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Capital Punishment

New York City Bar Association's position on capital punishment in New York.


Department of Investigation, Inspector General

Int. 1079-2013 - relates to the investigating, reviewing, studying, and auditing of and making of recommendations relating to the operations, policies, programs and practices of the New York City Police Department by the Commissioner of the Department of Investigation.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Committee on Civil Rights, June 2013.
  • Enacted by City Council overide of Mayoral veto - August 22, 2013

Discrimination

Int.0672-2011 - relates to discrimination against persons accompanied by an on-duty police dog.

  • Report on legislation by the Committees on Civil Rights, November 2011.

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A.755-A (AM Paulin) / S.958-B (Sen. C. Johnson) - Prohibits employers from discriminating against victims of domestic violence or stalking. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Committees on Civil Rights and Domestic Violence, Reissued June 2009.
  • Signed by Governor, Chp. 80, Approval Memo No. 5 – July 7, 2009

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A.2348-A (AM Weinstein) / S.5526 (Sen. Hassell-Thompson) - Prohibits discrimination against victims of domestic violence in employment.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Domestic Violence and Civil Rights Committees, Reissued June 2011.

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A.9024 (AM Englebright) / S.6994 (Sen. Grisanti) - Prohibits housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Domestic Violence and Civil Rights Committees, Reissued May 2012.

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Int. 632-2011 - a Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to unlawful discriminatory practices.

  • Letter to the New York City Council suggesting modifications to bill text and sponsor memo language to clarify references to the Local Civil Rights Restoration Act of 2005 and the definition of 'reasonable accommodation', July 2011.
  • Signed by the Mayor - August 30, 2011


Establishment Clause, The

A.8800-A (AM Castro) / S.6087-A (Sen. Golden) - authorizes the use of school buildings and school sites for religious meetings and worship when not in use for school purposes.

  • Report opposing legislation by the Civil Rights Committee and Education and the Law Committee, February 2012.
  • Press Release: "New York City Bar Association Opposes Legislation on Worship in Schools" - February 13, 2012

Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act

A.4226-A (AM Gottfried) / S.195-A (Sen. Squadron) - Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression and includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression under the hate crimes statute.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &Transgender Rights Committee, Civil Rights Committee, Labor & Employment Committee and Sex & Law Committee, Reissued November 2013.

Immigration Detainers

Int. 0982-2012 - A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to persons not to be detained.
Int. 0989-2012 - A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to persons not to be detained by the Department of Correction.

  • Letter to the New York City Council from the Criminal Courts, Civil Rights, Corrections & Community Reentry, Domestic Violence , and Immigration & Nationality Law Committees regarding the City’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) with respect to the holding of immigrant New Yorkers subject to ICE detainers, January 9, 2013.
  • Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration on Int. 982 and Int. 989, January 25, 2013.
  • Both bills signed by the Mayor - March 18, 2013

NYC Commission on Human Rights

Letter from the Civil Rights Committee regarding the need for greater funding of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, May 2014.


NYC Policy Recommendations

Letter to Mayor de Blasio from the Civil Rights Committee outlining recommendations on issues concerning the protection of the civil rights and civil liberties of New Yorkers.

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Letter to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services outlining key recommendations supported by the City Bar that would protect the social welfare and equal participation of all New Yorkers, February 2014.


New York State's Civil & Human Rights Laws

Transition letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting important steps New York State can take to modernize and enforce New York's civil and human rights laws during his term, February 1, 2011.


Service Animals

A.5788 (AM Benedetto) / S.4317 (Sen. Marcellino) - would amend the definition of guide, hearing and service animal under State law.

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  • Report in support of legislation by the Committee on Civil Rights, Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities and Committee on Animal Law, Reissued June 2014.
  • Report by the Committee on Civil Rights, Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities and Committee on Animal Law proposing amendments to State law definitions of guide, hearing and service dogs, Reissued January 2011.

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A.7958 (AM Jaffee) / S.3866 (Sen. Carlucci) - defines a "three-unit service dog team" and grants rights and privileges to such teams.

  • Report opposing legislation by the Civil Rights Committee and Animal Law Committee, May 2014.

Stop-And-Frisk

Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices, January 2014.

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Int. 1080-2013 - would amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to prohibiting bias-based profiling by law enforcement officers.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Committee on Civil Rights, June 2013.
  • Enacted by City Council overide of Mayoral veto - August 22, 2013

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Report by the Committee on Civil Rights on the NYPD's Stop-And-Frisk Policy, May 2013.


Unemployment Discrimination

Int. 0814-2012 (A Version) - A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting discrimination based on an individual’s unemployment.

  • Report in opposition to the legislation by the Committee on Civil Rights, March 2013.
  • Enacted by City Council overide of Mayoral veto - March 13, 2013

 


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