Local Lawmakers Divided On Adoption BillPosted: Updated:
Bridget Gordinier of Hammond was 18 years old when she placed her daughter for adoption. Five years ago, Gordinier reunited with her daughter for the first time.
"I just couldn't wait to get my arms around her," she said.
But it took Gordinier 17 years of searching before she and her daughter finally met. That's because New York state keeps the original birth certificates of adoptees sealed.
But that could change. Right now, there's a bill in Albany that would allow adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates through their local department of health office once they turn 18.
The bill's sponsor, Assemblyman David Weprin from Queens, says he's hopeful that this bill will pass and be signed by the governor by end of this legislative session.
"We've been talking to the governor's office as recently as earlier today and I'm hoping we'll have some serious discussions over the next two weeks." said Weprin (D. - 24th Assembly District).
Assemblywoman Addie Jenne says if the bill makes it to the Assembly floor for a vote, she'll go for it. But she's skeptical that it will.
"I think that it may take longer to implement as I'm sure there will still need to be rules and regulations that are put into place," said Jenne (D. - 116th Assembly District.
And Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush says he won't vote for it.
"It doesn't protect the privacy of the birth parents who may not wish to be identified," said Blankenbush (R. - 117th Assembly District).
We reached out to Governor Cuomo's office to see he would sign the bill. A spokesman for his office says they'll have to review it. The state's legislative session ends June 20.