Issues: Jobs & Employment

Job Resource Expo

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be holding a Job Resource Expo to help individuals looking for jobs better prepare themselves to find employment. The event will be held on Friday, March 16th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Freeport Recreation Center, which is located at 130 East Merrick Road in Freeport.

March 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Your Voice with Senator David Carlucci

Senator Carlucci speaks on Your Voice about the Tappan Zee Bridge, mandate relief, this year's budget and upcoming events in his district.

February 15, 2012
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FreshDirect leaving Long Island City for the Bronx

An article by the Queens Courier talks about the decision by the Queens based produce supplier, Fresh Direct, to stay in New York City. Although glad that Fresh Direct has decided to stay in the city and not move to New Jersey, Senator Gianaris is disappointed that they will most likely be relocating from Queens to the Bronx.

After flirting with a move to New Jersey, a Queens produce supplier has accepted a fresh offer – and will most likely relocate to the Bronx.

 

FreshDirect, an online fresh food grocer, will uproot from its operations in Long Island City and leave the borough for larger facilities, according to a joint statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on February 7.

February 14, 2012
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2/14/2012: Caucus Members meet with NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea

On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) as well as members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus met with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John B. Rhea. Chairman Rhea explained the need for legislative leaders and NYCHA to work closely together to maximize the resources available to NYCHA for delivery of services to thousands of families in New York City. He stated that New York State and New York City had to put forth the effort and commitment of helping to fund NYCHA, or the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD)agency would not put forth funding to NYCHA projects..

February 14, 2012
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Hizzoner Honors ‘Gossip Girl’

The Queens Tribune editorial covers Mayor Bloomberg's celebration of Gossip Girl's 100th episode, where he proclaimed January 26, 2012 as "Gossip Girl" Day in honor of the success of the show and the positive impact of the film industry on the local economy.

Did you hear the one about the mayor?

 

In a star-studded press conference at Long Island City icon Silvercup Studios, Mayor Mike Bloomberg proclaimed Thursday, Jan. 26, as “Gossip Girl” Day in honor of the show’s 100th episode, while highlighting the success of the film and TV industry in the City and its impact on the local economy.

 

February 13, 2012
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Eight Queens high schools could lose up to half of their staff under city plan

An editorial by the New York Daily News reports on the proposal by New York City's Deptartment of Education to overhaul struggling schools. Under the plan, schools face options that range from having to replace 50% of their staff to having to shut down completely.

The future of eight large Queens high schools — and the hundreds of educators who work there — are in jeopardy as the city plans to overhaul the struggling institutions.

 

The schools could lose up to half of their staff and receive a new principal and name this fall after the city and teachers union failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations.

 

The move could help the city get up to $60 million in federal funds.

 

February 13, 2012
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LIC HS Drops From Transformation To Turnaround Status

The Queens Gazette investigates the Department of Education's classification of Long Island City High School, along with many others, as a "Turnaround" school, which would require the school to close and rehire 50% of the staff before reopening. Senator Gianaris believes that negotions need to continue in order to avoid hurting students as the city tries to improve schools.

February 13, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting www.nysabprl.org.

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February 9, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL BANNING OFFENDERS FROM WORKING ON SCHOOL BUSES

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would ban certain criminal offenders from working on school buses (S.6157A). The bill, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, prohibits people who are convicted of offenses, such as sex and drug crimes, from being school bus monitors.

February 7, 2012
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Statement on Xerox Expansion

“I applaud Xerox on their commitment to the Rochester area and their planned expansion, which will bring hundreds of jobs to our community. In this difficult economic time, it is always positive to see companies expand, continue their growth, and create new jobs for our region.”

January 26, 2012
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Senator Dilan Stands with TWU Local 100

Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan, ranker on the Senate Transportation Committee, stands in support of TWU Local 100 who are seeking a fair contract for transit workers as part of ongoing negotiations with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

 

 

January 26, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at Mayor Bloomberg's press conference

Senator Gianaris speaking at Mayor Bloomberg's press conference celebrating the 100th episode of Gossip Girl and all the jobs the show has brought to LIC and the rest of New York City.

January 26, 2012
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LIC employer Fresh Direct eyes N.J. move

The Times Ledger wrote an article that talks about Fresh Direct's potential move to New Jersey and New York's attempt to keep them in the city. Senator Gianaris agrees that it would be disappointing if the online grocer were to leave New York.

A Long Island City online grocery company has filed for a large tax incentive program in New Jersey, but New York state and city agencies are hoping that Fresh Direct stays — if not in Queens, then at least in the city.

“It would certainly be disappointing if they left,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “I think it’s important that the business climate in New York continues to be welcoming.”

January 20, 2012
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Fresh Direct Ponders Move

The Queens Gazette wrote an article that talks about New York City's push to keep the online grocer Fresh Direct from making a move to New Jersey. Senator Gianaris believes that it is crucial to remain welcoming to local businesses, like Fresh Direct, in order to keep jobs in our neighborhood.

Fresh Direct, an online grocer that delivers to residences and offices in the New York City metropolitan area and one of the largest employers in Long Island City and Queens as a whole, has become a prize in a bidding war between New York City and New Jersey. The business, which bowed in New York City in 2002, is rapidly expanding and expects to outgrow its Long Island City facility in a few years.

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January 20, 2012
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Information for Constituents Regarding Kodak Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

This area will provide information for constituents regarding Eastman Kodak and their recent announcement that the company has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection. While my office can not answer specific questions regarding an individual's case, we can provide information where employees, retirees, and family can direct those questions to. This webpage will also provide news, statements, and on-going events and programs to help our community through this difficult time.

Senator Joe Robach Introduces Bill To Protect Kodak Retiree Health Care

Legislation would provide safety net in the event retiree health benefits are eliminated

 

January 20, 2012
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Over 150 Small Businesses Participate in MWBE Training Sponsored by Senator Adriano Espaillat and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

Businesses assisted on various fronts including MWBE certification, license/permits, workers’ compensation, and doing business with the state

(New York, NY) – Over 150 small businesses, representing a cross-section of local economic activity in Manhattan and the Bronx, participated in an important training for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) organized by State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and other local officials.

January 19, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Espaillat, Council Member Rodriguez Host Northern Manhattan Small Businesses for Important Event Featuring Top-Level Representatives from NY State

Businesses will be assisted on various fronts including MWBE certification, licenese/permits, and doing business with the state

January 19, 9:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Ambitious residential and commercial project proposed for Astoria waterfront

The New York Daily News wrote an article about a new development proposal that would bring significant change to Astoria’s waterfront.

An isolated swath of Astoria that has largely been ignored by developers and businesses could soon undergo a major facelift under a proposal to erect seven waterfront residential towers and a supermarket.

The Lincoln Equities Group wants to create a project dubbed Hallets Point, with roughly 2,300 units of housing and a waterfront park along the East River near the Astoria Houses.

The public review process is expected to begin next year, city officials said.

January 18, 2012
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Governor Cuomo's 2012 Executive Budget and Reform Plan Outlines Vision to Continue Building a New New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

January 17, 2012
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Senator Robach Visits Greece Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, January 12th, I had the privilege to attend the Greece Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon, held at Ridgemont Country Club. Here I am photographed with United States Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, who was the guest speaker for Thursday's luncheon. It was great to speak with so many business owners in our community!

January 12, 2012
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