Labor Day is our annual opportunity to collectively recognize the hard working men and women who are the backbone of our economy.
From the smelter in Massena to the small business in Sangerfield, my district includes many highly motivated individuals. Many posses a technical expertise that is, frankly, unrivaled.
As a state representative, I’m committed to holding on to each and every skilled worker and to fighting the “brain drain” that too often plagues upstate. While we can’t directly prevent business contractions and closings, we can do two things to soften the blow.
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.
Senator Bonacic took part in a brick-laying demonstration in Albany recently with visiting members of Local 5 of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers. This union is the oldest continuous union in North America and represents craftworkers in the Hudson Valley, including bricklayers, and stone and marble masons. Here is the Senator practicing his bricklaying skills.
NEW YORK, NY - State Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew announced a major $1.5 million citywide investment for New York City’s Community School Initiative on Thursday.
$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.
Elected officials and Transport Workers Union Local 100 representatives gathered in Astoria last week to demand the MTA restore station agents at subway booths who were removed throughout New York City in 2010.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who spearheaded the rally, joined members of TWU Local 100, along with City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), outside the Steinway Street-Broadway station in Astoria June 6 as part of a citywide day of action and petitioning to highlight the need for restoring station agents and booths across the city’s subway system.
On May 9, I joined a delegation of NYU graduate research and teaching assistants, UAW Regional Director Julie Kushner, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York State Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, and New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin in urging NYU President John Sexton to agree to a free and fair process to re-establish the graduate assistants’ union, whose last contract expired in 2005. As the State Senator whose district includes NYU’s main campus, it is personally disappointing to me that the university has persistently refused to recognize its graduate research and teaching assistants’ right to organize.
Senator Dilan speaks with 14-year MTA Bus Operator and Fresh Pond Depot Chair, James Beard about the job, the B38 route in Brooklyn, Hurricane Sandy and Transit Worker Union Local 100's ongoing negotiations with the MTA.
The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.
Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open
BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.
Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.
Highlights of the Executive Budget:
· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.
· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.
Nationwide actions today to raise awareness of worker mistreatment, retaliation.
Kennedy joins workers and supporters at Black Friday rally at Walmart in Cheektowaga.
Kennedy: I stand with workers in their efforts to fight back and be heard.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, stands with workers in their ongoing efforts to end workplace retaliation and secure better wages and benefits, fair treatment and respect. Kennedy joined workers and supporters at a rally Friday at the Walmart in Cheektowaga’s Thruway Plaza where they called for an end to worker mistreatment.
Senator Stewart-Cousins congratulated the members of UWUA Local 1-2 and Con Edison for resolving their contract dispute and bringing 8500 workers back to work. She also acknowledged Governor Cuomo's key role in the negotiations. Members of UWUA Local 1-2 had been locked out for four weeks due to a contract dispute, but the two sides came to an agreement on July 27th, just hours before severe thunder storms threatened the region.
New York, NY—Riders, elected officials, community groups, and TWU Local 100 gathered for a press conference at 12noon on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012, on the steps of City Hall. The coalition announced their formation of a new campaign—Bring Back Our Buses and Subways—to pressure the MTA to restore all transit services that were cut in 2010.