ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo said several of the state’s women’s advocacy groups have joined the fight for paid family leave.
The groups, including the National Organization for Women and the League of Women Voters, support the proposed 12-weeks of paid benefits to allow workers to care for family members.
Cuomo has been pushing for the passage of his “Strong Families Strong New York” campaign. He said middle and lower class families don’t have the option to take time off to care for new children or other family members.
“We say paid family leave, 12 weeks, an employee funded plan that pays an employee a portion of their salary for 12 weeks, so you can actually take that and leave time and still pay your bills and still pay for your family,” Cuomo said.
The governor’s proposal would be the most robust in the nation. It would be double the length of any paid leave provided by any other state in the country.