Apr 29, 2013 — Governor Cuomo says he'll know in a couple of weeks whether two key items on his end of session agenda will become law- an abortion rights bill and public financing of political campaigns.
The governor says Republicans who co-lead the state Senate continue to oppose a measure to clarify a women's right to choose abortion. The GOP has also steadfastly been against public financing of campaigns. Go to full article
Sen. Andrew Lanza, a sponsor of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in the New York State Senate. Photo: Sen. Lanza website
Apr 05, 2013 — Forcing young women and men into a life of prostitution is a very lucrative business.
It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood, but the sex trafficking trade is alive and well in Central New York, but a movement to end it in New York State is gathering momentum, with a bill in the legislature to protect those who are trafficked, and bring traffickers to justice. Go to full article
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Rensselaer, NY, Jan 30, 2013 — 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
US Army photo of women training for combat. Photo: www.army.mil
Jan 14, 2011 — Much of the focus in the first two weeks of Governor Andrew Cuomo's term has been on the state's financial crisis, and the new governor's fiscally conservative prescriptions: a public employee wage freeze, spending cuts, a property tax cap.
Cuomo, a Democrat, is more in step with his party when it comes to social issues. Karen DeWitt explains. Go to full article
Jun 22, 2001 — The New York State Senate passed a women's healthcare bill this week. It was immediately rejected by Democrats in the Assembly and by women's groups. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article