Legislator C. William Gaylor III and all 19 Members of the Nassau County Legislature voted to take a bold stand against the global BDS Movement. In a showing of bi-partisan unity, all 19 legislators voted unanimously on the Anti-BDS legislation.
The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Movement is a political movement designed to inflict economic damage upon the nation of Israel through the boycott of its goods and services and divestment of Israeli companies.
“I fully support what this legislation stands for,” said Legislator Gaylor. “America is a melting pot of all cultures and beliefs; we cannot sit idly by while competent Israeli companies are being discriminated against based solely on nationality.”
Nassau’s law is intended to discourage vendors who want to do business with the county from participating in BDS activities. The law will disqualify a company or individual from doing business with the county if they are involved in any BDS boycotting or divestiture. In addition, a vendor can be held civilly liable for increased costs to the county resulting from such boycott or divestiture.
The law was approved by the Legislature’s Rules Committee on May 9th, and was unanimously approved by the Full Legislature on May 23rd.