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New York Governor Paterson Signs Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Bill

New York Governor David Paterson today signed a comprehensive anti-bullying bill called the Dignity for All Students Act.

Paterson The bill, which prohibits harassment "with respect to certain non-exclusive protected classes, including, but not limited to, the student's actual or perceived "race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex," requires schools to:

"Revise their codes of conduct and adopt policies intended to create a school environment free from harassment and discrimination; Adopt guidelines to be used in school training programs to raise awareness and sensitivity of school employees to these issues and to enable them to respond appropriately; and Designate at least one staff member in each school to be trained in non-discriminatory instructional and counseling methods and handling human relations.

Said Paterson in a statement: "Every student has the right to a safe and civil educational environment, but far too often young people are ruthlessly targeted by bullies. Bullying and harassment have disrupted the education of too many young people, and we in government have a responsibility to do our part to create learning environments that help our children prosper. I am proud to sign this bill into law as it will help ensure that students are protected from harassment, discrimination and bullying at school grounds and at school functions."

Added State Senator Thomas Duane, the bill's sponsor: 

Duane "I applaud Governor Paterson for his strong support as he signs The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) into law. DASA was one of the first bills I introduced in 1999 when I was newly elected to the State Senate. Now, after more than a decade of struggle, and with the Governor's support from the beginning to today, DASA will finally become a reality. Its intention is simple: No child should be terrified to go to school due to bullying and harassment. DASA is unique in that it focuses on education and the prevention of bullying and harassment before they begin rather than punishment after the fact. Further, the new law will include protections for students of transgendered experience -- the first time such provisions will be enshrined in New York State law. DASA will improve the quality of life for all of New York's public school students and will enhance their ability to thrive in a safe and nurturing educational environment."

Added Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, the bill's sponsor in the Assembly: "Too many students are bullied based on real or perceived differences with their classmates. Every student deserves an environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that allows every child to reach his or her full potential. For too long, our educational system has been blind to the plight of these students. I am proud that the Assembly led the way on this important issue, and that today, the Dignity for All Students Act is finally signed into law."

The law takes effect on July 1, 2012 — although certain rules and regulations related to implementation may take effect before that.

NY Governor David Paterson to End Election Bid

Paterson The NY Daily News reports that NY Governor David Paterson will drop his election bid:

"Embattled Gov. Paterson has pulled the plug on his bid to seek reelection, a source close to the governor said Friday. Paterson will announce the decision later Friday. Paterson has been under fire for having contacted a woman who accused one of his top aides of domestic violence. The source said the governor has agreed not to seek election, but he will not resign - opting to serve out the remainder of his term."

And the NYT story that led to this decision, if you missed it.

NY State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr: 'Where is the Gay Community Now That the Governor Needs Them?'

DiazsrHomophobic NY State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. issued a press release yesterday suggesting that Governor David Paterson is in trouble because he supported marriage equality, and painting the gay community as fair weather friend.

Said Diaz: "I remember back on Sunday May 17, 2009, I organized a demonstration of tens of thousands people in front of Governor David Paterson’s Manhattan office to protest his staunch support for gay marriage and the Governor stood by the gay community and didn’t waver. ... The Governor went out on a limb for the gay community in his efforts to support marriage equality and to bring that bill to the Senate floor, even though he knew it did not have sufficient votes to pass and that thousands of people in New York State did not want it and will not support him for election because of that issue. Where is the gay community now that the Governor needs them?"

Paterson officially announced his longshot election bid on Saturday.

Is This New York's Next Governor?


As rumors swirl about a "career-ending" ruinous scandal for New York Governor David Paterson, the Daily News profiles a candidate with an eye on his job — "Manhattan Madam" Kristin Davis:

"Davis has spoken in the past about running against former Gov. (and alleged former client) Eliot Spitzer - to draw attention to the fact that she served nearly four months on Rikers Island while Client 9 escaped indictment. 'This started out being about Spitzer,' admitted Stone, who in 2007 tipped off the FBI to Spitzer's hooker habit. 'But now that it looks like he won't run, Kristin still wants to use her celebrity to highlight a reform agenda.' Davis laid out her credentials last weekend at a Libertarian Party convention on the lower East Side. 'I was valedictorian of my high-school class,' said the golden-tressed Davis, sporting a modest black suit but wicked Christian Louboutins with 5-inch heels. 'I worked 10 years in finance. I was vice president of a hedge fund. I went on to build a multimillion-dollar business from scratch.' While branding 'taxation as confiscation,' the former escort empress said the legalization of prostitution and marijuana could provide $2.5 billion in revenue to help close the budget gap. 'I'm a natural Libertarian,' said Davis, who also embraces gay marriage and the views of the National Rifle Association."

(via the advocate)

NY Governor Paterson Signs Order Protecting Transgender Workers

New York Governor David Paterson is scheduled to make an announcement this morning at New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center. The NYT reports, according to its sources, that he'll be extending anti-discrimination protections to transgender state employees:

Paterson "Mr. Paterson will carry out the decision through an executive order, to be signed on Wednesday, that will require state agencies to include transgender individuals in their nondiscrimination policies, these people said. Though state antidiscrimination law includes gay men and lesbians, it is silent on the issue of transgender people. And while Mr. Paterson’s order will not have the sweep of a statute enacted by the State Legislature because it will apply only to state agencies, gay and transgender rights advocates said it would be a first step toward including gender identity and expression protections in state law. Advocates for transgender people have succeeded in winning broad antidiscrimination protections in a number of cities throughout the state, including New York, Buffalo, Albany and Rochester. But efforts to add similar protections to state law have so far fallen short. The Assembly has passed a transgender antidiscrimination bill, but the Senate has refused to vote on the issue."

According to the paper, "Twelve states and the District of Columbia have broad laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender expression or identity, according to gay and transgender rights groups. In addition, more than 100 cities and counties across the country provide similar legal protections."

UPDATE Paterson signs order!

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