Issues: Labor

BROOKLYN ELECTEDS, CAREGIVERS, COMMUNITY RALLY TO SUPPORT LICH AND SUNY DOWNSTATE

Broad Coalition of Brooklyn Elected Officials Urge Long-Term Plan to Keep All Campuses Open

BROOKLYN – Today, a broad coalition of Brooklyn elected officials joined 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), nurses and caregivers, and community members to rally in support of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), and the hospital’s other affiliates – which are vital to Brooklyn’s already-underserved residents.

Last week, an audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s office made clear that there is a fiscal crisis at SUNY Downstate and its affiliated institutions. The elected officials are arguing that the potential closure of any campus is unacceptable, and that SUNY must develop a stabilization plan that provides a long-term solution to preserve critical diversity in medical education, quality healthcare, and good jobs for Brooklyn and the entire state.

January 25, 2013
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SENATOR DAVID VALESKY NAMED CHAIRMAN OF SENATE COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky, Deputy Leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, was named Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee. 

January 25, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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AVELLA HONORED AT THE ITALIAN AMERICAN LABOR COUNCIL 71ST ANNIVERSARY FOUR FREEDOMS DINNER DANCE

On October 19th, 2012 Senator Tony Avella was honored at the Italian American Labor Council’s 71st Anniversary Four Freedoms Dinner Dance.  Senator Avella received the Geraldine Ferrara Legislative Achievement Award from the Italian American Labor Council “in recognition of his drive, dedication and commitment to the people which he serves.”

January 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Albany to Raise the People’s Pay

Over 100 people joined Kennedy at Friday’s rally at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

State lawmakers Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Ryan support measures to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour and linking future increases to the Consumer Price Index. 

Kennedy: Now’s the Time to Raise the Minimum Wage, and Stop Playing Paycheck Roulette by Linking Future Increases to CPI.

January 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Praises State of the State Focus on Strengthening Workforce, Raising Minimum Wage, Growing Upstate Economy

Kennedy applauds Governor Cuomo’s efforts to build comprehensive, progressive agenda for 2013 legislative session. 

Governor’s plans to strengthen the workforce reflect concepts Kennedy proposed in his legislation to address the “skills gap” and create “Centers for Workforce Achievement” at community colleges across the state. 

January 9, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS GOVERNOR’S CALL FOR ATTRACTING GOOD JOBS, CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH

Plans to Focus on Upstate Economic Development Included in State of the State Address

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for building on the progress of the past two years to create more jobs and continue economic growth, following Wednesday’s State of the State address in Albany.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON THE GOVERNOR'S 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

“In 2013, my focus is jobs, and I was thrilled to hear that Governor Cuomo is making that one of his priorities as well,” said Senator Ritchie.

“We have made some great strides recently when it comes to getting our state’s economy back on track, but there’s a lot more we can do.  I’m eager to get to work and continue to collaborate with the Governor and my fellow colleagues in an effort to put more New Yorkers back to work.”

January 9, 2013
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Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Holding Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage on Friday, Jan. 11

Join Senator Kennedy at Rally Planned for Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

Kennedy: Raising the Minimum Wage will Lift Families from Poverty and Boost the Local Economy 

January 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Stipend College Preparation & Green Job Training Available to NYCHA Residents

Green City Force, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) partner, is now recruiting NYCHA residents to participate in their stipend college preparation and green job training program - the Clean Energy Corps!

Local Information Session Dates & Location:

Fridays - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jan. 11 & 18

Information Session Location:

NYCHA Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability

January 8, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS $184 MILLION IN REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS TO HELP CNY, NNY CREATE JOBS

CNY, NNY Regions Named “Top Performers”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding $184 million in funding awarded to Central and Northern New York to help create jobs and jump-start the economy through Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council program.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON THE NEW JOB AWARDS.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF JOB-CREATING GRANTS IN OUR REGION, CLICK HERE.

Both Central and Northern New York were named “Top Performers;” taking home prizes of $93.8 million for 73 projects and $90.2 million for 82 projects respectively.  To view a full list of projects, click here.

The awards were announced at a special ceremony, held Wednesday morning in Albany, attended by Senator Ritchie.

December 19, 2012
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Gpovernor Cuomo Announes More Than 74,000 Job Openings Available on JOBS EXPRESS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Jobs Express, a website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment, currently has more than 74,000 job openings available.

The site has helped more than 59,000 individuals find work since its October 2011 launch. As extended unemployment benefits expire for thousands of New Yorkers this month, the Governor urges long-term unemployed, now more than ever to apply for these jobs.

"Jobs Express has been a resounding success for more than 59,000 formerly unemployed New Yorkers who were able to find a job," Governor Cuomo said. "More than 4,600 employers across the state are hiring now and I urge all New Yorkers who are looking for work to visit Jobs Express."

December 13, 2012
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BUFFALO BILLION INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan - Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee

December 4, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Stands with Walmart Workers

Nationwide actions today to raise awareness of worker mistreatment, retaliation.

Kennedy joins workers and supporters at Black Friday rally at Walmart in Cheektowaga.

Kennedy: I stand with workers in their efforts to fight back and be heard.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, stands with workers in their ongoing efforts to end workplace retaliation and secure better wages and benefits, fair treatment and respect. Kennedy joined workers and supporters at a rally Friday at the Walmart in Cheektowaga’s Thruway Plaza where they called for an end to worker mistreatment.

November 23, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Upcoming Deadline for NY Youth Works Employment Program

Kennedy reminds residents that youth must apply for certification in NY Youth Works program by December 31, 2012. Businesses must apply for certification by November 30, 2012. 

NY Youth Works helps address unemployment among inner-city youth with job-training for applicants and tax credits for employers. 

Kennedy encourages more businesses to get involved in NY Youth Works to help alleviate unemployment in City of Buffalo.

November 20, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: FEDERAL DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

Residents Now Have Until February 4th to Apply

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents affected by Hurricane Sandy that the deadline to apply for federal disaster unemployment assistance has been extended. Residents now have until February 4, 2013 to apply for the benefit, which is available to provide support to anyone who cannot work as a result of the storm and lives or works on Long Island, New York City or Westchester and Rockland Counties.

November 19, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS THAT FEDERAL DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE

Residents Who Work or Live on Long Island, New York City, or Westchester and Rockland Counties Can Apply

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents that federal disaster unemployment assistance is available to those who are now unemployed as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide support to anyone who lost their job or income as a result of the storm and live or work on Long Island, New York City or Westchester and Rockland Counties.

November 14, 2012
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