At least 100 protesters rallied outside of the New York State Republican Convention Thursday morning to call out Rob Astorino for his positions on abortion rights, women’s issues, labor issues and housing.
Tracey Brooks of Planned Parent Advocates of New York said the GOP slate doesn’t support what the majority of voters in the state want. She said more than 70 percent of voters support the passage of the Women’s Equality Act, which would codify Roe v Wade into state law.
“The state slate of the Republican Party has to represent the people of the state of New York,” she said. “Women are not a special interest. We are the majority.”
Brooks said Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done an outstanding job securing reproductive health care and expanding health care access through the state health exchange.
David Locklear of Mount Vernon United Tenants criticized Astorino’s record on implementing the county’s fair housing settlement.
“He’s blocking it at every turn,” he said.
Representatives of 1199 SEIU, the health care workers union, and the New York Hotel Trades Council also protested the Republican slate.