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Jan
19
2017
NYCLU Praises New Sanctuary City Guidance from Attorney General

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today that his office provided local governments and law enforcement agencies with a legal roadmap to enact sanctuary city policies and protect vulnerable immigrant communities. The following is attributable to Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Jan
18
2017
State Assembly Approves Reproductive Health Protections Ahead of Trump Presidency

The New York State Assembly last night passed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), two bills that protect women’s reproductive health and rights in New York State.

Jan
12
2017
New Non-Profit Donor Disclosure Rules Will Not be Enforced While NYCLU and ACLU Lawsuit Proceeds

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has agreed to hold off on enforcing certain provisions of a recently enacted state ethics law that the New York Civil Liberties Union and American Civil Liberties Union argue violates the First Amendment. Following a lawsuit filed in federal court by the NYCLU and ACLU, the Attorney General agreed last week not to enforce parts of the law until the court considers the statute’s enactment and reaches a preliminary judgement on whether it violates the Constitution.

Jan
9
2017
In State Addresses, Cuomo Must Announce Plans to Make New York a Progressive Leader

Governor Andrew Cuomo will lay out his vision for New York this week during a series of State of the State addresses beginning today. With just days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the New York Civil Liberties Union urges Gov. Cuomo to put forth a plan that will safeguard New Yorkers from the threats to freedom posed by the incoming administration.

Jan
3
2017
Justice Department Backs Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement of Children

The Justice Department today submitted a “statement of interest” in support of a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York to stop the Justice Center jail in Syracuse from subjecting 16- and 17-year-old children to solitary confinement. This statement of interest, which is a filing with the court in which the department makes its view of the law known, advances the Justice Department’s position that juveniles should never be placed in solitary confinement.

Dec
23
2016
NYCLU: Bill Allowing Ride-Hailing Companies to Expand Upstate Raises Privacy and Non-Discrimination Concerns

The New York Civil Liberties Union has serious concerns about a bill that would provide for the regulation and expansion of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to upstate New York. The companies are currently only able to operate in New York City. The legislation is among a package of bills to be considered should the legislature return for a special session next week.

Dec
22
2016
NYCLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Overbroad Campaign Finance Law that Threatens Free Speech

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging provisions of a New York State law that will curtail free speech and discourage people from donating to non-profit organizations that advocate for issues they care about.

Dec
22
2016
Despite Lawsuit, Syracuse Jail Continues to Endanger Children with Solitary Confinement

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York requested an expedited order in district court today that would stop the Justice Center jail in Syracuse from subjecting children to solitary confinement. The request includes new evidence of abuses at the jail, and is part of a lawsuit filed in September by the NYCLU and LSCNY against the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and the Syracuse City School District.

Nov
20
2016
Governor Proposes Important Protections for New Yorkers Targeted by Hate Crimes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a list of proposals following the rise in hate crimes in New York since the last presidential election. His proposals included expanding New York’s Human Rights Law to protect children in public and private schools, and creating a “public-private legal defense fund” to provide immigrants with legal assistance who cannot afford it. The following statement is attributable to Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Nov
8
2016
Election 2016: NYCLU to Run Voter Hotline, Monitor Polls, Provide Resources

The New York Civil Liberties Union’s election protection initiative today will include running an Election Day hotline in highly contested counties in Western New York that voters can call if they encounter intimidation and other problems at the polls. The NYCLU also partnered with Common Cause New York to conduct poll monitor trainings across the state, and recruited volunteers and members to monitor polls in Monroe, Nassau and Suffolk. The NYCLU’s main office will also be taking calls from voters statewide who encounter barriers at the polls.

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