LEGISLATION

  • Worked with women's health organization for Intro. 1161 that would require DOHMH to report data on the HPV immunization rates of New Yorkers.  Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and about 79 million people in the U.S. have HPV infection and another 14 million contract HPV each year. Here in N.Y.C., on average, 2,375 residents are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer each year, nearly two-thirds of whom are women. Nearly half of these new infections occur among teens and young adults aged 15 to 24.  In order to tackle these startling numbers, data collected pursuant to this bill can be used to determine how effectively DOHMH is at reaching target groups and to determine where early prevention resources are most needed.

  • Worked with women's health organizations for Intro. 1162 that would require DOHMH to report data on the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (“LARCs”). Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and birth control implants are two examples of LARCs that are effective methods that women can use to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Both methods last for several years, are easy to use, and are reversible. The data collected pursuant to this bill can be used to direct outreach efforts made to inform the public about the availability of these birth control methods. 

  • Worked with women's health organization for Intro. 1172 that would require DOHMH to report information about the leading causes of maternal mortality and to issue recommendations that can be taken to improve maternal health. Recent national data suggests that maternal mortality is increasing, and Black women continue to have an elevated risk of death compared to White women.

  • Worked with The Women's Caucus of New York City Council alongside, The Black Institute to bring amendments to laws affecting our Minority and Women Owned Businesses (MWBE's) through Local Law 116 which is a Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring agency minority and women-owned business enterprise utilization plans to be published online.
  • Worked on legislative changes that address equal pay and equal opportunity in the workplace, and pushed for all genders to be welcome in fields from the Fire Department to Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, while managing the Women's Caucus of New York City Council she assisted the women of City Council in the successful fight for the restoring millions of dollars to women’s healthcare services after the Mayor’s administration threatened to make a detrimental budget cut.
  • Worked with Catalyst, PowHer NY, 20/20 Women on Boards, Direct Women, 30% Coalition, Enterprising and Professional Women NYC, and Diverse Visions Group on legislation, Local Law 44, that would require the NYC Department of Small Business Services to conduct a voluntary survey of companies that do business with the City to collect data on the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity among the directors, officers, and executive-level staff members of such companies. The survey will additionally request information on companies’ plans to improve diversity in such positions and efforts taken to achieve those plans. This survey would draw attention to the importance of gender, racial and ethnic diversity within corporate leadership positions.
  • Worked with the Phys Ed 4 All Coalition, which included the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and other advocates to pass legislation through Local Law 102 to require the N.Y.C. Department of Education to report annually whether or not each school meets the State’s mandated physical education requirements. This law will place a renewed emphasis on the importance of quality gym time and encourage principals to ensure that adequate resources are directed to physical education.
  • Worked with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and the Humane Society of New York to pass legislation, Local Law 5, that requires pet shops to acquire kittens and puppies only from breeders licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and to provide customers with information about the source of the animal and disclosing any health conditions. Greater transparency protects consumers and spares one from incurring expensive veterinary bills and from the emotional hardship of acquiring a sick pet. In addition the Companion Law, Local Law 7, requires pet shops to spay and neuter cats and dogs prior to sale to improve the health of such animals and to help control the population in the City’s overcrowded animal shelters.

Resolutions

  • Worked on Council Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign S.2388/A.1019, legislation to establish the New York State Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission.
  • Worked on Council Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation that would require institutions of higher education to provide survivors of sexual assaults that occur on campus with resources and assistance on obtaining information regarding their legal rights.
  • Resolution urging Congress to pass and President Obama to sign S. 2692/H.R. 5354, also known as the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.