ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will allow candidates for state and local office to use campaign contributions to pay for child care.
Under a measure signed into law Tuesday, child care expenses incurred during a campaign or an elected leader’s official duties can be claimed as a campaign expense. The change takes effect in 60 days.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says child care expenses shouldn’t deter anyone from seeking office and that the new law should empower more parents, and especially mothers, to run.
Last fall, the Federal Election Commission permitted Democrat Liuba Grechen Shirley of Long island to use campaign funds to pay for child care during her unsuccessful challenge to Republican Peter King.
It was the first time the commission ruled ongoing child care could be considered a federal campaign expense.