From the Morning Memo:

Democratic state Senate candidate Sara Niccoli in a fundraising email last week pledged to support and strengthen women’s rights if elected to the chamber.

In the fundraising note sent on Friday, Women’s Equality Day, Niccoli noted the progress women have made in society, even as gender bias continues.

“When women continue to be confronted with bias and misogyny at every turn, the celebration of women’s equality feels a bit like salt in a wound,” the email states.

“But it’s important to remember how far we’ve come. I’m reminded that my grandmother, Leota Boone, was born into a world in which a woman’s voice only existed through the men around her. My mother, Rebecca Nance, grew up in a time when women were denied the right to choose and forced to risk their lives to exercise their reproductive rights. The steps we’ve taken give me great hope for my daughter, Olive, and an entire next generation of powerful women.”

Issues facing women — equal pay in the workplace, reproductive and health considerations — came to the forefront during the 2014 elections in New York. At the time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election pursued a strategy of bolstering supporting from women by promoting a 10-point agenda that included issues such as pay equity and bills aimed at curbing workplace and housing discrimination.

Most of that legislation became law under a Republican-led Senate, save for the plank that supporters said was aimed at the codification of Roe v. Wade in state law.

Even as the pay equity bill passed, some longtime supporters of the measure said at the time it didn’t go far enough in terms of ensuring the wage gap is closed.

In her fundraising email, Niccoli said as a lawmaker she would cover push these issues to the forefront.

“I am committed to safeguarding women’s reproductive rights. And I will go further by fighting for pay equity, fair wages, and pathways to leadership positions in business and government. The world will be a better place with more women at the helm,” she wrote.

Niccoli is facing Republican Sen. George Amedore in the 46th Senate district.

Amedore in 2014 unseated Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, a rematch of the 2012 race for the district that covers the Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley.

Tkaczyk would later file to create an alternative Women’s Equality Party, the ballot line created at Cuomo’s behest in 2014.