As the world’s second home, no city on earth can match New
York's rich ethnic diversity – this City's greatest asset.
Wave after wave of immigrants have shaped New York City where over
140 languages are spoken. This City has flourished because of the
culture of tolerance and acceptance that characterizes New York.
However, when discrimination appears, it threatens the rights and
freedom of New Yorkers.
City has one of the most comprehensive Human Rights Laws in the
nation. The Law 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
to the most vulnerable portions of our population.
I want to commend Commissioner/ Chair Patricia L. Gatling, a career
prosecutor from Brooklyn, and her staff for revitalizing the Commission
and strengthening its services. Under her direction, the Commission
is vigorously enforcing the Human Rights Law. They have also built
an effective community relations arm that offers educational and
intervention programs which help develop mutual understanding
and respect among our City's many communities.