abortion http://wrvo.org en NOW president promotes Women's Equality Agenda http://wrvo.org/post/now-president-promotes-womens-equality-agenda <p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:25:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56540 at http://wrvo.org Astorino the underdog in the governor's race http://wrvo.org/post/astorino-underdog-governors-race <p></p><p>Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, faces a steep challenge. He’s 30 points behind the well-known incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the polls, and has only a fraction of Cuomo’s record $33 million campaign war chest. &nbsp;</p><p>Astorino is a Republican in a state where Democrats now dominate and independents, not registered in either major party, are gaining ground. But the 47-year-old married father of three says he’s used to being a long shot.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55748 at http://wrvo.org Astorino the underdog in the governor's race With budget behind them, some lobbyists turn to passing the Women's Equality Act http://wrvo.org/post/budget-behind-them-some-lobbyists-turn-passing-womens-equality-act <p></p><p>Now that the state budget is in place, lawmakers can turn their attention to more controversial end-of-session issues. That means a return to one of the more contentious items that failed at the end of last year’s session; the Women’s Equality Agenda.<br /><br />The Women’s Equality Agenda is a ten-point plan that deals with several women’s issues, including a call for equal pay, the end of sexual harassment in workplaces and the strengthening of human sex trafficking laws.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:20:52 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53563 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse group opens home to take in pregnant women http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-group-opens-home-take-pregnant-women <p></p><p>A house that opens its doors to pregnant women who don’t have anywhere to live will soon open on Syracuse's Northside.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:18:42 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52508 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse group opens home to take in pregnant women Ethics panel rejects donor privacy requests from abortion groups http://wrvo.org/post/ethics-panel-rejects-donor-privacy-requests-abortion-groups <p>A state ethics board has denied applications from groups on both sides of the abortion debate a request to keep private their donor lists.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50543 at http://wrvo.org Women rally to demand Senate vote on abortion rights http://wrvo.org/post/women-rally-demand-senate-vote-abortion-rights <p>Women’s groups rallied outside the New York state Senate chamber, demanding a vote on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 10-point women’s equality act -- that includes an abortion rights provision.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:33:37 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39923 at http://wrvo.org Women's groups say abortion rights vote still possible http://wrvo.org/post/womens-groups-say-abortion-rights-vote-still-possible <p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:08:52 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39839 at http://wrvo.org 21 arrested as progressive groups protest gridlock on key bills http://wrvo.org/post/21-arrested-progressive-groups-protest-gridlock-key-bills <p>There were several arrests at the state Capitol Tuesday. Advocates took out their anger and frustration on the Cuomo administration and leaders of the state Senate, after it became clear that a progressive agenda that includes abortion rights and public campaign financing is likely dead for the legislative session.<br><br>Government reform groups are angry at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he is giving up too soon on an anti-corruption agenda that includes public financing of campaigns and greater prosecution powers for the state’s district attorneys.&nbsp; &nbsp; Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:45:46 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39807 at http://wrvo.org 21 arrested as progressive groups protest gridlock on key bills Cuomo's agenda in danger as session wanes http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-agenda-danger-session-wanes <p>There’s three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures. Meanwhile, a new poll finds the public increasingly dissatisfied with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.<br><br>As the session winds down, it seems that two of the governor’s top agenda items are doomed in the state Senate.<br> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:27:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39741 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's abortion rights bill to be amended http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-abortion-rights-bill-be-amended <p>Women’s groups have agreed to amend abortion rights language in a women’s equality bill to clarify that the late-term abortion procedure known as partial birth abortion will continue to be illegal in New York.<br><br>Several Republican senators said they couldn’t support a proposal to codify into New York state law the abortion rights afforded to women in the federal Roe v. Wade decision. They said they feared it would promote late term abortions, including partial birth abortion, which are currently illegal in the U.S.<br> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:01:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39542 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo campaigns across state for agenda with one week to go in legislative session http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-campaigns-across-state-agenda-one-week-go-legislative-session <p>It’s getting down to the wire for major pieces of legislation as the end of session approaches in Albany, including women’s rights and campaign finance reform. There are no agreements yet, but that’s not unusual in a government that operates on last-minute deals.<br> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:58:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39468 at http://wrvo.org After weeks of waiting, Cuomo releases women's equality bill http://wrvo.org/post/after-weeks-waiting-cuomo-releases-womens-equality-bill <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo is finally releasing legislation for his 10-point women’s agenda. It includes a provision to codify the abortion rights in the federal Roe v. Wade decision into New York state law. The governor says he’s been offered no assurances that it will pass the legislature.<br><br>Hundreds of women from a long list of women’s groups came to the Capitol for rally featuring actor Cynthia Nixon, among others. The governor’s plan includes a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment, equal pay provisions, and greater protections for victims of domestic violence and women forced into sex trafficking. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:38:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38984 at http://wrvo.org After weeks of waiting, Cuomo releases women's equality bill Public campaign financing, abortion, tax free zones top end-of-session list http://wrvo.org/post/public-campaign-financing-abortion-tax-free-zones-top-end-session-list <p>There’s three weeks to go in the legislative session, and advocates are pushing hard for two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s agenda items -- translating the federal abortion rights in the Roe v. Wade decision into New York state law, and enacting public financing of statewide political campaigns.</p><p>The governor, meanwhile, is focusing on his proposal to bring tax free zones to upstate public college campuses.<br><br>Advocates for public financing of campaigns and advocates of abortion rights are entering the final push for passage of the measures, and are using a variety of tactics to spur action in the state Senate. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 09:33:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38914 at http://wrvo.org Central New York group pushing for Women's Equality Act http://wrvo.org/post/central-new-york-group-pushing-womens-equality-act <p>Supporters of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 10-point Women's Equality Act are ramping up efforts to get support for the proposed legislation. The&nbsp; Women's Equality Coalition just launched a statewide television ad to raise awareness about the agenda, and supporters in one small central New York County are also raising their voices. Wed, 08 May 2013 13:16:33 +0000 Ellen Abbott 37462 at http://wrvo.org Central New York group pushing for Women's Equality Act State GOP leader not happy with potential abortion law reform http://wrvo.org/post/state-gop-leader-not-happy-potential-abortion-law-reform <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to update New York’s antiquated abortion laws to reflect rights affirmed in the landmark <em>Roe v. Wade</em> decision. But Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos says it goes to far. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:57:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36726 at http://wrvo.org State Senate coalition leaders disagree over abortion rights http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-coalition-leaders-disagree-over-abortion-rights <p>State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act, saying it would lead to too many late-term abortions. Pro-choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the senator’s interpretation. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:25:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32588 at http://wrvo.org Catholics worry about provisions in women's equality act http://wrvo.org/post/catholics-worry-about-provisions-womens-equality-act <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a Women’s Equality Act has been praised by many legislators and women’s groups. But not everybody is applauding. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 05:53:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32078 at http://wrvo.org Catholic faith affects voters differently http://wrvo.org/post/catholic-faith-affects-voters-differently <p>As Election Day approaches, is there such a thing as a catholic vote? &nbsp;Catholics make up a quarter of the voting electorate, but they don't vote in lockstep. &nbsp;Roman Catholic teachings can take a Catholic voter to both ends of the political spectrum. Sun, 04 Nov 2012 11:01:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 28557 at http://wrvo.org Candidates display varied positions in 24th congressional district debate http://wrvo.org/post/candidates-display-varied-positions-24th-congressional-district-debate <p>The candidates running for the 24th congressional district seat offered three distinct choices for voters in the first televised debate featuring all three candidates last night.&nbsp;&nbsp; The budget deficit,&nbsp; jobs, and health care reform were major issues discussed in the WCNY studios, but the most pointed comments mirrored a dispute in the campaign over abortion and the definition of rape. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:50:41 +0000 Ellen Abbott 28091 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand and Long square off in only debate in Senate race http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-and-long-square-only-debate-senate-race <p>Voters got their only chance to watch the candidates for U.S. Senate from New York State debate last night.&nbsp; The two candidates tangled&nbsp; on issues ranging from abortion to hydrofracking. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:17:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 27742 at http://wrvo.org