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Feb
4
2016
NYCLU Praises Budget for Funding Public Defense in Five Counties, Calls for Statewide Reform

The New York Civil Liberties Union, testifying at a Joint Legislative Hearing on Governor Cuomo’s 2016-17 Public Protection Budget, will commend the governor for allocating funds for public defense reform. The funding will be provided to five counties in accordance with the terms of a settlement in Hurrell-Harring v. State of New York, brought by the NYCLU and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Jan
21
2016
Now With Bipartisan Support, Statewide Public Defense Bill is NY’s 2016 Priority

In a joint press conference today with State Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy, State Senator and Deputy Majority leader John A. DeFrancisco announced his support of legislation that would reform public defense services across the state. This historic bill was first introduced by Assemblymember Fahy in 2014, after the New York Civil Liberties Union and New York State entered into a settlement agreement requiring the state to improve public defense for people too poor to hire an attorney in five counties named in the lawsuit.

Jan
13
2016
Governor’s Progressive Agenda Deserves Support but Must Include Statewide Public Defense

In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Dec
16
2015
Historic Settlement Overhauls Solitary Confinement in New York

The New York Civil Liberties Union and New York State today announced a settlement agreement 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. The agreement will result in the end of traditional solitary confinement for more than 1,100 people -- one-quarter of the current solitary population -- who will either be placed in alternative units or provided with less isolating, more rehabilitative conditions.

Nov
10
2015
NYCLU Commends Plan to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 for State Workers

New York State will gradually increase the minimum hourly wage for state workers to $15 an hour, Governor Cuomo announced on Tuesday through news reports, placing New York’s public employees far ahead of other states on minimum wage. Using executive authority, the governor will gradually increase the hourly rate: State workers in New York City are set to earn $15 an hour by the end of 2018, and state workers outside of New York City will see wages rise to $15 by an hour by the end of 2021.

Oct
22
2015
NYCLU Applauds New Discrimination Protections for Transgender New Yorkers

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced tonight an executive action directing the State Division of Human Rights to issue regulations that would interpret existing protections against discrimination on the basis of sex and disability to cover gender identity, transgender status and gender dysphoria.

Oct
21
2015
Advocates Applaud Signing of Women’s Equality Bills, Call for Greater Advances in Reproductive Rights in New York

NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Family Planning Advocates of New York State and Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York, and the New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing the women’s equality bills passed during the 2015 legislative session, and urged elected officials to turn their attention to addressing the remaining impediments to women’s health, rights and equality.

Oct
21
2015
Important New Women’s Equality Laws Lay Groundwork for Future Reforms

Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed eight bills aimed at breaking down barriers that perpetuate discrimination against women. These bills were initially introduced as part of a broader Women’s Equality Agenda that has long been championed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The following statement is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jul
20
2015
Victory: Landmark State Policy Promises Transgender Students an Equal Education

The New York State Education Department today released official guidance for school districts across the state, a major step toward ensuring that transgender and gender nonconforming youth can access their right to an education.

Jun
24
2015
Report Exposes Illegal Treatment of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students in New York Public Schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released a report revealing the serious and pervasive discrimination and harassment faced by transgender and gender nonconforming youth in New York public schools across the state. Despite New York’s reputation as a progressive leader, the state is failing to protect the right to an education of one of its most vulnerable student populations.

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