Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman Calls On Governor Eliot Spitzer to Sign A.3366/S.3201 and Help Lift Women Out of Poverty

Legislation would require local service districts to educate women about non-traditional employment that provides a sustainable wage
July 19, 2007
Brooklyn N.Y. Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman joined Senator Montgomery, Federation Protestant Welfare Agencies, and other advocates on the steps of City Hall for a rally calling on Governor Spitzer to sign A.3366/S.3201 into law. If signed, the legislation would empower women receiving public assistance to obtain sustainable wage employment and leave welfare.

At the press conference Assemblywoman Millman stated, "The City may be in a fiscally prosperous era, but we cannot forget that poverty is still rampant in many of our neighborhoods. Our legislation will empower women with the skills they need in order to provide for their families and leave the world of welfare behind once and for all. I hope the Governor will join us in this effort to help women on welfare realize the American dream."

A.3366/S.3201 will require:

  • local districts to emphasize training for sustainable wage jobs and promote non-traditional employment opportunities
  • local districts to include information on education and training for sustainable wage jobs and non-traditional employment
  • participant employability plans to take into account the potential for available employment that pays a sustainable wage such as apprenticeable, technical and professional occupations and nontraditional employment.

"This legislation will encourage women on welfare to pursue work that pays a decent wage," said Assemblywoman Millman. "We cannot continue to push women into dead-end jobs. Instead, we have to set the bar higher and help establish career goals."