Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) announced today that she was elected First Vice-Chair of the Legislative Womens Caucus. The Caucus is an organization of women elected to the New York State Legislature. Today, 52 women serve in both the Assembly and the Senate. These women represent urban, suburban and rural districts across New York State.
My new leadership role in the Caucus gives me the opportunity to better promote womens issues and improve the participation of women in all areas of government, said Assemblywoman Lupardo, who is the first woman elected from Broome County to the New York State Legislature. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Caucus as well as local women leaders in our community to address the issues and concerns facing women across New York State.
Since its beginning in 1983, the Caucus has worked closely with women's organizations and concerned individuals across the state, as well as with the Governor, state agencies and other legislators to advocate for programs and services that benefit women. During the legislative session the Caucus meets regularly and monitors Assembly and Senate bills, executive policies and court decisions on a wide range of issues of interest to the Caucus and women in New York. These issues include domestic violence, sexual harassment, pay equity, women's health care, education, and child and dependent care. In addition, the Caucus reports each year about the impact of state budget proposals on women, their health, families, jobs and businesses.
In 2008, Assemblywoman Lupardo worked with the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce to help organize the first-ever Womens Forum. The event focused on networking, as well as a roundtable discussion on the economic status of women in Broome County and in New York State. She is interested in promoting Girls! Balance the Equation, a local not-for-profit organization established in 2008. Their mission is to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math for girls and young women throughout their education.