Source City and State NY
Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa has been the go-to person for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a number of issues, including a proposal in his budget this year that would legalize paid gestational surrogacy.
The proposal has divided progressive lawmakers. Some say that it is a matter of basic fairness and civil rights for couples who could otherwise not have children. But some older lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly say they are worried that legalizing gestational surrogacy, which is legal in nearly every other state, would result in the exploitation of low-income women. These opponents blocked the bill from passing last year.