Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said the chamber won’t take up an revisions to the women’s equality act today, saying that any agreement with the Senate would have to be negotiated at a later date.
Silver spoke to reporters after meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and women lawmakers, and just moments before Senate Republicans blocked an attempt to hold a vote on the abortion-rights piece of the women’s package.
But Silver said that regardless of the outcome in the Senate, he didn’t see any additional action being taken today by the Assembly—which passed the full 10-point agenda yesterday.
“I don’t think it’s going to be possible today,” Silver said. “If they pass a choice bill, I can assure you our members will be back here doing it. If they don’t pass a choice bill, the governor and our members will be in dialogue and determine what route to take.”
Cuomo appeared to be trying to get the women lawmakers and Silver to agree to pass the other nine points of the women’s agenda today, if the Senate followed suit.
Yet the women lawmakers said they were still hopeful to have the Senate pass all 10—something that now won’t happen.
“We voted yesterday with the package of 10. The majority of New York voters are for the package. And that’s what we told (the governor) we want to get accomplished,” said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Binghamton.