Legal Momentum applauds New York State’s leadership on paid leave and minimum wage

April 4, 2016
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Jean Gazis
Communications Associate

Legal Momentum applauds and thanks Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for including paid leave and fair minimum wage policies in the state budget. These policies will strengthen opportunity for working families because they are good for working people, good for New York State, and good for business. We are pleased to see New York in the vanguard on these issues nationally.

Carol Robles-Román, Legal Momentum’s President and CEO, said, “For too long, working families have been left out and left behind in today’s economy. Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York is changing that. This year’s historic budget leads the nation in restoring fairness, decency and justice to working families. Together, paid family leave and a $15 minimum wage will lift up millions of New Yorkers and ensure continued prosperity for our city and state. I commend Governor Cuomo and the Legislature on this landmark agreement that will improve the quality of life for millions of people in New York.”

About Legal Momentum

Legal Momentum is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1970 to advance the rights of women across the nation by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy in three broad areas: economic justice, freedom from gender-based violence, and equality under the law. Successful initiatives include drafting and helping to pass the Violence Against Women Act and its subsequent reauthorizations; judicial education programs on the realities of sexual assault, domestic violence, and their intersection; and representing women who have been subjected to discrimination with precedent-setting litigation. For more information, visit