Decision Maker

New York State House

Does New York State House have the power to decide or influence something you want to change? Start a petition to this decision maker.Start a petition
Petitioning Pennsylvania State House

Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

Twelve states have moved to ban "ex-gay therapy" for young people -- dangerous "therapy" that tries to change someone's sexual orientation. "Ex-gay therapy" has been linked to suicide, depression, isolation and anxiety, and has been condemned by nearly every medical and psychological body as dangerous, destructive and something no child should be forced to undergo. And yet in 38 states -- including states like New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Ohio -- "ex-gay therapy" remains a practice that's largely legal under the law. But there is national momentum as more and more states move to ban "ex-gay therapy" and protect minors from attempts to "cure" them of their sexual orientation. Hawaii just became the 12th state to ban "ex-gay therapy," and New Hampshire and Delaware are close to following suit. They join states like California, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Oregon. That's nearly 25% of the country! But it's not enough. LGBT kids are still facing dangerous "ex-gay therapy" attempts in more than 30 states around the country.  All these states have seen bills introduced to ban "ex-gay therapy". New York -- which touts itself as one of the most LGBT-friendly states in the country -- has seen legislation pass the State Assembly three times; Pennsylvania has had a bill introduced several times; Ohio now has a bill as well that legislators are pushing; and activists in Minnesota have been pushing for a ban on "ex-gay therapy" programs for years. Let's build on this national organizing momentum, and work to get these states added to the list of states stepping up to protect LGBT youth, and banning harmful "ex-gay therapy" that tries to "cure" LGBT people and change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Juno Johnson
190,049 supporters
Petitioning New York State House, New York State Senate

Rename of Donald J. Trump Park to Sojourner Truth Park

Names have meaning and the names given to public property have significance in how we choose to reflect the character and values of who we are as a nation and people.  This is a proposition to change the name of Donald J. Trump Park to Sojourner Truth Park.  The 465 acre parcel of land is located on the eastern bounds of the Taconic State Parkway spanning Westchester and Putnam Counties.  There have been three previous attempts to rename the 465 acre parcel currently bearing the name Donald J. Trump Park.  Public record will show that Trump and his associated development company paid $2 million for this property. After being unable to develop the property, the land was donated to the State of New York which he and his firm used as a tax write-off.  This was not a charitable gift derived out of generosity but an equitable exchange of real property for a financial incentive. Several previous proposed names have all been admirable choices but perhaps have not met the benchmark through which most public lands have been rededicated in our State, to honor individuals rather than perhaps individuals who have donated land. The naming of a park should be that of a historic New Yorker who has made an outstanding contribution to the history and development of our state and one who evokes the values of patriotism, inclusiveness and equity under the law.  There are few individuals who embodied the spirit and diversity of New York like Sojourner Truth. It seems only fitting that a park stripped of the name of a man who incited insurrection should be replaced with that of a woman who fought against and helped defeat insurrectionists.  Sojourner Truth was born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree near Kingston, NY in 1797.  She was sold at least twice during her early life and was not freed until mandated under State Law in 1827.  Truth successfully sued for the return and freedom of her son from the State of Alabama in 1828.  As a free person she became active both within her church as well as the abolition and suffrage movements.  She gained national notoriety for her speech “Ain’t I a Woman” and would actively participate in the causes of emancipation, enfranchisement and equal protection under the law.  Her ardent activism to help her neighbors and fellow Americans was tirelessly carried out all the while supporting and raising a family on her own.  Truth passed away at Battle Creek, Michigan in 1883.  Shortly after her death Frederick Douglass said she was “Venerable for age, distinguished for insight into human nature, remarkable for independence and courageous self-assertion, devoted to the welfare of her race, she has been for the last forty years an object of respect and admiration to social reformers everywhere."

The People for Sojourner Truth
225,136 supporters
Petitioning New York City Police Department, New York City Council, Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Justice for Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. 1st black female in appeals court. Reopen her case!

Judge Sheila-Abdus Salaam was the first black female judge in appeals court in the United States ever, who was found floating in a river in Manhattan around April 2017. She was the first African-American woman appointed to the court of appeals, the highest position you could have. This was huge, and she’s now dead. Surely this shouldn’t sit right with anybody. Not only was her death publicised as a suicide despite countless evidence to the contrary including signs of struggle on her neck, but this case has stayed quiet for 3 entire years as of now with no sort of proper investigation? The fact I only came across Judge Sheila-Abdus Salaam’s case yesterday should speak for itself. Black people deserve so much better their lives are important and matter and their voices can change the world we live in for the better! With particular reference to the fact this happened in New York, the fact she was married to a Muslim husband and therefore had a Muslim surname is important contextually when understanding the case and why this happened to her. New York is one of the cities with the highest anti-terrorism surveillance systems put in place, and where Judge Abdus-Salaam had a Muslim surname, this immediately would unfortunately make her a target for hate crimes and racist violence. We can’t just let her be another name in the long list of victims. Each black life matters just as much as the other, and despite her being a particularly extraordinary person, every black life matters regardless of their accomplishments. People need to understand this so we can start to head towards a brighter future for all people of all races. I’m sick and tired of seeing more and more cases where there has been clear systemic racism at play in which black women and men alike have been victims of the institutional hate towards black people simply for the colour of their skin. It has been clear for a long time now that white people and other non-black people of colour have felt intimidated and angered by the power black people could potentially have in our large institutions and companies where they can make revolutionary changes for a better world. She simply wanted to thrive in a foundation that created a fairer and more just New York for people of all backgrounds, for there to be no bias in trials based off religion and race etc. We can’t let this go. It’s been 3 years and her and her family haven’t received the closure they deserve and are rightfully owed. Please sign this petition so we can hopefully get the New York Police Department to reopen her case !!! Thank you 

Hyma Alnaeb
217,362 supporters
Petitioning New York State House

Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz Child Victim Protection Act

En Español aquí The death of 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz—specifically the brutal way the Bronx teen lost any chance at his survival—has since enthralled the nation’s heart.  This innocent boy—someone who could have been your son, your grandson, your brother, your cousin, or nephew—was slaughtered on an unbearable display for all to watch. What can be seen from video surveillance is this:  The savage acts of five gang members, dragging Junior outside of his neighborhood bodega and stabbing him multiple times with a machete and knives.  What can be felt from the video is this:  Pure helplessness.  Junior continued his struggle for survival after his attackers fled the scene.  He yelled to neighbors and onlookers to “dial 911.”  Perhaps an unfortunate sign of the times, no one used their phones to call for help, but instead, recorded the scene to post on various social media platforms.  Realizing he would not receive the assistance he so desperately needed, Junior struggled through his final moments alone.  His strength allowed him to run nearly three blocks towards St. Barnabas hospital where, sadly, he arrived too late and took his last breath on the sidewalk outside of the emergency room doors. When tragedies occur, people often wonder what could have gone differently.  Grieving family members and friends struggle with the idea that their loved one would still be alive if the events were altered, even slightly. This is not the case here.  Junior’s life could not have been saved.  Junior’s live should have been saved.  Junior would still be alive if the people around him undertook a minimum degree of civic duty to protect the life of a dying child. Unfortunately, there is no legal “duty to act” in situations like these.  Under New York law, the passersby who spectated, recorded, and posted Junior’s death have not committed any crime.  By virtue of legislation, we can create a meaningful way to honor Junior’s legacy so that children like him are never abandoned by their communities again. By sharing responsibility for public safety, the citizens of New York need to collectively call upon state lawmakers to enact legislation that would create a legal “duty to act” upon any person, who reasonably believes that a child(ren), under the age of 16, is exposed to, or has suffered, grave physical harm.  These witnesses shall be required to immediately report the incident to authorities or assist the victim, under reasonable and safe circumstances.  This proposed legislation, the “Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz Child Victim Protection Act,” will impose criminal and civil sanctions against any person, who fails to notify authorities, in situations like the ones highlighted above.  Similar laws creating a “duty to act” have been enacted in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Junior fought for his life.  For several long minutes he sought help from members of his community—some who have known him for his entire life—to which not one person acted.  They failed Junior.  We all failed Junior.  Let us make sure we don’t fail him again. Junior’s life shall not be lost in vain.  We need 100,000 signatures to initiate a change.  

Crystal C
175,207 supporters
Petitioning Andrew M. Cuomo, Donald J. Trump, New York State Senate, New York State House, New

Impeach Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill DeBlasio is destroying New York City. We cannot have him continue as mayor for the next two years. The people of NY want change, and now is the time to act before it becomes any worse. This is not about being conservative, left, etc. This is about “radical” politics that are harming the city and being neglectful of New Yorkers. Below are some of the issues with Mayor Deblasio: 1) Bill does not care what New Yorkers think, want, or need. “The issue is people don’t like him, and he doesn’t care,” said Rebecca Katz, a former longtime de Blasio adviser and founder of consulting firm New Deal Strategies. 2) The mayor plans to run for President in 2020. He has been absent and neglectful of NY, especially in times of need. (Ex: summer blackout of 2019) How can Bill abandon NY anymore than he already has to go on a campaign tour, especially when he has no chance of winning?!  3) The mayor has made more horrendous choices than past infamous Mayors like Lindsay and Dinkins.  4) The mayor avoided acknowledgment of the  Puerto Rican Day Parade and veterans’ D-Day ceremonies. He also “forgot” to attend a 9/11 memorial event for victims.  5) The mayor is anti-police. However, he has no issue with gathering a squad of officers to guard him as he works out at a gym in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Yeah, that’s what he’s doing instead of being a mayor. Summer 2019 has proved that people feel protected when they want to assault and mistreat the NYPD. He has allowed criminals to gain ridiculous protection. 6) Crime is low? HA! It might appear that way because police cannot do their job. He ended Stop and Frisk. Officers do not receive any support when it comes to arrests and investigations. Their lives are in danger even more so now that they do not have the city’s support. He has passed laws for so-called minor offenses to be ignored. (Like urinating in the street). Critics charge that the shift will undermine the “broken windows” theory of policing that began in the city in the 1990s. Ignoring these so-called minor crimes have and will continue to lead to bigger offenses. 7) DOE. The mayor does not support schools and teachers. Instead he has appointed a chancellor who is a racist and failed superintendent of Texas schools. Together, they are implementing one of the worse discipline codes to protect unruly students. Like crime, it’s a way to limit consequences so they can say, “Hey, look at how bad behavior has decreased in schools!” Educators are limited in what they can do with poor behavior. His appointment of Chancellor Carranza is to support his diversity narrative so he can say “Look what I’ve done! Vote for me in 2020!” 8) The MTA continues to increase their rates, but the the conditions of trains and stations are unsanitary, unsafe, and unstable. 9) The mayor is a socialist. Mr. de Blasio announced a plan to spend $100 million to ensure that undocumented immigrants and others who cannot qualify for insurance can receive medical treatment. Interesting. Tell the hardworking US citizen mother who struggles to provide for her child that one! Tell the increase of homeless people that you will support “illegal immigrants” over their needs this one. Is that why he refuses to work with the federal government when it comes to immigration issues? Again, he only supports people who will fit his broken diversity narrative.  10) Increase in parking meter rates. The new system consists of six tiers of hourly parking prices, ranging from $1.25 in some neighborhood shopping districts to $7.50  11) Park Slope residences and workers are experiencing an extreme difficulty parking, and this issue will continue to spread across the city. He is eliminating parking spots for bikers and car shares.  12) Increase in property taxes. For decades, tax laws have prevented assessments from rising more than 6% a year, even though property values in certain areas—such as de Blasio's home neighborhood of Park Slope—have increased far more. Advocates argue this has forced a disproportionate burden on rental buildings, commercial properties and houses in outer-ring neighborhoods which are more likely to belong to minority homeowners. He believes that we cannot reduce taxes because that will take away from the city’s services. What?! Everything has become run down, and New Yorkers are fleeing from neighborhoods they have grown up in for years because they cannot afford it. Instead many illegals are buying single or two family homes, and allowing anywhere from 3 to 5 families to reside to support their taxes and mortgages. Obviously, most Americans refuse to live this way. Rent is at an all time high because landlords have ridiculous taxes to pay. 13) The mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, “lost” over $1.8 billion taxpayers money. Some say it was “wasted” on organizations or laws that never proved to be anything other than their name slapped on it. These are just SOME of the issues with the mayor. Sign this petition to say Impeach Mayor de Blasio! We want our New York back to being safer, supported, and loved!

NYPD New York
187,441 supporters
Petitioning New York State House, New York State Senate, US Senate

Please Support the "ERIC GARNER LAW"

Hello my name is Emerald Snipes Garner, the youngest daughter of Eric Garner. My father was killed by former NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo because of the use of an illegal chokehold that caused my dad to have a fatal asthma attack.  My father yelled “I can’t breathe!” 11 times while he was being choked to death by Officer Pantaleo, and despite his pleas, Officer Pantaleo continued to use this illegal maneuver.  No police officer should be allowed to use a chokehold that can easily kill unarmed civilians. That’s why my family and I are asking for your support to help pass the Eric Garner Law, legislation that would place a federal ban on police using this dangerous chokehold that killed my father.  My family and I stood by for 5 years waiting for a decision from the Department of Justice after my father died as to whether the police officer who killed my father should face charges. They asked us to let them “Investigate” the murder of my father. And they FAILED us in every way. But I know that power rests with people. I started a petition this past summer demanding that the police officer who killed my dad be fired, and just 30 days after my petition was published it had over 144,000 signatures, and my viral video was viewed over 10,000 times across all social media and news outlets. Because of your support, we can now say that Daniel Pantaleo, the man who choked my father to death, is now a former NYPD officer. HE IS FIRED! I truly believe that our efforts were not ignored, and our rally cries were heard by the world. And I hope we can do the same to drive support of the Eric Garner Law.  The hope is that the Eric Garner Law will make officers understand they cannot just kill us and walk free. It would mean that any officer who uses a chokehold on an unarmed civilian would be prosecuted across the country.  My sister Erica Snipes Garner died before she could see justice for our father, and I refuse to leave this Earth until I see justice for my dad and all others who were murdered at the hands of the murdering Police Officers who took an oath to protect and serve the communities. That’s why me and my family are so committed to seeing this law pass, and why I need your support as this law makes its way through the Senate with the support of Senator Gillibrand. While Officer Pantaleo is no longer patrolling the streets, real structural change will only happen if police departments around the country are required to ban the type of dangerous chokeholds that took my father’s life. We need justice now. We demand justice right now! Please sign this petition to support the Federal Eric Garner Law in the U.S. Senate.  ***************************** For updates on this campaign, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: emerald_snipes (EMMIE). Please donate to our GoFundMe to support the "WeCantBreathe" movement: Click Here:

Emerald Snipes Garner
129,250 supporters
NYS Legislature: Please Vote "Aye" for Buoy's Law

Dear Friend: Thank you very much for signing the petition to let me know of your support for Assembly bill A.4664, (Englebright), also known as Buoy’s Law, which would require veterinarians to notify owners of potential risks and side effects of medication prior to prescribing or otherwise providing medication for an animal. As a co-sponsor of this bill, I agree with you on this issue. A person responsible for his or her own health or that of a child is entitled to make health care decisions based on informed consent. A person responsible for the care of an animal should have the same protection. This bill is one step in that direction. I appreciate your consideration in writing to me. Very truly yours, Richard N. Gottfried Assembly Member

4 years ago
Sign this petition. Protect 43,000 kids from sexual abuse

Dear Friend: Thank you very much for signing a petition to let me know of your support for the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate the statute of limitations in criminal and civil actions and revive civil actions for certain sex offenses. I have supported earlier versions of this proposal in the Assembly. Sexual crimes against children are particularly traumatic both physically and emotionally. The victims face a variety of pressures, and it is unreasonable for us to expect them to come forward within an ordinary timeframe. For this reason, under New York law, the statute of limitations in these criminal cases does not begin to run until the crime is reported to law enforcement or the victim turns 18, whichever comes first. A complete elimination of a time limitation would raise serious concerns about difficulties of proof. I assure you that I will seriously consider your views as I form my own position on this issue. I appreciate your consideration in writing to me. Very truly yours, Richard N. Gottfried Assembly Member

5 years ago
Pass the New York Safe Staffing Law! Thank you for writing to let me know of your support for Assembly bill A.6571, which would create the “Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act.” As the prime co sponsor of the “Safe Staffing” bill, I agree with you on this important issue. Adequate nurse staffing reduces avoidable patient injuries and deaths and burnout and staff turnover among nurses. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that the odds of patient death increased by seven percent for each additional patient the nurse must care for at a time. This legislation would improve patient care and help overburdened nurses. It is good to know I have your support. I appreciate your consideration in writing to me. Very truly yours, Richard N. Gottfried Chair Assembly Committee on Health

6 years ago
Support Beach Access and the Southampton Town Trustees

Dear Constituent: Thank you for signing Southampton Association for Beach Access’s petition entitled, “Support Beach Access and the Southampton Town Trustees”. As many of you know, I have consistently supported our local Trustees and believe it is incredibly important to maintain public beach access and use. As such, Senator LaValle and I have been working very closely with the Trustees on New York State Legislation which would clarify their right to protect the public's easement upon our ocean beaches. Once again, thank you for taking the time to voice your thoughts. It is only through active citizen participation that I, as an elected official, am best able to serve the needs of my constituency. Please do not hesitate to contact me should I be of any further assistance to you on this on this matter. Sincerely, Fred W. Thiele, Jr. Member of Assembly FWT/LT

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

I am writing to provide an update regarding bill A1019. You will be pleased to know that the Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission bill was signed and chaptered into law on November 20th, 2015 in chapter 471. Thank you for your support on this bill, I was pleased to have voted on a bill that celebrates the achievements of women in the state of New York. As a member of the Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus, it is our first priority to ensure that the Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission is properly funded so that they can organize exhibitions and events celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage. Be assured that through these budget negotiations that I will continue to advocate on the Commission’s behalf. Please do not hesitate to contact me again on matters of mutual concern. Sincerely, Jo Anne Simon Member of Assembly JAS/tad P.S. for more information about legislative activities and community issues, I invite you to visit my website at

6 years ago