With five weeks to go in the state legislative session, the paid family leave campaign is entering the final stretch and highlighting different constituency groups each week to voice support. This week, the faith community is taking a leading role. “Moral Mondays” which is sponsored by the Labor Religion Coalition of New York State has been gathering religious leaders, activists and supporters at the Capitol to bear witness to a number of issues that focus on the needs of the poor and vulnerable since the beginning of the year. Today, at 5:30 p.m. in the War Room on the second floor of the State Capitol just steps from the Governor’s office, the weekly event will be held on paid family leave.
“Paid family leave is necessary for our communities. No one should have to choose between keeping their job and caring for an an injured loved one. Faith mandates compassion toward the suffering and their caregivers,” remarked Rev. Brooke Newell of the New York State Council of Churches.
There is significant interest in the legislation. The Assembly has already passed the bill and Senator Jeff Klein, the head of the Independent Democratic Caucus says the issue is a priority for him. Republicans are also in dialogue with many groups which lobbied them on May 6th and many senators are hoping to find a way to work with the business community to find an acceptable bill. Many small businesses are supporting the Assembly bill.
Prospects for passage of many bills are unclear now since the Senate turmoil last week that resulted in a new majority leader, Senator John Flanagan of Long Island, being elected. Please voice your support for this bill (A3870/S3004)with your Senator.