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Paterson Signs Landmark Bill of Rights For Domestic Workers

Paterson Signs Landmark Bill of Rights For Domestic Workers

Domestic workers in New York are now guaranteed more rights than anywhere in the nation.

Governor David Paterson signed the Domestic Workers' Rights bill into law this morning.

Domestic workers watch in an overflow room as Paterson signs the workers' rights bill. "Nowhere have domestic workers been able to gain any level of decency, dignity, respect and recognition by the law. That changes today," said State Senator Diane Savino.

New York is the first state in the U.S. to enact such sweeping protection for domestic workers.

The legislation takes effect in 90 days.

August 31, 2010
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Domestic workers get labor protections under new law

August31Gov. David Paterson signed into law today a bill that provides a number of rights to domestic workers, such as nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers. It provides a number of legal protections that most other workers in the United States have and is the first such legislation in the country, according to Domestic Workers United.

August 31, 2010
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Governor Paterson Signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Bill of Rightsby New York State Office of the Governor

ALBANY, NY (08/31/2010)(readMedia)-- Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a landmark bill to grant workplace protections to domestic workers, the first such law to be enacted in the nation. Domestic workers had been excluded from many of the rights granted to other employees by legislation enacted in the past.

August 31, 2010
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State Correction Officers Needed

As young people consider their futures, some may want to think about working for New York State in various positions of law enforcement and correctional services.

The state periodically has openings in law enforcement (state police, park police, university police, environmental conservation and corrections). New York's prisons, which range from minimum to maximum security, need reliable, qualified individuals to serve as corrections officers. Crime is generally on the decrease in our state, and we can credit the legislature for tough policies and new laws that have reduced our crime rate. But we will always have the need to incarcerate those who violate our laws, and we will need people to operate our prisons.

August 19, 2010
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September 30, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Stands with Women's Advocacy Groups to Urge Governor Paterson to Enact New Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise.  In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, today called on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

August 10, 2010
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Senate Shows Support for Farmers, Votes Down Labor Bill

 

Vote reflects Aubertine’s work to show colleagues how bill would undercut state’s top industry

ALBANY (August 3, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that the open and public debate on farm worker legislation over the past year has brought to light the damage this legislation would have on New York State’s farms. As a result, the bill was defeated on the floor of the Senate today.

August 3, 2010
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ADDABBO’S AQUEDUCT-GENTING SELECTION STATEMENT

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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Retail Report

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2010

Contact: Kevin M. Webb (518) 455-3531 (Huntley)

Diem Tran (917) 439-2965 (Squadron)

 

Senators Huntley and Squadron Release Senate Committee on Cities Report

To Help Local Businesses and Revitalize Retail Diversity

Small Retailers Vital to New York’s Economy, Culture

August 2, 2010
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Savino hosting career fair in St. George on Tuesday

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3:40 PM     Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3:55 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane J. Savino will host a career fair on Tuesday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at Brighton Heights Reformed Church, at 320 St. Marks Place in St. George.

Over 70 employers will be in attendance from a variety of different fields including: Civil service, retail, sales, banking, customer service, warehouse and factory, food service and health care

Individuals with all levels of experience and education are welcome and should bring multiple copies of their resumes.

July 29, 2010
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An Important Note For Small Business Owners

We encourage all businesses in New York to take advantage of the provisions enacted under the federal HIRE Act, passed in April of this year. Businesses that hire the long-term unemployed (defined as those who have not worked in over 60 days) can suspend payment of the employer's share of Social Security taxes on that worker from March 18-December 31, 2010. The more a business pays a worker (up to the maximum Social Security wage of $106,800), and the longer a business has a worker on its payroll, the greater the tax savings - so there is an incentive to hire people sooner, and pay them more.

July 28, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Diane J. Savino's Career Fair 2010

In an effort to assist those in their search for employment opportunities, my office is hosting a Career Fair this Tuesday, August 3, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Brighton Heights Reformed Church, located at 320 St Marks Place in Staten Island, NY.

Over 70 employers will be in attendance, looking to fill positions in a variety of fields including Civil Service, Banking, Customer Service, Warehouse and Factory, Retail and Sales, Food Service, and Health Care.

Job searchers will have the opportunity to attend free workshops on Job Readiness, Interview Skills and Financial Empowerment/Management.  To participate in the workshop, please RSVP to savinoevents@gmail.com.

Job Seekers with all levels of experience and education are welcome!

August 3, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Legislation Sponsored by Senator Onorato to Protect "Innocent Bystanders" During Strikes Signed Into Law by Governor

NEWS FROM State Senator George OnoratoChairman, New York State Senate Labor Committee

FOR RELEASE:  July 27, 2010CONTACT:  Janet K. Kash  (518)455-3486   kash@senate.state.ny.us

LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR ONORATO TO PROTECT “INNOCENT BYSTANDERS” DURING STRIKES SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR

New Law Will Provide Timely Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Workers Who are Not Participating in a Strike, but Who Still Lose Their Jobs

July 27, 2010
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Information on Employment Opportunities from Senator Addabbo

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to keep you up to date on some ways to find jobs. First, I will be sponsoring my 3rd Job Fair on Friday, November 12, 2010 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Aqueduct Racetrack. Aqueduct is located at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park, Queens. Mark your calendars. For more information please call Peter DeLucia in my office at (718) 738-1111.

Are you thinking about a career in public service? Government careers can be both exciting and rewarding. New York State and local governments offer a broad range of career opportunities, from law enforcement to medical, conservation to education, and much more.

July 22, 2010
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State legislators point to accomplishments

Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:19 AM     Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:20 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Most of the news coming out of Albany in recent weeks has been about the Legislature's dysfunction and the late state budget. But legislation was passed and some interesting bills offered.

July 22, 2010
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NY lawmakers back rights for domestic workers

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 1:46 p.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York domestic workers will be the first in the U.S. guaranteed overtime pay, as well as time off and protections against sexual harassment, under a measure given final legislative approval Thursday.

An advocacy group, Domestic Workers United, estimates there are 200,000 domestic workers in New York City. The group said it found about one-third reported verbal or physical abuse by employers, and two-thirds said they never received overtime pay.

July 22, 2010
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