Posted by on January 24, 2015

Renews call for individual bills

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and his legislative colleagues at a press conference just outside of the Assembly Chamber this morning.

Finch delivered a simple message to his majority counterparts: stop playing politics with women’s equality.

“The Assembly Majority is stuck in November,” said Finch. “Our conference and our friends in the Senate Majority see the legislative session as an occasion to secure dynamic opportunities and strong protections for New York’s women.

Yesterday, the Senate passed eight women’s equality bills that enjoy bicameral and bipartisan support.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has stated that he will not shepherd the individual bills to the floor for an up-or down vote. Instead, the speaker will stall progress by presenting an omnibus package that includes a controversial abortion plank.

The speaker has been repeatedly criticized for his unwillingness to extricate the individual bills from the omnibus package.

“The Speaker may well hope that continuing controversy over the Women’s Equality Agenda will overshadow coverage of his serious ethics violations, offenses that have placed the Speaker under the investigation of the F.B.I. and the United States Attorney’s Office. It is becoming a distraction,” said Finch.

Finch further noted the sharp contrast between Speaker Silver and Leader Kolb’s respective leadership philosophies.

“While the speaker remains intractable and ever-calculating, Leader Kolb remains committed to improving the day-to-day lives of hardworking New Yorkers. I am confident in the Women’s Equality Agenda he has set for our conference, and I was pleased to stand with him today,” concluded Finch

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