"I am deeply disturbed by recent allegations of threatening and coercive behavior against nurses at Albany Medical Center. New York State is a union state and we believe in the fundamental right to organize. At a time when organized labor is under attack from President Trump and the federal government in Washington, I stand shoulder to shoulder with our union brothers and sisters and those seeking to organize, especially the men and women who serve our sick and elderly at hospitals across the state.
"Today I am directing the State Department of Labor to launch an immediate investigation into the allegations of threatening and coercive behavior at Albany Medical Center. The right to organize is paramount, and New York State will not stand for any attempts to intimidate, illegally prevent, or dissuade workers from unionizing."