Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis and other members of the New York City Commission on Human Rights senior staff periodically testify before the City Council on issues involving the Commission and the NYC Human Rights Law.
September 15, 2020
Before the Committee on General Welfare and Committee on Civil and Human Rights
"I am Dana Sussman, Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. I am joined today by my colleague, Senior Policy Counsel Zoey Chenitz. We will be testifying today in support of the pre-considered, unnumbered bill that would expand source of income protections under the City Human Rights Law, and Intro. 2047, which would prohibit housing discrimination based on arrest or criminal record."
"I am Dana Sussman, Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs, at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Thank you for convening today's hearing to address the critical needs of New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that many of us are struggling and may be mourning the loss of family, friends, and co-workers, and I want to take a moment to acknowledge that during this incredibly difficult time."
"My name is Carmelyn P. Malalis, and I am the Commissioner and Chairperson of the New York City Commission on Human Rights ("Commission"). Due to measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic, all City Council budget hearings have been canceled, and I am submitting written testimony only to share updates with you from the agency. I welcome the opportunity to testify before you in-person later this year."
“The Commission is proud to enforce one of the broadest and most protective laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of one’s involvement in the criminal legal system, the Fair Chance Act, and we are excited to be here today to discuss Intro. 1314-A which would expand protections in meaningful and important ways for people currently employed or seeking employment and who have prior or current engagement with the criminal legal system. We think Intro. 1314-A is vital to continuing this important work and we strongly support the bill.”