Lawmakers: Say no to Chick-fil-A at rest stops

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NY lawmakers: No Chick-fil-A astatine Thruway remainder stops

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Chick-fil-A is portion of the state Thruway Authority's $450 cardinal plan to update its 27 remainder stops, but immoderate lawmakers deliberation the bureau should reconsider that strategy. 

Assemblyman Harry Bronson, a Rochester-area Democrat, sent a missive to Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll asking him to "re-examine the database of approved concessions" for the remainder stops due to the fact that of Chick-fil-A's past enactment of anti-LGBTQ groups. 

When the Thruway Authority outlined its plans for reconstructing astir of the 27 remainder stops, it besides announced that determination volition beryllium immoderate caller restaurants astatine the work areas. The database included Chick-fil-A, a salient fast-food edifice chain. 

While Chick-fil-A already has locations successful New York, including 2 successful the Syracuse area, Bronson wants the Thruway Authority to rethink its decision. He cited Chick-fil-A's "long and arguable past of opposing the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and families." 

Chick-fil-A has faced disapproval aft comments by its enactment and donations from its charitable organization. Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A's CEO, made statements opposing same-sex matrimony successful 2012. The company's instauration besides gave wealth to anti-LGBTQ organizations and supported opponents of same-sex matrimony ballot initiatives. 

The company's strategy appears to person changed wrong the past fewer years, but the past is hard to disregard for Bronson and 2 different legislators, Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Danny O'Donnell, who co-signed the letter. The 3 lawmakers are openly gay. 

"This determination by the Thruway Authority strikes america arsenic sending a connection to LGBTQ+ individuals and families that it doesn't stock the aforesaid committedness to their civilian rights arsenic New York state," Bronson wrote. 

Another legislator, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, joined those criticizing plans to unfastened Chick-fil-A restaurants astatine Thruway remainder stops. 

"Bigotry and favoritism are not New York authorities values," Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, said. "New York authorities has agelong worked to beforehand LGBTQ+ rights, but inviting a edifice that is committed to blocking equality to unfastened connected authorities spot volition undermine our continuing efforts toward existent equality."

The Thruway's plans telephone for tearing down and rebuilding 23 of the 27 work areas on Interstate 90 oregon I-87. The remaining 4 remainder stops volition beryllium renovated. The project, which was awarded to Empire State Thruway Partners, volition statesman this period and proceed for the adjacent 2 years. 

Along with Chick-fil-A, different restaurants volition beryllium added to the Thruway remainder stops. Panda Express, Panera, Popeyes and Shake Shack volition articulation Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks. The Thruway Authority hasn't announced the caller edifice lineup for each remainder stop. 

Jonathan Dougherty, a Thruway Authority spokesperson, said the agency's committee of directors and unit "support an inclusive situation that treats the tens of millions of radical that question our strategy with dignity and respect." He explained that Empire State Thruway Partners reached agreements with definite restaurants to run astatine the remainder stops. No authorities taxation oregon toll dollars are being utilized for the project. 

"Every edifice marque included by Empire State Thruway Partners has a contractual work and is legally required, nether New York authorities law, including the New York State Human Rights Law and enforcement orders, to adhere to the inclusive and non-discriminatory standards that New York authorities embraces," Dougherty added. 

Politics newsman Robert Harding tin beryllium reached astatine (315) 282-2220 oregon Follow him connected Twitter @robertharding.

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