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New York State Senate
Adam Haber is committed to making change in Nassau County. He is an outspoken advocate for equal pay and workplace equality for women. Mr. Haber is committed to supporting policies like paid family leave and increasing the minimum wage, while creating better educational and job opportunities for everyone.
State Senator Kaminsky has dedicated his career to fighting for Long Island families. During his time as an Assemblyman, he led on issues important to the Long Island community, including property tax relief and government reform. Named one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, Senator Kaminsky has been recognized for his work as a US Attorney prosecuting public corruption cases.
Toby Ann Stavisky (D) – Incumbent – Won
NYS District 16: Queens County
State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky is the first and only woman State Senator to represent Queens. She has a strong track record on NOW’s issues: fighting for seniors, standing up for abortion rights, elevating and mentoring women leaders in the community, and spearheading legislation addressing campus sexual assault and domestic violence.
State Senator Persaud spent many years as a Higher Education Administrator and has served a number of organizations that work to raise awareness of domestic violence. Senator Persaud’s priorities are clear: make housing affordable again, increase funding for schools and libraries, and support services for youth and seniors.
State Senator Latimer has an accomplished record in protecting the rights of the people of Westchester. Senator Latimer oversaw the passage of the legislation creating the Human Rights Commission, and he has dedicated much of his time addressing environmental issues impacting New York. He is also a strong reproductive rights ally, advocating for keeping New York pro-choice.
Terry Gipson challenges Republican and anti-choice Senator Sue Serino to a rematch. As a former State Senator, Mr. Gipson fully supported the Women’s Equality Act and the protection of Roe v. Wade. Dedicated to advancing women’s rights, he supports bills that would require equal pay, continues to support domestic violence victims, and plans to fight for strengthening our anti-human trafficking legislation.
Sara Niccoli (D)
NYS District 46: Albany, Montgomery, & Greene County
Sara Niccoli is a mother, family farmer, and Town Supervisor. Having devoted her career to building community in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Niccoli currently serves as the Director of the NYS Labor-Religion Coalition, where she has successfully advocated for measures like raising the minimum wage and securing paid family leave.
Chad Putman is a fierce advocate for not only women’s rights, but the rights of LGBT people and people living in poverty. Mr. Putman understands that the student debt crisis makes college inaccessible to many, and he is pro-choice and a supporter Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act (GENDA).
As a military veteran, Jermaine Bagnall-Graham understands what it means to serve the public sector with integrity, and he is taking a stand against political corruption. An advocate for gender equality, he is committed to ending discrimination and supporting equality.
State Senator Valesky has a dedicatdedicated his work to job creation in Upstate NY. Senator Valesky works toward legislation that protects Senior Citizens and families.
Leslie Danks Burke has been dedicated to community service and economic outreach for local businesses in the Finger Lakes. Serving on the boards of Tompkins-Cortland Community College Foundation and Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, she is a committed advocate for women and girls as well as community members with the highest needs. Mrs. Danks Burke stands for jobs, schools, and farms, and gender equality.
Amber Small is an outspoken advocate for strengthening the voices of women in the government and other sectors. As Development Director of WomenElect, she helped cultivate the next generation of women leaders in Western New York. A stand-out feminist leader, gender equality in the workplace has been a priority for Ms. Small throughout her career.
New York State Assembly
Yuh-Line Niou (D) – Won
NYS District 65: New York City (Lower Manhattan)
Yuh-Line Niou is an advocate for low income and immigrant families. An immigrant herself, Ms. Niou is at the forefront of addressing issues in the legislature where those with language barriers fall through the cracks. With a career built on advocacy and community organizing, Ms. Niou has been a passionate and effective voice for the needy and vulnerable and has a proven track record of bringing communities together to make state government work.
Deborah J. Glick (D) – Incumbent – Won
NYS District 66: New York City (Lower Manhattan)
Serving her 13th term in the Assembly, Assemblywoman Glick has been a lifetime champion and leader for women’s rights, advocating for the milestone Women’s Health & Wellness Act and fighting to hold the line on women’s reproductive healthcare in our state. Not only is she the lead sponsor on the Reproductive Health Act – to codify Roe v. Wade into NYS law – she is also a champion of LGBTQ+ rights, passing the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act.
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin has served the 88th New York Assembly District since 2011 and has been a powerful and proactive leader for women’s rights with a stand-out record of effective legislation. Her diverse legislative agenda includes strong new laws on state government reform, advancing the lives and well-being of children and families, supporting victims of domestic violence, and ending sex trafficking and violence against women.
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef‘s lifelong commitment to public service began decades ago in Westchester County. A leading advocate for legislative reform in Albany, she has championed many issues that matter to women, including advancing education, improving the environment, and advancing the rights of seniors and those with disabilities.
Diane Dwire (D)
NYS District 126: Cayuga County
As a U.S. Army Nurse Corp veteran serving the NYS Health Department for 27 years, Ms. Dwire is on the pulse of the needs of her community. Advocating for lower taxes and government spending, she will be a fighter to preserve affordability and quality of life in her district. A strong advocate for women’s rights and pay equity, Ms. Dwire supports the full passage of the Women’s Equality Act.
Pamela J. Hunter (D) – Incumbent – Won
NYS District 128: Cayuga County
Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter is a native of upstate New York and a U.S. Army Veteran. Having served as the chair of Public Safety committee and on the Board of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, she is passionate about building a better future by creating good jobs, improving our schools and keeping our streets safe. She has also worked tirelessly for legislation that would help victims of domestic violence and provide paid family leave.
Dorothy Styk (D)
NYS District 135: Monroe County
Serving in the Monroe County Legislature, Ms. Styk is an advocate for both Paid Family Leave and Equal Pay for Equal Work. In contrast to her opponent, Ms. Styk supports increasing the minimum wage and working towards ending employment discrimination based on gender, sexuality, or reproductive health choices.
Assemblymember Harry Bronson‘s passion for social justice, equality, and fairness has defined his public service. He has made it a priority to fight for families, by advocating for strong anti-poverty initiatives and helping New Yorkers gain access to quality, affordable child care. Assemblymember Bronson vigorously supported increasing the minimum wage and providing 12 weeks of paid family leave in our state.
Rebecca Seawright (D) – Incumbent – Won
NYS District 76: Manhattan (Upper East Side)
As an Assemblymember, Rebecca is committed to environmental protection, increasing government transparency and senior citizen rights. She is a fighter against discrimination and intolerance at all levels of our society.
Steven Meyer (D)
NYS District 146: Amherst & Pendleton
Steven Meyer has a steadfast commitment to social justice reform and gender equality. An outspoken advocate for fair pay and the Women’s Equality Act, he is a champion for honesty and transparency in politics. As Executive Director of the Erie County Democratic Committee, he supported quality job training and the creation of programs to expand opportunities for women and people of color.