Issues: Labor

Senator Diaz's Letter to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo

Honorable Andrew CuomoOffice of the Attorney GeneralThe CapitolAlbany, NY 12224-0341

Dear Mr. Cuomo:

In response to the recent attention directed at the hiring and resignation as the Director of the New York State Intergovernmental Relations of Senator Pedro Espada’s son, Pedro G. Espada, I am respectfully calling for an investigation by the Office of the New York State Attorney General to determine the number of family members of state legislators, commissioners and department heads currently on the New York State Legislature’s payroll.

August 12, 2009
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The Case for Unemployment Insurance Reform in New York State

By State Senator George Onorato Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Labor

August 6, 2009
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Senator Savino Supports Rights of EZ Pass Workers to Organize

*******STATEMENT REGARDING EZ PASS CHALLENGE OF EMPLOYEE VOTE TO JOIN CWA**********

July 9, 2009
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Senate Passes Power For Jobs Program Provides Businesses Low Cost Power To Protect Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs

(Albany, NY) – Yesterday, the New York State Senate, led by President and Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson, passed legislation extending the Power for Jobs program which provides low cost power to businesses and non-profits across the state. If the program was not extended, New York faced the potential loss of over 250,000 jobs. 

June 24, 2009
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Unemployment Insurance Reform

NEWS FROM STATE SENATOR GEORGE ONORATO CHAIRMAN,  NEW YORK STATE STANDING COMMITTEE  ON LABOR For Release: Sunday, June 21, 2009

June 22, 2009
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Atlantic Yards Public Hearing: Both Riveting and Revealing

(New York, NY)-In a packed Higgins Hall at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a standing room only crowd,  State Senator Bill Perkins, Chair of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions held the first ever Senate hearing on the Atlantic Yards project.

May 29, 2009
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New Legislation would Require Companies Seeking State Economic Development Subsidies to Disclose Wage, Hiring Plans For Projects

NEWS FROM……………………….

State Senator George Onorato

State Senator Neil D. Breslin

Assemblyman Tim Gordon……………………………………… 

May 27, 2009
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Senator Dilan on Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Senator Dilan speaks on the enactment of legislation that extends unemployment insurance benefits for more than 120,000 New Yorkers, of which were approximately 56,000 whose benefits were set to expire in late May. The legislation gives New York access to $645 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) aid. The money will extend unemployment benefits by an additional 13 weeks.

May 27, 2009
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SENATOR PERKINS HELPS PROTECT UNEMPLOYED

SENATOR  PERKINS HELPS PROTECT UNEMPLOYED NEW YORKERSSenate passes legislation to aid unemployed as tens of thousands face loss of benefits

Today, State Senator Bill Perkins announced that the New York State Senate passed critical legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits to nearly 120,000 currently unemployed New Yorkers. 

May 22, 2009
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Measure To Assist Unemployed New Yorkers

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – 35th District) announced today that the Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation that extends unemployment benefits for thousands of New Yorkers. The bill, Senate 4110-A, provides benefits for an additional 13 weeks.

“During these difficult economic times, working families are struggling to make ends meet,” stated Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “For the unemployed, the struggle is even greater, therefore, I was pleased to vote in favor of this important bill that will help so many of New York’s families.”

May 20, 2009
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Senator Huntley Helps Protect Unemployed New Yorkers

Senate passes legislation to aid unemployed as tens of thousands face loss of benefits Today, State Senator Shirley Huntley announced that the New York State Senate passed critical legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits to nearly 120,000 currently unemployed New Yorkers.   This legislation comes at a time when our economy is struggling, as Senator Huntley and her colleagues in the Majority are working to turn the economy around and help people find new, fair paying jobs. 

May 18, 2009
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Senate Passes Legislation to Aid Unemployed as Tens of Thousands Face Loss of Benefits

Albany, NY—Today, State Senator Liz Krueger praised the New York State Senate for passing critical legislation (S.4110-A) which will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits to nearly 120,000 current or soon-to-be unemployed New Yorkers. 

May 18, 2009
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The Perkins Report (5/12/09) - The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices

Senator Perkins interviews two farm workers from Western New York, with their translators, to ask them about the recently introduced bill known as the Farmworers Fair Labor Practice Act (S.2247)

 

May 15, 2009
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Extending A Helping Hand

The New York State Senate is acutely aware of the hardships many New Yorkers face as a result of our nation's economic crisis. Unemployment insurance is one safety net that plays a vital role in helping individuals who have lost their jobs.

Today, the Senate's Finance Committee unanimously passed legislation that will extend unemployment benefits for an additional thirteen weeks. The funds--some $600 million--will come from the federal stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

May 13, 2009
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May 13, 2009
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