Tag: Andrew Cuomo

New York State Expands Workplace Harassment Laws

New York State legislators are heading toward the forefront of cracking down on workplace sexual harassment. They ended their 2019 session passing a plethora of expansions to the state’s existing workplace discrimination laws. Most notably, they removed the requirement for the harassment to be “severe or pervasive” in order for…

Free College Tuition for Households With Less Than $125k Household Income

On Tuesday, one of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ hallmark campaign promises became more of a reality in the state of New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan that would provide free tuition to any of New York’s public universities for citizens whose family earns less than…

Hate Incidents Seven Times More Common in Post-Election Week

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a report on Friday revealing that it has collected 701 incidents of hate in the week directly following the election, from November 9 to November 16. Also on Friday, the FBI released its annual hate crimes report, revealing that 5,818 single-bias incidents occurred…

NY Attorney General Calls for Vigilance on Hate Crimes

In light of the recent surge in hate crimes across the country, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging law enforcement to identify and prosecute those that occur. Schneiderman held a meeting with civil rights leaders Thursday to discuss the sharp increase in hate crimes, which the Southern Poverty…

Stonewall Inn Becomes First National Monument to Honor Gay Rights

Gay Pride parades across the country this weekend took on additional meaning this year following the Orlando massacre, the designation of the first national monument to gay rights and the one-year anniversary of marriage equality. Sunday was exactly two weeks since the Pulse nightclub shooting where 49 people lost their…

What Repeal of Medicaid Exclusion Means for Transgender New Yorkers

By Michael Nam Photo by Shutterstock Add New York’s Medicaid update to a list of victories for the transgender community. The state recently took steps to remedy the language that prevented transgender citizens covered by Medicaid from accessing vital healthcare. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Department of Health…