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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM NYSAR VICE-PRESIDENT JOAN MORGAN

Contact your legislators in their District Offices. To learn who your state assembly member and senator are, call the Albany switchboard at: 518 455-4218. The phone number in New York City for the League of Women Voters is (212) 725-3541. There are 150 assembly members and the link to the assembly website is http://assembly.state.ny.us

There are 62 state senators. One way to find out who your senator is is by logging
on to the senate site, www.senate.state.ny.us

We now have 108 assembly sponsors. There are 29 senate sponsors. With more interest and more of us committed to lobby in Albany next session, we are determined to win.

A written letter (snail mail) is of more importance with many legislators. However, some value emails. If your email does not get through, go to SEARCH and type in the name of the legislator for access to their website, as many have their own sites. Then send an email from the site. Be sure to include your address and phone number in your mail.

Last Albany session Governor Cuomo signed a law extending participation in the adoption registry to include adult adoptees born in other states but adopted in New York. At last they can obtain non-identifying information from the registry the same as adult adoptees born in the state.

Let your legislators know you want an Adoptee Bill of Rights that is fair and consistent to all.

2017 Senate Leadership
https://www.nysenate.gov/senate-leadership

Please ask the following state senators to co-sponsor Senate bill S5169A:

John J. Flanagan
Temporary President and Majority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 330, State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2071
Fax: 518-426-6904
DISTRICT OFFICE
260 Middle Country Road, Suite 102
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631-361-2154
Fax: 631-361-5367
flanagan@nysenate.gov

John A. DeFrancisco
Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 416, State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3511
Fax: (518) 426-6952
DISTRICT OFFICE
800 State Office Building
333 East Washington Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 428-7632
Fax: (315) 472-4157
jdefranc@nysenate.gov

Kenneth P. LaValle
Chairman, Senate Majority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 806, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3121
DISTRICT OFFICE
28 North Country Rd, Suite 203
Mount Sinai, NY 11766
Phone: (631) 473-1461
Fax: (631) 473-1513
lavalle@nysenate.gov

James L. Seward
Chair Majority Program Development Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 430, State Capitol Building
172 State Street
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3131
ONEONTA DISTRICT OFFICE (MAIN)
41 South Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: (607) 432-5524
CORTLAND DISTRICT OFFICE
4030 West Road
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 758-9005
HERKIMER DISTRICT OFFICE
235 North Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 866-1632
seward@nysenate.gov

Kemp Hannon
Assistant Majority Leader on Conference Operations
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 420, State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2200
COMMUNITY OFFICE
595 Stewart Ave., Suite 540
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: 516-739-1700
hannon@nysenate.gov

William J. Larkin Jr.
Assistant Majority Leader for House Operations
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 502, State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2770
Fax: (518) 426-6923
DISTRICT OFFICE
1093 Little Britain Road
New Windsor, NY 12553
Phone: (845) 567-1270
Fax: (845) 567-1276
larkin@nysenate.gov

Carl L. Marcellino
Majority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 811, Legislative Office Building
188 State Street
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2390
Fax: (518) 426-6975
DISTRICT OFFICE
250 Townsend Square
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Phone: (516) 922-1811
Fax: (516) 922-1154
marcelli@nysenate.gov

John J. Bonacic
Deputy Majority Leader for State/Federal Relations
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 503, State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-3181
Fax: 518-426-6948
DISTRICT OFFICE
201 Dolson Avenue, Suite F
Middletown, NY 10940
Phone: (845) 344-3311
Fax: (845) 344-3328
DISTRICT OFFICE
111 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
Phone: 607-746-6675
Fax: 607-746-7658
bonacic@nysenate.gov

Josesph E. Robach
Secretary of the Senate Majority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 711, Legislative Office Building
188 State Street
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2909
DISTRICT OFFICE
2300 W. Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14626
Phone: (585) 225-3650
robach@nysenate.gov

Elizabeth "Betty" Little
Chair, Majority Steering Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 310, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2811
Fax: (518) 426-6873
DISTRICT OFFICE
5 Warren Street, Suite 3
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: (518) 743-0968
Fax: (518) 743-0336
SATELLITE OFFICE
137 Margaret Street, Suite 100
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 561-2430
Fax: (518) 561-2444
little@nysenate.gov

Joseph Griffo
Deputy Majority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 612, Legislative Office Building
188 State Street
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3334
Fax: (518) 426-6921
DISTRICT OFFICE
207 Genesee Street Room 408
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: (315) 793-9072
Fax: (315) 793-0298
griffo@nysenate.gov

Andrew J. Lanza
Assistant Majority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 708, Legislative Office Building
188 State Street
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3215
Fax: (518) 426-6852
DISTRICT OFFICE
3845 Richmond Ave. Suite 2A
Staten Island, NY 10312
Phone: (718) 984-4073
Fax: (718) 984-4455
lanza@nysenate.gov

Michael H. Ranzenhofer
Deputy Majority Leader for Economic Development
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 609, Legislative Office Building
188 State Street
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3161
FAX: (518) 426-6963
DISTRICT OFFICE
8203 Main Street Suite 4
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 631-8695 / (585) 454-0322
Fax: (716) 634-4321
ranz@nysenate.gov

Patrick M. Gallivan
Liaison to the Executive Branch
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 512, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-3471
Fax: 518-426-6949
DISTRICT OFFICE
2721 Transit RoadSuite 116
Elma, NY 14059
Phone: 716-656-8544
Fax: 716-656-8961
gallivan@nysenate.gov

Patricia Ritchie
Deputy Majority Leader for Senate/Assembly Relations
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 412, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3438
Fax: (518) 426-6740
DISTRICT OFFICE
Dulles State Office Building, Room 418
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 782-3418
Fax: (315) 782-6357
DISTRICT OFFICE
46 East Bridge St., 1st Floor
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: (315) 342-2057
Fax: (315) 342-2162
DISTRICT OFFICE
330 Ford St. (Basement of City Hall)
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Phone: (315) 393-3024
Fax: (315) 393-3063
ritchie@nysenate.gov

2017 Assembly Leadership
http://nyassembly.gov/mem/leadership/

Please ask the following assemblymembers to co-sponsor Assembly bill A6821A:

Assembly Majority Leadership
Speaker - Carl E. Heastie
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 932
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-3791 / Fax: 518-455-4812
DISTRICT OFFICE
1446 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10469
718-654-6539 / Fax: 718-654-5836
Speaker@nyassembly.gov

Joseph D. Morelle
Majority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 926
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5373 / Fax: 518-455-5647
DISTRICT OFFICE
564 East Ridge Rd. Suite 103
Rochester, NY 14621
585-467-0410 / Fax: 585-467-5342
MorelleJ@nyassembly.gov

Herman D. Farrell, Jr.
Chair, Ways and Means Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 923
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5491
DISTRICT OFFICE
2541-55 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
New York, NY 10039
212-234-1430
farrelh@nyassembly.gov

Earlene Hooper
Deputy Speaker
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 739
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5861
DISTRICT OFFICE
33 Front Street Suite 104
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-489-6610
email: not provided

Félix W. Ortiz
Assistant Speaker
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 731
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-3821
DISTRICT OFFICE
5004 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
718-492-6334
OrtizF@nyassembly.gov

Jeffrion L. Aubry
Speaker Pro Tempore
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 646
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4561 / Fax: 518-455-4565
DISTRICT OFFICE
98-09 Northern Blvd.
Corona, NY 11368
718-457-3615 / Fax: 718-457-3640
AubryJ@nyassembly.gov

Vivian E. Cook
Chair, Committee on Standing Committees
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 939
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4203
DISTRICT OFFICE
142-15 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11436
718-322-3975
CookV@nyassembly.gov

N. Nick Perry
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 736
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4166
DISTRICT OFFICE
903 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
718-385-3336
PerryN@nyassembly.gov

Phil Ramos
Deputy Majority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 648
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5185
DISTRICT OFFICE
1010 Suffolk Ave.
Brentwood, NY 11717
631-435-3214
ramosp@nyassembly.gov

Dov Hikind
Assistant Majority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 551
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5721 / Fax: 518-455-5948
DISTRICT OFFICE
1310 48th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11219
718-853-9616 / Fax: 718-436-5734
HikindD@nyassembly.gov

William Colton
Majority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 733
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5828
DISTRICT OFFICE
155 Kings Highway
Brooklyn, NY 11223
718-236-1598
ColtonW@nyassembly.gov

José Rivera
Deputy Majority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 536
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5414
DISTRICT OFFICE
One Fordham Plaza
Suite 1008, 10th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458
718-933-2204
RiveraJ@nyassembly.gov

Al Stirpe
Assistant Majority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 656
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4505
DISTRICT OFFICE
7293 Buckley Road Suite 201
N. Syracuse, NY 13212
315-452-1115
StirpeA@nyassembly.gov

Michael Simanowitz
Chair, Majority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 742
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4404
DISTRICT OFFICE
159-06 71st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11365
718-969-1508 / Fax: 718-969-8326
simanowitzm@nyassembly.gov

Steven Otis
Vice-Chair, Majority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 325
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4897
DISTRICT OFFICE
222 Grace Church Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
914-939-7028 / Fax: 914-939-7167
OtisS@nyassembly.gov

Ron Kim
Secretary, Majority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 419
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5411
DISTRICT OFFICE
136-20 38th Ave. Suite 10A
Flushing, NY 11354
718-939-0195
KimR@nyassembly.gov

Carmen E. Arroyo
Chair, Majority Program
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 734
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5402
DISTRICT OFFICE
384 East 149 Street, Suite 301
Bronx, NY 10455
718-292-2901
ArroyoC@nyassembly.gov

Barbara Lifton
Chair, Majority Steering
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 555
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5444
DISTRICT OFFICE
106 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-8030
LiftonB@nyassembly.gov

Edward C. Braunstein
Vice-Chair, Majority Steering
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 557
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5425 / Fax: 518-455-4648
DISTRICT OFFICE
213-33 39th Avenue Suite 238
Bayside, NY 11361
718-357-3588 / Fax: 718-357-5947
braunsteine@nyassembly.gov

Michael Miller
Chair, Majority House Operations
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 519
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4621
DISTRICT OFFICE
83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard
Woodhaven, NY 11421
718-805-0950 / Fax: 718-805-0953
MillerMG@nyassembly.gov

Marcos A. Crespo
Chair, Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force
ALBANY OFFICE

LOB 454
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5514
DISTRICT OFFICE
1551 Watson Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472
718-893-0202
CrespoM@nyassembly.gov


* Sample Letter One (this was published in the Albany Times Union on January 29, 2011) *


Dear Assemblyperson
(fill in the appropriate name),

I write in support of [bill numbers], the New York State Adoption Records Reform bills. I was adopted in 1960 in Rochester.

Because I am a white, middle-class male, it may be difficult to see me as a member of an oppressed minority group. Yet, that is exactly what New York adoptees are.

What other term can describe a group of citizens prevented by the state from knowing who they are and where they came from?

How is it possible that the state can maintain a veil of secrecy between a human being and the most basic information about himself?

How can one participate fully in the human condition when one is cut off by law from even knowing the identity of those who are responsible for one's life?

Of course, there was another group of people so denied. They were by law and custom expected to live without this vital, human knowledge. These were the slaves of the antebellum South. They were not viewed as men, rather as property. Are we adoptees human beings?

Let New York leave behind the barbaric practices of the past so well described by Ann Fessler, author of "The Girls Who Went Away."

Let New York treat all born there with full human dignity.

Let New York open its records as a step toward redressing the misery caused by its closed adoption system.

Sincerely,

David Phelps

(Please provide your name and address so they will know which District you live in)

*** End of Sample Letter One ***


*** Sample Letter Two ***

Honorable Senator (fill in the appropriate name),

As a citizen of New York state, I can serve in the armed forces, vote, drive, own property, get married and raise my own children, but I cannot get my own birth certificate. The current law in New York state, which was enacted 73 years ago, denies adult adoptees this basic human right that every other citizen takes for granted.

Because of this archaic and discriminatory law, adult adoptees are legally denied their medical and psychiatric histories, as well as their identities and heritage. They are unable to pass on this information to their children and grandchildren who then also suffer from this lack of knowledge.

In states where adoption records and birth certificates are open, the data show that the vast majority of biological mothers want to know their adult children. And in cases where birth parents did not want contact, there were no instances of stalking. Adult adoptees are adults and they are not looking for new "mommies or daddies."

The proposed adoptee rights legislation strikes a balance between an adoptee's right to know and the confidentiality concerns some may have regarding the biological parents. To learn more about this issue, go to http://www.unsealedinitiative.org and http://www.adoptioninstitute.org.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Horning

(Please provide your name and address so they will know which District you live in)

*** End of Sample Letter Two ***



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