Updated: July 15, 2021 09:37 AM
Created: July 15, 2021 09:30 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State Senator Jeremy Cooney (D-NY-56) Thursday joined other state politicians to call on the Thruway Authority to reconsider its plans to include a Chick-Fil-A at its rest stops as part of a major renovation project.
In a letter to the Thruway Authority Thursday, Cooney cited his position on the Senate's Transportation Committee and support for the LGTBQ+ community as reasons to make the push.
The response comes after members of the LGTBQ community sent a letter to Governor Cuomo to reconsider the proposal for the restaurants to be added. Community members say Chick-Fil-A's leaders have opposed gay rights in the past, including donating to causes that are "hostile" to LGTBQ rights.
Cooney shared his support for Bronson. View his full letter below. (Mobile users click here)
Despite the pushback, some Assembly Republicans have expressed support for the restaurant.
In a statement to News10NBC, Chick-Fil-A responded to what it called "outdated" and "misleading" claims:
“Chick-fil-A is excited about the partnership and the opportunity to further serve the residents of New York. We want to be clear that Chick-fil-A does not have a political or social agenda, and we welcome everyone in our restaurants. We are proud to be represented by more than 200,000 diverse team members nationwide, and we strive to be a positive influence in our local communities. We do this, in part, by contributing $25,000 to food banks in each community where we open a new restaurant and donating more than 10 million meals through our Shared Table program.”
In a statement sent to News10NBC Monday, the Thruway Authority said every restaurant included as a Thruway partner has both a contractual and legal responsibility to adhere to what the says is "inclusive and non-discriminatory standards."
The restaurant chain would be among 10 new restaurants as part of a $450 million project to redevelop all 27 service areas on the Thruway.
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