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Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey was one of 42 mayors across New York state to have joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Enough is Enough" campaign to combat sexual violence on college and university campuses, the governor's office announced Thursday.

The support of this group of mayors, which also includes Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, adds to the ongoing momentum building around the Governor's proposal to create the strongest protections for college students in the country, codifying uniform sexual assault prevention and response protocols for private colleges – protocols which have already been adopted by the State University of New York. Earlier this week, Whoopi Goldberg and 17 out of 18 county executives — including Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz — joined the campaign to voice their support for the need to end sexual violence on college campuses.

“New York is home to many colleges and universities, and we must be a leader in combating on-campus sexual violence so our students are protected to the greatest extent possible,” Gov. Cuomo said via press release. “The broad-based support from mayors in every corner of the state shows this issue transcends political affiliations and there is no reason for it not to pass. We are taking a stand together to say enough is enough when it comes to sexual violence on our college campuses."

Other Western New York mayors included Olean Mayor Bill Aiello, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis, Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski and Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. The mayors of Rochester, Albany and New York have also endorsed the campaign.

Brown said, “Buffalo is home to a number of SUNY schools that have already begun to implement this policy and, on behalf of the City of Buffalo, I support Governor Cuomo's Enough is Enough campaign to further protect students at all of our colleges. His policy will go far to help ensure all students are better protected while at school."

Gov. Cuomo launched the "Enough is Enough" campaign last week to build support for his proposal for colleges and universities to implement uniform prevention and response measures to combat sexual assaults on campus. The Governor’s proposal will extend the SUNY policy and protections to colleges statewide and ensure that the State’s 1.2 million college students are protected with comprehensive and uniform procedures and guidelines, including affirmative consent and access to law enforcement. If enacted, this policy will go far to protect more students in New York.

The “Enough is Enough” campaign includes a new State Police hotline – 1-844-845-7269 – dedicated to reporting sexual assaults on college and university campuses. Specially-trained members of the State Police will be on-call 24 hours a day to respond to sexual assault calls throughout the State. The campaign also has a video featuring students, advocates and elected officials supporting the Governor’s policy to address sexual assault on college campuses.

To promote the campaign and the importance of passing the Governor’s proposal, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul has embarked on a statewide tour to bring “Enough is Enough” to college campuses across the State. She is meeting with members of the student body, faculty and administration as well as service providers and advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault.

The governor’s on-campus sexual assault prevention proposal includes the following components:

  • A statewide definition of affirmative consent, defining consent as a clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual activity;
  • A statewide amnesty policy, to ensure that students reporting incidents of sexual assault or other sexual violence are granted immunity for certain campus policy violations, such as drug and alcohol use;
  • A Sexual Violence Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights, which campuses will be required to distribute to all students in order to specifically inform sexual violence victims of their legal rights and how they may access appropriate resources. The Bill of Rights clearly states that students are given the right to know they can report sexual assaults to outside law enforcement, including the State Police;
  • Comprehensive training requirements for administrators, staff, and students, including at new student orientations.
Members of the public wishing to state their support for Governor Cuomo's proposal can do so at They can also join the conversation online using #EnoughisEnough.

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