National Organization for Women NYS PAC Endorses Kathleen Rice for Attorney General
Advocacy group hopes to elect NY’s first-ever female AG
NEW YORK, NY (Aug. 18, 2010) – The National Organization for Women NYS PAC has endorsed Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice in her bid for attorney general.
NOW-NYS President Marcia Pappas said, "the National Organization for Women NYS PAC is proud to endorse Kathleen Rice (D) for NYS attorney general. As Nassau County District Attorney, Rice displayed what feminists consider a stellar record in the fight for equality."
DA Rice said, "I'm honored and humbled by the support NOW and its members have shown my campaign. I look forward to NOW playing an important role in our grassroots get-out-the-vote strategy over the next month. I am Long Island's first woman DA, and with NOW's help, I'm confident we will make similar history with this office at the state level. As attorney general, I look forward to working with NOW to clean up Albany, to protect children and families, and to fight for our reproductive rights and for gender and pay equity in our communities."
Remarks made by DA Rice to NOW members at a candidates forum in Albany on Aug. 14 are on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB0tsZDheTc
In 2005, DA Rice's first bid for public office challenged a 31-year, anti-choice Republican incumbent. With her victory, the pro-choice and women's rights community breathed a collective sigh of relief, knowing that DA Rice would uphold the right to safe, legal abortion.
DA Rice has also been endorsed by progressive women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem; EMILY’s list, a national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women; and Women’s Campaign Forum, a women’s political advocacy organization.
Under DA Rice's leadership, the office of NYS Attorney General will expand its Civil Rights Bureau by adding:
1. Deputy bureau chiefs for housing discrimination, employment discrimination, discrimination in schools, and LGBT issues;
2. A statewide Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Compliance officer, overseeing and conducting analyses of NY government hiring practices;
3. A coordinator of the Disability Rights Project-responsible for not only legal efforts, but also regular outreach to the disability community;
4. A semi-annual auditing of state recognition of out-of-state and out-of-country gay marriages by an LGBT point person in the OAG to ensure rights are protected;
5. A review of state stop and frisk policies;
6. An expanded Reproductive Rights Unit;
Pappas concluded that "if elected, Kathleen Rice will be the first-ever female NYS attorney general and we are proud to be a part of that historical moment. NOW-NYS-PAC urges members and supporters to go to the polls on Primary Day, September 14th, 2010 to vote for Kathleen Rice."
DA Rice was the highest vote-getter at the recent State Democratic Convention and has raised more money, from more donors, than any of the five other candidates for attorney general. She is running in the Democratic primary for attorney general on a platform to reform Albany through a more empowered office; to hold the bad players on Wall Street accountable to the public; and making the Office of the Attorney General more responsive to more common, local problems like those she is addressing as a district attorney. DA Rice is the only candidate who is not a product of Albany or Wall Street, and the only one who has experience running a large office of hundreds of public interest attorneys. She has both the independence and the experience that is needed to help restore the public’s faith in state government.
DA Rice has also been endorsed by U.S. Representatives Tim Bishop of Long Island, Joe Crowley of Queens, Brian Higgins of Buffalo and Carolyn McCarthy of Long Island; and former AG candidate and Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Denise O’Donnell. Since announcing her bid for attorney general, DA Rice has also received the support of the NYS and NYC Building & Construction Trades Councils, the 100,000-member Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU), the 23,000-member United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, the 20,000-member United Food and Commercial Workers Local One, and the 65,000-member Nassau/Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council. She has also been endorsed by the Kings, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk and Albany County Democratic chairs, as well as those from the upstate counties of Chemung, Chenango, Greene, Oswego, Warren and Washington.
More information about DA Rice is available at www.kathleenrice.com.