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Andrew Cuomo

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Andrew Mark Cuomo is an American politician who is the 56th and current Governor of New York. A member of the Democratic Party, Cuomo was elected governor in 2010, holding the same position his father Mario Cuomo held from 1983 to 1994.


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Petitioning Joseph Borelli

Maximum Punishment for Charlotte the Dog's Alleged Abuser

This petition is in reference to "Charlotte" (previously "Snowflake"), the tiny, 2lb, 3 month old puppy, who, at the hands of Ms. Alsu Ivanchenko, allegedly, was starved, had her skull crushed, and her bones broken. To add to this heinous act, Ms. Ivanchenko allegedly stuffed the puppy into a plastic bag, tied it at the top, and threw the bag out of a moving car against a fence, leaving the dog to suffer and die. Charlotte was found and is currently under veterinary care. Her injuries caused temporary blindness due to the head trauma she suffered.  Ms. Ivanchencko, in a statement to police, showing no remorse, simply (allegedly) stated "Just give me my misdemeanor so I can get out of here, it's just a dog", and then proceeded to purchase a new dog.  We, the petitioners, are asking for your help in changing the animal abuse laws. We are asking for the maximum penalty of two years in the case of Ms. Ivanchenko (Case number: 00204-2014) We, collectively feel that stronger animal abuse laws need to be in place. Animals are defenseless, and we need to be their voice. Animal abuse is cruel and evil, and should not be tolerated. A mere slap on the wrist will not prevent these heinous acts from occurring. Research has shown a correlation between animal abuse, family violence, and other forms of societal and community violence. Animal protection professionals have noted that abuse of animals is connected in a self-perpetuating cycle of violence.  We are the voice of helpless animals, and we will continue to be. We need to protect animals, and send the message that cruelty and abuse will NOT be tolerated in this society.  We hope you take this matter seriously. We need to see Justice for Charlotte, and justice for all that do not have a voice.  We want to see the maximum penalty of two years incarceration be handed to Ms. Ivanchenko. We want to be certain that animal abusers attain the maximum penalty for their crimes.

Lauren Buglino
244,033 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio

New Yorkers are refusing to pay over $1 M a day for Trump's wife to live in NYC

This petition is to request Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio refuse the cost President-Elect Donald Trump is requesting so his wife can remain in New York. The New York taxpayers refuse to pay over $1 million a day so she can stay. If this decision has been made, between the two of them they should be the ones to pay for it. Not New York taxpayer dollars that could be used on roads, schools, transit, sanitation, new jobs and other expenses that the city has. This is what tax dollars should be used for, improvements for the city and all the people of the city, not just one.

Comella D
162,861 supporters
Victory
Petitioning DEFENSE ATTORNEY OF NEW YORK

18-year-old high school football player has been charged with murder defending his mom.

Luis Moux, an 18-year-old high school football player has been charged with killing his mother’s abusive ex-boyfriend. Luis Moux fatally choked his mother’s 43-year-old attacker, Stanley Washington, when he showed up at their apartment in the Bronx and began fighting with her around on Monday August 14, 2017.  Washington first started squabbling with Moux’s mother, Lorena Sesma, 37, in the hallway of the building before following the woman inside the apartment, where he began beating her, police said.  Luis Moux, who heard the commotion from his bedroom, came running to his mother’s aid and saw Washington on top of her. Quickly going to his mother defense the teen began fighting Washington and over powered him wrapping his arm around Washington’s neck as he tried to pull the brute off his mother. Washington died at some point during the scuffle. Washington also has a long criminal history that includes 33 prior arrests that included domestic violence. Yesterday, police charged Moux with manslaughter.  Luis Moux should not spend his life in prison or ONE DAY in prison for that matter due to defending his mother who could have been killed from her attacker. Luis reacted as any of us would have protecting his mother in the midst of her being physically hurt and beaten. Moux attends high school at Grand Street Campus in Brooklyn, and is a star athlete. Neighbors and friends state he is a very quiet, humble teen who loves football, stays to himself and has never been in trouble. We are asking that ALL CHARGES be dropped for Luis Moux and we stand with him in his fight for freedom. Advocate, Monique Santiago          

monique santiago
152,911 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Bill Walker, Asa Hutchinson, Jerry Brown, Nathan Deal, Rick Scott, David Ige, Butch Otter, Bruce Rauner, Mike Pence, Terry Branstad, Sam Brownback, Matt ...

Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

This is the year 2016. Isn’t it time women had equal rights in America? Will you join me by signing a petition compelling your lawmakers to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender. Seems self-evident, right? Do you think that women’s equal rights are guaranteed by our constitution? Sadly, they are not. The ERA never passed, leaving women’s rights up for interpretation. This imbalance has been demonstrated time and time again in the highest courts in the land, where women often lose even when clear bias is shown. Women’s rights are seemingly at the mercy of whoever is in office or on a judicial bench at any given time. Here is what one of our most influential Supreme Court justices said on the matter of sex discrimination: "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't."
—Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia While we in America may think that women are doing fine, the rest of the world does not. The United Nations has deemed the United States to be a country that does not adequately protect women’s human rights. The Equal Rights Amendment may seem unnecessary to some, but the truth is American women do not have explicit rights under The Constitution. There are dozens of areas where a lack of equal rights negatively affects women and the families they support. Here are just a few: • America is the only nation in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate.
 • 10,000 abused women are turned away from shelters daily, a total of 3.65 million denied requests per year. When looking specifically at the gender pay gap: There is a direct correlation between underpaying mothers and child hunger. It is estimated that half of the 33 million women and children living in poverty in the United States would not be if women were paid their full dollar. Is it any wonder that 1 in 5 children in America go hungry? Seventy-five percent of all African American children are being raised by full time working single mothers who are paid .60 cents on the dollar. Latinas earn .55 cents on the dollar, and white women make .78 cents compared to their white male counterparts. Our transgender sisters are faring even worse. They are four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed. Over the course of her working life, an American woman will lose between $400,000 and two million dollars due to wage discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment would provide an express constitutional basis to challenge sex-based discrimination. It would also ensure that laws and government actions that treat women differently are reviewed by the courts with the strictest of standards. With the upcoming 2016 election we need to intensify the conversation around women's issues and compel our lawmakers to protect the basic civil and human rights of American women by passing the ERA. It is time that we finally make this happen for ourselves, our daughters, and for the future of our nation. If even Supreme Court justices don’t believe the Constitution protects women from discrimination, let’s pass an amendment that will. Please join me along with Kamala Lopez, the director of the upcoming documentary “Equal Means Equal,” the ERA Coalition, and Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates, to sign this petition for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment #EqualMeansEqual —Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette with Equal Rights Advocates
127,575 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, John Flanagan, Carl Marcellino, Terrence Murphy, Thomas O'Mara, Simcha Felder, Ruben Diaz, Neil Breslin, James Tedisco, Jeffrey Klein, Linda Rosenthal, Brad Hoy...

43,000 NY kids will be sexually abused every year. Protect them. Sign this petition.

I'm Ana Wagner. This video is my story. I Help me protect my kids. Help me protect yours. This will be the twelfth year advocates like me try to convince our elected leaders to protect children, not sexual predators. But there is powerful, well-funded opposition to this bill, and it faces some fierce, powerful opponents in the Senate. We can't win if we don't bypass them. Now is the time to urge Governor Cuomo to bypass the committee processes and get this bill passed by April 1. New York's children deserve to be Governor Cuomo's priority, not left to the whims of a Senate that has been influenced by big money.  Please sign the petition. Please share it. Please donate to our fundraiser for social media advertising.  Click this link for a sample script: http://stopabusecampaign.org/2017/06/19/make-one-call-and-protect-new-yorks-kids-from-sex-abuse/

Stop Abuse Campaign
71,193 supporters
Petitioning New York State Transportation Committee, New York State Senate, Andrew Cuomo

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT HIT AND RUN VICTIM - WE NEED TOUGHER LAWS IN NEW YORK STATE!

                         LIFE CAN CHANGE IN AN INSTANT. On Friday December 5, 2014, my husband kissed me goodbye at 6:00AM before he left for work.  We had plans to attend a holiday party that evening and we were looking forward to it. These plans never came to fruition.  Sherman was killed in a horrific hit and run crash thirty minutes after leaving home.   A man who was drunk and high and speeding 80 miles per hour from the left lane to the right lane crashed into my husband’s car forcing him off the road into a tree and left him to die alone. Had the driver stayed and called for help, perhaps my husband of more than twenty years might have lived.  Instead the driver fled and later conspired to destroy evidence by setting the car he was driving on fire.  The suspect never took responsibility for his actions. It took law enforcement more than nine months of persistent and diligent detective work to find the perpetrator and bring him to justice. To this day there is not an ounce of remorse. My life and our familie's life has changed forever because of this heinous act.   See link to media story here: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Fatal-Hit-And-Run-Arrest-Mineola-Long-Island-Burned-Car-NY-328849601.html A HIT AND RUN CAN HAPPEN TO ANY ONE OF US. Please help us seek increased penalties for drivers who flee the scene of a crash without reporting, leaving helpless pedestrians and motorists severely injured or dead on our streets and roadways. HOW CAN YOU HELP There are thousands of cases just like Sherman’s, where lives have been shattered or families torn apart due to serious injuries and fatalities caused by hit and run drivers. Help be a voice for those who suffer in silence.  You can be an important part of changing legislation by signing and sharing this petition to help raise awareness of this serious crime. Your signature will show support for passage of tougher hit-and-run legislation by the New York State Assembly, and ultimately by Governor Andrew Cuomo. As the law stands now, the penalties for a driver leaving the scene of an incident he/she has caused are too lenient. It is to the driver’s benefit to leave to cover up reckless driving or DWI.  Some who leave are never caught, leaving a family with no justice and no closure, and if they are caught they are likely to face lower charges and minimal jail time. The current law encourages people to leave. There are more than ten legislative bills pending in the Assembly Committee on Transportation in Albany that will meet this objective. Below is a link to one of several bills pending Leg# A3230 which is supported by more than twenty assembly members across the state of N.Y.  So why is it stalled? http://nyassembly.gov/leg/?bn=A03230&term=2017n  Passage of this legislation is the only way for the law to stop giving drivers who leave the scene of a crash a benefit for leaving.   If our politicians continue to turn their back on this issue, reckless drivers will continue to evade the law and not face the consequences of their actions.  This is a serious crime and can happen to any one of us, our family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors as we travel through our streets and roadways in the State of New York.  The end of the assembly session is quickly approaching June 21, 2017.  If no bills are passed we will have to start again next year.  In the mean while innocent pedestrians and motorists will be seriously injured or killed. Help bring awareness and show New York State politicians we want action now by signing the petition and sharing it with everyone you know.  By doing so you are using your power to support the passage of heightened penalties.   If you would like to share thoughts or personal stories, please write us at projectsherman2016@gmail.com HELP KEEP NEW YORKERS SAFE ON OUR STREETS AND ROADWAYS. Thank you for your support    

Project Sherman
57,160 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, David Carlucci, Kenneth Zebrowski, New York State Department of Health

Change NYS Bill S1421-2015 to allow the use of disposable ink caps in tattooing!!

              ATTENTION NYS TATTOO ARTISTS AND SHOPS! New laws have been passed in NY effective December 12th that will require the used of single use prepackaged ink cups instead of the usual disposable ink caps.          EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS! CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS!           SIGN THE PETITION! SHARE WITH OTHER TATTOO ARTISTS To: Senator Carlucci, NYS Department of Health, Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Zebrowski and whomever else it may concern, This petition is regarding the wording on the new tattoo laws that were passed, bill S1421-2015. The wording regarding single use inks is complicated and may lead to completely unnecessary and expensive measures.  The new bill (http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/s1421-2015) defines "SINGLE USE INK" SHALL MEAN A SEALED AND PRE-FILLED PACKAGE OF INK THAT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR A SINGLE USE” The standard procedure by any properly trained tattoo artist involves purchasing large bottles of inks, and pouring them into small plastic, single use, disposable “ink caps”, just enough for the procedure, which are thrown away during clean up. The original large bottle is to be stored away from the client and the work station, and therefore away from any possibility of contamination. The way the law reads now, would not work with these proven safe, common-practice procedures. They have single use, prepackaged inks, but they are incredibly expensive and not offered by any of the better quality brands of ink (really just a couple brands), and only available in a limited palette. For many artists, switching to a lesser-quality ink, is just not an option. For permanent makeup pigments (which is very much tattooing as well) there are no brands packaged for single use. These single-use inks, are impractical and unnecessary, since standard precautions are designed to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.  We would like to propose that better wording would be something that specifies that pigments  are required to be poured into single use disposable receptacles aka ink caps.  Example: "single use ink" shall mean all inks are poured into disposable single use containers, and disposed of after each procedure. The key to safe tattooing is annual education requirements, teaching artists in the industry to use universal precautions and learn the newest and best practices to prevent cross-contamination and prevent the spread of dangerous infectious diseases. This is already a requirement through federal OSHA laws, which many other states have chosen to reiterate. Rewrite NYS BILL S1421-2015 before it goes into effect!

Bridget Punsalang
49,223 supporters
Petitioning Charles Schumer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Animal Planet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ellen Jaffee, Andrew C...

Create more marine protected areas to reduce effect of overfishing on oceanic ecosystems

Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction and it is a serious issue that is often ignored. It is a problem within the United States but even worse outside of it. Some stocks of large fish have decreased by about 90% in the past 60 years. Overfishing leads to so many deaths of fish (especially large fish) that the oceanic ecosystems are being negatively impacted. By protecting more areas in the ocean and creating more "no fishing" areas across oceans, the effect of overfishing would be reduced and fish populations may begin replenishing themselves. More than 85 percent of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. The creation of more "no fishing" zones would only be a step towards stopping overfishing and its harms. Overfishing is an issue that affects everyone, not only fish; it is in everybody's best interest to keep the fish populations healthy. 

Allison King
33,434 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, STOP Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment after AIM

Dear Governor Cuomo, Spectra Energy has run a 42-inch fracked gas pipeline under our Hudson River, a mere 105 feet from critical Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant safety facilities. This project was installed against the will of New Yorkers, and against your own request that construction halt until safety considerations could be addressed. Now, Spectra Energy is trying to complete their plan by building the Atlantic Bridge pipeline, which would connect to the AIM Pipeline and secure a foreign market for their dirty gas by connecting the AIM pipeline to Canada. We need you to instruct the Department of Environmental Conservation to withhold the water quality certificate for Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge Pipeline, the next segment of Spectra's pipeline expansion project. As you may know, the US Court of Appeals is currently considering whether the false divisions between Spectra's AIM Pipeline, Atlantic Bridge project and Access Northeast project constitute illegal segmentation. Spectra Energy has attempted to avoid a real analysis of the cumulative impacts of their projects on wetlands by treating Spectra's AIM, Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast projects as separate, even though you need only to look at a map to determine that they are indivisible parts of a single project. Cumulative impacts on wetlands and waterways are more severe than individual impacts taken out of context. The DEC must therefore wait on the outcome of that case before issuing a water quality certificate for Atlantic Bridge, since a ruling that NEPA was violated in this case would mean all three projects would have to be considered as one. Spectra Energy has been responsible for countless environmental and public safety disasters. They have shown at every turn that they will risk our homes, our water, and our common climate to advance their own profits. During the horizontal directional drilling phase of the construction of the AIM Pipeline, they lost their drill bit and showed their contempt for our well-being and our laws by illegally dredging a nearby wetland to try to find it, resulting in a disciplinary letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They also destroyed wetlands in the ecologically sensitive Blue Mountain reservation during AIM construction. Right now, Spectra Energy is counting on you turning a blind eye to their terrible track record. They are counting on your silence. You have the power to stop them. We need you to send a strong message to the nation about New York's core values: that we still believe in protecting local communities' health, water resources and livelihoods, that we are still a state that takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and that we believe in the basic science of climate change and moving away from polluting fossil fuels. Please instruct the DEC to fulfill its responsibilities and DENY Spectra Energy's application for a water quality certificate for the Atlantic Bridge project. Sincerely, Local Organizations: ResistSpectra, SAPE (Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion) and SEnRG (Safe Energy Rights Group) and the following residents of New York and the surrounding regions:

ResistSpectra, SAPE, SEnRG
26,639 supporters
Petitioning Central Park

Racial Injustice: Honor African American Victims of Surgical Experimentation

     J. Marion Sims was a physician that lived in the 1800's.  Many medical scientists and doctors in healthcare today hail him as a modern hero, earning him the title, "Father of Modern Gynecology."  He is credited with the creation of a groundbreaking surgery to fix vesicovaginal fistulas in women.        What is not being talked about however, is the unethical and inhumane experimental surgeries he performed on African-American enslaved women and babies.                     Central Park is honoring a man for treating black slaves like animals.      Sims first began studying what he called "trismus nascentium," which is now known as tetanus bacteria.  A tetanus bacterium develops from horse manure, and enslaved infants had a higher rate of the disease, most likely from being in close contact with horses and horse barns.  His comments in the article are very clear about the way he viewed African Americans.  He says, "Wherever there are poverty, and filth, and laziness, or where intellectual capacity is cramped, the moral and social feelings blunted, there it [tetanus] will be found oftener...."      Sims bought black slave babies, and using a shoemaker’s awl, pried into the infant's skulls to fix what he called a "misalignment" of the head.            He bought these child slaves for the sole purpose of performing these surgeries.  After their death he would autopsy their bodies.                        He then began trying to develop a new surgical technique for vesicovaginal fistulas.  Once again, he purchased several black slaves.  His method was to perfect his technique on the slaves, and once he mastered it, treat the upper-class white women.  He set up a hospital in his backyard where he performed painful, dehumanizing, and inhumane surgeries on these women, none of whom were given anesthesia.  The youngest slave was only 17 years of age.  He would often round up other surgeons to watch this horrific procedure being performed, and after surgery he gave them very little food or water for several weeks. One woman alone, named Anarcha, had as many as 30 operations.                     After he had perfected his surgery, he began traveling extensively and treating elite class white women.  They were all given anesthesia, and all of them had a choice about whether or not they wanted the surgery.  He became a world famous doctor. The statue of him stands tall in the New York City Central Park.      The true heroes of this story are the slaves, and they are the ones that deserve a statue placed in the park in their honor.  We need to make sure that these brave and courageous women and precious infants are not forgotten.  Slavery is now a thing of the past, and we as a nation have come a long way.  We want Central Park to tell the entire story, and give credit where credit is due.      To honor a man like this is and ignore the true heroes is to disrespect an entire nation of people whose ancestors have suffered at his hands.                      Please join me in petitioning the Governor and mayor of New York, Central park, and speaker of the New York City council Melissa Mark-Viverito in asking that a similar statue be erected in honor of the slaves.      I am a student that is passionate about social equality and justice for a people nationwide. Placing this statue is the first step in paying respect to all of those slaves who had no voice. We are always appreciative to all the pioneers who developed modern medicine, but never at the expense of human test subjects. 

A C
24,661 supporters