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Meet Rebecca Seawright

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright represents the 76th Assembly District, including the Manhattan neighborhoods of the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island. Seawright is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and is a champion for education at all levels, senior citizen, human rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, affordable housing, environmental protection, public health, election reform, criminal justice reform, and government transparency.

Along with her colleagues, she achieved the strongest rent reforms in New York State’s history, making rent stabilization and rent control permanent. She is a fighter against discrimination, intolerance and violence. She obtained passage for a new law providing for insurance coverage for women and men who need 3-D mammograms for breast cancer detection. She introduced and passed an Equal Rights Amendment to the New York State Constitution. She has secured $12 million of funding for her district’s public schools, senior centers and parks.

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A Statement from Assemblywoman Seawright

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Like most New Yorkers and most Americans, I am deeply distressed by the shocking television images of violence in major cities across the country, including here in New York State. We must all stand in support of peaceful protest against bigotry and discrimination and for genuine criminal justice reforms.

The violence against George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by law enforcement officials, which led to their heinous deaths, must be condemned. These are terrible tragedies on a long list of an even longer history. At the same time, I am appalled by the violence perpetrated at otherwise peaceful protests, resulting in deaths, injuries, and destruction of property. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King said that “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral.”

In the Assembly, I was proud to support and co-sponsor Assembly Bill 2513 to repeal § 50-a of the New York State Civil Rights Law, which was signed into law. § 50-a allows law enforcement officers to refuse disclosure of almost all performance and disciplinary records from any requests, including requests under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

Before this repeal, New York had the most restrictive law in the country regarding transparency for police misconduct, and police departments, citing 50-a as justification. The continued lack of transparency enabled abusive officers to continue to act with impunity. As our communities react to the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, the demonstrations in response, and actions by local police officers to peaceful protests, the public deserves more from public officials. I am proud to support this legislation.

For those who are feeling the tremendous weight of the events across the country, please know you are not alone. Please consider no-cost resources that are here to help: the New York State Emotional Support Hotline can be reached at 1-844-863-9314.

May the days ahead bring justice and comfort to the grieving families, friends, and all affected by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others.

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Huge News! Triple Endorsement!

NEW YORK, N.Y. – State Senator Liz Krueger, State Senator José M. Serrano, and City Council Member Ben Kallos jointly announced their enthusiastic endorsement of Rebecca Seawright for New York State Assembly in the 76th Assembly District, which includes the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island. Senator Krueger cited Seawright’s “extensive qualifications and commitment […]

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Rebecca Seawright understands what makes our neighborhoods so special because she’s one of us– a lifelong Democratic activist who’s been a consistent champion of progressive values.

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