BALCONY - Business and Labor Coalition of New York
April 11th, 2017

EffectiveNY, the government reform formed by businessman and Democratic activist Bill Samuels, has released an ad this week calling for the passage of an Equality for All Amendment, enshrining the rights of women, the LGBT community and disabled people in the state’s constitution.

“EffectiveNY is committed to ending the dysfunction in Albany and making New York’s Constitution and our state government a proud model for the rest of the nation to follow,” Samuels said in a statement.

“It is shocking and appalling that New York’s Constitution does not grant women, LGBT people and the disabled equal rights. The time for our state to pass an Equality for All amendment is now.”

The ad features a man-on-the-street approach, with New Yorkers expressing surprise at the lack of an amendment in the constitution guaranteeing equal protections.

The ad is called “Shocking” and also comes as Tuesday is recognized as Equal Pay Day — designating how far into the calendar year a woman on average would have to work to make the same as a man doing the same job the prior year.

“At this critical moment when civil rights are under attack by the federal government, it is imperative that New York step up and be a leader for the nation in equal rights,” said Heidi Sieck, CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE and a national leader in the fight for women’s rights.

“Passing an Equality for All amendment to New York State’s Constitution isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s an absolute necessity in this day and age. I strongly believe that when New Yorkers realize that well over 51 percent of us don’t have equal rights, we will rise up and demand an immediate end to this injustice.”