Barbara Lifton

Dear Neighbor,

As your representative in the New York State Assembly and as chair of the Assembly Task Force on Women’s Issues, I fought hard this year to provide women with new resources both at home and in the workplace in order to better care for their families.

We made great headway this year: I know there’s nothing more important than the health of our families, and that’s why I voted to approve this year’s budget, which expands health care coverage to include New York’s 400,000 uninsured children under the Child Health Plus insurance program. And this year I also fought to ensure equal pay for women, pass working mothers’ legislation, improve child care, and help victims of domestic violence.

However, as much as we’ve accomplished, there’s more work to be done. I look forward to making more advances in improving the lives of New York’s women.

Barbara Lifton
Member of Assembly

Fighting for equal pay

Even though the Equal Pay Act was passed 44 years ago, reports on women’s pay show an inexplicable 20 percent wage gap between men and women. Assemblywoman Lifton has consistently fought for pay equity legislation for women and has sponsored two measures that passed the Assembly:

  • making it discriminatory to compensate women and men differently for comparable work (A.6959), and

  • urging Congress to enact federal legislation eliminating wage discrimination (K.256).

Helping nursing mothers in the workplace

To help working mothers who are still breastfeeding when they return to work, Assemblywoman Lifton sponsored legislation requiring employers to permit nursing mothers to express breast milk in a designated area at work (A.1060, delivered to governor).

Improving child care

Barbara Lifton has held roundtable discussions with child-care experts on how to improve our child-care system. Assemblywoman Lifton drafted several bills, one of which was recently signed into law by the governor (Ch. 65 of 2007), requiring that we study ways to create affordable insurance policies for child-care providers.

Helping victims of domestic violence

This year, the Assembly passed legislation Barbara Lifton sponsored to ensure that all victims of domestic violence have the opportunity to vote at the Board of Elections by paper ballot (A.7463). This measure ensures that abusers cannot track their victims to their polling places and saves victims from further harm.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, but recognizing the signs is not always easy, even for victims themselves. Understanding domestic violence is being aware of the many different things abusers do to control their partners.

  • Emotional and psychological control. If your partner yells at you, undermines your abilities as a wife or a mother, becomes extremely jealous, prevents you from going somewhere, or humiliates or embarrasses you.

  • Economic control. If your partner controls all the finances, forces you to account for what you spend, prevents you from keeping a job or from going to school, or limits your access to health insurance.

  • Threats. If your partner threatens to report you to the authorities for something you didn’t do, threatens to harm or kidnap the children, makes you afraid, displays weapons, or threatens to report you to immigration officials.

  • Physical violence. If your partner carries out threats to hurt you or your loved ones, destroys personal property, forces you to have sexual relations when you don’t want to, or denies you access to food or sleep.

There are many numbers you can call for help if you are a victim of domestic violence:

The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County (24-hour hotline)

Cortland County Aid to Victims of Violence (24-hour hotline)

NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline

National Domestic Violence Hotline

And you can always call 911 in an emergency.

Assemblywoman Barbar Lifton Assemblywoman
Barbara Lifton

106 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-8030