Protecting the Rights of All New Yorkers

Diversity is a strength, not a weakness

TOP Protecting the Rights of All New Yorkers

Ensuring Equality and Fairness for All

New York has always served as a safe harbor for progressive principles and social justice. To this day, New York remains a beacon of hope and opportunity for all.

In New York, we pledge to provide opportunity for all, welcome immigrants, foster community, provide for the poor, and respect individual and religious freedoms.

We will protect the social progress we have made – such as achieving Marriage Equality; taking immediate action against unfair labor practices; and establishing the first state-level office focused on increasing immigrants’ participation in civic and economic life. And we will continue to push even harder to support the success of - and to ensure equality for - all New Yorkers.

New York will show this nation once again that the greatest success is shared success and that we build our brightest future together.

Continuing the welcoming spirit and unity that are the bedrock of New York

Governor Cuomo has reaffirmed that he will stand with New York's immigrants and ensure they can access the full protections afforded under the law.

New York State Celebrates Diversity and Religious Tolerance

Defending Transgender Rights

Governor Cuomo was the first to issue regulations making it illegal for employers, housing providers, businesses and creditors to discriminate based on gender identity or transgender status.

$25M to Combat Hate Crimes

The grant program will boost safety and security at NY’s schools and day care centers at risk of hate crimes because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. 

New State Police Hate Crime Unit

New Yorkers who have experienced bias or discrimination are ecnouraged to call New York State's hate crime hotline at 888-392-3644 or text "HATE" to 81336.

"Marriage is a fundamental right that should be afforded to everyone, regardless of whom they love."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Marriage Equality Act

Marriage Equality Becomes a Reality

In 2011, same-sex couples were granted the freedom to marry under the law, as well as hundreds of rights, benefits, and protections that have been limited to married couples of the opposite sex.

Bi-Partisan Support: A Show of Unity

Governor Cuomo led the fight to garner support for the bill from both State Senate and Assembly members who voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act - delivering long overdue fairness and legal security to thousands of New Yorkers.

Protections for Religious Organizations

The Act grants equal access to the government-created legal institution of civil marriage but leaves the religious institution of marriage to its own separate and fully autonomous sphere, not subject to any legal action for refusing marriage ceremonies.

Leading the Fight Against Unfair Labor Practices

Emergency Action: Nail Salon Safety

Following an exposé that shed light on the nail salon industry, Gov. Cuomo took immediate action, instituting emergency measures to protect workers from unfair labor practices.

Ending Worker Exploitation

Exploitation has no place in the state of New York. Governor Cuomo's Enforcement Task Force works to stop wage theft and prevent unsafe working conditions across multiple industries.

Report Workplace Rights Violations

If you would like to report an issue regarding workplace rights, fill out the complaint form or call the Task Force hotline at 1-888-469-7365.

Coming Together to Forge the New York Community

Promoting New York's Equal Rights Destinations

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, Governor Cuomo launched a new campaign designed to promote tourism at historic equal rights attractions across New York.

Get Involved

Text NEW YORK to 81336

Learn more about what New York State is doing to protect your civil rights.