BUFFALO, N.Y. — Breastfeeding moms in New York State will now be allowed to postpone jury duty service while they are caring for their newborns.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Monday that gives mothers the option for jury duty exemption for up to two years.
"While jury service is a critically important civic duty, we also know new moms oftentimes juggle countless responsibilities and navigate enormous adjustments in the early stages of their child's life," said Cuomo in a released statement. "This commonsense measure takes that reality into account by providing new moms the flexibility and option to postpone jury service while they care for a newborn."
"We are working to increase access and reduce the stigma for breastfeeding mothers in New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This new law will give mothers who are breastfeeding the option to postpone jury duty to help ensure the care and support needed during their pregnancy. This action builds on our efforts as part of the Women's Justice Agenda, working to achieve equality and justice for all New Yorkers. We will not stop fighting to make sure women's rights are protected, and attain true gender equality once and for all."
You must submit a note from your physician along with the postponement application to verify you are breastfeeding.