"I applaud Mayor Bloomberg and Comptroller Liu for delivering an innovative proposal that promises to lower the City's pension costs, increase investment returns and protect the pensions of current and future retirees. The efficiencies that stand to be achieved through this reform will pay dividends for both taxpayers and city workers."
Queens, NY, October 25, 2011 – At a time when the unemployment rate in Queens and statewide is about 7.7%, with a New York City rate that is slightly higher according to the NYS Department of Labor, NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Queens) sponsored his 4th Job Fair on Friday, October 21, at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale.
On Wednesday, October 5th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend an open house at the General Motors Holdings Plant on Lexington Avenue in Rochester. The open house was a way to say thank you to our community for the support that the company has received. Thousands of people took advantage of the open house to see many of the products made right here in our back yard. It was great to meet so many of the employees and see the members of our community who came out to support this open house.
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.”
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!
Once again our leaders in Washington are fighting over cuts to the deficit, while our economy teeters on the brink of a "double dip" recession. At the federal, state, and local levels, the focus is on cutting programs rather than increasing revenues. But what many of these leaders have chosen to ignore is the fact that this strategy will have radical macro and micro economic and political consequences for decades to come.
The approval of a new five-year contract by CSEA is a victory for all New Yorkers. I applaud Governor Cuomo, CSEA President Danny Donohue and the members of CSEA for achieving a deal that will save taxpayers $73 million this fiscal year, and will help ensure a balanced state budget, avert layoffs and maintain vital state services.
Senator Addabbo will once again be sponsoring a Job Fair for his residents. We expect to have over 100 vendors on hand to accept resumes. Some come down with plenty of resumes and proper attire and try to land your dream job.For more details call Pete at 718-738-1111.
Union, Management Reach Agreement For Nine Mile Plants
State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay praised the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Constellation Energy for reaching an agreement that ended a strike at both Nine Mile nuclear energy plants.
The union approved the new contract Tuesday in a 395 to 64 vote.
Senator Ritchie and Assemblyman Barclay met with both the union and management last week to ask both sides to return to the table to resume negotiations.
“The announcement that the strike has ended is welcome news to the families of both the union and management as well as the Greater Oswego community,” Senator Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) said. “The Nine Mile plants have enjoyed strong community support for decades, largely because of the outstanding relationship the workers have had with the company. Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief today at this terrific news.”