- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, actor Cynthia Nixon, supermodel Christy Turlington Burns and more than 150 other female leaders from the arts, politics and business are urging passage of paid family leave in New York.

Friday’s letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers comes as the 2016 legislative session gets underway.

Under a proposal before lawmakers, workers caring for a new child or sick relative could receive up to 12 weeks of paid leave through a system funded by employee payroll deductions.

New Jersey, California and Rhode Island already have similar programs.

The letter says paid leave would help ensure economic security for women and families throughout New York.

Other signees include Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Greater New York Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Cynthia DiBartolo.


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