New York Civil Liberties Union - Capital Region office

New York Civil Liberties Union - Capital Region office Chapter Board

Colin Donnaruma
President
Kathy Manley
Vice President
Mark Witecki
Treasurer
Justiin Harrison
Legal Committee Chair Like its parent organization, the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Region Chapter is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization devoted exclusively to protecting the civil liberties of all persons, and to extending them to persons traditionally denied fundamental rights.

We seek to preserve and enhance the principles embodied in the United States and the New York State constitutions. The Chapter receives no governmental funding and is supported by individual contributions, grants from foundations, and more than 2,800 dues-paying NYCLU members in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Columbia and Greene counties. Through litigation, advocac

We seek to preserve and enhance the principles embodied in the United States and the New York State constitutions. The Chapter receives no governmental funding and is supported by individual contributions, grants from foundations, and more than 2,800 dues-paying NYCLU members in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Columbia and Greene counties. Through litigation, advocac

Operating as usual

09/24/2021
Saratoga BLM: No Mediation Until Charges Are Dropped
09/23/2021
Saratoga BLM: No Mediation Until Charges Are Dropped

Saratoga BLM: No Mediation Until Charges Are Dropped

As the city of Saratoga Springs considers mediation with racial justice demonstrators, Saratoga Black Lives Matter has a new demand: drop the charges against those who were arrested on warrants two months after a July protest.

"They are just the latest escalation by the department of its campaign to silence its local critics." says NYCLU Capital...
09/21/2021
Letter: Saratoga Springs police the problem, not BLM activists

"They are just the latest escalation by the department of its campaign to silence its local critics." says NYCLU Capital Region director Melanie Trimble in response to the recent arrests of BLM activists in Saratoga.

To anyone following the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s approach towards Black...

"Tear gas and rubber bullets don’t just have physical consequences, this type of grossly overbroad and excessive force p...
09/21/2021
Albany Squanders an Opportunity to Ban Chemical Weapons

"Tear gas and rubber bullets don’t just have physical consequences, this type of grossly overbroad and excessive force prevents protesters’ exercise of their First Amendment rights."

It’s one thing for politicians to proclaim that they support calls for racial justice and reining in police abuse. But all too often, when the time comes to actually enact change, our leaders get cold feet.This was on full display during an Albany Common Council vote earlier this month on a bill k...

Saratoga PD continues its disturbing authoritarian crusade. This aggressive fear campaign must stop!
09/15/2021
Another protester surrenders to Saratoga Springs Police Department

Saratoga PD continues its disturbing authoritarian crusade. This aggressive fear campaign must stop!

Jessica Akyiano of Hudson Falls on Tuesday morning became the latest racial justice protester to surrender to Saratoga Springs police on charges stemming from a July 14 protest.

The actions of the Saratoga Springs Police Department are disturbing. This week they arrested four Black Lives Matter pr...
09/10/2021
BLM activists detained by Saratoga police outside City Hall

The actions of the Saratoga Springs Police Department are disturbing. This week they arrested four Black Lives Matter protesters, including a mother with small children, during a nonviolent protest outside of City Hall. This needless escalation by the police is chilling and unacceptable.

Black Lives Matter activists were detained by Saratoga Springs police during a protest...

“Today, the Third Department confirmed the obvious: there’s no place for voter suppression in Rensselaer County,” says M...
09/02/2021
Court rules Rensselaer County must add accessible early voting site in Troy by Sept. 3

“Today, the Third Department confirmed the obvious: there’s no place for voter suppression in Rensselaer County,” says Melanie Trimble

TROY, N.Y. — New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that a court ruled in favor of her lawsuit against the Rensselaer County Board of Elections (BOE) and ordered the BOE to select new ea…

"The firm that makes the sound cannon says the device has a maximum output of 162 decibels. The human pain threshold for...
09/02/2021
Troy does not need sound cannons for policing

"The firm that makes the sound cannon says the device has a maximum output of 162 decibels. The human pain threshold for sound is in the 110 to 130 dB range, even from more than 60 feet away."

The Troy City Council has approved the purchase of military-style crowd-control tools for...

“We’re really worried that there’s not enough energy spent on thinking about how to make the system safer, better, kinde...
08/23/2021
School Policing Questioned as Students Return to Classrooms Amid Pandemic Stress and Security Revamp

“We’re really worried that there’s not enough energy spent on thinking about how to make the system safer, better, kinder for every kid,” says Johanna Miller, Director of NYCLU’s Educational Policy Center

The restarting of fully in-person classes means a comeback for thousands of school safety agents alongside a million students to city public schools in less than a month. That’s reignited a raging debate over what role cops should have in classrooms.

"Rensselaer County BOE commissioners have abdicated their responsibility to ensure that Troy residents can exercise thei...
08/08/2021

"Rensselaer County BOE commissioners have abdicated their responsibility to ensure that Troy residents can exercise their right to vote for far too long" says Melanie Trimble. We support the AG in guaranteeing equitable access to early voting for Troy residents!

On Sunday, July 25 at 12:30pm the Schenectady Coalition for Healthcare Access (www.Schdy.org) will send out a distress s...
07/22/2021
Rally set to demand openness in Ellis Medicine merger talks

On Sunday, July 25 at 12:30pm the Schenectady Coalition for Healthcare Access (www.Schdy.org) will send out a distress signal for our local health services. Learn about the consequences of a merger between Ellis Medicine and Trinity Health and JOIN US at the rally as we ring the alarm bells and call out an SOS! Save Our Services! You’ll hear from a wide range of speakers about the loss of critical services, policy-based discriminatory practices, and lack of transparency from the leadership of Ellis Medicine.

What can we lose? If Ellis doesn't put it in writing: no contraception counseling, no abortion services, no tubal ligations, no vasectomies, no in-vitro fertilization, no gestational surrogacy, no gender affirming care, and restrictions on end-of-life care, treatment of ectopic pregnancy and life-threatening miscarriage.

The silence coming from Ellis leadership is deafening. We deserve to know about the impending merger agreement between Ellis Medicine and Trinity Health, and Ellis Leadership needs to put the needs of our community front and center when negotiating the merger agreement. Our health depends on it.

Join us on Sunday, July 25 and send a message to Ellis leadership with your presence and your voice. Come see — and be seen!

https://dailygazette.com/2021/07/12/rally-set-to-demand-openness-in-ellis-medicine-merger-talks/

SCHENECTADY — Unhappy about the lack of updates on negotiations for a potential merger of Ellis Medicine and worried about the cuts that may result, community activists are planning a protest rally.

07/07/2021

We are excited to announce our chapter is taking on the new name of NYCLU Capital Region office! Our former board is now called the NYCLU Capital Region Council and our director Melanie Trimble is now our NYCLU Regional Office Director for the Capitol Region.

“The HERO Act is a permanent airborne infectious disease standard,” says NYCLU attorney Lisa Zucker. New York will be th...
07/06/2021
N.Y. First to Mandate All Employers Set Infectious Disease Plans

“The HERO Act is a permanent airborne infectious disease standard,” says NYCLU attorney Lisa Zucker.
New York will be the first state to require all employers to adopt plans to protect workers against airborne infectious diseases.

New York next month will begin the process of requiring employers to adopt plans to protect workers against airborne infectious diseases—the first time a state has required all businesses to take such precautions.

"In Albany, 69 percent of white residents own homes but only 20 percent of Black residents do."
06/14/2021
How can Albany bridge its racial wealth gap?

"In Albany, 69 percent of white residents own homes but only 20 percent of Black residents do."

Residents and experts say boosting home ownership by Black residents in formerly redlined...

"Transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary New Yorkers deserve identity documents that reflect who they are and ...
06/11/2021

"Transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary New Yorkers deserve identity documents that reflect who they are and enable them to fully participate in society." says NYCLU Policy Counsel Allie Bohm in response to NYS legislature passing the Gender Recognition Act.

"Transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary New Yorkers deserve identity documents that reflect who they are and enable them to fully participate in society." says NYCLU Policy Counsel Allie Bohm in response to NYS legislature passing the Gender Recognition Act.

“Today, the New York state legislature took a common-sense and overdue step towards ending mass incarceration by passing...
06/11/2021

“Today, the New York state legislature took a common-sense and overdue step towards ending mass incarceration by passing the Less is More Act" says NYCLU Policy Counsel Jared Trujillo.

“Today, the New York state legislature took a common-sense and overdue step towards ending mass incarceration by passing the Less is More Act" says NYCLU Policy Counsel Jared Trujillo.

There is no place in Rensselaer County for voter suppression. We are proud to stand with the Attorney General to ensure ...
06/10/2021
Court rules in favor of AG James in Rensselaer County early voting site suit

There is no place in Rensselaer County for voter suppression. We are proud to stand with the Attorney General to ensure access to early voting sites in Troy!

TROY, N.Y. — New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that a judge ruled in favor of her office’s request for an injunction against the Rensselaer County Board of Elections

Call your NYS leaders and ask that they do everything they can to pass the New York for All Act TODAY! #NY4All
06/10/2021
New York for All Call Script

Call your NYS leaders and ask that they do everything they can to pass the New York for All Act TODAY! #NY4All

Hola, mi nombre es _________, mi código postal es _________. Estoy llamando para solicitar a la líder de la mayoría del Senado, Andrea Stewart-Cousins / al portavoz de la Asamblea, Carl Heastie, que haga todo lo que esté en su poder para aprobar la Ley de Nueva York para Todos, incluyendo llevar...

“Troy has ignored calls to equitably expand early voting access for far too long. This is textbook voter suppression, an...
05/30/2021
AG sues RensCo Board of Elections for denying access to early voting sites

“Troy has ignored calls to equitably expand early voting access for far too long. This is textbook voter suppression, and it must be stopped." says our Capital Region Chapter Director Melanie Trimble. Rensselaer county early voting sites must be accessible in Troy.

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Letitia James, the Attorney General of New York, is suing the Rensselaer County Board of Elections (BOE) for not choosing an early voting site for communities of color in Troy…

"This is not a model for student safety. We need to fund solutions that support students and meet their needs, and we ne...
05/27/2021
Do police bodycams belong in Capital Region schools?

"This is not a model for student safety. We need to fund solutions that support students and meet their needs, and we need to replace cops with counselors and programs for social-emotional learning." says Capital Region Chapter director Melanie Trimble

Should school resource officers (SROs) be required to wear body cameras during their...

Troy needs more accessible early voting sites. More here on the state of Troy's early voting locations and what advocate...
05/26/2021
Advocates call for more accessible early voting sites in downtown Troy

Troy needs more accessible early voting sites. More here on the state of Troy's early voting locations and what advocates propose can be done to remedy this problem:

TROY, N.Y. — Outside the Ned Pattison Government Center Tuesday morning in Troy, voting advocates called on the Rensselaer County Board of Elections (BOE) to make early voting more accessible

Our Capital Region Chapter director Melanie Trimble speaks about suing the Troy Police Department on Hudson Mohawk Magaz...
05/26/2021
NYCLU Sues Troy Police Department for Withholding Misconduct Records

Our Capital Region Chapter director Melanie Trimble speaks about suing the Troy Police Department on Hudson Mohawk Magazine at Media Sanctuary.

Next, Melanie Trimble talks to Hudson Mohawk Magazine producer Elizabeth Press about suing the Troy Police Department, FOIL requests, 50-a and police reform. More specifically, The New York Civil Libe

“Troy residents have the right to know the substance and volume of complaints made against their officers," says our Cap...
05/21/2021

“Troy residents have the right to know the substance and volume of complaints made against their officers," says our Capital Region Chapter Director Melanie Trimble.
Troy PD is withholding their police misconduct records despite the repeal of 50-a, so we're suing.
Our statement:

“Troy residents have the right to know the substance and volume of complaints made against their officers," says our Capital Region Chapter Director Melanie Trimble.
Troy PD is withholding their police misconduct records despite the repeal of 50-a, so we're suing.
Our statement:

Here are the case materials for New York Civil Liberties Union 's lawsuit against the Troy NY Police Department. The rep...
05/21/2021
NYCLU v. Troy Police Department

Here are the case materials for New York Civil Liberties Union 's lawsuit against the Troy NY Police Department. The repeal of 50-a is meant to hold police departments accountable by making their misconduct records public. "We will fight resistance to accountability wherever we see it and continue working to end the secrecy shrouding evidence of police misconduct across New York state.” - Capital Region Chapter Director, Melanie Trimble

The New York Civil Liberties Union, with pro bono counsel from Latham & Watkins LLP, filed a lawsuit against the Troy Police Department for unlawfully denying the NYCLU’s requests for records related to police misconduct authorized to be disclosed following the repeal of 50-a.

Join us for our chapter's annual meeting on Thursday, May 27 at 6:30PM for an expert panel to examine the future of poli...
05/19/2021

Join us for our chapter's annual meeting on Thursday, May 27 at 6:30PM for an expert panel to examine the future of policing in New York State and the Capital Region in a free meeting that is open to the public. Here's the link: https://aclu.zoom.us/j/81213958984

Join us for our chapter's annual meeting on Thursday, May 27 at 6:30PM for an expert panel to examine the future of policing in New York State and the Capital Region in a free meeting that is open to the public. Here's the link: https://aclu.zoom.us/j/81213958984

"As if racist myths weren't enough, the presenter's comments show a profound failure to show what it means to be a polic...
05/07/2021
Albany police review board chair said 'racist' remarks were made by detective lieutenant

"As if racist myths weren't enough, the presenter's comments show a profound failure to show what it means to be a police officer and to serve and protect the public," - Nairobi Vives, chair of the Albany Community Police Review Board. Come on APD, Albany deserves better.

The chair of the city’s Community Police Review Board is accusing an Albany police...

"About 8% of New York’s public school students did not have a laptop or other device to use for remote learning in the f...
05/07/2021
Survey: Many NY Students Began Year Without Device, Internet

"About 8% of New York’s public school students did not have a laptop or other device to use for remote learning in the first months of the school year, and about 6% lacked adequate internet access" New York, we need to bridge this digital divide and help our students get more connected.

New survey results show that about 8% of New York’s public school students did not have a laptop or other device to use for remote learning in the first months of the school year

Governor Cuomo signed NY HERO into law, protecting workers, their families, and their communities from infection and fro...
05/07/2021

Governor Cuomo signed NY HERO into law, protecting workers, their families, and their communities from infection and from retaliation for raising safety concerns at work by creating enforceable health and safety standards. Here is our statement from Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Governor Cuomo signed NY HERO into law, protecting workers, their families, and their communities from infection and from retaliation for raising safety concerns at work by creating enforceable health and safety standards. Here is our statement from Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

“Education leaders at every level need to examine this issue with their communities and construct solutions that will he...
05/05/2021

“Education leaders at every level need to examine this issue with their communities and construct solutions that will heal, restore, and compensate for the failure to reach so many kids during the pandemic.” Says the director of the Education Policy Center at the NYCLU, Johanna Miller.

NYCLU senior staff attorney Perry Grossman responds to NYS passing legislation to restore voting rights to people on par...
04/22/2021

NYCLU senior staff attorney Perry Grossman responds to NYS passing legislation to restore voting rights to people on parole.

NYCLU senior staff attorney Perry Grossman responds to NYS passing legislation to restore voting rights to people on parole.

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