Niagara Gazette — There is one very important piece of unfinished business that needs to be addressed when the legislature meets again. The Senate passed nine women’s equality bills that address fair pay, protection from sexual harassment in the workforce, human trafficking, domestic violence and all forms of discrimination against women. However, the Assembly did not pass any of these important pieces of legislation. The Assembly leadership is playing political games with women’s equality, and it needs to stop.
As the father of two daughters, it is appalling to me that my girls may not have the protections they deserve because of political posturing. The nine women’s equality bills were passed almost unanimously in the Senate and would pass the Assembly as well. We need to return to Albany to pass these nine bills and give women the protections they deserve.
Overall, the 2013 Legislative Session was a good one for Western New York. We brought more money to Western New York for economic development and job creation. While this will go a long way to improving our quality of life, more can be done. I have long been pushing for a redesign of the Robert Moses Parkway that opens the waterfront for economic development. I will continue to push this and other economic development initiatives to improve the quality of life for Niagara Falls and all of Western New York. We still have room to improve, but this was a good year for the people of Western New York, and we are just getting started.Assemblyman John Ceretto represents the 145th District, which includes parts of Niagara and Erie counties.