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Former NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (third from left) leading a panel of Women's Leadership Program Fellows in 2010. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/26538663@N02/5547948948/">Eisenhower Fellowships</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Former NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (third from left) leading a panel of Women's Leadership Program Fellows in 2010. Photo: Eisenhower Fellowships, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pols: NY public campaign financing vital to women

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than 160 women who are elected officials or hold
other leadership posts have written to New York's top elected officials, all men,
urging them to enact public campaign financing.

Calling it "vital" to participation in politics by women in particular, they want Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to enact Cuomo's budget proposal for a campaign system like New York City's, with small donations matched by public funds.

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Signers include former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

The letter notes less than one-quarter of New York's legislative seats are held by women, while most states with public financing have a higher percentage of women legislators than the national average.

A Brennan Center-sponsored panel discussion on women in politics is scheduled Monday in Manhattan.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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