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Brad M. Hoylman is an American Democratic politician. He is a Democratic Senator for the New York State Senate in Manhattan's 27th district, first elected in the 2012 state election.


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Petitioning Brad Hoylman, New York State Senate

Support the TRUMP Act: No Presidency without Tax Returns

As initially reported in Buzzfeed, Fortune, and the New York Times editorial board, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D. 27th District) has introduced a bill that can fix some of the damage done by the 2016 election. This bill deserves and needs popular support. The T.R.U.M.P. (Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public) Act, "would force candidates for president to release five years of tax returns to the New York State board of elections no later than 50 days before the general election, which would in turn redact personal information and make the returns public. Failure to comply with the legislation should it become law would prohibit the state’s electors from voting for that candidate and the candidate’s name would not appear on the New York state ballot."  As Hoylman states, Trump's refusal to disclose his returns have denied voters "an important perspective on the candidate’s potential conflicts of interests as well as their financial well-being and how much he gave to charity.”  With Russian interference in the 2016 election now an established fact, it is essential that Trump's tax returns be released. This bill will be a crucial lever in forcing that release. It could moreover could prove instrumental in restricting the reach of the incoming Trump administration. Since the Republican administration and congress would be unlikely to act on this, this becomes a matter for the states. And thus New York, with its 31 electoral votes, can make a significant national impact with this legislation. Please sign and share. Senator Hoylman is following our petition's progress with interest. Since the bill was first announced there have been similar bills introduced in California, Massachusetts, and Maine. There is a chance to make a real difference here. Your support matters!

Chris Monroe
139,875 supporters
Petitioning Wells Fargo

Help save mom's home!

Three generations of our family have lived in our mother’s home. She has been living there for over 50 years and her favorite part is her yard, which she has lovingly tended to ever since we can remember.  Mom is an 85-year-old, a breast cancer survivor, with Alzheimer's Disease. Her home has always been one of the most meaningful parts of her life. It is all about to be taken away. Our mother is one of many Wells Fargo predatory lending victims. Mom was living alone when Wells Fargo approached her and interviewed her for a number of loan applications. Despite being elderly and living on a fixed Social Security income, they gave her two mortgage loans. When she was about to default on one, they issued a third. How could Wells Fargo give her loans that they knew she couldn’t possibly afford? Our mother had no idea she was trapped in a predatory lending scheme, the type that Wells Fargo has been found guilty of doing time and time again. By the time we realized how much trouble mom was in, it was too late to intervene. The statute of limitations for predatory lending had run out and Wells Fargo was on her doorstep coming to collect the house. An attorney for Wells Fargo recently told our family that they, “are not in the business of running a nursing home.”  We have little time to prevent this foreclosure sale from occurring or she will be torn away from her home. This will surely leave her devastated and confused -- a fate she does not deserve. Please sign our petition and tell Wells Fargo to let our mom stay in her beloved home where she belongs.  Thank you!

Save Mom's Home
138,204 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, New York State House, John Flanagan, Carl Marcellino, Terrence Murphy, Thomas O'Mara, Simcha Felder, Ruben Diaz, Neil Breslin, James Tedisco, Jeffrey Klein, Lin...

43,000 New York kids will be sexually abused in 2017. Help Governor Cuomo protect them.

I'm a strong Latino woman. I've been a business owner. I was a valedictorian. I got a scholarship to City College of New York and I earned a degree in psychology. But there are times when I have felt so powerless. I felt an emptiness that nobody else could understand. When I was nine,  my father’s business partner was helping me make copies in my father's office. He knew I would be alone each day while my mother picked up my younger brothers at grade school. This man would show me pornography and grope me while I sat there, alone and terrified. I stayed silent, in order to protect my father’s business. If he learned the truth, my family would be devastated; financially as well as emotionally. Eventually, I told my mother a little bit of what happened. I was too humiliated to talk about the details, and just told my mom that the man had “been fresh” with me. I was afraid if I told the whole story people would think I was damaged. My dad terminated his relationship with the man. But nobody went to the police. I filed a report with the NYPD in September 2012, when I was 32. But the police said they couldn’t help me because of New York’s statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. I discovered that day New York’s laws protect the predators that prey on innocent children and not the children themselves and now I work every day to ensure we change this. I'm a mother and our children must be protected. Every day I know that this man who abused me is still out there, and I'm sure he’s still abusing other kids. And until we change New York’s laws, there is nothing I can do to protect them. I’m getting my life back on track. I’m in therapy, and it helps, but it’s never easy. Please. Sign the petition. Share it with your friends. It’s such a simple thing you can do to protect children from sexual abuse. Ana WagnerMother and Child Protection AdvocateFounder of the Brooklyn Bridge Survivors Walk - June 4th 2017 Watch The Full Video by Megan Miller ---------------------- Here are the facts:Currently 1 in 5 (22%) children are sexually abused (Source CDC) [1] It takes survivors an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse [2] Only 1 in 10 (10%) of people who sexually abuse children will see a day behind bars [3] because they are protected by NY State laws called statutes of limitations. This all adds up to 43,000 sexually abused children in New York each year. But it doesn’t need to be this way. The Child Victims Act (S 809) will eliminate the Statute of Limitations for child sexual abuse. The act has the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate and Assembly Democrats and the Independent Democrats, but is being blocked in the Senate on a party line split with Republicans who have always prevented the bill to come to the floor for a vote. Stand with us, protect NY’s children and not the predators that prey on them. Sign the petition, and support Governor Cuomo, Senator Hoylman, and Assemblymember Rosenthal in passing this bill. Tell our leaders to pass the Child Victims Act this year. Protect our children from sexual abuse. Because one child is too many.

Stop Abuse Campaign
69,990 supporters
Petitioning Blane Workie

Make Air Travel Safer For People With Autism And Service Animals

Airlines are not required to honor special seating requests for autistic passengers. I think this is wrong. Many autistic passengers require special seating while flying that should be respected. Currently, airlines are “encouraged” to make the accommodations, but not required. Join me and tell the Department of Transportation that autistic people should be given special seating accommodations just like other disabled passengers. Tell them to amend the ACAA to require specific accommodations for autistic spectrum passengers. My name is Beth Joy. I have an autistic daughter. Last April, we took a trip from New York to Hawaii. Flying, for someone with sensory and auditory processing disorders, can be quite difficult. Her neurologist recommended she sit in the bulkhead and by the window. The seat placement would help ease her symptoms and allow for easier care during the flight. We got a doctor’s note requesting the appropriate seating arrangements and called 6 months ahead of time to make sure she would have the accommodations she needed to have a stress free flight. The airline honored our request on the way to Hawaii, but denied us on the way home. The problem is the Air Carrier Access Act, the law that requires air carriers to accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities, doesn’t specifically require airlines to provide special accommodations for people with autism. While others with disabilities are guaranteed certain seating accommodations, airlines can use discretion when providing seating for the autistic passengers. This needs to be fixed. The ACAA needs to be amended to specifically require airlines to provide those with autism the same seating privileges as others with disabilities. The CDC found that one in 68 children lie somewhere within the autism spectrum. It is important to ensure that their flying experience provides for their medical needs. The Department of Transportation can ensure this by amending the ACAA to require airlines to afford autistic passengers special seating if requested.   Join me and ask the DOT to do the right thing and help make air travel as comfortable as possible for those on the autism spectrum. Tell them to amend the ACAA. AMEND THE ACAA FOR AUTISM: AIR TRAVEL FOR ALL EQUALLY We ask that you amend the Air Carrier Access Act to accommodate the developmentally disabled of whom have doctor prescribed seats. It must be a federal mandate just as you have for the physically disabled. We as parents are asking for not only the safety and well-being of our children but for the comfort of other passengers flying as we know our children's sensory issues best. It takes a simple presidential signature for all airlines to conform to the modernized policy. We are different, not less. We ask for equal treatment to fly like everyone else around the country. No more discrimination. Mahalo, Vivie, Vivie's Mommy & the entire spectrum community #1in68 Our full story:  https://www.facebook.com/Ausomerainbow UPDATE APRIL 2015:  Scroll down to number 84, that is our proposal: http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/APRIL%202015%20Internet%20Report_0.docx Here is the DOT link to the proposed rule change. Ours is the last line in the paragraph. Again, please tell everyone to email their disability discrimination stories whether they be physical or developmental to them. Or just why you believe it is important. No more injustice. ‪#‎ausomerainbow‬ http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201410&RIN=2105-AE12  

Beth Joy
6,707 supporters
Petitioning Mitchell J. Silver

Naming St. Vincent's Park

From 1849 to 2010 St. Vincent's Hospital proudly stood for "Respect, Integrity, Compassion (and) Excellence" in the west village in New York City. The wonderful staff helped hundreds of thousands  sick and injured people during times of dire crisis, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on 1911, the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and the Bombing of the twin towers in 2001. The loss of this memorable institution is painful to any of us who have recollections of St. Vincent's and their caring staff. The newly-opened park at the former site of St. Vincent's Hospital is a tremendous success and a welcome addition to the West Village neighborhood. However there is some controversy as to what to name the park.  The park will contain an AIDS Memorial Triangle, currently under construction. There is some support to name the entire park the NEW YORK CITY AIDS MEMORIAL PARK. Indeed the Mayor and Commissioner of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation support this proposal. It would add insult to injury to not have this park bear the name of the hospital which served the Greenwich Village community for over 160 years, while at the same time including the important component of the aids memorial triangle. Are there any of us who haven't been effected by the loss of a friend or loved one to the AIDs epidemic? However we must bare in mind that it was St. Vincent's that enlightened the medical community to this impending health crisis and led the way in the care and treatment for our family and friends suffering from HIV. Having said that, this tragedy is but one of many health emergencies that St. Vincent's provided key assistance to.  We want the park to be named St. Vincent's Hospital Memorial Park with the AIDs Memorial Triangle as a vibrant component. Join us in standing up for the incredible history and achievements of St. Vincent's hospital, and never forget what St. Vincent's stood for: Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence.

Tom Bernardin
1,014 supporters
Petitioning ps199rezoning@gmail.com , cec3@schools.nyc.gov , manhattanzoning@schools.nyc.gov , kwatkins@cec3.org , iAltsch@schools.nyc.gov , cgfarina@schools.nyc.gov , jfiordaliso@cec3.org , panel@schools.nyc....

2016 - Keep Lincoln Towers Together at PS 199

I strongly support the August 2016 position letter of the eight Lincoln Towers Cooperative Corporations detailing the following. Lincoln Towers is a close-knit community of eight constituent buildings with many shared resources including common community grounds, common shared playgrounds, communally supported staff, common off-hour building management coverage, its own non-profit organization, Project Open, providing Lincoln Towers-wide community services and special events, and a very active Community Association (Lincoln Towers Community Association - LTCA). Our community dates back to the 1960s and has historic ties to PS199. The school, which adjoins our community property, was established originally to serve the envisioned Lincoln Towers community, as conceived by the 1950s Urban Renewal Plan for Lincoln Square. Our community has provided exceptionally strong volunteer and supplementary financial support to PS199 over its history and, the ongoing support of the entire community, has been a major if not decisive factor in PS199’s high level of success.  We are very troubled by the most recent PS199 rezoning proposal, which would move 2 of our 8 buildings (165 and 185 West End Avenue) out of the PS199 zone. We are equally concerned that past proposals have divided the Lincoln Towers buildings between different school zones and that in the future there could be yet another proposed division of our community.  For these reasons, we, the members of the Lincoln Towers community, consider it essential that the Department of Education, through the CEC, recognize and respect the single-community nature of Lincoln Towers and its strong ties to PS199. Furthermore, we encourage the DOE, through the CEC, to reject the current proposals, continue to explore plans which achieve the DOE’s laudable objectives, but in the end, adopt only those plans, now and in the future, which include a PS199 zone containing the entirety of the Lincoln Towers community, with all its eight constituent buildings, together, as the one community unit which it is. This petition will be delivered to:Community Education Council for District 3 - CEC3@schools.nyc.gov Office of District Planning - ODP@schools.nyc.gov Kim Watkins (CEC3 First VP and Zoning Committee Chair) - kwatkins@cec3.orgElizabeth Rose (DOE Deputy Chancellor) – erose2@schools.nyc.gov Joe Fiordoliso, President of CEC3: jfiordaliso@cec3.orgDOE Panel for Educational Policy (PEP): panel@schools.nyc.govCarmen Fariña, Chancellor, NYC DOE cgfarina@schools.nyc.govDistrict 3 Planning: D03proposals@schools.nyc.govIlene Altschul (District 3 Superintendent) - IAltsch@schools.nyc.gov Helen Rosenthal (NY City Council) - Helen@HelenRosenthal.com Linda Rosenthal (NY State Assembly) -rosenthall@nyassembly.gov; ipseng@nyassembly.govGale Brewer (Manhattan Borough President) - gbrewer@manhattanbp.nyc.govElizabeth R. Caputo, Chair, Community Board 7 Manhattan - mail@cb7.orgHon. Jerrold Nadler: jerrold.nadler@mail.house.govHon. Scott Stringer: sstringer@comptroller.nyc.govDOE Panel for Educational Policy (PEP): panel@schools.nyc.gov Manhattan Zoning: ManhattanZoning@schools.nyc.gov Laura Zingmond, PEP Manhattan Rep: LZingmond@schools.nyc.gov Fred Baptiste, PEP Contracts Committee Chair: FBaptiste@schools.nyc.gov Isaac Carmignani, PEP Contracts Committee Member: ICarmignani@schools.nyc.gov T. Elzora Cleveland, PEP Member: ECleveland@schools.nyc.gov Deborah Dillingham, PEP Contracts Committee Member, Queens Representative: DDillingham@schools.nyc.gov Vanessa Leung, PEP Chair: VLeung@schools.nyc.gov Gary Linnen, PEP Member: GLinnen@schools.nyc.gov Kamillah Payne-Hanks, PEP Staten Island Representative: KPayneHanks@schools.nyc.govBrad Hoylman, State Senator: hoylman@nysenate.govLaura Acosta: Lacosta@pubadvocate.nyc.govUrsulina Ramirez, DOE Chief Operating Officer: uramirez@schools.nyc.govMelissa Harris, DOE: Melissaharris@schools.nyc.gov  

Lincoln Towers Unite to stay at PS 199
842 supporters
Victory
Petitioning State Sen. Brad Hoylman

"Stop UFC Monopoly over Ba Gua Octagon Shape”

 My Name is Novell G. Bell I have been studying Chinese Martial Arts since the age of 15 years old. I later started teaching Chinese martial arts in my early 20s. I have always had a deep love for the Chinese culture and the positive influence cultural arts like Bagua Zhang, Tai Chi, Hsing-I, Chinese Medicine and Taoist philosophy can have on people's lives. For at least 3000 years, the Chinese have used the Bagua symbol and it's corresponding Octagon to represent the movement of energy in the universe. It is a symbol and shape at the foundation of Chinese culture and something that should be universally free for use by anyone. The shape of the octagon and hexagramorientation around the octagon has been used by martial artists, qi gong practitioners, Chinese medicine and philosophy for hundreds of years to represent what they practice. I use the shape of the octagon for advertising the Chinese martial arts which I practice Ba Gua Zhang.  Recently Zuffa LLC which owns the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) has petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark office to cancel my registered trademark logo due to it's use of the ancient shape of the octagon because they feel they have sole ownership of the shape. You heard right. Zuffa LLC, the UFC's company feels that they own sole rights to the shape of the octagon and are legally pursuing anyone in martial arts, fitness, nutrition or martial arts entertainment (including video games) who have octagonal shapes in their product line. Zuffa LLC claims that they have made the shape famous and that the use of the octagon by anyone else is purposefully to deceive customers into believing that the product is one of the UFC. They have already successfully force other people into ceasing their use of the shape of the octagon through expensive litigation or weak, non binding rulings in their favor in states which they bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue to. Does that sound like bribery to anyone else?  This is downright wrong. I'm a Harlem NY Base Chinese martial artist teaching people of all ages in my community a style called Ba Gua Zhang using the context of ancient Chinese philosophy which is thousands of years older than the UFC. I never claim to teach MMA nor do I  claim to associate with the UFC. The association with the shape of the octagon and Chinese culture is far stronger and older than anything claim of ownership the UFC has on this universal shape. Please sign this petition For the sake of public domain and the rights of individuals to be held above those of a money driven corporation, please donate to brothers of Wu Dang. All proceeds will be used to to help pay for attorney to represent me so I be able to mount a legal defense.  http://www.gofundme.com/7lg9ew Peace and blessings Novell G. Bell www.blacktaoist.com ;

NOVELL BELL
624 supporters
Petitioning Polly Trottenberg, Margaret Chin, Jerry Nadler, Deborah J. Glick, Daniel Squadron, Brad Hoylman, Lynne Brown

Traffic Calming on West 3rd and Bleecker, between LaGuardia Place and Mercer Str.

We are asking for traffic calming designs on Bleecker and West 3rd, in the sections between LaGuardia Place and Mercer street. Specifically, we are asking for the narrowing of the West 3rd, in the section between LaGuardia Place and Mercer street, to make it both pedestrian-friendly, and more compatible with the width of the surrounding streets. We also ask to add midblock pedestrian crossing lanes on Bleecker and West 3rd, in the sections between LaGuardia Place and Mercer street, to improve the ability of pedestrians to cross these streets. Given that drivers currently ignore the existing midblock crossing lane, these crossing lanes should be protected by a traffic light, or a raised crossing lane, or through a speed bump. Currently both West 3rd and Bleecker street pose significant hazards for pedestrians. West 3rd becomes a defacto parking place for big trucks, which obstruct pedestrian visibility and make pedestrian crossing hazardous. The drivers speed and habitually ignore the pedestrian lanes, which are not easily noticeable. Bleecker street lacks any midblock pedestrian crossing, even though it is the natural path for foot traffic and pedestrians habitually cross Bleecker in the middle of the block. This is hazardous and can lead to accidents. The proposed traffic calming measures will alleviate these problems, without affecting vehicular traffic. This is consistent with the Vision Zero laid out by the NYC which is "making a bold new commitment to improve street safety in every neighborhood and in every borough – with expanded enforcement against dangerous moving violations like speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians, new street designs and configurations to improve safety." (The PDF version of the petition is also available) Background The designs of both Bleecker street and West 3rd between LaGuardia and Mercer are a remnant of the urban renewal efforts in the 1950's by Robert Moses. (See New York Times articles: 1, 2.). That design envisioned a very different urban environment. The plan was to expand Fifth Avenue to run through Washington Square, and continue to south Manhattan, through what is now LaGuardia Place. As part of that design, West 3rd, Mercer, and what is now LaGuardia Place were widened. Also, Wooster and Greene streets were eliminated between Houston Street and West 4th Street, to accommodate the superblock design. The remnants of the urban renewal efforts, now defunct and largely discredited by urban planners, continue to affect the life of New Yorkers that live and work around the superblocks. When the plans for the extension of 5th Avenue were abandoned, LaGuardia Place and Mercer were narrowed again, with the Mercer Park and LaGuardia Gardens occupying the reclaimed width. Unfortunately, the narrowing did not happen for West 3rd, which remains a “pedestrian wasteland.” The section of West 3rd between Mercer and LaGuardia is much wider than the width of West 3rd before and after the superblocks. Furthermore, the pedestrian crosswalks that existed on Greene and Wooster streets are effectively eliminated on Bleecker and West 3rd. The lack of midblock crossing lanes affect negatively the life of New Yorkers that work and live around the superblocks. Problems On West 3rd street, the sudden widening of the street after Mercer St. causes the drivers to speed up. This is not only dangerous but useless as well, as again the street narrows after LaGuardia place. Despite the nominal existence of midblock pedestrian crossing lanes, the drivers systematically ignore the crossing lanes. West 3rd is used as a defacto parking place for big trucks, which obstruct pedestrian visibility and make pedestrian crossing hazardous.  West 3rd street is widely used by students and faculty that live in the superblocks south of West 3rd and work at the NYU buildings north of West 3rd. Many people have noticed accidents or near-accidents happening on that street.  On Bleecker street, the complete lack of midblock crossings is similarly affecting the life of the residents. The superblocks are host to two preschool centers and three daycare programs (University Plaza Nursery School, University Settlement/Creative Steps, Kaleidoscope Kids, Happy Feet Daycare, Mama Sompets Family Daycare). The children that attend these schools regularly need to cross Bleecker Street to use the open spaces in either side of the street. The lack of midblock pedestrian crossings forces 2-year olds to walk the equivalent of 5-6 city blocks to cross the street.  Similarly, many elderly residents of 505 LaGuardia Place cross Bleecker to use the open spaces in the Washington Square Village block. The current constructions at 180 Mercer as plan of NYU 2031, make this crossing even more hazardous, as the crossing near Mercer Street is significantly more hazardous during the construction. Proposed Traffic Calming Measures We propose  a set of traffic calming measures on West 3rd that can easily improve the current setting, without affecting traffic at all. Based on the options listed by DOT, we propose: For West 3rd: Street Narrowing: West 3rd between Mercer and LaGuardia is a prime candidate for narrowing. This will make the crossings shorter, and will discourage sudden speeding behavior. Protect the Midblock Pedestrian Crossings: Ideally, a traffic light or a raised crosswalk should be installed to the existing midblock pedestrian crossings at the Greene and Wooster intersections. This will make the crossings visible, and prevent drivers from effectively ignoring the related signage. For Bleecker: Add Midblock Pedestrian Crossings: We propose to add midblock pedestrian crossings on Bleecker at the places where Wooster Street and Greene Street used to be. Protect the Midblock Pedestrian Crossings: Ideally, a traffic light or a raised crosswalk should be installed, to actively encourage drivers to keep their speed down, instead of rushing to the traffic light on Mercer. At a minimum, other speed calming measures should be used; judging from the experience on West 3rd street, drivers continuously ignore the existing mid-block pedestrian crossings and do not stop. This can be especially problematic when the users of the crossing lanes are young toddlers or elderly senior people. We believe that the establishment of these traffic calming measures would improve significantly the pedestrian access to the superblocks, without any material effect on traffic on West 3rd and Bleecker streets.

Panos Ipeirotis
584 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Betty Little, Kathleen Marchione, Catharine Young, Diane Savino, Patty Ritchie, Thomas Croci, Michael Ranzenhofer, William Larkin, Martin Golden, Timothy Kennedy, Tony Avella, Rich Funke, Brad Hoyl...

It's Time to Fund The NYS Women's Suffrage Commemoration!

New York State now has the opportunity and duty to celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, 2017-2020 (The Centennial) in a real way.  The Request:Thanks to your help last November, Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther circulated letters outlining a $3.9M request to support The Centennial.  This funding would support grants, programs, and statewide events and activities at cultural heritage sites, museums, libraries and other community organizations.   Time to Act:This week the NYS legislature is meeting to discuss new items to include in the final state budget, including The Centennial. We want to ensure the $3.9M request is included so that the Commission can ensure The Centennial is commemorated in every community in New York State from Jamestown to Montauk.  Why Suffrage?In 2017 it will be 100 years since New York State signed woman's suffrage into law, three years before the US passed the 19th Amendment. This was a milestone for the state and a transformative moment in American democracy. This historical moment is the perfect time to frame a statewide discussion about the social, professional and political equality of women—and by extension, all citizens—in New York State. Through dialogue about our shared history and our common future, The Centennial will produce a statewide conversation that celebrates the accomplishments of the past while helping us become a more just and equitable society for all. About The Council & The Commission:The New York Council for the Humanities is prepared to steward funding for The Centennial, as part of our role on New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Commemoration Commission (The Commission). The goal of The Commission is to coordinate a series of statewide programs that celebrate the accomplishment of women's suffrage and the central role of New Yorkers and New York State in this milestone. The 14-member commission will take effect on April 1, 2016.  The Council has a proven track record of supporting engaging historical commemorations. From the Hudson Fulton Quadricentennial to the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Council has been an honest broker of state and private funding, and has deep connections to organizations large and small across NYS.   Show Your Support for The Centennial Today!Join our petition today to urge your representatives to fund the commemoration and support the legacy of women's history in NY!   

New York Council for the Humanities
335 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, Patrick Gallivan, Robert Ortt, Joseph Addabbo, Fred Akshar, Marisol Alcantara, George Amedore, Tony Avella, Jamaal Bailey, John Bonacic, Philip Boyle, Neil Breslin, John Brooks, David...

Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State

New York State is one of only two states in the U.S. that tries 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system, despite scientific studies showing that adult prisons are an inappropriate place for our youth. Raise the Age New York is a broad based, statewide movement with the goal of changing the law. We demand that our governor and elected officials immediately take action to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, providing 16- and 17-year-olds alternative solutions to the adult prison system. We, the undersigned, urge our leaders to amend the law immediately, in the following ways:● Raise the overall age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18, and stop the placement of youth who are 16 or 17 in an adult jail or prison.● Ensure parental notification upon the arrest of a minor under 18, and ensure all 16- and 17-year-olds are interviewed using age-appropriate procedures, including parental involvement prior to waiving Miranda rights.● Seal records for all convictions of youth under age 18 and expand Youthful Offender status to age 21.● Increase investments in the front-end diversion services that keep youth in their communities instead of prison.●Originate as many cases as possible involving minors in Family Court; create Youth Parts in adult court for remaining cases, and apply the Family Court Act to as many as possible, regardless of which courthouse the case is heard in.● Raise the lower age of juvenile delinquency from age 7 to age 12 (except for homicide offenses, which should be raised to 10). These alternatives to detention, placement, and incarceration are less expensive to implement and more effective at reducing recidivism. They also better address the collateral consequences of court involvement at a young age and help youth become successful adults.

Gamaliel WNY
89 supporters
Support the TRUMP Act: No Presidency without Tax Returns

For nearly a half century, presidential candidates routinely released their federal income tax returns, until the candidacy of Donald Trump. States across the nation must pass legislation to correct this. Tax returns give the American people important information about a presidential candidate’s financial standing and expose potential conflicts of interest. This is crucial because presidential candidates are largely exempt from conflicts of interest laws, unlike Members of Congress and other federal officials. States must pass legislation to ensure that Donald Trump and all future presidential and vice presidential candidates release at least five years of federal income tax returns to qualify for the ballot. If we do nothing, presidential candidates like Donald Trump will continue to withhold this vital information from the American people. Just one state passing such a law will have major ramifications for the entire nation and help restore an important political standard for our presidential candidates. If you agree, sign up to be a citizen cosponsor of the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public (T.R.U.M.P.) Act, which will require presidential and vice presidential candidates release their tax returns: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/brad-hoylman/newsroom The fight is too important to quit now. Thank you for signing this petition and taking action to restore transparency and end potential conflicts of interest for the highest offices in the land -- the President and Vice President of the United States. Regards, Brad Hoylman New York State Senator P.S. - For updates on this legislation, follow me here: https://twitter.com/bradhoylman Thank you!

4 months ago