Issues: Labor


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. View. 

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

Chautauqua County Manufacturers Receive Funding Through Workforce Development Institute

Funding will promote job and business growth, employee retention and promotion


ALBANY – Two Chautauqua County manufacturers will be able to retain and promote existing employees, and potentially expand operations, as a result of funding provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).


June 16, 2015

Sen. Ortt's Bill Ties Possible Fast-Food Pay Increase to Human Services Pay

Senator Ortt weighs in on the possible minimum wage increase for fast-food workers during an interview with Capital NY. Sen. Ortt outlines his bill that would force reimbursement increases to human services workers in nonprofits should the governor decide to increase pay of fast-food workers. Read the full article below:

Bill would tie human services pay to wage board decision

By Will Brunelle

3:28 p.m. | Jun. 9, 2015

June 12, 2015

Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes GrowNY Program

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed legislation to create an economic gardening program to help stimulate New York’s economy by providing technical assistance to existing businesses looking to expand.  The bill, (S-73) introduced by Gallivan, would establish a pilot program known as ‘GrowNY.”

June 12, 2015


Event to Feature More than 50 Employers

In an effort to connect job seekers with employers looking to hire, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host her 2015 Job Fair on June 23rd in Fulton.

“One of the hardest parts of job searching is getting face to face time with potential employers,” said Senator Ritchie.

“My job fair makes it easy to connect with dozens of businesses and organizations that are looking to hire immediately. I'm encouraging anyone seeking a job or career change to visit my job fair on June 23rd.”

June 12, 2015
June 11, 2015

Statement from Senator Catharine Young on Old Route 219 Bridge Replacement

“I applaud the Cattaraugus County Legislature for giving the green light for the old Route 219 bridge replacement. Construction of a new state-of-the-art bridge will be extremely beneficial to Western New York because it will stimulate economic growth by creating new, good-paying jobs and providing greater access to broadband service, preserve the local economy, and give residents on both sides of the Cattaraugus Creek access to emergency care and shopping they need and deserve.”


June 10, 2015
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