The Cuomo administration and New York legislators are not ignoring A9959B. Importantly, they are also not ignoring us. We have made impressive progress this session. But time is about to expire, with adjournment of the session likely to occur sometime today.
Governor Cuomo has heard us. Speaker Heastie has heard us. Nearly every legislator has heard us—because of you. Just yesterday, because of your advocacy to make this an important issue in New York, NYARC representatives met in Albany with top aides within the Cuomo administration. A scheduled meeting with other aides at the very top level was delayed, however, because of Governor Cuomo’s announcement of an intent to sue the Trump administration over the separation of families and the housing of separated children in federal New York facilities. Another NYARC representative will be on a phone call today with yet another top aide of the Cuomo administration. This is all happening because of your work with us.
Despite all of our work and all of our progress, we do not expect A9959B to move forward for passage. But because of our collective actions we have made significant and real progress toward enactment of clean adoptee rights legislation in New York. It may not happen this session, but we are in a much better position to make it happen in 2019.
Stay with us. We will be watching the bill throughout the day and continuing to work on its passage. We will, of course, update you with any developments.
Annette and Barb