At the New York state level, the news was more favorable of late as Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill expanding the state paid leave mandates. The expansion, which was passed by the legislature back in the summer, would have expanded the availability of employee paid family leave to include bereavement for family members. Back when the bill (S.8380A) first passed, over the objections of many in the business community, the governor (then facing a primary challenge from liberal actress Cynthia Nixon) indicated support for a bereavement policy, but said he wanted it to work in concert with paid family leave. In his veto message, Cuomo expressed concern over the lack of any limits on when the leave could be taken and the additional costs to employees were the employee-funded program to be expanded to 12 weeks.