New legislation allows candidates to use campaign funds for child care expenses

Posted at 5:59 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 06:17:08-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state passed a measure which would allow candidates in state and local elections to use campaign money for child care expenses, aimed to enable more female candidates running for public office.

The biggest change comes from the state amending an election law to allow candidates to have funds raised from a campaign directly aiding child care costs as a results of expenses incurred during the campaign or while in office.

"Women face too many barriers when it comes to running for office and frankly child care expenses shouldn't be one of them," Governor Cuomo said.

1/3 of New York's executive and legislative officials identify as female, which is above the national average of 29 percent.

The bill will go into effect in 60 days.