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Cuomo launches 'Women's Justice Agenda: The Time Is Now' campaign

June 03, 2019 01:16 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a bold, comprehensive proposal he's calling the Women's Justice Agenda: The Time Is Now. He says he wants to make New York the standard when it comes to women's rights and women's equality. 

The governor made the announcement Monday morning with 11 days left in Albany's legislative session.

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The campaign urges the legislature to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, eliminate the statute of limitations for rape in the second and third degrees, further strengthen New York's pay equity law, and pass further protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. 

"New York will be the leading state in the nation for women's rights and women's equality and that's exactly where we should be," Cuomo said. "That's what everyone around this table works for - that New York is the standard for equality for women."

These initiatives, part of the 2019 Women's Justice Agenda, were proposed in the Executive Budget but were not adopted by the legislature, leaving them to be considered outside of the budget during the remainder of the legislative session. 

Cuomo says he has hope of getting the Women's Justice Agenda: The Time Is Now passed for the first time in eight years with a democratic senate. He says New York has passed a number of laws that benefit women, but he says he wants the state to set the standard.

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