Cuomo exploring Women’s Equality ballot line

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign is exploring the possibility of creating a new ballot line dedicated to women’s equality issues, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort.

Andrew CuomoCuomo’s campaign staff has reached out to the state’s leading women’s groups and Democratic political leaders in recent weeks to gauge interest in creating the new line.

It’s not clear whether the effort will get off the ground, according to the sources. Statewide candidates would have to turn in 15,000 petition signatures to become eligible for the ballot line, while the number of petitions needed for state lawmakers and congressional members depends on the office they’re seeking.

A spokesman for Cuomo’s campaign declined immediate comment.

Should Cuomo’s campaign push ahead, it could give him a fourth line on this November’s ballot, should he get past a Democratic primary challenge from Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout. Cuomo is the Democratic Party’s preferred candidate, and has already obtained the Working Families and Independence party lines.

Women’s equality issues are likely to be a major campaign issue this year. Cuomo last year proposed a 10-point Women’s Equality Act, which would make a number of changes to state law to bolster equal-pay protections, increase human trafficking penalties and implement other measures.

But Senate Republicans opposed a plank of the act that would strengthen New York’s abortion laws and refused to put it to a vote, and the Assembly’s Democratic leadership declined to separate the act into 10 separate bills.

Cuomo’s Republican opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, launched a similar ballot effort last week. Astorino, who also has the Conservative Party line, is attempting to collect enough signatures to start the “Stop Common Core” ballot line in an attempt to capitalize on parent anger over the tougher education standards.

(Mike Groll/AP photo)

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  1. i six eighty-four on

    More of the late term abortion thing? Why’s Cuomo pushing to legalize late term abortion, you know the 1s where the baby cries?

    What’s with this guy, I thought he had national aspirations?

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  3. The Golden Zephyr on

    Note to I six eighty Jollie Ollie:
    Keep telling NYers you want to legislate your religious beliefs and impose them on 60% of the voters…

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  4. All this means is Cuomo can continue to lie on

    Abortion is not just a Christian issue it’s a moral one. When late term abortions are done they are done to a live developed child who has his extremities ripped apart with a medical device, It is murder in the womb. Let me ask you this Zephyr… why when a drunk drive kills a fetus at any stage he is charged with a minimum of manslaughter but an abortionist can scrape out and flush babies down a toilet faster then a democrat can lie under oath and it is called making a living

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    90 + percent of the population (including NYS) oppose late term abortions and that includes 90 + percent of women in NYS. A stand alone late term abortion bill (which then Assemblywoman Stewart Cousins strongly supported) was overwhelmingly defeated several years ago.
    Now they couch it as a womens’ issue, but the Democrats are afraid to let all ten points of the Womens’ equality bill go to stand alone votes because they know that 9 of the 10 bills (not including the late abortion authorization bill) would quickly pass in both the assembly and the senate. What it is – is a back door attempt to overturn the past rejection in NYS of the stand alone late term abortion bill (referenced above) couched as a women’s rights issue. This is such B.S. – is this Governor desperate or what – with a 65% lead in the polls???????????????

  7. i six eighty-four on

    Zef, don’t you have any better talking points or do you naturally blow hot air? I really find your posts to be empty much like Latimer. Is that you George?

  8. All this means is Cuomo can continue to lie on

    Nelly

    just type in “late term abortion videos” on your search bar and be prepared to see murdered children some still alive when they come out of the mother and the abortionist simply slice their throats

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