Women's Equality Act http://wrvo.org en Cuomo creates fourth ballot line for reelection http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-creates-fourth-ballot-line-reelection <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo is creating another ballot line for the November elections -- the Women’s Equality line.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 59051 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo creates fourth ballot line for reelection Women's equality supporters say fall elections are next battleground http://wrvo.org/post/womens-equality-supporters-say-fall-elections-are-next-battleground <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats and their allies in the legislature say there’s little chance anything major can be accomplished in the remaining days of the legislative session. Those pushing a Women’s Equality Act are already looking ahead to the fall campaigns as the next step.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57069 at http://wrvo.org 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 Election year politics a factor in legislative session's final weeks http://wrvo.org/post/election-year-politics-factor-legislative-sessions-final-weeks <p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:01:50 +0000 Karen DeWitt 56383 at http://wrvo.org Election year politics a factor in legislative session's final weeks Unfinished business in legislative session http://wrvo.org/post/unfinished-business-legislative-session <p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:57:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 54995 at http://wrvo.org Unfinished business in legislative session 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 Cuomo faces challenges from political right and left in 2014 http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-faces-challenges-political-right-and-left-2014 <p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:56:13 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49517 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo faces challenges from political right and left in 2014 Women's Equality Act campaign restarts for 2014 http://wrvo.org/post/womens-equality-act-campaign-restarts-2014 <p></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:12:52 +0000 Karen DeWitt 46858 at http://wrvo.org Women's Equality Act campaign restarts for 2014 Ethics commission faces abortion controversy http://wrvo.org/post/ethics-commission-faces-abortion-controversy <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:20:03 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42719 at http://wrvo.org Valesky says bipartisan coalition was successful http://wrvo.org/post/valesky-says-bipartisan-coalition-was-successful <p>Syracuse-area state Senator Dave Valesky says the bipartisan coalition that governs the New York Senate was successful this year.<p>The Independent Democratic Conference is a group comprised of four Independent Democrats and 30 Republicans. Together they control the agenda and the committee process in that chamber of the state legislature. In the beginning, critics complained it would prevent certain progressive agendas from moving forward. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:38:40 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41783 at http://wrvo.org Valesky says bipartisan coalition was successful Gov. Cuomo celebrates legislative victories, says still more to do http://wrvo.org/post/gov-cuomo-celebrates-legislative-victories-says-still-more-do <p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:55:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40385 at http://wrvo.org Women's Equality Act unfinished business in the Legislature http://wrvo.org/post/womens-equality-act-unfinished-business-legislature <p>The state legislature left Albany last week with some unfinished business. They did not agree on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, and Cuomo says at least one house should return to pass some of the bill’s provisions.<br><br>In the final days of the session, the numbers nine and 10 became key points of discussion for Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act. That referred to the debate over whether to pass all 10 or just nine provisions in Cuomo’s proposed legislation.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:57:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40203 at http://wrvo.org The Campbell Conversations: The Women's Equality Act http://wrvo.org/post/campbell-conversations-womens-equality-act <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">The effort to pass the Women's Equality Act raised long-standing conflicts over reproductive rights, and the increased regulation of various business practices.</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">On this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant&nbsp;Reeher</span><sp Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Grant Reeher 39935 at http://wrvo.org Legislature finishes session without women's agenda passage http://wrvo.org/post/legislature-finishes-session-without-womens-agenda-passage <p>State lawmakers were finishing up their session for the year, working to approve a measure to build four gambling casinos upstate and create tax free zones at college campuses.</p><p>But the final hours of the session were overshadowed by back and forth skirmishing over a Women’s Equality Act, which ultimately failed.</p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:00:48 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39983 at http://wrvo.org Legislature finishes session without women's agenda passage 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 Cuomo achieves partial win on agenda http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-achieves-partial-win-agenda <p>Deals have been reached between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders on siting new casinos and creating tax free zones at college campuses. But a bill on abortion rights was struggling, and reform measures appear dead for the session.</p><p></p><p>The agreement on casinos would allow four resort-style gambling centers; one in the Capital Region, one in the Southern Tier, and possibly two in the Catskills, if voters approve the change to the state’s constitution in the fall.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:09:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39877 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo achieves partial win on agenda 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 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 DeFrancisco: Cuomo's abortion rights provision a "non-starter" http://wrvo.org/post/defrancisco-cuomos-abortion-rights-provision-non-starter <p>A top Senate Republican says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s abortion rights provision in a women’s equality bill stands little chance of passage in the chamber.</p><p>Senate Finance Committee Chair John DeFrancisco, from Syracuse, is one of the leading members of the Senate GOP conference. He says it’s unlikely that his house will pass Governor Cuomo’s proposal to codify into New York law the abortion rights in the federal Roe v. Wade decision.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:37:57 +0000 Karen DeWitt & Ryan Delaney 39347 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco: Cuomo's abortion rights provision a "non-starter" Women's groups targeting state Senate over abortion provision http://wrvo.org/post/womens-groups-targeting-tate-senate-over-abortion-provision <p>Women’s groups are putting pressure on the state Senate’s ruling coalition to take up <a href="http://www.wrvo.org/post/after-weeks-waiting-cuomo-releases-womens-equality-bill" target="_blank">Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act</a>, which includes&nbsp; an abortion rights provision.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39319 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo pushes for women's rights in Seneca Falls http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-pushes-womens-rights-seneca-falls <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo used the spot where the women's rights movement was born to lobby for his proposed Women's Equality Agenda.</p><p>Cuomo, a Democrat, concentrated on the nine parts of the plan that attacks things like workplace discrimination and the pay inequity between men and woman, while protesters outside focused on the abortion portion of the plan.</p><p>The Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls is a noteworthy place in the history of the women's rights movement, and it was here the governor won a standing ovation from the women's groups supporting his agenda.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:05:13 +0000 Ellen Abbott 39072 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo pushes for women's rights in Seneca Falls 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 Questions over what will get done in last four weeks of session http://wrvo.org/post/questions-over-what-will-get-done-last-four-weeks-session <p>The steady drumbeat of scandal after scandal in the New York State Legislature has led many to wonder whether lawmakers can focus on passing any major bills by the end of the session, which is fast approaching.</p><p>The legislature returns Wednesday and has just four work weeks to act on items ranging from campaign finance reform to abortion rights, to economic development plans.<br><br>Gov. Andrew Cuomo, before the legislature even returned from its Memorial Day break, gathered local government leaders from across the state to ask for help in passing a plan to create tax free zones for new businesses at college campuses. Wed, 29 May 2013 12:59:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38613 at http://wrvo.org NY State Assembly Speaker Silver moves on from Lopez controversy http://wrvo.org/post/ny-state-assembly-speaker-silver-moves-lopez-controversy <p>One day after the state’s powerful Assembly speaker admitted “glaring failures” in his handling of a sexual abuse case, the Albany establishment seemed to be moving on, with the usual round of press conferences, bill passage, and leaders meetings. Wed, 22 May 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38229 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 Local and state groups work to end sex trafficking http://wrvo.org/post/local-and-state-groups-work-end-sex-trafficking <p>It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood, but the sex trafficking trade is alive and well in the United States, and that includes central New York. Forcing young women and men into a life of prostitution is a very lucrative business, but there is a move afoot to end it in New York state. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:08:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 35804 at http://wrvo.org Local and state groups work to end sex trafficking Cuomo poll ratings down, but still higher than most pols http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-poll-ratings-down-still-higher-most-pols <p>A new Siena College poll finds a slight drop in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity for the third month in a row. The poll finds the governor’s popularity has dropped to 64 percent -- still higher than most politicians in the country -- but an eight point slide from a 72 percent approval rating in&nbsp; December. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:58:59 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34592 at http://wrvo.org