#VOTEPROCHOICE co-founder Heidi Sieck: “Biaggi, Ramos, and Niou are progressive champions ”

NEW YORK—After reports emerged today that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's senior advisor called three elected officials "fucking idiots," national prochoice organizing project #VOTEPROCHOICE’s co-founder Heidi Sieck issued the following statement

“Governor Cuomo does not respect women. The Governor made this clear when he blocked the Reproductive Health Act for years, and he reconfirmed it when one of his most senior team members, Rich Azzopardi, called three elected representatives — experienced, professional, progressive women — ‘fucking idiots.’

Let’s be clear: State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, State Senator Jessica Ramos, and Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou are progressive champions who are fighting to give their communities a voice and end big money influence in Albany. These women should be celebrated, not disparaged. Shame on the Governor and his staff for their ongoing culture of bullying and control. The Governor must immediately apologize publicly, fire his clearly biased and inappropriate senior advisor, and stop serving as the chief architect of Albany’s pay-to-play culture.”