor of “their,” change “himself” to “themselves,” as well as appropriate changes in variations to these words. It now moves to Gov. Hochul’s desk for her signature.

Addabbo Hosts Paper Shredding Event at Atlas Park

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) is partnering with the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale to bring constituents a paper shredding and donation event this May. 

Additionally, the Salvation Army will be there to accept clothing, footwear and personal hygiene donations. Used eyeglasses and American flag donations will also be accepted. Atlas Park will also be taking food donations for the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in Glendale. 

“People are always looking for a safe way to get rid of items containing their personal information without the fear of having it fall into the wrong hands. By holding these paper shredding events throughout my district we are providing residents a way to do just that for free right in their own neighborhood,” Addabbo said. “I am thrilled to partner with the Shops at Atlas Park for this great event where residents will be able to not only shred their documents but have the chance to donate either clothing or food to those that are less fortunate.” 

The event is slated from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 21. It is requested that visitors of the event enter the mall at the 82nd Street entrance. The paper shredding truck has a limit of five (5) boxes or bags per person. Plastics, x-rays and pre-shredded paper are not permitted at this event. 

Malliotakis Delivers 500 Pounds of Food to Bay Ridge Community Development Center

U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis

U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn) yesterday delivered 500 pounds of food to the Bay Ridge Community Development Center (BRCDC) as part of a donation she facilitated from Goya Foods to benefit more than two dozen food pantries across Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn.

“Today I delivered 500 pounds of food to the Bay Ridge Community Development Center as part of my efforts to support local food pantries and families as food prices continue to rise,” said Malliotakis. “I’m proud to join the BRCDC in working to fight food insecurity in Brooklyn and improving the quality of life for those in our community.”

“I want to thank Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis for supporting the Brooklyn community and the BRCDC by facilitating this donation from Goya Foods,” said Bibi Esahack, Executive Director for the Bay Ridge Community Development Center. “It’s important to recognize that New York City is still experiencing food insecurity and we all must do our part to help those who are struggling.”  

To learn more about the BRCDC, click HERE.


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