“Politics Of Exclusion” On Display Again In Albany

Another example of New York State’s politics of exclusion emerged yesterday in Albany.

The proposed reforms in the state’s sexual harassment laws will be negotiated by four men. And one of them is under investigation by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics after being accused by a former aide of unwanted, forcible kissing.

According to a report by Spectrum News, no invitation to those negotiations has yet been issued to the highest-ranking woman in state government: Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. This is unacceptable.

The proposed reforms will be reviewed by Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader John Flanagan, and the target of the JCOPE investigation – Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein.

Backroom dealings like these are what compelled me to seek the Democratic nomination for the State Senate in District 34. I’m asking all New Yorkers to vote in the Primary on Thursday, Sept. 13, to rid Albany of the Independent Democratic Conference and end the politics of exclusion.

Mel Choyce