MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Mar. 5, 2020

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Maloney Denounces Louisiana Abortion Law

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) released a statement denouncing a Louisiana abortion law that was the subject of a recent Supreme Court hearing.

In 2014, Louisiana passed a law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals. Since those privileges are hard to come by, the law makes it difficult for abortion clinics to keep themselves adequately staffed.

The law is virtually identical to a Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down earlier in the case Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

“The law, and those like it across the country, put women’s lives at risk and disproportionately impact women of color and poor women,” said Maloney. “This is especially cruel in a state like Louisiana, that already has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation. When lawmakers in Louisiana… pass laws requiring hospital admitting privileges, they know doctors will be denied – and clinics will close.”

Levine Reminds New Yorkers That the Coronavirus Does Not Discriminate

Council Member Mark D. Levine
Council Member Mark D. Levine

Council Member Mark Levine (D-Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville) released a series of tweets yesterday emphasizing that there are no ethnic, racial or religious groups who are particularly susceptible to COVID-19.

The tweet came shortly after a reporter questioned him about a Yeshiva University student who recently tested positive for the virus. The reporter asked if Orthodox Jews are particularly vulnerable to the virus, and if people should avoid synagogues.

“This shouldn’t have to be said, but alas here goes,” said Levine. “There is absolutely nothing about the practices or beliefs of the Jewish community that makes them particularly likely to be infected by coronavirus. Viruses do not know or care the religion of the person they are infecting.”

Brewer to Host Another Opioid Overdose Education/Training Event

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (D) will be hosting another opioid overdose eduction event, in collaboration with NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem.

The event will train attendees to recognize the signs of opioid overdoses and teach them how to give immediate treatment. Brewer had previously collaborated with NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan to host a similar seminar last December.

The event will take place today from 3-5 p.m. at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem Medical Board Room, 506 Lenox Ave.

Niou Receives Endorsement from Citizen Action of New York

Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou
Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou

Yesrerday, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D-Chinatown, Financial District) received an endorsement from Citizen Action of New York (CANY) for re-election.

CANY is a grassroots organization with eight regional chapters and thousands of active members across New York. They cited Niou’s commitment to expanding tenants’ rights and ending homelessness as motives for their endorsement.

“There are few organizations that have led as many fights for justice in New York as Citizen Action, and I’m thrilled to have their endorsement,” said Niou. “Whether it’s fighting against predatory lending or standing up for campaign finance reform or working to end mass incarceration, I’ve been so proud to stand alongside them and their people-powered movement. Citizen Action understands that intersectionality isn’t just a talking point, but that if we’re going to get justice for anyone, we need justice for everyone. I’m excited to continue working with them toward a better, fairer New York.”