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CONWAY PORTER, C.P.A., p.e.
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Address: 147 Linwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14209-2003
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STONEWALL DEMOCRATS of Western New York

PO Box 857, lh.rralo, NY 14205

2008 ENDORSEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE - NYS SENATE/ASSEMBL Y

Name:

Antoine M. Thompson

... 9._~I!I.I?~!9.n Address: 20 Court Street Buffalo, New York 14202

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Fex Number: 716-881-2283 E-mail: ;;lntoinethompson@yahoo.com

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Before you continue, please understand that:

• Stonewall Democrats of WNY may publicize your responses in press releases and voters' guides, on our web site, and via other channels of communication. Stonewall Democrats ofWNY will also identify candidates who fail to respond to this cuesnomaire.

• stcnowan Democrats of WNY will hold you publicly accountable for actions inconsistent with your responses during your campaign and if elected during your torm in office.

• Stonewall Democrats of WNY will not consider endorsement of any candidate if they support any state or national version of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA} legislation.

Please submit your typewritten responses to the following questions on a separate sheet.

I) Why are you seeking this office?

2) WhY;:lre you seeking the ondorsement of the Stonewall Democrats of WNY?

3) What three issues do you consider to be most important to tho people served by tho offico you seek? For each issue:

ill Provide an example of specific acnorus) you have previously taken-either as a public official or as a private citizen-to bring about positive change relative to this issue; and

b) Specify what additional actlorus) in regard to this issue you intend to propose if elected to the office you seek.

4) What three civil rights issues do you perceive to be the most important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBn community? For each issue:

a) Provide an example of specific action(s) you have previously takor--oithor as a public official or as OJ private citizen-to bring about positive change relative to this issue; and

h) Specify what additiQn:;t1 action(s) in regard to this issue you intend to propose if elected to the office you seek.

5) Stonewall Democrats of WNY strongly believes that candidates have a responsibility to provide voters with truthful, fair and clean campoigns for public omce :;md to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to a civil, issue-oriented debate with their fellow candidates, Will you sign a written pledge to conduct your campaign accordingly?

6) If el')dor~ed by the Stonewall Democrats of WNY. will you list the endorsement on all applicable campaign literature (i.e., all literature listing any other endorsements)?

7) If endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of WNY, will you attend a GLBT community forum to introduce endorsed candidates?

II) What are you doing or what will you do to advocate for greater GLBT representation and empowerment at the ballot box and in elected office locally?

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Please indicate your level of support or non-support for the state legislative priorities listed below based on the following rating system.

Sponsor: I will sponsor (or am a sponsor) and will vote for (of) this legislation

• Co-sponsor: I will cosponsor (or am a co-sponsor) and wilt vote for (of) this legislation

• Voto For: I am not a sponsor or cosponsor of this legislation, but I will vote for this legislation

.. Oppose: I will actively oppose this legislation.

~gislati0.!L __ .. ~~~_ .. ~ _____ u_~. _._ -Spo."nsor·"--·C'O=sponsor·- -VOte'F'Or--' Op'pose··~-
A 1613 - SAFETY Act (Scarborough): Authorizes
the office of children and family services to establish
policies and procedures affording all Children in
OCFS facilitios an environment free of harassment
and discrimination based on actual or perceived
race, national origin, ethnic group. religion. disability. X
sexual orientation, gondor or sox; requires reporting
harassment and discrimination.
A 2021 - Civil Unions For All (Glick): TOTepiilce .... ~
tho term marriage with civil union and ensure the X
same benefits and restrictions previously ascribed
are available equally to same sex and opposite sex
._c_Q.upl~s.!-_. ~._. _____ •.... _. ,. • ." .... " __ .. _
A 2196 • Bereavement Leave for domestic
partners (Glick); Provides that bereavement leave
be gmnted to individuals involved in same-sex ~
relationships on the same basis as those granted to
~aQ1P.lo_y~e~_ ~.~~ .• ar!'l~tlJ~_rr..~.?: .. ~ ____
A 2309 Sick Leave for partners (Glick): An act to
amend the labor law, in relation to allowing X
omeloyecs to utilize sick leave to care for family,
_h.Ql!!~~<?ld members and domestic partners
A.34961S.1571 - Dignity For All Students Act X
(O'Oonneli/Duane): Enacts the "Dignity For All
Students Act"; authorizes tho commissioner of
education to establish policies and procedures
:;!ffording all students in public schools an
environment free of harassment and discrimination
based on actual or perceived race, national origin,
ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation,
gender Or sex; requires reporting harassment and
discrimination to such commission; makes
exemptions.
A 437615 2600 - Now York State Defense of X
Marriage Act (DOMA) (Maltese/Seminerio):
Makes a marriage absolutely void if contracted by
_ .. :t"Y.9 p,?~~o~Ef the ~ame sex.
A 5709 Accidental Death Bonefits tor partner
(Glick): An 8Ct to amsnc the general municipal law
and the retirement and social security law, in rotanon X
to providing accidental death benefits to domestic
psrtnersand the children of domestic partners in the
_E~_~ of certain members Antoine M_ Thcrnpscn

Stonewall Democrats WNY - NYSSenaldA_m:mb(l' 200/1 Questionnaire, page 2

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A5845 • Workers Compensation benefits tor
domestic partners (John): Includes domestic y:
partners in certain provisions concerning disability
benefits and defines the term domestic partner.
S 1835/· Equal access to Family Courts for X
domestic partners (Duane): Provides that orders
of protection may bo entered against any member of
the same family Or household; expands the
definition of "members of the same family or
household", for purposes of issuance of orders of
protection and temporary orders of protection and
the concurrent jurlsdlction of family courts and
criminal CQI,l rts , to termor spouse wh~ther or not
living together and unrelated persons who
continually or at regular intervals reside in the same
household or have dono so in tho past, and persons
who are or have been in a dating or intimate
rolattonshlp whether or not thoy have ever livod
J~ether. __ -- __
S 2831 Dignity for all youth (Duane): This bill ~
would afford all persons placed within Office of
Children andFamily Services (OCFS) juvenilo
facilities and programs an environmentfree of
harassment and discrimination based on race, color,
natlonalcriqin, ethnic group, religion, religious
. p~a~ti~1 di~a~iHty." ~.,:,:.:<uaI9.ri~~~.!!9..!2Jl~~d~~ or sex .. ----_ .. ,_ ..... ,
A.6584·AlS.37S3·A • GENDA (Duane/Gottfried): X
Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or
expression: defines "gender identity or expression"
as having or being perceived 35 having a gender
identity, self image, appearance, behavior or
expression whether or not that gender identity, self
image, appearance, behavior or expression is
different from that traditionally associated with the
sex assigned to that person at birth; further includes
offenses regarding gender identity Or expression
within tho list of offenses subject to treatment as
hate crimos.
-S"S994'iViarrlage Equality Ei"i'fi(b"'UiileT6bonnell): K ._-
The domestic relations law is amended by adding OJ
new section to read as follows: A marriage that is
otherwise valid shall be valid regardless of whether
the parties to the marriage are of the same or
~~rentsex. I attest that this questionnaire re

n of the issues on this questionnaire:

Antoine M. Thompson

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TO; STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF WESTERN NEW YORK

FROM: Antoine M. Thompson

RE: Endorsement Questionnaire for NYS Senate

1.Why are you seeking this office?

To provide progressive leadership and provide progressive policies in Albany.

2. Why are you seeking the endorsement of the Stonewall Democrats of WNY?

I have been a. strong champion of GLBT issues. On the Buffalo Common Council I sponsored the Gender Identity Law. In the NYS Senate, 1 am a co-sponsor of various pieces of legislation that protect the rights of the GLBT community. J have been a dues paying member of the Stonewall Democrats for more than five years.

3. What three issues do you consider to be most important to the people served by the office you seek'!

The issues that I consider to be most important to the community I serve are social, economic, environmental and racial justice. I am the Prime sponsor on over 60 bills in this current session and a co-sponsor on over two hundred and twenty. Many of those pieces of legislation address many of the issues I have just identified.

4. What three civil rights issues do you perceive to be the most important to the gny, lesbian, bisexual, and transgcnder community?

1. Equal Employment

2. Fair Rights to Housing

3. Anti-Discrimination in Education

Whenever I have the opportunity to pursue legislation or policy that positively affects these issues, I take it.

S.WiIl you slgn a written pledge to conduct your campaign accordingly?

Yes.

6.If endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of WNY, will you list the endorsement on afl applicahle campaign literature'!

Yes.

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7.lfendorsed by the Stonewall Democrats ofWNY, will you attend a GLBT community forum to introduce endorsed candidates'!

Yes.

8. What are you doing or what will YOll do to advocate for greate .. GLUT representation and empowerment at the ballot box and in elected office locally?

If I am asked to nominate or vote for a member of the GLBT who would be suitable for public office, I will do so. 1 am a strong proponent of dean elections which includes the GLBT community.

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