Posted by on October 1, 2014

 This weekend, Assemblyman Gary Finch (R,C,I-Springport) was honored to speak at the Opendore House at an event celebrating the first round of restorative renovations to the nationally-venerated historical site.


The most prominent resident of the Opendore House was Emily Howland, a national civil rights pioneer.  She is best known as a trailblazing activist who fought for women’s suffrage and abolitionism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Finch, a noted aficionado of local history, praised Howland’s legacy in his remarks.


“Emily Howland’s fearless activism and steadfast leadership is a shining example lighting the way for anyone who wants to make a positive change in our world, from grassroots community leaders to the most powerful government representatives,” remarked Finch.  “I am so thankful to everyone who spent so much time and extra effort to ensure that these renovations would become a reality.”

In hopes of engendering awareness and activism, Finch reminded the audience how much work there is to do regarding women’s equality in New York State.

“I cosponsor nine women’s equality bills in the New York State Assembly to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work and to strengthen protections against  violence, discrimination and harassment,” said Finch.

Though the bills enjoy bicameral, bipartisan support in the legislature, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has refused to bring them to the Assembly Floor for individual votes in hopes of extorting legislators into voting for an omnibus package that expands late-term abortions.

“It is critical that the Assembly Majority stop playing politics with women’s equality and pass the individual bills on which we have well-publicized agreement,” said Finch.


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