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Jul
8
2016
NYCLU: After National Spate of Killings, We Must Rebuild Trust Between People and Police

In response to the police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the murder of five police officers by snipers in Dallas, Texas, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director, Donna Lieberman:

Jun
17
2016
Historic Public Defense Reform Passes in New York

In the final hours of the 2016 legislative session lawmakers passed historic legislation that promises to fundamentally reform the state’s public defense system. Provided the governor signs the bill (S.8114/A.10706) into law, the state will take responsibility for funding public defense for the first time since the Supreme Court held, more than fifty years ago, that the state must provide a lawyer to criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay for a private attorney.

Jun
16
2016
NYCLU Applauds Senate for Passing Public Defense Bill, Urges Assembly to Pass Before End of Session

The New York State Senate today unanimously passed a statewide public defense bill that would fundamentally reform public defense services. The New York Civil Liberties Union is among groups that have advocated for passage of the bill. It now goes to the Assembly where it is expected to pass.

Jun
15
2016
Civil Liberties Groups Urge NY Senate to Pass Legislation that Promotes Diversity in TV

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), the New York Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project today released a joint statement supporting a New York state bill that would make New York the first state to create financial incentives for TV productions to hire women and people of color in writing and directing roles.

Jun
9
2016
NYCLU Applauds Campaign Finance Reform Opinion Issued by Governor’s Office

Governor Cuomo’s counsel, Alphonso David, issued an opinion letter yesterday outlining important steps that would lead to critical campaign finance reforms. The following statement can be attributed to Arthur Eisenberg, legal director at the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Jun
2
2016
NYCLU Applauds Assembly for Passing Historic Public Defense Reform Bill

The New York State Assembly today passed, with overwhelming support, the Public Defense Mandate Relief Act (A6202-C), a historic bill designed to fundamentally reform public defense services statewide. The New York Civil Liberties Union is one of the groups that has been advocating for passage of the bill.

May
10
2016
Lawsuit Challenges Shameful Exclusion of Farmworkers from Right to Organize

Farmworkers are excluded from the critical protection of the right to organize without fear of retaliation under New York state’s labor law, a violation of the state constitution that forces them to work in life-threatening, sweatshop-like conditions, according to a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union against New York state and Governor Cuomo today in the State Supreme Court. It is the first lawsuit that demands that farmworkers receive the same basic protections from the state that virtually every other worker receives.

Apr
1
2016
Paid Family Leave Passes in Civil Rights Victory

The New York State legislature today is taking action on historic legislation that would provide paid family leave benefits for New York workers. This paid family leave policy will ensure that New Yorkers will no longer have to choose between caring for an infant or an incapacitated parent and keeping their jobs. The benefit will have the greatest impact on the state’s most vulnerable workers - women and low-income workers. The New York Civil Liberties Union is among the advocacy organizations that led the effort to pass the legislation.

Mar
31
2016
Federal Judge Approves Solitary Confinement Overhaul in New York State

Federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin today approved a settlement agreement between the New York Civil Liberties Union and New York State that will comprehensively overhaul solitary confinement in New York State -- one of the largest prison systems in the country -- and provide a framework for ending the state’s overreliance on extreme isolation.

Mar
12
2016
State Senate Stands Up for NY’s Families by Including Paid Family Leave in Budget

The New York State Senate released a proposal for paid family leave today as part of its budget that in key respects adopts the proposals put forward by the Paid Family Leave coalition, Governor Cuomo and the State Assembly, and moves New York a significant step closer to smart, sensible solutions that will help New York’s families and businesses. The Senate proposal would grant all workers in New York paid leave with two-thirds of their salaries and job security for 12 weeks to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member.

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