New York City’s future is bright and full of promise. Our streets are cleaner and safer, our schools are better, and everywhere you look, you can see a renewed sense of hope that our initiatives will transform our City in the future. People from all over the world want to come here to live, work and visit. Our City’s great strength comes from our diversity.
Our Human Rights Law is one of the strongest in the nation and protects New Yorkers from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The City’s Human Rights Commission plays a vital role in protecting New Yorkers from all forms of discrimination, vigorously enforcing the law and underscoring our Administration’s commitment to human rights.
Building on the past five years of innovation and accountability, the hard working staff of the Human Rights Commission have protected and advanced the civil rights of New Yorkers by negotiating historic diversity agreements with the largest advertising agencies in the City and conducting public awareness campaigns such as the multi-lingual One City campaign. The Commission’s proven track record in resolving discrimination complaints, rooting out systemic violations of the law, and providing educational programs is illustrated in this 2006 Annual Report.
Now, we must take the next steps and continue on our path to a brighter future. I commend Commissioner Gatling and her staff and thank them for being an integral part of this Administration’s effort to make our magnificent City one of limitless promise.