SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Local healthcare advocates and community members gather in Syracuse to celebrate Governor Cuomo's breast cancer legislation.

It expands screening hours at hospitals and clinics, removes insurance barriers and offers paid leave for screenings to all public employees.

People at the news conference said this will make it easier and faster for women to get diagnosed and treated.

We spoke with a breast cancer survivor who said having the ability to check can make all the difference.

"There are a lot of women who don't know and who are not aware that I speak with, you know family members and young people that I am involved with don't know to get that care. And this hopefully will help a lot,” said Della Smith, Breast Cancer survivor.

The state has asked all private sector employers to grant leave for employees to get screened.