FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2011
Contact: Nathan Carleton, [email protected]
Phone: (212) 554-3296
UANI Applauds New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for Introducing State Certification Legislation
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) on Thursday applauded New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for introducing Assembly Bill 8668, which would bar companies doing business in Iran from contracting with the State of New York.
On July 14, 2011, UANI sent Speaker Silver and other New York lawmakers a copy of UANI's model legislation, as well as a letter urging them to introduce it in Albany. Speaker Silver's version, Assembly Bill 8668, was profiled today in the Reuters story "NY bill seeks ban on companies investing in Iran."
Said UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:
UANI calls on New York legislators to pass Assembly Bill 8668, and send a strong message to companies who are doing business with Iran. By passing this important bill, New York will join California and Florida in forcing those businesses to choose between receiving state tax dollars or doing business in Iran.
It will be a powerful statement to the Iranian regime that three of America's four biggest states have taken such a strong stand. UANI will continue working with lawmakers in other states to keep passing contract debarment laws at the state level.
California and Florida have already passed Iran debarment legislation, adapted from UANI model legislation. UANI unveiled the "Iran Business Certification Act" in June 2009, which shortly thereafter was introduced in U.S. Congress as the "Accountability for Business Choices in Iran Act."
Click here to read UANI's July 14 letter to New York lawmakers.
Click here to visit UANI's model legislation home page.
Click here to send a message to your State Governor and Representatives to pass State Certification Legislation.
Click here to read Ambassador Wallace's Op-Ed, "Time Has Come for States to Take Strong Action on Iran."