Last Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo held campaign-style rallies in Manhattan and Buffalo to promote his paid family leave proposal. He also announced that a number of organizations, including the NYS  Conference of the NAACP, Make the Road NY, New York Communities for Change, and A Better Balance, among others, have joined the joined the “Strong Families, Strong New York” campaign in support of enactment of a paid family leave law in the state.

As part of his Executive Budget, Gov. Cuomo has proposed a twelve week paid leave program, which would be paid for by employees, which is intended to ensure that workers are able to have bonding time with their newborns and to provide care to sick relatives. After a phase-in period, employees would be able to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave and collect 67% of their average weekly wage, capped at 67% of the state’s average weekly wage.

The Assembly has already approved a paid family leave plan, while the Senate Majority Leader has indicated that there is interest in the proposal in that house. The Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) has said that it plans to make the issue a priority in upcoming budget negotiations.