March 9, 2015
Albany, NY

More Than 100 Elected Officials From Across the State Join Governor Cuomo's 'Enough is Enough' Campaign

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Officials Representing Regions throughout the State Support the Governor's Proposal to Combat Sexual Assault on College Campuses


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 103 elected officials, including local councilmembers, county legislators, town supervisors, village mayors and others, from all regions of the State have joined the "Enough is Enough" campaign to combat sexual violence on college and university campuses. This bipartisan group adds to the more than 40 city mayors and 17 of 18 county executives from across the State who last week joined the campaign. Whoopi Goldberg also last week added her voice to "Enough is Enough" in support of the Governor's proposal to combat on-campus sexual violence. The campaign is a call to action for members of the public to support and advocate for the passage of the Governor's proposal to create the strongest protections in the country for college students, codifying uniform sexual assault prevention and response protocols for all colleges and universities, public and private, in New York State.

"Sexual assault on college and university campuses is a nationwide epidemic, and New York should lead the way to change how our schools protect their students from it and respond to it," Governor Cuomo said. "I’m proud to be joined by this bi-partisan group of elected officials from all levels of government and from every corner of the state who agree that “Enough is Enough” – we must take the strongest possible stand against sexual assault on our campuses, and the time to do it is now.”

The following elected officials have joined the Governor's "Enough is Enough" campaign:

New York City

  • Letitia James, Public Advocate
  • Melissa Mark Viverito, Speaker, New York City Council
  • Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President
  • Robert Cornegy, Council Member
  • Laurie Cumbo, Council Member
  • Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Council Member
  • Vincent Ingnizio, Council Member
  • Andy King, Council Member
  • Rory Lancman, Council Member
  • Annabel Palma, Council Member
  • Deborah Rose, Council Member
  • Ritchie Torres, Council Member
  • James Vacca, Council Member

Long Island

  • Francis X. Murray, Mayor, Village of Rockville Centre
  • Patricia Norris-McDonald, Mayor, Village of Malverne
  • Len Torres, Council President, City of Long Beach
  • Fran Adelson, Council Vice President, City of Long Beach
  • Anthony Eramo, Council Member, City of Long Beach
  • Eileen Goggin, Council Member, City of Long Beach
  • Scott Mandel, Council Member, City of Long Beach
  • Kate Murray Supervisor, Town of Hempstead
  • Judi Bosworth, Supervisor, Town of North Hempstead
  • Rich Schaffer, Supervisor, Town of Babylon
  • Sean Walter, Supervisor Town of Riverhead
  • Jay Schneiderman, Deputy Presiding Officer, Suffolk County Legislature
  • Robert Calarco, Majority Leader, Suffolk County Legislature

Hudson Valley

  • Diana Cope, Mayor, Village of Margaretville
  • Edward Blundell, Mayor, Village of Red Hook
  • Aileen Rohr, Supervisor, Town of Hyde Park
  • Micki Strawinski, Legislator, Dutchess County
  • Scott Samuelson , Chairperson, Sullivan County Legislature
  • Cora Edwards, Legislator, Sullivan County
  • Paul Feiner, Supervisor, Town of Greenburgh
  • Carl Chipman, Supervisor, Town of Rochester
  • Susan Zimet, Supervisor, Town of New Paltz
  • Catherine Borgia, Westchester County Board of Legislators Majority Leader, Ossining
  • Lyndon Williams, Westchester County Board of Legislators Majority Whip, Mount Vernon
  • Alfreda Williams, Westchester County Legislator and Chair of the Board of Legislators Community Services Committee, Greenburgh
  • Ben Boykin, Westchester County Legislator, White Plains
  • Pete Harckham, Legislator, North Salem
  • Ken Jenkins, Westchester County Legislator, Yonkers
  • Catherine Parker, Westchester County Legislator, Rye
  • MaryJane Shimsky, Westchester County Legislator, Hastings-on-Hudson

Capital Region

  • Paula Mahan, Supervisor, Town of Colonie
  • Kevin Lewis, Chairman, Greene County Legislature
  • Billy Hughes, County Board of Supervisors Minority Leader, Columbia County
  • Matthew Veitch, County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Saratoga County
  • Anthony Jasenski, County Legislature Chairman, Schenectady County
  • Kevin Geraghty, County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Warren County
  • James Lindsay, County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Washington County
  • Carolyn McLaughlin, City Council President, Albany
  • Joe Landry, Town Supervisor, Town of Niskayuna
  • Denise Murphy McGraw, Town Councilwoman, Town of Niskayuna
  • Peter Grimm, Legislator, Rensselaer County
  • Ed Manny, Legislator, Rensselaer County
  • Gary Pavlic, Legislator, Rensselaer County
  • Patrick Grattan, County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Columbia County

North Country

  • Bernie Bassett, Supervisor, Town of Plattsburgh
  • Tim Currier, Mayor, Village of Massena
  • David Button, Supervisor Town of Canton
  • Marie Regan, Supervisor, Town of Potsdam
  • Randy Douglas, Chairperson, Essex County Board of Supervisors
  • Bill Ferebee, Supervisor, Town of Keene
  • Clyde Rabideau, Mayor, Village of Saranac Lake
  • Barbara Rice, Legislator, Trustee, Franklin County, Village of Saranac Lake
  • Jennifer Stevenson, Councilor, City of Ogdensburg
  • Sam Dyer, Chairperson, Clinton County Board of Legislators

Central New York

  • Michael Chapman, Chairperson, Cayuga County Legislature
  • Ryan Foley, Legislator, Cayuga County
  • Donald Earle, Chairperson, Seneca County Board of Supervisors
  • J. Ryan McMahon, Chairperson, Onondaga County Legislature
  • Linda Ervin, Minority Leader, Onondaga County Legislature
  • Peggy Chase, Legislator, Onondaga County
  • Chris Ryan, Legislator, Onondaga County
  • Monica Williams, Legislator, Onondaga County Legislature
  • Marty Masterpole, Auditor, City of Syracuse
  • Van Robinson, Common Council President, City of Syracuse
  • Helen Hudson, Common Councilor, City of Syracuse
  • Pamela Hunter, Common Councilor, City of Syracuse
  • Kathleen Joy, Common Councilor, City of Syracuse
  • Chad Ryan, Common Councilor, Syracuse Common Council

Southern Tier

  • W. John Schaffer, Supervisor, Town of Vestal
  • Rose Sotak, Supervisor, Town of Union
  • Jerry Marinich, Chairperson, Broome County Legislature
  • Jason Garnar, Minority Leader, Broome County Legislature
  • Martha Sauerbrey, Chairperson, Tioga County Legislature

Finger Lakes

  • Loretta Scott, City Council President, City of Rochester
  • Adam Bello, Supervisor, Town of Irondequoit
  • Carrie Andrews, Minority Leader, Monroe County Legislature
  • Cynthia Kaleh, Legislator, Monroe County Legislature
  • Charlie Evangelista, Supervisor, City of Geneva
  • Leigh MacKerchar, Mayor, Village of Penn Yan

Western New York

  • Dennis Brochey, Supervisor, Town of Lewiston
  • Kristen Grandinetti, Council Member, City of Niagara Falls
  • Denise Coffey, Mayor, Village of Silver Springs
  • Joseph Robinson, Mayor, Village of Warsaw
  • Douglas Berwanger, Chairperson, Wyoming County Board of Supervisors
  • Brian Kulpa, Mayor, Village of Williamsville
  • Anthony Caruana, Supervisor, Town of Tonawanda
  • Sheila Meegan, Supervisor, Town of West Seneca
  • Demone Smith, Majority Leader, Erie County Legislature
  • Betty Jean Grant, Minority Leader, Erie County Legislature

Members of the public wishing to state their support for Governor Cuomo's proposal can do so at They can also join the conversation online using #EnoughisEnough.

Governor Cuomo launched the campaign two weeks ago to build support for his proposal for colleges and universities to implement uniform prevention and response measures to combat sexual assaults on campus, which have already been adopted by the State University of New York. The Governor’s proposal will extend the SUNY policy and protections to colleges statewide and ensure that the State’s 1.2 million college students are protected with comprehensive and uniform procedures and guidelines, including affirmative consent and access to law enforcement.

The “Enough is Enough” campaign includes a new State Police hotline – 1-844-845-7269 – dedicated to reporting sexual assaults on college and university campuses. Specially-trained members of the State Police will be on-call 24 hours a day to respond to sexual assault calls throughout the State. The campaign also has a video featuring students, advocates and elected officials supporting the Governor’s policy to address sexual assault on college campuses. The video can be viewed here.

To promote the campaign and the importance of passing the Governor’s proposal, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul has embarked on a statewide tour to bring “Enough is Enough” to college campuses across the State. She is meeting with members of the student body, faculty and administration as well as service providers and advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault.

The Governor’s on-campus sexual assault prevention proposal includes the following components:

  • A statewide definition of affirmative consent, defining consent as a clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual activity;
  • A statewide amnesty policy, to ensure that students reporting incidents of sexual assault or other sexual violence are granted immunity for certain campus policy violations, such as drug and alcohol use;
  • A Sexual Violence Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights, which campuses will be required to distribute to all students in order to specifically inform sexual violence victims of their legal rights and how they may access appropriate resources. The Bill of Rights clearly states that students are given the right to know they can report sexual assaults to outside law enforcement, including the State Police;
  • Comprehensive training requirements for administrators, staff, and students, including at new student orientations.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito said, “We have a clear responsibility to provide students with the resources and support they need to combat sexual violence, including informing survivors of their legal rights, connecting them with available service, and encouraging reporting to the proper authorities. That is why the Enough is Enough campaign is so vital—it empowers our young people, raises public awareness, and sends a clear message that we stand with survivors. New York State is a leader in the fight against sexual violence on our college campuses and I thank Governor Cuomo for his advocacy on this crucial issue.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said, “Passage of the Governor’s groundbreaking proposal will ensure that victims of campus sexual assault will be able to report these crimes without fear they will be punished for unrelated violations of campus rules. The proposal’s enactment will also create a uniform definition of what affirmative consent entails between students. In short, the ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign will go a long way toward allowing all college students to enjoy campus life without having to face the threat of sexual assault.”

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