The state’s Catholic Bishops will be in Albany on Tuesday to meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, minus their leader, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who will still be in Rome celebrating the new pope’s election.
Rev. Robert Cunningham, who is the apostolic administrator in Rochester, and Rev. Richard Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be among the leaders traveling to Albany, according to a news release Thursday from the state Catholic Conference.
The meeting with be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the state Capitol. A news conference will follow.
The religious leaders plan to discuss with Cuomo a controversial bill that would codify women’s abortion rights in New York. The bishops are strongly opposed to the measure and argue that it would expand access to abortions in a state that already has very few restrictions on the procedure.
The bishops also plan to discuss education funding, housing programs and the treatment of New York’s prison population.
The leaders will stay in Albany for a Catholic lobby day at the Capitol on March 20.