Issues: Labor

Unemployment Benefits Crisis Looms

Feature article in Courier-Life Publications

By Aaron Short

Brooklyn’s unemployment numbers for the first half of the year are discouraging %u2013 over 10 percent of the population %u2013 and state labor workers warn that a crisis could be coming if unemployment benefits are not extended.

September 1, 2009
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Legislation Signed Into Law By The Governor

"Legislation To Allow Injured Workers To Receive A Lump Sum Payment For Permanent Partial Disability Benefits." SB2776-B (Chapter 351)

August 31, 2009
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Legislation Signed Into Law By The Governor

Legislation to provide workers with written notice of their regular and overtime wage rates.  (Signed into law, Chapter 270)

August 21, 2009
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Legislation Signed Into Law By The Governor

 Legislation to Provide 13 Weeks of Extended Unemployment Benefits for Jobless New Yorkers Approved by State Senate (Signed into law, Chapter 35)

August 21, 2009
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Legislation Signed Into Law By The Governor

"Legislation to Extend Self-Employment Assistance Program..." (Signed into law Chapter 106)

August 21, 2009
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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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