Says current Assemblyman out of step with priorities of district
Steve Meyer, the Democratic candidate for state Assembly in the 146th district, held a press conference to highlight his unwavering support for the Women’s Equality Act and the Fair Pay Act. Meyer’s opponent, Assemblyman Ray Walter, has voted against both pieces of legislation.
“It’s a sad fact that we still need to address women’s equality in 2014,” said Meyer. “There’s no reason for women to earn less than men for the same work. Western New York families deserve a representative who will stand up for what’s right for women, and address this issue immediately.”
Ray Walter is clearly not representing us on these issues and has voted against both the Women’s Equality Act and the Fair Pay Act twice (A.8070 of 2013, A. 8070 of 2014, A.6130-A of 2012 A.5958 of 2013). He also voted against the Domestic Violence Escalation Prevention Act, which would keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers (A.6390 of 2014) and against legislation that would have raised the minimum wage to $9 per hour on Jan. 1, 2014, and indexed it to inflation (A.38-A of 2013).
Meyer supports raising the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation. Nearly 54 percent of the workers who would benefit from increasing New York’s minimum wage to $9 per hour are women. When women succeed, families succeed, noted Meyer.
“Assemblyman Walter is clearly out of touch with what’s important to our families,” said Meyer. “He may claim he supports women’s equality, but his votes tell a completely different story. Actions speak louder than words, and he has yet to stand up for full equal rights for women.”
Steve Meyer is running for state Assembly to give a voice to the families of Western New York and because he believes they deserve more than what they’re getting from their elected officials. Along with making the Women’s Equality Act and the Fair Pay Act law, Meyer’s priorities include bringing good-paying jobs to Western New York, tax cuts for working families, ethics reform and investing in education.
Photographs from the event are appended on the next page and can be found on the Steve Meyer for Assembly Facebook Page. A video of the press conference will be available soon on Steve’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqtP3JNaqiZ25eeWco28PLA