New York State Public Affairs Committee Of The Junior Leagues Of New York (NYSPAC) ~ As a member of NYSPAC, JLNW is part of a public affairs coalition of 17 Junior Leagues, representing over 7,000 women voters in New York State. NYSPAC acts on state and national public policy issues in support of league initiatives, educates league members on issues selected for action by NYSPAC, facilitates communication among Junior Leagues of New York State, and acts as a representative of the member leagues at the state and national level. JLNW and the Westchester leagues host an annual Legislative Breakfast in the Spring to educate state and county lawmakers on NYSPAC positions.

As champions of identifying and addressing the needs within our communities, legislators respect our opinion as community leaders and a non-partisan voice. Each year our NYSPAC liaison visits Albany to promote local issues from our League and lobby legislators to enact legislation to benefit our communities. We are actively involved in educating our membership on issues pertaining to the two NYSPAC task forces, Women’s Health and Children and Families and informing members on the status of pending legislation.

NYSPAC Position Statements

1. Grant Merit Time for Incarcerated survivors of Domestic Violence

2. Creates the Crime of enticing or Luring a Child on the Internet

3. Enactment of Laws to Prevent Re-Victimization of Human Trafficking Victims and to Toughen Penalties Against Traffickers and Exploiter

4. Support Enactment of Legislation to Provide Workers with up to 12 Weeks of Paid Leave to Care for Family Members