Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
Members of New York State's Catholic Conference, including New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, met with Governor Cuomo in Albany today. Whether the meeting would happen at all was a question (H/T Celeste Katz). But after confirming he did have room in his schedule, Cuomo is getting positive reviews from at least one of the pontiffs.
Here's a recent tweet from the Diocese of Buffalo (note: @BuffaloDiocese's profile: 690,000 Catholics in the eight counties of Western New York.)
The meeting comes in the wake of some controversy over the comments from a Vatican adviser over Cuomo's live-in girlfriend, Sandra Lee of the Food Network.
Here's a snapshot of the agenda for today's "Catholics on the Capitol" lobby day and their full list of legislative priorities:
Participants will gather for 10 a.m. Mass at the newly renovated Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near the Capitol, then meet with their legislators and attend workshops, including one on continuing advocacy at the diocesan and parish levels. This full list of issues for the day is as follows:
- Oppose the radical “Reproductive Health Act” abortion bill and support for alternatives to abortion
- Support comprehensive conscience protection for individuals and institutions
- Preserve Catholic schools
- Protect the poor and those severely impacted by the economic downturn
- Maintain the health care infrastructure and health care coverage for low- and moderate-income individuals
- Support juvenile justice reform that results in a system that better serves youth and community
- Oppose the redefinition of marriage