Gov. Andrew Cuomo sits with former Sen. Hillary Clinton at an event last week.//Photo by Philip Kamrass, Office of Gov. Cuomo

State Tackles Period Stigma By Mandating  School Access to Pads and Tampons

A new law that took effect at the beginning of the school year mandates that all public schools must stock pads and tampons and provide them free of charge to students in grades six through 12 starting.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law in July as  part of his Women’s Opportunity Agenda. The law addresses a problem that many girls face, but few talk about because of stigmas related to menstrual health.

“Many women in New York lack access to menstrual products, and for young women, this inequality can cause distraction and worry that may negatively affect their learning experience,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng from Queens.  “By making these essential feminine health products available in schools, we are helping young women become confident, successful adults.”

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo // State House

Gov. Cuomo Signed Prosecutorial Misconduct Bill As Deadline Loomed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bipartisan bill that will create a commission on prosecutorial misconduct on Monday night, just hours before the bill’s deadline. The bill had passed the state Assembly and Senate earlier this year but faced opposition from many district attorneys, including Queens DA Richard Brown. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was expected to sign the bill into law, but the fate of the legislation remained unclear. Without his signature, the bill would have been automatically vetoed.

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Attorney Donald Vernon condemned the Port Authority for answering questions written on notecards instead of speaking with attendees directly. // Eagle photo by David Brand

Port Authority Dictates $10B JFK Overhaul Plan At St. Albans Meeting

At a public meeting in St. Albans Wednesday night, officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey discussed the $10 billion plan to overhaul John F. Kennedy Airport and pledged to involve Southeast Queens residents in every phase of development.

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Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi introduced the bill to create “culturally competent” safe houses for survivors of human trafficking. Hevesi joined survivors and their advocates at City Hall on Friday. // Photo courtesy of Andrew Hevesi

Hevesi, Survivors Call for Safe Houses in the ‘Apex’ of Sex Trafficking

By David Brand On Friday, State Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) joined survivors of human trafficking and their advocates on

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