It’s been almost four months since passage of S3419, New York’s historic equal rights legislation. Yet one critical step remains: making sure Governor Andrew Cuomo signs S3419 into law. While the bill is not yet on his desk, we have continued to let him know how important this bill is for all of us. That’s where you also come in, likely again.
Even if you have done so already, contact Governor Cuomo once more to request that he sign S3419 into law. The bill will end more than eight decades of secrecy surrounding adoptees’ original birth certificates. It’s important for all of us to contact him. It’s important now whether you have contacted him before or whether have never contacted him at all. Your voice has made a difference in the past and it continues to make a difference today.
Contact Info for Governor Cuomo
Phone: (518) 474-8390
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The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
You can write, call, or email and ask Governor Cuomo to sign S3419. Tell him why this issue is important to you and what his signature means. If you want to add more details, consider some of these facts:
- S3419/A5494 had the most total cosponsors of any bill this legislative session. It has incredible bipartisan support from all corners of the state;
- The legislature overwhelmingly approved S3419 by a total vote of 196-12. That’s 56 senators and 140 assembly members, or a whopping 94 percent of all New York legislators who voted.
- An unprecedented number of adoptees, adoptive parents, birth/first parents, and allies joined together in support of S3419, including dozens of prominent national and state organizations who specifically endorsed the bill;
- No known organized opposition to S3419 exists. None. Even long-time opponents reversed their positions, apologized for their prior opposition, and voiced strong public support before voting in favor of S3419.
- As always, adding your own personal story or connection to adoption is important. And make sure you mention S3419, the Adoptee Rights Bill, specifically in your subject line or in your phone call so that Governor Cuomo’s office logs your support for the right bill. He still has hundreds of bills to consider at this point and we don’t want S3419 to get lost in that pile.
As always, thanks for all you have done to get us here today, on the threshold of making history.
Katherine F Trumbaturi says
Please approve this!!!!! S 3419
Please sign and approve, S3419, the Adoptee Rights Bill.
Help adopted people receive their birth right.
Critical medical and family history, is denied and extremely important.
Sally Smith says
please approve S3419
Hilary Michaels says
Sent an email to Governor Cuomo asking him to sign when it comes across his desk!!!
Daniela Walsh says
Please sign this bill!!
Tricia Halsey says
Please sign and approve this bill!!!!
Holly G says
Request Signature Immediately on S3419
Governor Cuomo, I am respectfully asking, for all that is just and right, to please sign Bill S3419, a bill that has had the MOST cosponsors of any bill this legislative session, has incredible bipartisan support from every corner of this country and there are no known organized oppositions to this bill. Long time opponents reversed their positions and even apologized for prior opposition! Please SIGN BILL S3419. Thank you!!
Dianne Solivan says
Please sign this bill!!!
Rita Ranon says
Subject: My Adoption Story-Gladney Big Scammers
My name is Rita and I want to share adoption story so another birthmom doesn’t go through this pain of not having their baby. I was coerce into adoption in 2016 with my son. The Gladney Center for Adoption caseworker wouldn’t let me have my son back and I had not signed any relinquishing papers at the time that I asked for my son back. I even asked to take him with me from the hospital and the caseworker would not allow me do that or put my baby’s father name on the birth certificate. I asked for more time to think about the adoption the caseworker said that I couldn’t have more time and I asked for him back and she said “No it’s not going to happen. your never going to have your baby back…So she just told how great adoption is for my baby and that my baby’s life hasn’t began yet and that his adoptive parents are waiting for him to start his life. I was so crazy with what was she telling me and I was on two anti depressants which alter my decision making that I had to sign. Then I got off of those anti depressant and I went to told the CEO Frank Garrot of Gladney that I was coerced into adoption all of a sedan I no longer had my open adoption. I had to fight for me see my baby in 2017 and they gave me a 1 hour and half with supervision by Gladney staff and I have not seen my son this year and Gladney told my attorney that I have my open adoption but I can’t do any thing about in court cause Gladney is withholding that paper from me saying that I have an open adoption. Not to mention the service that Gladney promise to me was on going counseling for me my daughter, help with getting into a better place to live, and also education services so I get a career. Also Gladney has treated me like criminal by calling the cops on me any chance they get. They have a tress passing warning against me and put an assault charge against me and I didn’t assault anybody at their office….the office put their hand on me first and I was defending myself and also they drug me like I was animal down their hall way and throw me out their door and then called the cops on me saying that I assault their employee…The Gladney Center for Adoption did not treat me that way when they wanted my son and once they got what they wanted they throw me away like piece of trash.
If you have an event for Gladney Center for Adoption then you are just as guilty as they are. I put this at the end of my story because Gladney keeps on raising money so they can coerce women into adoption. Please sign this bill so that my State will realize that adoption is not always legal and so my son can find me later.
Don’t delete this comment. If you do I will put on her
Marilyn McGinley says
Dear Governor Cuomo,
I am respectfully asking, for all that is just and right, to please sign Bill S3419, a bill that has had the MOST cosponsors of any bill this legislative session, has incredible bipartisan support from every corner of this country and there are no known organized oppositions to this bill. Long time opponents reversed their positions and even apologized for prior opposition!
Please SIGN BILL S3419. Thank you!!
Carol Kaufman says
I am asking respectfully – for the third time! – Gov. Cuomo, please sign this bill!
Mary Gaffney says
Please sign this bill. This needs to be done. Thank you. Please don’t forget sign this bill now
When is it expected to reach his desk? Thanks!
New York Adoptee Rights Coalition says
The deadline is 12/31/19.
Don Macaluso says
I’ve sent this along to the governor. If you feel it appropriate and would like to use it, feel free
I am writing to express my hope that you will without further delay sign into law S3419, granting adoptees from New York state the ability to obtain their original birth certificates. As you may know, the bill was passed with majorities in both bodies of New York state government. For people like me, adopted over 50 years ago, it means that I will finally have the ability to know who I am, a basic freedom that those not adopted take for granted. Those of us in this situation seek not to upset biological family members, we do not seek to anger or create undue hardship, we merely seek that which is a given to most members of society. I ask that you grant us this opportunity by signing this bill as soon as possible. Thank you
John Carlson says
Please sign Bill S3419 ASAP ! The time it will take to fund, administrate and process all the requests for OBC’s will probably take a significant amount of time. I have found two half sisters who may be somewhat disbelieving in spite of DNA confirmation. Having my OBC bearing my ( our ) Mother’s name will verify our relationship beyond a reasonable doubt. We are moving along through our senior years and time and opportunities are passing us by. You know your blood family and the love that stems from those relationships. For so many of us, having an OBC may be our only chance to experience that connection. Thank you !
Laura Schwarz says
Please sign Adoptee Rights Bill, S3419. Please provide us with our birthright.