Flashback Friday Archive 2021-22: Flashback Friday: Week of March 18

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March 16, 1872 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       This estimable and eloquent lady is to deliver a lecture in the Reformed Church, at Piermont, on Monday evening, March 25th, under the auspices of the Division of Sons and Daughters of Temperance. Her subject will be “Women and Temperance,” and we have no hesitancy in saying, from the well known reputation of the lady as a deep thinker and eloquent speaker, that all who attend will be amply repaid. The lecture will commence at 8 o’clock, but an early attendance will be necessary to ensure admittance.

March 15, 1922 – 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Journal

       On ten days’ notice the Republican women of New York State held an important conference at Albany and gave a dinner at which 500 women and prominent men attended, and at which Governor Miller, Lieutenant-Governor Wood, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and Speaker Machold were the speakers. The occasion was in celebration of the signing of the Governor of the Livermore bill, providing for two instead of one committeeman in each election district in order that women may have an opportunity to serve in that capacity.
       Mrs. William A. Serven, the suffrage leader of Rockland County at the time women were given the vote, attended the conference as the representative of the Republican Rockland County Women’s Executive Committee.

March 15, 1972 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent/Leader

       The Rockland County Commission on Human Rights last night called for community support of bills in the Albany legislative hopper which would prohibit discrimination because of “marital status” and also would make it illegal for landlords to refuse rentals of housing to persons on welfare.
       Monsignor James F. Cox, Commission Chairman, told a meeting of the local human rights agency that civic-minded individuals and organizations “should immediately contact our State lawmakers and urge them to give top priority to enactment of these much needed legislative proposals.”
       Monsignor Cox identified the “marital status” bills as A. 10261, introduced by Assemblywoman Constance Cooke (R-Ithaca), and S. 8638 by Senator Thomas Laverne (R-Rochester).
       The public assistance housing bills, he said, were A. 10089 by Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried (D-New York) and S. 3929 sponsored by the Senate Committee on Rules.
       According to Noel J. MacCarry, Human Rights Commission Executive Director, both bills “strike directly at numerous specific complaints our New City office has received in recent weeks and which we have had to reject because of lack of jurisdiction.
       “The marital status legislation is aimed at the sort of discrimination frequently encountered by unmarried people, particularly young women and widows, in housing, employment, and use of public accommodations,” MacCarry said, adding that the New Jersey State Civil Rights Law already bans such bias.
       MacCarry hailed the Public Assistance Housing Bill as “a light at the end of the tunnel which should ease the endless burden currently being carried by local people-concerned agencies faced with pleas for help from frantic, poverty-stricken families searching for housing.
      “This legislation might stop some of the haves-against-the-have-nots sorts of discrimination existing in various sections of Rockland County,’’ MacCarry declared.
       The proposed legislation would help end such “economic bias,” MacCarry said, by amending the State Executive Law on housing to make it illegal “to refuse to rent, lease or sublease such housing accommodation to any individual or to discriminate against any individual in the terms, conditions, or privileges of such rentals, lease or sublease because such individual is receiving public assistance or care.”

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