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Assemblywoman Addie Russell. Photo: Russell campaign "palmcard"
Assemblywoman Addie Russell. Photo: Russell campaign "palmcard"

Russell: Senate should vote on reproductive rights

After hours of emotional debate, the New York State Assembly passed the 10-point Women's Equality Act Thursday. It includes measures on equal pay, sexual harassment, and reproductive rights.

It's that last part, that codifies a woman's right to have an abortion, that's stalling the bill in the upper chamber. The State Senate is expected to take up only nine points of the bill today, excluding abortion.  Go to full article
Democratic Assembly women held a press conference Friday urging the Senate to act on the Reproductive Health Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Democratic Assembly women held a press conference Friday urging the Senate to act on the Reproductive Health Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Legislature says yes to casinos, no to women's agenda

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. But the final hours of the session were overshadowed by back and forth skirmishing over a Women's Equality Act, which ultimately, failed.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo agenda in danger at session end

There's three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in the Women's Equality Act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures.

Meanwhile, a new poll finds the public increasingly dissatisfied.  Go to full article
Hundreds rallied at the Capitol in support of the Women's Equality Bill, including Sarah Weddington (left) who successfully argued Roe v Wade before the Supreme Court, and actor Cynthia Nixon. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Hundreds rallied at the Capitol in support of the Women's Equality Bill, including Sarah Weddington (left) who successfully argued Roe v Wade before the Supreme Court, and actor Cynthia Nixon. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo details Women's Equality Bill

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 law. The governor says he's been offered "no assurances" that it will pass the legislature.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

What's still ahead for the NYS legislature

There are three weeks to go in New York State's legislative session. 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 state law, and enacting public financing of statewide political campaigns.

The governor, meanwhile, is focusing on his proposal to bring tax free zones to upstate public college campuses.  Go to full article
New York state's Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194328403/in/set-72157625436830710">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York state's Senate chamber. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS Reproductive Health Act stalled in Senate

A key component of Governor Cuomo's 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the state Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor.  Go to full article
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Women's health law shows a rift in NY Senate coalition

A rift is appearing in the New York State Senate's new bipartisan leadership coalition. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he's strongly opposed to Gov. 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. And the leading Democrat in the leadersship council has been a strong supporter of the act.  Go to full article

Skelos: women's health act would lead to more late-term abortion

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he's strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo's Reproductive Health Act. He says it would lead to too many late-term abortions.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his State of the State address on Jan. 9, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his State of the State address on Jan. 9, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Catholic lobby disturbed by Cuomo's Womens Equality Act

Governor Cuomo's proposal for a Women's Equality Act has been praised by many legislators and women's groups. But not everybody is applauding.  Go to full article
File Photo: Karen DeWitt
File Photo: Karen DeWitt

Senate candidate opposes abortion, even in rape cases

Republican Wendy Long says she thinks abortion should be illegal in the US, even in cases when the pregnancy results from rape.

Long is running for the US Senate against Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand, who is pro-choice.

Abortion and rape have become major issues on the campaign trail, as more Republican Senate candidates have embraced the idea that women who are victims of sexual violence should be denied access to abortions.

The latest Siena Research Institute poll, released Friday morning, shows Long winning support from just 24 percent of voters in New York. Gillibrand is winning 67 percent of the vote.  Go to full article

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