ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--CANCER ADVOCATES ARE FEELING DISAPPOINTED AND FRUSTRATED AFTER WATCHING LAWMAKERS ADJOURN FOR THE SUMMER WITHOUT PASSING LEGISLATION TO EXPAND PAID LEAVE BENEFITS. 

“The legislature failed, I mean they are off on summer vacation right now and they won’t be back until January and millions of cancer patients can’t even take time off for their cancer treatment and it really is a disgrace that the legislature could not come to an agreement,” said Michael Davoli, director of government relations New York at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
 
THE legislation WOULD HAVE HELPED CANCER PATIENTS TAKE TIME OFF SPORADICALLY AS THEIR TREATMENTS AND APPOINTMENTS DEMAND.  
 
DAVOLI SAid THIS IS CRITICAL FOR CANCER PATIENTS TRYING TO MAKE THEIR APPOINTMENTS WITHOUT LOSING A PAYCHECK.  
 
HE ADDed because THE BILL FAILED TO PASS; MANY CANCER PATIENTS WHO WORK FOR EMPLOYERS WHO DON’T PROVIDE SUFFICIENT COVERAGE ARE LEFT WITH NO OPTIONS.  
 
“They unfortunately are out of luck for right now. They simply are going to have to run the risk of potentially losing their job or have to make that incredibly difficult decision to take time off of work and not get paid,” he said. 
 
SOME LAWMAKERS SAid THEY INTEND TO REVISIT THIS BILL WHEN THEY RETURN FOR THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN JANUARY.  
 
“We’re talking about today it not being passed, but I’m hoping by this time next year we’re talking about hoping the Governor signs the bill into law,” said Assembly Member John McDonald (D-Assembly District 108).