Email Officials

Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins (D.) is the new Temporary Senate President and Majority Leader and Senator John Flanagan (R.) is the Senate Minority Conference Leader. In the Assembly Carl Heastie (D.) is the Majority Assembly Speaker and Brian Kolb (R.) is the Assembly Minority Leader.


Photo from our 9/29/13 protest at the office of Brooklyn Assemblymember Helene Weinstein.


Our District Office Lobby is underway. Please contact your legislators and these below in their district office by sending a letter or postcard. You can fill out the email form on their website if you live in their district.



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

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.

Give me liberty and
my birth certificate now!

No Americans should have
their personal information
withheld from them
by the government.





2019 Senate Majority Leadership (Democratic)
https://www.nysenate.gov/senate-leadership

Please contact the following state senators, informing them that adoptee access to birth certificates bills will be introduced in the 2019 session, and that it's time to pass a bill of rights fair and consistent to all adult adoptees.

Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Temporary President and Majority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB Room 907
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2585
Fax: 518-426-6811
DISTRICT OFFICE
28 Wells Avenue, Building #3
Yonkers, NY 10701
Phone: 914-423-4031
Fax: 914-423-0979
scousins@nysenate.gov

Michael Gianaris
Deputy Majority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

State Capitol Building, Room 427
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3486
Fax: (518) 426-6929
DISTRICT OFFICE
31-19 Newtown Avenue, Suite 402
Astoria, NY 11102
Phone: 718-728-0960
Fax: 718-728-0963
gianaris@nysenate.gov

Liz Krueger
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

State Capitol Building, Room 416
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2297
Fax: (518) 426-6874
DISTRICT OFFICE
211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 1201
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 490-9535
Fax: (212) 499-2558
lkrueger@nysenate.gov

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Chair of Democratic Conference


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Assistant Democratic Conference Leader for Policy and Administration


Timothy M. Kennedy
Chair of Majority Program Development Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB Room 506
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2426
Fax: 518-426-6851
DISTRICT OFFICE
2239 South Park Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14220
Phone: 716-826-2683
Fax: 716-826-2793
kennedy@nysenate.gov

Jose Serrano
Chair of the Majority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

172 State Street, Capitol Building
Room 420C
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2795
Fax: 518-426-6886
DISTRICT OFFICE
1916 Park Avenue, Suite 202
New York, NY 10037
Phone: (212) 828-5829
Fax: (212) 826-828-2420
serrano@nysenate.gov

Neil D. Breslin
Vice President Pro Tempore
ALBANY OFFICE

172 State Street
Room 430C
State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2225
Fax: (518) 426-6807
breslin@nysenate.gov

Brian Benjamin
Senior Assistant Majority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street
Room 517
Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2441
Fax: (518) 426-6809
DISTRICT OFFICE
163 West 125th Street
Suite 912
Harlem State Office Bldg.
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 222-7315
Fax: (212) 678-0001
breslin@nysenate.gov

Kevin S. Parker
Majority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

172 State Street
State Capitol Building
Room 504C
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2580
Fax: (518) 426-6843
DISTRICT OFFICE
3021 Tilden Ave.
1st Floor & Basement
Brooklyn, NY 11226-5107
Phone: (718) 629-6401
Fax: (718) 629-6420
parker@nysenate.gov

Toby Ann Stavisky
Majority Conference Vice-Chair
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street
LOB 913
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3461
Fax: (518) 426-6857
DISTRICT OFFICE
142-29 37th Ave, Suite 1
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (718) 445-0004
Fax: (718) 445-8398
stavisky@nysenate.gov

Velmanette Montgomery
Majority Conference Secretary
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street
LOB 915
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: (518) 455-3451
FAX: (518) 426-6854
DISTRICT OFFICE
30 Third Avenue, Suite 207
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (718) 643-6140
Fax: (718) 237-4137
montgome@nysenate.gov

Joseph P. Addabbo Jr.
Majority Deputy Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB Room 613
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2322
Fax: (518) 426-6875
DISTRICT OFFICE
159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach, NY 11414
Phone: (718) 738-1111
Fax: (718) 322-5760
DISTRICT OFFICE (satellite)
66-85 73rd Place
Middle Village, NY 11379
Phone: (718) 497-1630
Fax: (718) 497-1761
DISTRICT OFFICE (satellite)
88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
Phone: (718) 318-0702
Fax: (718) 318-0194
addabbo@nysenate.gov

John Liu
Majority Assistant Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

Legislative Office Bldg.
Room 802
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2210
DISTRICT OFFICE
38-50 Bell Boulevard
Suite C
Bayside, NY 11361
Phone: 718-765-6675
liu@nysenate.gov

Roxanne J. Persaud
Chair of the Majority Steering Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street
LOB 604
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2788
DISTRICT OFFICE
1222 East 96th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Phone: 718-649-7653
persaud@nysenate.gov

Todd Kaminsky
Liaison to the Executive Branch
ALBANY OFFICE

Legislative Office Building
Room 307
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-3401
Fax: 518-426-6914
DISTRICT OFFICE
55 Front Street, Room 1
Rockville Centre, NY 11570-4040
Phone: 516-766-8383
Fax: 516-766-8011
kaminsky@nysenate.gov

Brad Hoylman
Assistant Majority Leader on Conference Operations
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 413, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2451
Fax: (518) 426-6846
DISTRICT OFFICE
322 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 633-8052
Fax: (212) 633-8096
hoylman@nysenate.gov

Gustavo Rivera
Assistant Majority Leader on House Operations
ALBANY OFFICE

172 State Street
State Capitol Building
Room 502C
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-3395
Fax: 518-426-6858
DISTRICT OFFICE
2432 Grand Concourse, Suite 506
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-933-2034
Fax: 718-933-2825
grivera@nysenate.gov

Leroy Comrie
Deputy Majority Leader for State/Federal Relations
ALBANY OFFICE

Legislative Office Building, Room 617
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2701
Fax: (518) 455-2816
DISTRICT OFFICE
113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans, NY 11412
Phone: (718) 765-6359
Fax: (718) 454-0186
comrie@nysenate.gov

Shelley Mayer
Deputy Majority Leader for Senate/Assembly Relations
ALBANY OFFICE

Legislative Office Building, Room 509
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2031
Fax: (518) 426-6860
DISTRICT OFFICE
222 Grace Church Street
Suite 300
Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone: 914-934-5250
Fax: 914-934-5256
smayer@nysenate.gov

Monica R. Martinez
Assistant Majority Leader on Intergovernmental Affairs
ALBANY OFFICE

Legislative Office Building
Room 306
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2950
Fax: (518) 426-6781
DISTRICT OFFICE
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Perry B. Duryea State Office Building
Suite 3B-41
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: (631) 360-3356
Fax: (631) 360-3637
martinez@nysenate.gov

2019 Assembly Majority Leadership (Democratic)
http://nyassembly.gov/mem/leadership/

Please contact the following assemblymembers, informing them that adoptee access to birth certificates bills will be introduced in the 2019 session, and that it's time to pass a bill of rights fair and consistent to all adult adoptees.

Assembly Majority Leadership
Speaker - Carl E. Heastie
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, 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

Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Majority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 926
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5005
DISTRICT OFFICE
425 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
716-897-9714
PeopleC@nyassembly.gov

Helene Weinstein
Chair, Ways and Means Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 923
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5462
DISTRICT OFFICE
3520 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229
718-648-4700
WeinstH@nyassembly.gov

Catherine Nolan
Deputy Speaker
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 739
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4851
DISTRICT OFFICE
47-40 21 Street, Room 810
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-784-3194 / Fax: 718-472-0648
email: NolanC@nyassembly.gov

Félix W. Ortiz
Assistant Speaker
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, 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

188 State Street, 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

188 State Street, 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

188 State Street, 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

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

David Gantt
Assistant Majority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 704
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5606
DISTRICT OFFICE
107 Liberty Pole Way
Rochester, NY 14604
585-454-3670
GanttD@nyassembly.gov

William Colton
Majority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, 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

188 State Street, 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

Michael Miller
Assistant Majority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, 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

Steven Otis
Chair, Majority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 327
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

Erik M. Dilan
Vice-Chair, Majority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 639
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5821
DISTRICT OFFICE
366 Cornelia St.
Brooklyn, NY 11237
718-386-4576 / Fax:718-386-4575
DilanE@nyassembly.gov

Rebecca A. Seawright
Secretary, Majority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 650
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5676
DISTRICT OFFICE
1485 York Avenue
New York, NY 10075
212-288-4607 / Fax: 212-288-4369
SeawrightR@nyassembly.gov

Carmen E. Arroyo
Chair, Majority Program
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, 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

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

John T. McDonald
Vice-Chair, Majority Steering
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 417
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4474 / Fax:518-455-4727
DISTRICT OFFICE
N/A
McDonaldJ@nyassembly.gov

Ron Kim
Chair, Majority House Operations
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, 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

Maritza Davila
Chair, Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 637
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5537 / Fax: 518-455-5789
DISTRICT OFFICE
249 Wilson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
718-443-1205 / Fax: 718-443-1424
DavilaM@nyassembly.gov


2019 Senate Minority Leadership (Republican)
https://www.nysenate.gov/senate-leadership

Please contact the following state senators, informing them that adoptee access to birth certificates bills will be introduced in the 2019 session, and that it's time to pass a bill of rights fair and consistent to all adult adoptees.

John J. Flanagan
Minority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

172 State Street
Room 315
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

Kenneth P. LaValle
Chair of the Senate Minority 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
Ranking Member of the Finance Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 414, 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

Josesph E. Robach
Assistant Minority Whip
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
Assistant Minority Leader for Policy and Administration
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 Minority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

172 State Street, Capitol Building
Room 413C
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
Minority 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
Vice Chair of the Senate Minority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 513, 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
Assistant Minority Leader for Floor Operations
ALBANY OFFICE

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

Patricia Ritchie
Secretary of the Senate Minority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, 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

Catharine M. Young
Assistant Minority Leader for Conference Operations
ALBANY OFFICE

Room 706, Legislative Office Building
188 State Street
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-3563
Fax: 518-426-6905
DISTRICT OFFICE
700 W. State Street
Westgate Plaza
Olean, NY 14760
Phone: 716-372-4901
Fax: 716-372-5740
DISTRICT OFFICE
2-6 E. Second Street
Fenton Building, Suite 302
Jamestown, New York, NY 14701
Phone: 716-664-4603
Fax: 716-664-2430
cyoung@nysenate.gov


2019 Assembly Minority Leadership (Republican)
http://nyassembly.gov/mem/leadership/

Please contact the following assemblymembers, informing them that adoptee access to birth certificates bills will be introduced in the 2019 session, and that it's time to pass a bill of rights fair and consistent to all adult adoptees.

Assembly Minority Leadership
Speaker - Brian M. Kolb
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 933
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-3751
DISTRICT OFFICE
70 Elizabeth Blackwell St.
Geneva, NY 14456
315-781-2030
KolbB@nyassembly.gov

Andy Goodell
Minority Leader Pro Tempore
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 446
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4511
DISTRICT OFFICE
Fenton Building
2 E. 2nd Street, Suite 320
Jamestown, NY 14701
716-664-7773
goodella@nyassembly.gov

Edward P. Ra
Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 546
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4627
DISTRICT OFFICE
825 East Gate Boulevard, Suite 207
Garden City, NY 11530
516-535-4095 / Fax: 516-535-4097
rae@nyassembly.gov

Stephen Hawley
Deputy Minority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 521
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5811
DISTRICT OFFICE
121 N. Main Street Suite 100
Albion, NY 14411
585-589-5780
HawleyS@nyassembly.gov

Gary D. Finch
Assistant Minority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 448
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5878
DISTRICT OFFICE
69 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021
315-255-3045
FinchG@nyassembly.gov

Andrew P. Raia
Assistant Minority Leader
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 635
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5952
DISTRICT OFFICE
75 Woodbine Avenue
Northport, NY 11768
631-261-4151
RaiaA@nyassembly.gov

Nicole Malliotakis
Minority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 404
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5716 / Fax:518-455-5970
DISTRICT OFFICE
11 Maplewood Place
Staten Island, NY 10306
718-987-0197 / Fax:718-987-0863
DISTRICT OFFICE
7408 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
718-987-0197 / Fax:718-987-0863
malliotakisn@nyassembly.gov

Philip A. Palmesano
Deputy Minority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 320
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5791 / Fax: 518-455-4644
DISTRICT OFFICE
105 E. Steuben St.
Bath, NY 14810
607-776-9691 / Fax:607-776-5185
palmesanop@nyassembly.gov

Karl Brabenec
Assistant Minority Whip
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 329
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5991 / Fax:518-455-5929
DISTRICT OFFICE
28 North Main St. Suite 2
Florida, NY 10921
845-544-7551 / Fax:845-544-7553
brabeneck@nyassembly.gov

Clifford W. Crouch
Chairman, Minority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 450
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5741
DISTRICT OFFICE
1 Kattelville Road Suite 1
Binghamton, NY 13901
607-648-6080
CrouchC@nyassembly.gov

Dan Stec
Vice-Chair, Minority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 439
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5565
DISTRICT OFFICE
7559 Court St., Rm. 203
PO Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
518-873-3803
DISTRICT OFFICE
140 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
518-792-4546
StecD@nyassembly.gov

Mark Johns
Secretary, Minority Conference
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 549
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5784
DISTRICT OFFICE
268 Fairport Village Landing
Fairport, NY 14450
585-223-9130
johnsm@nyassembly.gov

David G. McDonough
Chair, Minority Joint Conference Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 443
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4633
DISTRICT OFFICE
404 Bedford Ave.
Bellmore, NY 11710
516-409-2070
mcdonoughd@nyassembly.gov

Andrew R. Garbarino
Vice-Chairman, Minority Joint Conference Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 402
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4611
DISTRICT OFFICE
859 Montauk Hwy Suite 1
Bayport, NY 11705
631-589-0348 / Fax: 631-589-0487
GarbarinoA@nyassembly.gov

Ken Blankenbush
Chairman, Steering Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 322
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5797 / Fax: 518-455-5289
DISTRICT OFFICE
40 Franklin Street, Suite 2
Carthage, NY 13619
315-493-3909 / Fax: 315-493-4045
blankenbushk@nyassembly.gov

Kevin M. Byrne
Vice-Chairman, Steering Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 318
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5783
DISTRICT OFFICE
3 Starr Ridge Rd. Suite 204
Brewster, NY 10509
845-278-2923 / Fax: 845-278-2926
ByrneK@nyassembly.gov

Michael Montesano
Chairman, Program Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 437
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4684
DISTRICT OFFICE
111 West Old Country Rd., Suite 202
Hicksville, NY 11801
516-937-3571
MontesanoM@nyassembly.gov

Mary Beth Walsh
Vice-Chairman, Program Committee
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 725
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5772
DISTRICT OFFICE
199 Milton Avenue Suite 3-4
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
518-884-8010
walshm@nyassembly.gov

William A. Barclay
Ranking Member, Ways and Means
ALBANY OFFICE

Capitol 444
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5841
DISTRICT OFFICE
200 North Second Street
Fulton, NY 13069
315-598-5185
BarclaW@nyassembly.gov


Opponents who spoke out against us at the Assembly floor debates:

Deborah J. Glick
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 717
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4841
DISTRICT OFFICE
853 Broadway, Suite 2007
New York, NY 10003
212-674-5153


Daniel J. O'Donnell
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 712
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5603
DISTRICT OFFICE
245 West 104th Street
New York, NY 10025
212-866-3970


Andy Goodell (Minority Leader Pro Tempore)
ALBANY OFFICE

188 State Street, LOB 446
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4511
DISTRICT OFFICE
Fenton Building
2 E. 2nd Street, Suite 320
Jamestown, NY 14701
716-664-7773
goodella@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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