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Members of the Women's Equality Coalition joined Rochester Mayor Tom Richards at City Hall Wednesday in support of the passage of the Women's Equality Act.
Richards is calling on the State Legislature to pass Governor Cuomo's 10-point proposal to acknowledge the contributions of women to society and to end discrimination.
More than 800 organizations and businesses across the state make up the Women's Equality Coalition.
City Council President Lovely Warren issued a statement challenging Mayor Richards
support of this Women's Equality Act, saying:
"In Mayor Richards' administration, most of the top level administrators, including the Commissioners and the chief members of the Mayor's Office are men.
While I respect each and every one of these good people, the fact remains that gender equality has not been a hallmark or priority of the Richards' administration.
I must question whether the issue is capturing his attention today since he is facing a female political opponent."
Richards responded to Warren's statement at the press conference Wednesday.
"It's not a matter of taking attendance, that's not what this is about, and the law doesn't say that. What it says is people are treated equally and fairly paid, and I know of no circumstance that I'm involved in here where that law is being violated in any way," said Richards, D.
Richards is being challenged by Warren in the Democratic Primary this September.