Tompkins County
New York


Authorizing a Public Hearing on Local Law No. ___ of 2019 – A Local Law Amending Article 26 - Office of Human Rights/Human Rights Commission of the Tompkins County Charter


Department:Clerk of the LegislatureSponsors:
Category:CharterFunctions:Human Rights, Human Rights Commission, Public Hearing


  1. Printout
  2. Human Rights Article 26 v.2

Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, an amendment of the County Charter is necessary to clarify the duties of the Office of Human Rights and Human Rights Commission, now therefore be it

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services and the Government Operations Committees, That a public hearing be held before the Tompkins County Legislature in the Legislature Chambers of the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 East Court Street, Ithaca, New York, on November 19, 2019, at 5:30 o’clock in the evening thereof concerning proposed Local Law No. ___ of 2019 - A Local Law Amending Article 26 - Office of Human Rights/Human Rights Commission of the Tompkins County Charter. At such time and place all persons interested in the subject matter will be heard concerning the same,


              RESOLVED, further, That the Clerk of the Legislature is hereby authorized and directed to place proper notice of such public hearing in the official newspaper of the County.



Meeting History

Nov 7, 2019 1:30 PM  Government Operations Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Molino explained the changes that were made to the proposed law since the last review and said the Human Rights Commission’s subcommittee support the proposed changes. Because of the changes to the proposed law a second public hearing is being recommended.

Ms. Champion said Legislator Koreman would like to propose the following list of characteristics replace the list in Section C-26.02 Office of Human Rights; powers and duties, paragraphs (a) and (c): “race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation / LGBTQ+ status, gender identity & expression, national origin, citizen status, age, disability, veteran status, and prior conviction status”. Following a brief discussion, the Committee agreed this could be done as an amendment at the Legislature meeting.

MOVER:Deborah Dawson, Member
SECONDER:Rich John, Member
AYES:Michael Lane, Amanda Champion, Rich John, Deborah Dawson, Daniel Klein
Nov 7, 2019 5:15 PM  Health and Human Services Committee Special Meeting
MOVER:Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER:Henry Granison, Member
AYES:Shawna Black, Daniel Klein, Anna Kelles, Henry Granison
Nov 7, 2019 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

In response to Mrs. McBean-Clairborne’s questions concerning Section 2(i) of the proposed Local Law, Mr. Molino said the Human Rights Commission does not have authority to conduct any purchasing transactions. All transactions would be conducted by the Office of Human Rights.

Ms. Kelles offered the following amendment that was accepted as friendly to Section 2(i): delete "and/or disburse" and add: All funds raised will be administered by the Office of Human Rights.

In further response to Mrs. McBean-Clairborne, Mr. Molino said there is nothing in State law about raising funds. The language in the law allows the Legislature to determine what the Commission will raise. In reference to the subject of gifting, Mr. Molino said guidance can be provided to the Commission if a situation arises. Ms. Robertson suggested the Human Rights Commission be provided an explanation of this language.

Following discussion Mr. Molino noted the word "advise" is advisory and has no authority.

Ms. Kelles spoke of the importance to her in making sure there is universal understanding of what the language means.

MOVER:Shawna Black, Member
SECONDER:Anna Kelles, Member
AYES:Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson, Michael Sigler