Issues: Jobs & Employment

Klein, Bronx Chamber of Commerce Launch Bronx H.I.R.E. Program to Combat Borough Unemployment

BRONX, NY – Senator Klein, along with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials, announced Bronx H.I.R.E., a new program aimed at connecting Bronx workers with real jobs through a comprehensive, direct approach. The Bronx H.I.R.E.

July 9, 2014
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Announce Funding Secured for Local Literacy Programs, Call for Increased Investment in Literacy Training to Support Workforce Development

Studies Show One in Three Residents of City of Buffalo are Functionally Illiterate; Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes are Urging More Investment in Literacy Programs to Combat Unemployment and Poverty in WNY.

Additional funding secured is enough to cover training costs for over 40 students.

July 7, 2014
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Senator Parker Matches Employers with 250 Out of Work New Yorkers at Annual Job Fair

Brooklyn, NY- Yesterday, more than 250 out-of-work New Yorkers attended the 7th Annual Job Fair hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker and Councilmember Jumaane Williams at Brooklyn College’s Student Center. More than 20 organizations and companies – ranging from city and state agencies to independent retailers – connected with potential candidates to share current employment and training opportunities.

July 2, 2014
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Senator Griffo Statement on Clarkson University Being Selected For START-UP Initiative

"Clarkson University continues to be a real teammate in our ongoing efforts to revitalize the north country economy.

"First, its Shipley Center for Innovation was picked as the hub for information and resources for new businesses in the north country.

"Now the college’s creative pitch has won the approval of the START-UP NY board and is sure to attract new businesses in the fields of nanoscience, web development and sustainable technology – just to name a few.

July 1, 2014
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July 1, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Griffo Bill Addressing "Middle-Skills" Gap Passes Legislature, Headed to the Governor

 

ALBANY – The New York State Senate has joined the Assembly in giving bipartisan support to a bill (S.5700/A7673) that would provide grants to the too-often overlooked training gap in advanced manufacturing and technology.

June 19, 2014
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SENATE PASSES VALESKY BILL TO COMBAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE AND OTHER WOMEN’S EQUALITY LEGISLATION

ALBANY—The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that strengthens laws against sexual harassment. This bill enacts part of the New York Women’s Equality Agenda, helping to break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender.

The legislation (S5873) would ensure that all employees are protected from sexual harassment by applying existing protections to businesses of all sizes.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Klein, Pelham Chamber of Commerce and Pelham Junior League Champion Wolfs Lane Park Capital Improvements

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Pelham Village Trustee, Susan Mutti, Pelham Chamber of Commerce President, Sandy Waibel and Pelham Junior League President, Nancy Hawkins at the Chamber of Commerce Street Fair on Saturday to champion the continued effort to improve Wolfs Lane Park. Last year, Senator Klein announced a $646,271 capital grant he secured for improvements to Wolfs Lane Park.

June 9, 2014
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Career Fair at MCC

We had a great turnout of employers and perspective employees for our annual Career Fair at Monroe Community College. Thanks to everyone at The August Group for helping to coordinate this event, and to Time Warner Cable, Angelo Planning Group, RochesterWorks!, and the Veterans Outreach Center for co-sponsoring this event. 

June 6, 2014
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Senate Passes Senator Parker’s Bill to Aid Prisoners Upon their Release

(Brooklyn, NY) – Last week, the State Senate passed Senate Bill S.1353, by Senator Kevin Parker.  The bill requires that prisoners be informed of healthcare, mental healthcare and other services upon their release from state prison. In an attempt to make their reintegration into society as seamless as possible, and to safeguard our community’s public health and welfare, the former prisoners will be alerted to special programs in their communities, such as tuberculosis services, HIV/AIDS services, education, alcohol or substance abuse treatment, and other general mental health services.

June 4, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Inducts Coalition for Queens Founder Jukay Hsu to the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) today inducted Flushing native, Army combat veteran and Coalition for Queens founder Jukay Hsu into the 2014 New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

 

June 4, 2014
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Press Conference in Support of Senate Bill S.5880

Senator Bill Larkin speaking during a press conference in support of Senate bill S.5880, legislation to end pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

June 2, 2014
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Public Hearing: Review of Local Minimum Wage Proposals: S.4919, S.5914, S.6455, S.6516, S.6537 and A.8767

Senate Standing Committee on LaborChair: Senator Diane J. SavinoPublic Hearing: Review of Local Minimum Wage Proposals: S.4919, S.5914, S.6455, S.6516, S.6537 and A.8767Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact: Barbara O’Neill (518) 455-2405Media Contact: Barbara O’Neill (518) 455-2405

June 2, 10:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Require State Agencies to Consider Impacts of New Rules on Businesses as Part of Larger Regulatory Relief Package

Albany, NY – Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2158) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that strengthens the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) to require consideration of potential  adverse impacts on existing and future jobs and employment opportunities in the rulemaking process for state agencies.

May 14, 2014
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Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Member Victor M. Pichardo Host A Job Fair

WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Police Athletic League (PAL)

2255 Webster Avenue

Bronx, NY 10457

WHAT: Join us for an opportunity to meet with employers that are ready to hire! Don't forget to bring plenty of resumes and dress in business attire.

May 8, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship 
Chair: Senator Martin Golden 
Public Meeting: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program 
Place: Room 410, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 
Time: 4:00 P.M. 
Contact: Meg Brown (518) 455-2730 
Media Contact: John Quaglione (718) 238-6044 

 

April 28, 4:00 PM - 4:48 PM
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ADDABBO TO HOST 50+ JOB FAIR FOR SENIORS STRUGGLING TO FIND EMPLOYMENT

Kew Gardens, NY (April 17, 2014) – State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. wants to lend a helping hand to the growing senior community and seniors who are looking to work.  The Senator is hosting a Job Fair for those 50 years old and over.

April 17, 2014
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Despite lower penalties, fines are set to rise

As reported by Crain's New York Business: 

Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on a promise to lower fines against small businesses, criticizing what he deemed the punitive, "revenue-focused" enforcement of city laws.

But his preliminary budget indicates that his administration plans to collect even more in levies than city agencies did under Michael Bloomberg last year.

Revenue from fines soared 72% during the Bloomberg administration, to $799 million in 2013 from $467 million in 2002. The initial de Blasio budget unveiled last month indicates that fine revenue will grow to $807.5 million this year. That's just $5 million less than the Bloomberg administration had projected for 2014.

"There was a sigh of relief among small business owners when this mayor was elected," said Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta. "There hasn't been much to show so far, though, and a lot of business owners are getting nervous. You have to give the mayor time to breathe and soak it all in, but it's now time to tackle this in a positive way."

A day after Mr. de Blasio signed the legislation, the City Council issued rules putting into effect a law signed by Mr. Bloomberg to reduce fines against restaurants. Those changes are part of a wider overhaul of the city's letter-grading system for eateries and the suspected quota system that has led to an outcry from inspectors and restaurateurs. 

In the meantime, Mr. Peralta has called on the mayor to adopt an amnesty program under which proprietors can seek to have fines incurred during the Bloomberg administration dismissed by the new mayor.

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April 9, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #14: Explaining My 'Yes' Vote on the Budget

My colleagues and I have just passed a $138 billion state budget. It’s our fourth consecutive year we’ve delivered a spending plan on time, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in nearly four decades.

There’s a lot in this budget that will impact those of us living in Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties. Instead of trying to explain it all in this column, I’m going to devote the next several weeks to detailing how certain parts are going to affect us, for better or worse.

First, I’d like to explain my votes.

I was recently asked: “Why do you vote for a budget that has bad stuff in it?”

April 3, 2014
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