Issues: Labor

Community to Rally in Support of Repowering Dunkirk

Residents encouraged to join local officials, area businesses and labor leaders in support of NRG


DUNKIRK – A huge turnout is needed one more time to send a loud and clear message -- the community continues to resoundingly support repowering the NRG plant, said Senator Catharine Young.


“We've done it before and we need to do it again. People's voices got us this far, and now we need to get over the finish line. Our future depends on it,” she said.


Senator Young will lead a united coalition of community members, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, local and federal officials, businesses, labor organizations and Dunkirk City School representatives in a public rally on Saturday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m. on the Dunkirk Boardwalk.

October 1, 2015

Senator Young Announces A $1 Million Grant to Help Establish the Bio-Refinery Commercialization Center at Alfred State College

Funding is an important first step in the development of the New Forest Economy project


WELLSVILLE – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) today announced she has secured $1 million to jumpstart the establishment of a Bio-refinery Commercialization Center at Alfred State College that will create jobs and opportunities by using a revolutionary scientific process to extract useful chemicals from wood.


September 17, 2015

Senator Gallivan Sponsors Environmental Career Day

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is teaming up with the Buffalo Audubon Society for a one day informational session on careers related to the environment. The event will be held Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center at 1610 Welch Road in North Java.

“There are so many career opportunities for high school students with an interest in the environment and conservation,” Gallivan said. “This event will give students a chance to talk with representatives from area colleges and to meet people who work in this fascinating field, including park rangers, wildlife managers and environmental engineers.”

September 10, 2015

2015 Rochester Labor Day Parade

The Rochester community came together for the annual Labor Day Parade yesterday afternoon. We are fortunate to be home to some of the hardest working and most qualified men and women in the country. Thanks to all who came out in support.

Click here for more pictures from the parade!

September 8, 2015

Public Hearing: Examine the overall process of the Fast Food Wage Board of 2015

Senate Standing Committee on LaborChair: Senator Jack M. MartinsPublic Hearing: Examine the overall process of the Fast Food Wage Board of 2015Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Chris Schneider (516) 746-5924Media Contact: Chris Schneider (516) 746-5924ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 10, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Senator Stewart-Cousins Saves Jobs at the Malotz Nursing Home in Yonkers, Paving the Way for Sale

(Yonkers - August 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins’ strong leadership skills and her ability to bring people together resulted in an agreement involving the Michael Malotz Skilled Nursing Pavilion in Yonkers. A dispute over wages and benefits for healthcare workers who are members of SEIU 1199 threatened the pending sale of the facility from St. John’s Hospital to Adira Rehabilitation. Senator Stewart-Cousins understands how important it is for workers to be paid good wages, and to have skilled, professional care available to the most vulnerable among us. As a result of the Senator’s intervention and three weeks of tough negotiations, St. John’s was able to move forward with the sale to Adira, and the union announced a contract settlement on August 21, 2015.

August 31, 2015


Liberato Workers Leverage their Experience to Empower Bronxites to Fight Against Wage Theft And Harassment

August 25, 2015

Senator Jesse Hamilton Urges Opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

(Brooklyn, NY - August 24, 2015) Writing in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Friday, Senator Jesse Hamilton  highlights the dangers the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement poses to New Yorkers. Senator Hamilton points to the secrecy with which the agreement is being written and the prospect of lawsuits from corporations over laws and regulations as major reasons for opposing the deal.  Senator Hamilton also expresses deep concern at the prospect of labor, consumer, and environmental protections being eroded by the trade deal, concluding that "Brooklyn will suffer with the passage of TPP".

August 24, 2015

Senator Jesse Hamilton Joins Colleagues, Community Advocates for Trans-Pacific Partnership Forum in Park Slope

(Brooklyn, NY - August 20, 2015) NYS Sen. Jesse Hamilton gave community residents at a Trans-Pacific Partnership Forum a preview of a letter to the NYS congressional delegation he is spearheading on the twelve nation, Pacific Rim trade agreement. The letter from New York State legislators expresses deep concerns about the trade agreement, echoing concerns raised by many of the legislators and advocates in attendance at the TPP Forum this evening. Participants in the forum, held in Park Slope, included US Rep. Yvette Clarke, a representative from US Rep. Nydia Velázquez, NYS Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, and NYS Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon.

August 20, 2015

CWA Rally For A Fair Contract

(New York City - July 25th) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined her brothers and sisters of labor, members of the Communications Workers of America union, during a rally in New York City in support of a fair contract with Verizon in the multi-state region.

July 28, 2015

The Fight for $15: A Step in the Right Direction Following Minimum Wage Increase for Fast Food Worker

(New York City - July 22nd) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined her colleagues in government including Governor Cuomo at a rally with fast food workers on July 22nd, as they celebrated the New York State Wage Board's decision to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City to $15/hour by 2018. The Governor established the Wage Board this year, which issued its recommendations to the cheers of the crowd. "The Wage Board's recommendations are a good first step," said Senator Stewart-Cousins, "but we need to ensure the minimum wage for all New Yorkers is also raised." The Senate Democrats that she leads have been calling for a higher minimum wage ever since the half-measure increase was passed by the legislature three years ago.

July 24, 2015

Senator Jesse Hamilton Comments on NYS Wage Board's $15 Recommendation for Fast-Food Chain Workers

(Brooklyn, NY - July 22, 2015) Senator Jesse Hamilton said, "Today marks an important milestone for living wage advocates. More than 180,000 workers across New York State will benefit from adoption of the Wage Board's recommendation to set a $15 minimum wage for fast-food chain workers. We need to continue the fight for a living wage for all workers. We must keep up the pressure to ensure that every worker in New York gets a living wage."

July 22, 2015

Senator Serrano Pushes for Nail Salon Safety Legislation

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at Hostos Community College, as Governor Cuomo signed an important nail salon safety legislation into law. A large audience was in attendance for this important occasion, as we codified a new law to protect the health of workers who are employed in the nail salon industry. 

July 16, 2015

Statement from Senator Young on funding for Alfred University and Alfred State College

Today’s announcement of funding for Alfred University and Alfred State College is exciting news for economic development in Allegany County. The Center for High-Temperature Characterization at Alfred University, and the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center at Alfred State College’s Wellsville Campus, will provide students using these facilities with a world-class education in state-of-the-art practices for advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing remains an integral part of our economy in the Southern Tier, and preparing people of all ages for careers in fields where good-paying jobs are open immediately is an important step in jumpstarting our state’s economy.


July 9, 2015

Funding From The Workforce Development Institute Will Keep Cattaraugus Community Action Serving Area Residents

Food for Thought Culinary Arts program provides job training for out-of-school youth and displaced adults


ALBANY – The highly successful Food for Thought Culinary Arts program, operated by Cattaraugus Community Action (CCA), will be able to continue providing a 15-week training program for low-income youth and displaced adults thanks to funding supplied by the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).


July 2, 2015

Senator Jose Peralta Sponsors Job Fair to Tackle Unemployment

About 40 employers will be interviewing job seekers and accepting résumés at a job fair sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Woodside on the Move, and Queens Center. The event will take place Thursday, July 9th, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Queens Center Food Court, located at 90-15 Queens Boulevard.

July 1, 2015

Spherical Block Gets a Boost With Support From The Workforce Development Institute

Funding will promote business growth, likely create eight new jobs in the next three years


ALBANY – Spherical Block, LLC, an Allegany County manufacturer, expects to see job growth and expanded operations as a result of funding assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).


As part of the 2015-16 State Budget, Senator Young personally advocated for the restoration of funding that supports the mission of the Workforce Development Institute following Governor Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate the program. The enacted budget restored $5 million in funding for the program.


June 23, 2015

Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Nail Salon Workers and Consumers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S5966), sponsored by Senator Michael Venditto (R-C-I, Massapequa), that would foster a safe and healthy environment for both nail salon workers and consumers.

June 17, 2015

Senate Passes Measure to Protect Businesses from Job-Killing Regulations

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4319), sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy (R-C-I, Yorktown), to protect businesses from over-zealous state regulations that could hurt the continued growth of th

June 16, 2015
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