NY Take Action: Assembly Codes committee votes on adult vax database tomorrow, 5/25
The New York Assemlby Codes Committee will vote tomorrow on A279, Assemlby Health COmmitttee Chsir Richard Gottfried’s bill the bill that would require all adults’ vaccination records to be turned over to the state
The NY Assembly Health Committee voted last Thursday 14-12 to pass Assembly Bill A279. None of the black members of the Committee voted for it. If passed the state will know who has received shots, and more importantly who has not. Creating a database of this kind is an essential first step to enforcing adult vaccination mandates and vaccine passports, a long-desired goal of the vaccine industry. The only feasible use for it is to identify people who have not complied with state forced vaccination measures and target non-compliant people for coercion, isolation and punishment.
All seven Republicans voted against it as did in the health Committee meeting last Thuirsday, as did 5 Democrats. 14 Democrats vote for it. Votes against the bill came from Republicans Ashby, Byrne, Byrnes, Jensen, McDonough, M. Miller and Salka with Democrats Abinanti, Barron, Bichotte Hermelyn, Sayegh and Solages. Yes votes came from Chairman Gottfried (the bill sponsor), Braunstein, Cahill, Cymbrowitz, Dinowitz, Galef, Gunther, Hevesi, McDonald, Paulin, Reyes, D. Rosenthal, L Rosenthal, Steck.
None of the three black members of the Assembly Health Committee, Soaages, Bichotte Hermelyn and Barron voted for the bill. In the Senate Health Committee only Samra Brouk voted for it, and that was most likely a concession to Sen. Hoylman, the sponsor in the Senate, who aggressively campaigned for Brouk in the last election. The only other black member of the Senate Health Committee, Sen. Brian Benjamin, was conveniently absent for the vote. The bill has only garnered one vote from the five black legislators who have voted so far.
The lack of support among black legislators for the bill may be its downfall. The Covid-19 alledged vaccination rate among black New Yorkers is half the overall average. Vaccination rates among Hispanics in New York is only slighlty higher. And poll after poll shows the highest level of skepticism about the Covid-19 shots is among black people. That skepticism is evident in the votes so far of the black legislators. This database is intended to identify and punish people who do not obey the state, which is exactly what the database for children’s vaccination is used for. Obviously black and Hispanic New Yorkers will be disproportionately targeted for surveillance and punishment if this bill is passed.
The next stop for the bill is a vote the Assembly Codes Committee, Every additional task they legislature must do to pass the bill helps us because the session is scheduled to end on June 10 and any additional work increases the likelihood that the bill will not be completed by the time the clock runs out.
Please get on the phone and your computer and contact the following members of the Assembly CodesCommittee. Talking points are below the contact info.
We need 11 votes to kill the bill. We believe we have definite 8 NO votes including all six Republicans. We need three more Democrats.
Please click here Take Action to send emails to the leadership of the legislature and your own State Senator and Assemblymember and the members of the Assembly Codes Committee.
Please call your own Assemblymember and politely ask him or her to vote against the bill. Contact information should appear below:
Please get on the phone and your computer and contact the members of the Assembly Codes Committee. Contact information below below.
Please comment on the members’ Facebook pages. Ask them to vote NO. Please be polite. Ranting, threats and name calling, etc. doesn’t do us any good and may alienate people whose vote we may be able to get in the future. Please keep it civil, calm and polite.
Please tweet them it you use Twitter.
And please email them directly with your own reasons for opposing the bill. Again, be civil, calm and polite.
Many of the phone numbers will go directly to voice mail and frequently voice mail boxes are full, so use the other methods of communication.
It is highly unlikely that any member who co-sponsored the bill will vote against it.
Please start at the top with Speaker Carl Heastie (the Boss) and work your way down.
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Carl Heastie, Speaker of the Assembly
(518) 455-3791, (718) 654-6539
Jeffrey Dinowitz, Codes Committee, Chair, Co-Sponsor
Voted Yes in Health Committee (518) 455-5965, (718) 796-5345,
Vivian Cook, (518) 455-4203, (718) 322-3975
David Wepriin, (518) 455-5806, (718) 454-3027
J. Gary Pretlow, (518) 455-5291, (914) 667-0209 @jgarypretlow
Latrice Walker, (518) 455-4466, (718) 342-1256
N. Nick Perry, (518) 455-4166, (718) 385-3336 @nnickperry
Clyde Vanel, (518) 455-4711, (718) 479-2333 @clydevanel
Rebecca Seawright, (518) 455-5676, (212) 288-4607 @seawrightforNY
Daniel O’Donnell, (518) 455-5603, (518) 866-3970
Catalina Cruz, (518) 455-4567, (718) 458-5367 @catalinacruzny
Steven Cymbrowitz: (518) 455-5214, (718) 743-4078
Voted YES in Health Committee
Patricia Fahy, (518) 455-4178, Co-Sponsor
Charles D. Lavine, (518) 455-5456, (516) 676-0050, Co-Sponsor
Linda Rosenthal: (518) 455-5802, (212) 873-6368, Co-Sponsor
Voted YES in Health Committee
Andrew Hevesi: (518) 455-4926, (718) 263-5595, Co-Sponsor
Voted YES in Health Committee
Tom Abinanti, (518) 455-5753, (914) 631-1605,
Voted NO in Health Committee
Twitter: @Tom Abinanti
Joseph Giglio, (518) 455-5241, (518) 373-7103
John Mikulin, (518) 455-5341, (516) 228-4960
Michael Montesano, (518) 455-5477, (516) 937-3571
Angelo Morinello, (518) 455-5964, (716) 282-4226
Michael Reilly, (518) 455-4495, (718) 967-5282
Michael Tannousis, (518) 455-5716, (718) 439-8090