Issues: Unions

Rally Against Education Layoffs

Senator Serrano joined District Council 37 on the steps of City Hall for a rally against massive layoffs that would have a negative impact on our local schools. 705 layoffs of Local 372 members have been scheduled for next week, and  765 layoffs occurred at The Department of Education on October 7, 2011. "It is extremely unfortunate that these layoffs are being planned for a district that can’t afford to lose more staff", said Senator Serrano. "Not only will 705 people be unemployed, but our schools will suffer the consequences of losing dedicated parent coordinators and school aides. We must do everything we can to speak out against an action that threatens the quality of our children’s education.”

October 4, 2011
September 28, 2011

Senator Robach Supports 2011 Labor Day Parade

On Monday, Senator Robach in the 2011 Labor Day Parade. Senator Robach would like to thank all the supporters and kids who helped make this parade so successful. Thanks to the many members of our community who came out to support the parade!

September 7, 2011

Transit Funding Lockbox Act Passes New York Senate

Senate Votes Unanimously To Secure Transit Funds For Transit Riders

New York - In a major victory for New York’s transit riders, the State Senate voted unanimously yesterday to put a stop to continued raids on dedicated funding for public transit by passing the Transit Funding Lockbox Act. The Transit Funding Lockbox Act (S4257) aims to prevent public transit fare hikes and service cuts. The Assembly version of the bill (A6766), sponsored by James Brennan (D-Park Slope), is now in the hands of Assembly Member Denny Farrell and Speaker Sheldon Silver. With few hours remaining in the current session, and a capital plan $10 billion short, advocates for the plan remain hopeful.

June 23, 2011

6/7/2011: Local 1199 Lobby Day

The Executive Committee of 1199 United Healthcare Workers East (George Gresham, President), New York State's largest healthcare union with 350,000 members, today lobbied state legislators in Albany to pass marriage equality by the end of the Legislative Session on June 20th.

June 7, 2011

Senator Perkins with members of DC37

Senator Perkins with members of DC37 in the convention center at Albany during a DC37 advocacy rally.

May 26, 2011

Senator Bill Larkin Welcomes Firefighters From Kingston And Newburgh To Albany During Their Annual Lobby Day

Firefighters from Kingston and Newburgh were in Albany to discuss their legislative priorities with local Legislators.  They met with Senator Bill Larkin for a review of their top issues, which included the Triborough Amendment.

May 17, 2011

5/3/2011: District Council #37 Lobby Day

On May 3, 2011 Senator Huntley met with many members of District Council 37 (DC 37) in her Albany office and at the convention center. Senator Huntley has supported the hardworking efforts of DC 37 and the millions of middle to working class people who are a part of the group. DC 37 spoke with Senator Huntley about legislation and other pending bills that would be very controversial or have their football spirit.

May 3, 2011
March 22, 2011

Senator Montgomery Votes to Preserve Seniority & Tenure Rights of Educators

At a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Montgomery spoke out against the Last In, First Out (LIFO) bill (S.3501), which attempts to leverage the state’s current fiscal crisis to eliminate the seniority and tenure rights of all New Year City educators. Moreover, the bill is a blatant attempt at union busting, demonstrating a clear and dangerous disregard for the rights of educators that have been negotiated and defined through collective bargaining.

March 9, 2011

Senator Addabbo's statement on education bill S.3501B

Queens, NY, March 1, 2011NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Education Committee, released the following statement on education bill S.3501B, scheduled for a vote today:


March 1, 2011


“I am deeply disappointed in today’s refusal, on the part of certain members of the State Senate, to put decency and common sense before playing politics.  “In saying ‘no’ to saving the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, they said no to the more than 1,000 workers who are now left jobless, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. They said no to millions of dollars worth of revenue that the entire state benefits from.  They said no to the thousands of other jobs and industries—throughout the state—that are created and fueled by the New York City OTB.   “Instead they voted yes to partisanship and political grandstanding, and the unfortunate victims are taxpayers and the hundreds of workers who are now unemployed.” 

December 7, 2010

Senator Dilan Tours New York Container Terminal in Staten Island


Senator Dilan joins members of the International Longshoreman’s Association during a recent tour of the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island.

November 18, 2010

Race to the Top Press Conference

Senator Oppenheimer speaks at the press conferenceannouncing New York's victory in the Race to the Top competition.  From Lto R:  Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Sheldon Silver, Michael Mulgrew,President of the United Federation of Teachers, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer,Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York City Counsel SpeakerChristine Quinn

August 25, 2010

Senate Education Chair, Suzi Oppenheimer, Hails New York Educators and Advocates for Race to the Top Victory

Photo Caption:  Senator Oppenheimer listens to Mayor Michael Bloomberg atpress conference announcing New York's winning of $700 million in Race tothe Top funding.  From L to R: Senator John Sampson, Mayor MichaelBloomberg, Michael Mulgrew, Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Christine Quinn,Speaker of the NYC Counsel, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer

August 25, 2010


Queens, NY, August 3, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Racing, Gaming & Wagering Committee, today issued the following statement on the winning Aqueduct bidder:  “Today’s selection by the New York Lottery of Genting New York LLC,  means that finally, after almost a decade-long process, the future of Aqueduct Racetrack and the surrounding communities looks bright.”  According to sources at New York Lottery, Genting was chosen for their professionalism and for their understanding of the needs of the community. 

August 3, 2010
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