GWEN'S ANSWERS TO
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION
FOR WOMEN-NYC-PAC
CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE

Position Questions



REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AND HEALTH-CARE


Do you support reproductive freedom for all women, including the right to safe, legal abortion?
YES!
Do you support the right of minors to access abortion without parental consent or notification?
YES!
Do you pledge to stand against any efforts to cut or eliminate State Medicaid funding for abortion, which enables abortion access for low-income women in our state?
YES!
Do you support the New York State Reproductive Health Act (A.1748/S.2796-2017), which codifies Roe into our state law and would protect every woman’s right to access abortion, especially in cases where her health is at risk?
YES!
Anti-choice protests outside of women’s health clinics that provide abortions (and other care) are on the rise. Do you support the full enforcement of the NYC Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities law to ensure that women and girls are able to safely obtain medical care? YES!
Do you support ensuring that all employees of the City of New York have access to health insurance that covers contraception without co-payments? Currently, there are a number of city employees covered by “grandfathered” health insurance plans that do not afford this coverage. YES!


ACHIEVING EQUALITY


Do you support increased funding for the NYC Commission on Human Rights? YES!
Do you support the retention of domestic partner benefits for public employees and the employees of vendors contracting with the state, to preserve partners’ access to health insurance coverage, hospital visitation rights, and bereavement and sick leave?
YES!
Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education, for example, it requires all schools receiving federal funds to have transparent policies in place for reporting and addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault. It also ensures the fair treatment of pregnant students. Many students, although they experience harassment on a regular basis, remain unaware of their rights and their schools’ policies. Do you support putting new strategies in place to empower students, raise awareness, and ensure Title IX compliance in our public middle and high schools?
YES!
Currently, there is only one Title IX coordinator for all of New York City’s more than 1.1. million students in over 1,800 schools. Do you support increasing the number of Title IX coordinators to at least one per borough, to strengthen the enforcement, training, and investigative capacity of the DOE on Title IX?
YES!
Do you support the retention of domestic partner benefits for public employees and the employees of vendors contracting with the state, to preserve partners’ access to health insurance coverage, hospital visitation rights, and bereavement and sick leave?
YES!


ECONOMIC/WORKPLACE ISSUES


Many private employers require employees to sign agreements requiring all complaints to be settled by mandatory arbitration, preventing them from filing discrimination complaints with agencies or the courts. Would you support legislation eliminating this practice?
YES!
Subsidized early childhood education programs for children age four and under are serving only of fraction of families in need. Do you support expanding the capacity of early childhood and after-school systems and prioritizing funding for such programs?
YES!
Do you support salary parity and adequate benefits for staff in ACS-funded Community-Based Programs? Currently, staff of these programs earn far less than their DOE counterparts.
YES!


VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN


Do you support increasing penalty fees (i.e. john schools, car impoundment) associated with the crime of patronizing prostitution which would be used for services helping prostituted individuals and youth?
YES!
Do you support increasing funding for runaway and homeless services for commercially sexually exploited youth (especially including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth)?
YES!
Do you support expanded training for police officers, so that all officers are equipped to effectively and appropriately respond to the unique needs of sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence victims, (this includes NYC Council Int. 1481-2017)?
YES!
The NYPD Special Victims Unit officers charged with investigating crimes of sexual assault face burdensome caseloads and limited resources. Do you support expanded training and staffing of Special Victims Units across all five boroughs?
YES!
Do you support taking concrete steps to ensure that funding for programs assisting victims of sexual assault including Rape Crisis Programs are “baselined” in the budget, so that programs can serve victims without interruption?
YES!
From 2000-2010 nearly 4,000 children under the age of 18 were married in New York State (this excludes NYC data). On July 20, 2017 a new state law (A.5524-2017) will go into effect banning marriage for those under the age of 17. Do you support the release of NYC marriage data showing ages of spouses to ensure compliance with the new law?
YES!


      FINAL QUESTIONS AND YOUR RECORD


What measures will you take to proactively ensure proportionate representation of women, especially women of color, on the Community Board in your district?

There should be enforceable minimum quotas on appointments to the Community Board to insure that half are women, and that appointments insuring that traditionally discriminated groups are at least proportionally represented, both among men and women members.

Please provide concrete examples of your record, as an individual and/or elected official, that highlight your commitment to each of the following of our priority issue areas:
Advancing Reproductive Justice

I have attended many meetings and public demonstrations in support of abortion rights, and have participated in clinic defense against harassment of women seeking abortion or other services. I say assign Police to guard abortion providers, in protection of a fundamental right, as they currently guard schools and banks.

2. Stopping Discrimination

Change rules of evidence to allow discrimination suits based on result patterns. Such evidence is currently precluded by requiring victims to present explicit instances expressing intent by employers and landlords. This places an undue burden of proof on victims, and effectively precludes challenges. Expose and end blacklist of tenants: Seal Landlord-Tenant lawsuits.

3. Securing Workplace Equality & Expanded Job Opportunities for Women

Mandatory equal pay for equal work, locally, statewide and nationally. Restart campaign for Equal Rights Amendment, and legislate applying its underlying principles to make New York City the inspiring example.

4. Ending Violence Against Women

As a victim of rape and domestic assault, I would fight for tougher enforcement. Educate young women to detect signs and symptons of abuse-proneness, early resistance at any first occurrence, and self-defense. More women in law-enforcement and assigned to domestic violence. Serious investigation of Donald Trump, nation’s #1 role model, should be undertaken, to resolve allegations of rape and other sexual abuse. Combat sex trafficking and other enslavement and confinement in prostitution and pornography rackets.

      Additional Comments (optional):

The oppression of women is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, forms of oppression and enslavement, and many scholars believe is what gave rise to many if not all other forms of unjust domination. While much progress has been made on this front in modern times, there is still a tendency to trivialize it and allow backsliding, while complacently taking the progress for granted, and derision and dismissiveness of serious attention on this point still goes on. Much more remains to be done.