Issues: Labor

Related Legislation to Create Responsibility Questionnaire System Would Help to Weed Out Unscrupulous Contractors; Create More Level Playing Field for Law-Abiding Bidders on Public Works Contracts

LABOR COMMITTEE REPORT URGES THAT “LOWEST RESPONSIBLE BIDDER” BE DEFINED TO PROTECT WORKERS, IMPROVE PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS, AND RECOUP MONEY NOW LOST TO NEW YORK’S UNDERGROUND ECONOMY Related Legislation to Create Responsibility Questionnaire System Would Help to Weed Out Unscrupulous Contractors; Create More Level Playing Field for Law-Abiding Bidders on Public Works Contracts             State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Labor, today announced that he, t

January 12, 2010
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STACHOWSKI COSPONSORS MEASURE TO WEED OUT UNSCRUPULOUS CONTRACTORS

Legislation Will Create More Level Playing Field for Law-Abiding Bidders on Public Works Contracts

   Senator William T. Stachowski (D-C, Lake View), today announced he is cosponsoring legislation (S.5847) designed to ensure that contractors and subcontractors who compete for and win public works contracts in New York State meet specific responsibility standards.

January 11, 2010
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Labor Committee Report Urges That “Lowest Responsible Bidder” Be Defined To Protect Workers, Improve Public Works Projects, And Recoup Money Now Lost To New York’s Underground Economy

News From New York State Senate Standing Committee on Labor Chairman, State Senator George Onorato_________________________________________________________

January 11, 2010
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Senator Alesi Protecting Small Business

As former Chairman of the Senate Commerce Economic Development Committee, Senator Alesi was a prime architect of “Upstate Now”. Passed by the Senate, “Upstate Now” would lower taxes, provide affordable health plans for small businesses, strengthen our workforce, invest in new technology and reduce energy costs to help small businesses thrive.      

A highly skilled workforce is imperative to the success and growth of our local economy. Senator Alesi continues to support small businesses in securing workforce development funds for groups like Rochester Business Alliance and Progress Rochester that partner with area colleges, universities, and local businesses to provide necessary training.

December 21, 2009
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Facts Vs. Myth on Farm Worker Legislation

New York Farm Bureau Video using footage from November 19 Agriculture Committee Public Hearing in Watertown, NY.

December 14, 2009
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Aubertine Hosts Agriculture Roundtable in Waddington

 

Agriculture Chair Concludes Fall/Winter Tour with discussion on dairy, farm labor

WADDINGTON (December 11, 2009)—State Senate Agriculture Chair Darrel J. Aubertine today met with a large group of farmers and agriculture representatives to discuss the issues facing our state’s farmers and the direction of agriculture policy in New York State.

December 11, 2009
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Senate Passes $48 Billion Pension Reform

The Senate today approved major reform of the state pension system, a significant step in placing the state’s long term finances on a sound fiscal footing.  The legislation (S.26) is expected to save taxpayers $48.5 billion over the next 30 years by establishing a new Tier V of pension benefits for public employees.  Tier V benefits will apply to newly hired uniformed and non-uniformed 

December 2, 2009
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2009 Mid Year Report on Receipts and Disbursements

November 5, 2009
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Senator Oppenheimer moderating a panel discussion of successful businesswomen and entrepreneurs, including Ellen Parlapiano, Therese Ferretti, and Leslie Allicks

 

SENATOR OPPENHEIMER AND WOMEN’S ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT CENTER HOST SMALL BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) hosted a successful Small Business and Economic Development Forum on Thursday, October 22nd at the White Plains Public Library.

October 28, 2009
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Workers’ Compensation Board May Not Electronically Record Hearings Unless Legislature Changes Current Law Requiring the Use of Stenographers

State Senator George Onorato, the chairman of the Senate LaborCommittee, speaks out against plans by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to go forward with a pilot program that would replace stenographers with digital-audio recording at some workers’ compensation hearings.

October 11, 2009
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

For Immediate Release

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Senator Huntley: “Every person, no matter their background, can contribute to our society.”

October 1, 2009
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Senator Onorato Renews Call For Unemployment Benefit Increase As New York City's Jobless Rate Exceeds National Rate

 Senator’s Bill Would Hike Maximum Weekly Benefits,Address Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Insolvency

September 30, 2009
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Legislation Signed Into Law By The Governor

 "Legislation To Expand Protection For Workers From Retaliation For Reporting Wage And Other Labor Violations."   SB 3358 (Chapter 372)

September 18, 2009
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$15 Million for Transformation of Brooklyn Navy Yard

Feature article in WNYC News

NEW YORK, NY September 16, 2009 —New York State Senate has allocated $15 million to transform part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into an eco-friendly manufacturing center.

Daniel Squadron, senator of the 25th District that encompasses the industrial park, said the project is a model plan.

September 18, 2009
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NYS SENATOR ERIC ADAMS JOINS SENATE MAJORITY CONFERENCE TO PROVIDE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD WITH $15 MILLION FOR NEW “GREEN” DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION

NYS Senator Eric Adams joins the NYS Senate Majority Conference to obtain $15 million for the creation of “green collar” jobs and an exhibition/visitors center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

September 18, 2009
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