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Assemblyman Lawler Introduces Bill to Expand AG’s Authority to Investigate Sexual Misconduct

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PEARL RIVER, NY – Assemblyman Mike Lawler introduced legislation to amend Section 63 of the Executive Law and expand the authority of the state attorney general to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and assault in state government.

“Two former aides have bravely spoken regarding sexual harassment at the hands of Governor Cuomo. Their testimony and bravery deserve a truly independent investigation that is free from interference by their accused abuser, the Governor,” said Lawler. “The best way to ensure an independent and just investigation is to expand the attorney general’s authority to investigate claims of sexual misconduct and assault in state government. Nobody, not even the Governor, is above the law.”

“We have to set the example that no matter what position your accuser is in, you have the right to speak freely on your experiences of sexual harassment and abuse, and that no one has the right or ability to silence you. Sexual harassment is unacceptable and has no place in our society – including the workplace. Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett bravely spoke out about their horrific experiences and justice needs to be served.”

By expanding the authority of the state attorney general to investigate all allegations of sexual harassment or assault in state government, this bill aims to ensure transparency for victims in the process.

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Rep. Mondaire Jones on Build Back Better Act

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Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement:

“Today is an historic day for our nation, and for the great people of Westchester and Rockland Counties. Thanks to the leadership of progressives—who insisted on passing not just the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but also the larger Build Back Better Act—the House passed the most significant investment in our nation and our people in more than half a century.

The bill will guarantee that high-quality child care is affordable for every family in America; save the planet from climate catastrophe while creating millions of good-paying, union jobs; expand Medicare to include hearing; continue to cut child poverty in half through an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit; make an historic investment in housing affordability; lift the cap on the State and Local Tax deduction that has unjustly burdened working families in Westchester and Rockland; and so much more.

I’m especially proud that this bill contains key provisions that I led the fight to secure: universal child care and an increase in the SALT deduction cap to $80,000.

This victory is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, of which I’m proud to be a Deputy Whip, and which held the line throughout this process to ensure we passed a bill that meets this unprecedented moment of overlapping crises.

We in the House have done our job, and now our colleagues in the Senate must do theirs. I look forward to President Biden making good on his promise to secure 51 votes for the Build Back Better Act in the Senate expeditiously so we can get this bill onto his desk and begin delivering the change people in Westchester, Rockland, and across America need and deserve. The American people are counting on us to deliver, and we must do so without delay.”

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End of the Village of South Nyack: Village Hall is Up For Sale

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End of the Village of South Nyack: Village Hall is Up For Sale.

 

After a referendum, residents of South Nyack voted to disband and join the Town of Orangetown.

This article will be updated when a price is listed for the Village Hall.

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