New York City
is the greatest City in the world and one of the things that make
it so great is its diversity. However, when discrimination appears,
it threatens our unity and spirit. It is illegal and will not be
City has one of the most comprehensive Human Rights Laws in the
nation which protects New Yorkers from discrimination in employment,
housing and public accommodations. The Commission on Human Rights
is the agency empowered to enforce this law and provide protection
those who need our assistance.
year ago, I appointed Patricia L. Gatling, a career prosecutor from
Brooklyn, as its Commissioner / Chair, to revitalize the Commission
and strengthen its services.
her direction, the Commission has been rebuilt from the ground up
and has eliminated the huge backlog of cases, re-focused the agency's
efforts toward handling the complaints and implemented several new
programs and innovative ideas on how the Commission can better serve
the community. Simply put, they have done much more with far fewer
commitment to human rights is evidenced by the fact that the lives
of all New Yorkers are a little better. I want to congratulate Commissioner
Gatling and her staff at the New York City Commission on Human Rights
for their remarkable work.