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Planned Parenthood political group endorses Cuomo, Hochul (AP)

Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts has endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul for re-election, saying they’re championing and protecting New Yorkers’ rights.

The independent, political arm of Planned Parenthood in New York state cites Cuomo’s accomplishments, including the Women’s Equality Act; a law to combat sexual assault on college campuses; the paid leave program; raising the minimum wage to $15; fighting for pay equity; and removing firearms from domestic abusers.

It also credits the Democrat’s administration with helping improve New Yorkers’ health through increased contraception access and coverage, working to combat maternal mortality, and preserving access to safe and legal abortions.

PPESA President Robin Chappelle Golston says in a release Wednesday that legal abortion “hangs in the balance” with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She says Cuomo and Hochul are strong leaders fighting for women’s reproductive rights

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Lt. Gov. Hochul says state Senate too ‘afraid’ of NRA to pass gun control bill


Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul ratcheted up the pressure Tuesday on the state Senate, claiming legislators were too “afraid” of the NRA to vote on a proposed gun control bill.

Hochul gathered with students, parents, teachers and administrators on the steps of the Springfield Gardens Campus in Queens to demand they vote on a bill already approved by the Assembly that would empower the public to take guns away from potentially dangerous individuals.

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32BJ endorses James for AG, Hochul for Lieutenant Governor


By Stephon Johnson


The union 32BJ has been busy fighting on the front lines of the labor movement and advocating on behalf of those union officials feel represent them in politics……


For lieutenant governor, 32BJ officials have announced their endorsement of Kathy Hochul for re-election. Citing her involvement in progressive victories, Figueroa said that it would behoove his constituents to vote her back in.

“In the past four years in the Cuomo administration, Kathy Hochul has been an important part of a team that has delivered progressive gains for New York’s working families—an increase in the minimum wage for all New Yorkers, and a historic increase in wages for airport workers—and has been a staunch supporter of civil rights issues that matter to our members and everyone in the state,” stated Figueroa. “We look forward to continue working with her to further advance the well-being of all people in our state.”

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul wins Democratic Party’s nod for re-election


By Kenneth Lovett


Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday overwhelmingly won the Democratic Party’s nod to seek a second term.


Hochul won 94% of the delegate vote at the state Democratic convention at Hofstra University and will seek reelection as Gov. Cuomo’s running mate. City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn ) picked up just 6% of the vote.

“I accept your nomination not just on behalf of myself, but on behalf of every little girl in the state of New York who wants to grow up and be whatever she wants to be,” Hochul told the convention after the vote.

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Kathy Hochul says there’s something women need to realize

The lieutenant governor on her primary battle, the Catholic Church and women in politics.
MARCH 25, 2018

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has worked hard to earn her position, having held elected office at the local, county, state and federal levels. Now, she’s the tiebreaking vote in a closely divided state Senate and only ever a heartbeat away from the Executive Mansion. She’s always on the move, spearheading the governor’s economic development initiative and juggling a host of other duties, including chairing the Women’s Suffrage Commission.

City & State’s Frank G. Runyeon sat down with one of the state’s most powerful women for an hour – and “no one gets an hour,” Hochul said – to talk about her political rivals and the challenges facing women in politics.

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