ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he expects his women's rights agenda and the abortion proposal that threatens its passage will be taken off the negotiating table so it can be taken up again next year when he and lawmakers are running for election.
Cuomo spoke on public radio's "The Capitol Pressroom" Monday, a day after the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference introduced its own women's bill dropping the abortion provision.
However, closed-door negotiations continue this week. The regular legislative session is scheduled to end Thursday.
Senate Republicans have opposed the abortion proposal.
The only chance of getting Cuomo's 10-point package with the measure to strengthen abortion through the Legislature was with support from the IDC, which shares control of the Senate majority with Republicans.