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Original article by Patricia Doxsey on the Daily Freeman

KINGSTON >> Saying women’s issues are everyone’s issues, Democratic elected officials, candidates and supporters gathered Tuesday to promote the Women’s Equality Party and the creation of a Women’s Equality line on the November ballot.

“We’ve got some problems and we’ve got issues that are unresolved,” said Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Hochul was at BSP on Wall Street in uptown Kingston with incumbent Democratic senators and assembly members from throughout the region. Notably absent from the event, was Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston.

In addition to stumping for the creation of the new party, Hochul and others blasted the state Senate for declining to take up the Women’s Equality Act, saying the inaction was nothing short of an assault on women’s rights.

“These are our daughters,” said Hochul. “We’ve got to stand up for them.”

Hochul said the formation of the Women’s Equality Party and the addition of the line on the November ballot will give candidates who support women’s rights a line outside of the regular political line to run, and will give voters who don’t necessarily want to pull the Democratic line, but want to show their support for women’s rights, a way to show their support.

“It’s a place where people are going to be able to state their priorities,” said Hochul.

The Women’s Equality Party has a 10-point platform that includes pay equity for women, banning sexual harassment in all workplaces, ending family status discrimination, strengthening human trafficking laws, and supporting legislation that would codify a woman’s right to choose as protected in the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling.

“We can send a very strong message when people vote on the Women’s Equality Party line,” said Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk.

Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, said that one way to ensure the Women’s Equality Act is voted on is to elect more women to the state Senate.

“We only have 11 women in the New York State Senate and we wonder why we’re struggling to get a women’s equality agenda through,” she said. “We would not have to fight for a women’s equality agenda if we had more women on the Senate floor.”

Tracey Brooks, head of Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York warned that sitting out of the upcoming election is not an option and urged the packed room to bring 10 friends each to the polls in November.

Original article by Patricia Doxsey on the Daily Freeman

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