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Governor begins push for women's rights, explains upstate casino strategy

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— Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s first big push in his 2013 legislative agenda is to further protect women’s rights in the workplace, crack down on the criminal exploitation of women, and better protect abortion rights.

Cuomo met Thursday morning with women’s rights advocates a day after he made the cause a rousing part of his State of the State speech. Cuomo made it clear today that he will give the same high-octane effort he gave the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011 which remains the capstone of his progressive agenda.

Cuomo said society must face the statistical disadvantage for women in income, professional advancement, and the discrimination many still face.

The Democrat says he’s also deciding to disagree with Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan who urged Cuomo not to expand abortion rights.

Meanwhile, Cuomo says he wants casino operators to compete for three sites upstate rather than downstate, but New York City could get a casino in the second phase of his gambling plan.

Cuomo in his State of the State address proposed that an expansion of gambling in New York begin upstate.

Cuomo today elaborated, saying casino operators will bid higher and strike more lucrative revenue deals for the state over upstate casinos if New York City isn’t an immediate option.

The state Legislature is expected this year to consider final passage of an amendment to the state constitution that would allow up to seven Las Vegas-style casinos beyond Indian land. If approved by lawmakers, voters could make a final decision on the amendment in November.



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