Duane Praises Cuomo
September 26th, 2011
Sen. Thomas Duane is congratulating Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing a piece of legislation that will require the New York State Office of Aging to survey the needs of traditionally underserved elderly populations–including those in the lesbian, bay, bisexual and transgender communities.
The law also allows the director of office to make grants for purposes of training and education to organizations that provide services to the elderly lesbian and gay community. Duane sponsored the legislation in the Senate and Assemblymember Michah Kellner sponsored the legislation in the Assembly.
“Gov. Cuomo has once again shown his commitment to ensuring that all New Yorkers have equal rights and protections under the law,” said Duane in a statement. “This legislation is groundbreaking. For the first time, New York will recognize the unique needs of the ever growing segment of aging LGBT New Yorkers — and the services they may require in the years to come. Over the past decade, this State has gone from all but ignoring the LGBT community to enacting comprehensive LGBT hate crimes protections, providing a Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, protecting our students with strong anti-gay bullying protections in the Dignity For All Students Act, insuring our right to marry the ones we love with a Marriage Equality law, and now today taking major steps to assist elderly LGBT New Yorkers. I am proud at how far we have come in such a short amount of time.”
“Despite being a rapidly growing segment of New York’s population, LGBT seniors do not receive the services they need,” said Assembly Member Micah Kellner. “This community often lacks the support networks that are more commonly available to non-LGBT seniors and will sometimes be reluctant to access needed health and social services because of fear of discrimination. This bill will correct these inadequacies and ensure that current and future generations of LGBT seniors receive the care and respect that they deserve. By signing this bill, Governor Cuomo has once again illustrated his commitment to give all New Yorkers a level playing field.”
The release from Duane’s office notes that, “the new law requires the NYSOFA, in its annual report to the Governor and the Legislature, to include recommendations for expanding or replicating service programs already in place and applying them to traditionally underserved populations which include but are not limited to those defined by actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, marital status, disability, familial status and language. The report must also articulate the specific, targeted needs of these traditionally undeserved populations — focusing on successful programs as well as addressing particular problems that need correction.”By David King on September 26, 2011, 11:26 am
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