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Hein signs local human rights protection law

Watching Hein sign the law are (L-R) Evelyn Clarke , Previous Commissioner of Human Rights; Maria Elena
Ferrer-Harrington, Member of the Human Rights Commission; Jeff Rindler, Executive Director of the Hudson
Valley LGBTQ Community Center;  Ulster County Legislator Hector Rodriguez, and Nina Dawson,
Ulster County Commissioner of Human Rights.

KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Michael Hein signed the Ulster County Human Rights Protection Act of 2018 into law on Wednesday.

The law mirrors the state's but provides a local venue in which to mediate and settle complaints, Hein said.

“We have empowered our human rights commission to first mediate, but ultimately to also have teeth and make sure that people’s human rights are not violated in this county,” Hein said. “It provides an easy, local access point for people through our local human rights commission here in Ulster County to make sure that whether it is gender or whether it is sexual orientation or race, irrespective of any of the categories, people are not having their human rights violated in Ulster County without some level of recourse.”

County Human Rights Commissioner Nina Dawson said this new law “strengthens the commission’s capacity to investigate, hear and resolve local discrimination complaints.”

 


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