Author: Betsy Malcolm

Betsy Malcolm sees political activism as a fundamental part of our democratic process. She has volunteered for numerous campaigns and recently spent two years advocating for marriage equality in New York.

With the foxes watching the henhouse what do you think is on the menu for dinner?

Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” With former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver accused of stealing millions, the corruption in Albany appears to be all-pervasive. It is a genuine crisis; the real deal. It’s also an opportunity to clean up Albany. Let’s not waste it! The budget is due in April and now is the time when “three men in a room” are beginning negotiations. Those three men are the brand-new-this-week Speaker of the Assembly, the … Read More

Demonstrate for Equal Rights on January 21st

Right now, transgender New Yorkers can be denied jobs, housing, and even medical care with no legal recourse. This is an injustice that cries out to be rectified. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) would grant equal rights to transgender New Yorkers. Our Governor has said that he supports GENDA but has put no muscle behind passing it. Words without action are meaningless. Governor Cuomo will only move this issue forward if he knows that people care. I care. Do … Read More

Senators Klein and Carlucci: it’s time to deliver on your promises

ACT NOW and a coalition of progressive activists staged high visibility events and spoke with voters in the districts of State Senators Jeff Klein and David Carlucci on Saturday, January 11, to make sure that these senators are held accountable if they once again fail to keep their promises to enact progressive legislation. These senators – who were elected as Democrats but now caucus with the Republicans in the Senate – ran on promises to pass election reform, a women’s … Read More

Are you kidding me, Senator Lanza?

State Senator Andy Lanza of Staten Island called me “hateful and malicious” and he doesn’t even know me.  It wasn’t just me.  He called all atheists those ugly words. A group called American Atheists posted a sign in Times Square saying: Nobody Needs the “Christ” in Christmas.  Celebrate the True Meaning of the Season!  Family, Charity, Food, Friends. Now, I don’t need the Christ in Christmas, a holiday that I love!  I am looking at my tree and the presents under … Read More

Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein: Lost. Last Seen Caucusing With the Republicans.

Jeff Klein, state senator from the Bronx, seems to have gotten lost.  Elected as a Democrat, he wandered off and was most recently seen caucusing with the Republicans and giving them veto power over what can come to a vote in the state senate. In 2012, Jeff Klein got 94% of the vote running on both the Democratic and Republican lines.  However, 77% of those votes came on the Democratic line and an additional 3% came on the Working Families Party line.  Only … Read More

Things we take for granted: Going to the bathroom

Why hasn’t New York passed GENDA, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which would give transgender people equal rights in employment, housing and public places such as stores and restaurants?  Over 60% of New York already has such laws.  Police Chiefs including Ray Kelly say there have been no problems.  They support GENDA.   Does it make sense to have rights in Albany that you lose if you visit a friend in Nassau? A friend of mine asked that question of a state senator.  But you know what the state … Read More

Hooray for the Women of the Assembly

In his 2013 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo threw down this gauntlet to the legislature: “We passed marriage equality. Let’s make history again and let’s pass a Women’s Equality Act in the State of New York… “Protect a woman’s freedom of choice. Enact a Reproductive Health Act because it is her body, it is her choice. Because it’s her body, it’s her choice. Because it’s her body, it’s her choice… “Maybe it’s a man’s world, but it is … Read More

Shaniqua at Christmas

A few days ago I had an experience that will stay with me for a long time.  As I walked down Broadway toward 42nd Street to meet my husband for a movie, I got asked for money by a young homeless woman.  She towered over me with broad shoulders and a square chin but she couldn’t have been more than 22.  She reminded me of my own children who are about that age, but since she was transgender she was … Read More

It’s Not the Picture, It’s the Frame

Entitlements.  Sounds awful, right?  Like something greedy people think they should be given without having worked for it.  Well, in political speak entitlements refers to the social safety net programs that are beloved by a large majority of Americans: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Programs that most of us pay into all of our working lives and medical care for the very poor.  This was Mitt Romney on the subject of entitlements: There are 47 percent of the people … who are dependent upon government, … Read More

The Truth About Medicare

If Grandpa or Grandma in Florida are worried that Obamacare threatens Medicare, here’s your short answer: You have paid into Medicare for years and rely upon it.  When you need it, it will be there.  Obama has not cut anything from Medicare.  There are NO CUTS TO MEDICARE BENEFITS.  Obama stopped the government from OVERPAYING for Medicare Advantage.  Now, America’s seniors won’t keep subsidizing private insurance marketing, profits and administration.  Those savings help pay for better health care for everyone, including you.  Anyone who … Read More