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(Albany, NY) Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts looks forward to seeing our access to reproductive health care secured and our rights protected as the 2019 legislative session begins. With a new pro-reproductive health care majority in the state Senate and strong statewide support from advocates, anticipation is high that our state will again lead the nation in protecting our reproductive and sexual health care and rights. 

We also celebrate today’s historic firsts for women of color in leadership posts with Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senate Majority Leader and Crystal People-Stokes Assembly Majority Leader. 

Statement from Robin Chappelle Golston, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts on the opening of the 2019 Assembly session:

"It is a proud day for our state as the Assembly begins 2019 with progressive leadership and the promise of continued action on the issues that affect our health and well-being. We applaud Speaker Carl Heastie for upholding the promise of a better future for all New Yorkers. We thank Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes for her commitment to our state and look forward to working with the Assembly on the issues that matter most to New Yorkers.”

Statement from Robin Chappelle Golston, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts on the opening of the 2019 Senate session:

“Never forget that history was written today because New Yorkers made a clear choice to send leaders who will fight for us. We celebrate Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for her years of hard work and dedication to the health and rights of all New Yorkers. This year we can show the nation that we will not let differences divide us, diversity makes us stronger and we can all prosper together.”