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New York  A5036A

New York Adoptees Need  Your Help Immediately!

Below is the Action Alert issued by New York State Adoptee Equality regarding A 5036A—-a very restrictive  bill–that  passed out of committee on May 16, 2017. NYSAE is not a Bastard Nation partner, but we are in full agreement with its opposition.  We will have more to say about this bill later.

Go to the Bastard Nation Legislative page for more information on the  multi-bill mess currently i  the NY legislature.

!! ACTION ALERT !!

REGRESSIVE BILL A5036A PASSED THROUGH THE HEALTH COMMITTEE AND WAS REPORTED TO THE COMMITTEE ON CODES TODAY, 5/16/17. THIS BILL IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF
#AdopteeRights

NYSAE OPPOSES THIS REGRESSIVE AND ARCHAIC LEGISLATION.

PLEASE EMAIL, CALL OR TWEET THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON CODES URGING THEM TO VOTE NO ON A5036A. EMAIL ADDRESSES AND TWITTER HANDLES ARE LISTED BELOW. IF YOU ARE A CONSTITUENT OF THEIR DISTRICT BE SURE TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS SUCH. IF YOU HAVE AN ADOPTED FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER IN THEIR DISTRICT BE SURE TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS SUCH.

PHONE NUMBERS, BOTH LOCAL AND IN ALBANY, FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON CODES CAN BE FOUND HERE:
http://nyassembly.gov/mem/

 

Complete list of Members of Committee on Codes:

Joseph R. Lentol (CHAIR) LentolJ@nyassembly.gov @assemblymanjoe
Thomas J Abinanti abinantit@nyassembly.gov @TomAbinanti
Vivian E. Cook CookV@nyassembly.gov
Steven Cymbrowitz CymbroS@nyassembly.gov @SteveCym
Patricia Fahy FahyP@nyassembly.gov @PatriciaFahy109
Joseph M. Giglio GiglioJ@nyassembly.gov
Al Graf grafa@nyassembly.gov
Andrew Hevesi HevesiA@nyassembly.gov @AndrewHevesi
Charles D. Lavine LavineC@nyassembly.gov @Charles_Lavine
Tom McKevitt MckeviT@nyassembly.gov @TomMcKevitt1
Michael Montesano MontesanoM@nyassembly.gov @AsmMontesano
Angelo J. Morinello morinelloa@nyassembly.gov @VoteJudgeAngelo
Walter T. Mosley MosleyW@nyassembly.gov
Daniel J. O’Donnell OdonnellD@nyassembly.gov
N. Nick Perry PerryN@nyassembly.gov @NNickPerry
J. Gary Pretlow PretloJ@nyassembly.gov @JGPretlow
Edward P. Ra rae@nyassembly.gov @EdwardRa19 ‏ !!Robin Schimminger SchimmR@nyassembly.gov
Michele R. Titus TitusM@nyassembly.gov
Helene E. Weinstein WeinstH@nyassembly.gov
David I. Weprin WeprinD@nyassembly.gov @DavidWeprin
Kenneth Zebrowski ZebrowskiK@nyassembly.gov @kenzebrowski_ny

Sample Email:

Subject: VOTE NO ON A5036A

Dear Assemblymember ______________,

I, along with NYS ADOPTION EQUALITY, remain opposed to pending legislation, most recently modified as A5036A.

Current law allows NYS adopted adults to ask a Judge to release their Birth Record. A5036A does NOT restore access to adopted people but creates new privileges for those whose parental rights were terminated or surrendered.

Most people in your district wrongfully believe that, upon attaining the age of 18, an adopted person is given not only their birth record but their “entire file” including the reports of any time in foster care: the works.

A5036A is bill language crafted by Sheldon Silver’s office. It is not adoptee rights but a holdover of accommodations to special interest groups.

This is NOT restoration of adoptee access to their own birth record when the consent of (former) parents (considered legal strangers) is required. Legal strangers do not not need State notice that an adopted adult is doing genealogy or, simply, wants an accurate record of their birth as every other NYS resident is entitled to. These legal strangers were not allowed to make decisions for their adopted out offspring as children; why should they be allowed to do so when said children reach the age of majority?

A Judge deciding what is in the best interest of a “birth” parent with no mention of the best interest of the adopted adult is NOT adoptee rights. Giving new rights to people who currently have none is NOT adoptee rights.

I encourage you to VOTE NO on A5036A, It is regressive and further discriminates against adopted adults. Please replace the word “adoptee” with any other minority group (i.e.: Black/Hispanic/Jewish/Muslim/LGBTQ/etc) and ask yourself if you would support such a bill. Adopted Adults are discriminated against and treated as minorities. It is long past time to end the Tann/Lehman Legacy and the discrimination against adopted adults.

Adopted adults deserve access to a true and accurate record of their birth just as every other adult born in NYS can access.

Sincerely,

Cut and Paste Email Addresses:

LentolJ@nyassembly.gov, abinantit@nyassembly.gov, CookV@nyassembly.gov, CymbroS@nyassembly.gov, FahyP@nyassembly.gov, GiglioJ@nyassembly.gov, grafa@nyassembly.gov, HevesiA@nyassembly.gov, LavineC@nyassembly.gov, MckeviT@nyassembly.gov, MontesanoM@nyassembly.gov, morinelloa@nyassembly.gov, MosleyW@nyassembly.gov, OdonnellD@nyassembly.gov, PerryN@nyassembly.gov, PretloJ@nyassembly.gov, rae@nyassembly.gov, SchimmR@nyassembly.gov, TitusM@nyassembly.gov, WeinstH@nyassembly.gov, WeprinD@nyassembly.gov, ZebrowskiK@nyassembly.gov

TWITTER (please note: not all members have Twitter)

@assemblymanjoe #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@TomAbinanti #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@SteveCym #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@PatriciaFahy109 #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@AndrewHevesi #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@Charles_Lavine #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@TomMcKevitt1 #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@AsmMontesano #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@VoteJudgeAngelo #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@WalterTMosley #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@NNickPerry #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@JGPretlow #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@EdwardRa19 ‏ #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@DavidWeprin #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@kenzebrowski_ny #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

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SAMPLE STATE ORGANIZATION RESOLUTION AGAINST VETOES AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS

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Any political organization seeking to enact true open records legislation should be very clear with both their constituents and the legislators they work with about what the essential provisions of the proposed bill are. Any modification or deletion of the essential provisions of a bill should be immediate cause to have the bill killed.

Any political organization seeking the assistance of Bastard Nation to pass open records legislation must hold unconditional access by adult adoptees to the original record of their birth as an essential provision that cannot be modified or deleted. Read our Mission Statement.

Bastard Nation will not assist any political organization to pass open records legislation unless their governing board or other leadership

passes a written resolution such as the following that commits the board to a strategy of no compromise on key provisions
informs its constituents of this commitment and this strategy
informs the sponsoring legislators of this commitment and this strategy.

WHEREAS we recognize that disclosure and contact vetoes, redactions, mandatory intermediaries and registry provisions are an affront to the dignity of adopted persons everywhere and a violation of their right to due process and equal treatment under the law,

WHEREAS there has been a demonstrable negative effect on the ability to pass unconditional open records in states that have passed veto legislation and/or any provisions that are less than unconditional access on demand by the adult adoptee,

WHEREAS our primary goal is to restore the right of adult adoptees everywhere to be treated as full citizens under the law,

WE HEREBY DECLARE that under no circumstances will we accept the addition of veto, redaction, intermediary, or registry provisions, or any conditional provisions to our legislation that would be less than unconditional access for adult adoptees to the original record of their birth. All legislative sponsors and members of this organization will be informed of our policy on this matter to ensure that the bill is pulled promptly in the event of such revisions.