Maloney Joins Cuomo at Rally for Paid Family Leave

Feb 18, 2016
Press Release

NEW YORK--Congresswoman Maloney joined Governor Andrew Cuomo at a rally for paid leave in Harlem yesterday. The Governor’s proposal, included as part of his 2016-17 budget, would grant workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to handle family emergencies and would cover all employees, regardless of business size. The legislation is part of a larger effort on the Governor’s part to fight worker inequality. Under Cuomo’s plan, workers would be eligible to receive 35% of their weekly salary.

“I am so thrilled to support the Governor’s family leave legislation, as well as his wider efforts to aid workers and fight against inequality. It is high time that hard-working families be treated fairly. I have long been fighting in Congress to give our families the paid leave that they need and deserve, but it has been a long and difficult battle. Right now we are one of only 2 countries in the world that does not offer paid parental leave. In attempt to change that upsetting fact, I reintroduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, to provide six weeks of paid leave to federal employees welcoming home a new child. But that is just a small part of the work-force, and one win in a much larger struggle. Having strong, supportive allies like Governor Cuomo helps to reinvigorate the fight, and I am hopeful that soon we will have the paid family leave that all Americans deserve.”