This Week in Albany

Week ending January 12, 2018

At a Glance

Governor Cuomo will present his 2018-19 Executive Budget proposal at 1pm on Tuesday. A summary of the proposal will be included in next week’s “This Week in Albany,” and stay tuned to our website for more updates as they become available.

The legislature will be in session for two days next week.


Governor Releases 2018 Women’s Agenda

Governor Cuomo released a 30-part agenda this week to advance equality and promote opportunity for women and girls in the areas of health, safety, the workplace, and family.

Some of the proposals address combating sexual harassment in the workplace, extending human rights law protections to all public school students, closing the gender wage gap, increasing child care subsidies by $7 million over last year’s budget, and establishing the child care availability task force that was created by legislation passed in 2017.

Many of the proposals were also included in the Governor’s State of the State speech.

Nominee Chosen for Senate Special Election

While no Special Election has been scheduled yet for the Senate seat vacated by new Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Democrats have chosen their nominee for when that election is eventually called. At a convention of party leaders, Assemblywoman Shelly Mayer (D-Yonkers) was chosen to be the Democratic candidate.

Republicans have not yet selected a candidate.

It is widely expected that Governor Cuomo will call a Special Election for the 11 seats currently vacant across the state legislature after the state budget is finalized in late March.


Incidents with State Legislators

Assemblywoman Pamela Harris (D-Brooklyn) was indicted on federal corruption charges this week for alleged fraud following Superstorm Sandy. Harris, who was first elected to the Assembly in 2015, has not indicated if she will resign the seat.

Additionally, a former staffer has accused Senate Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) leader Jeff Klein of sexual misconduct. While Klein denies the accusation, Governor Cuomo and several legislators have called for an investigation into the allegations.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we recognize the holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday, it is important to remember his ties to the labor movement. In 1968, Dr. King gave his life in Memphis, Tennessee, to help sanitation workers represented by AFSCME to come together to win freedom and dignity on the job.