Issues: Labor

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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Senator Kennedy Urges Albany to Act on NYS Fair Pay Act, Calls for Stronger Protections for Women and Minorities in Workforce

Pay equity a top issue in presidential race, but should be addressed at state level

Kennedy says closing wage gap between genders would significantly stimulate economic growth; pushes for critical measure to end wage discrimination

November 1, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO, INDUSTRY LEADERS AT NEW YORK’S FIRST WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS SUMMIT

 

Governor Announces New Tourism Campaign, Regulatory Reforms

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, state leaders and dozens of winemakers, craft brewers and small batch distillers at New York’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, held Wednesday in Albany.

October 24, 2012
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Project Heat's On 2012

On Saturday morning, I had the privilege to attend a press conference at UA Local 13 Plumbers and Pipefitters for the announcement of Project Heat's On 2012. This annual project is sponsored by Plumbers Pipefitters & HVAC Service Techs UA Local 13 and Mechanical Contractors Association.

October 17, 2012
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Senator Martins Honored by Long Island Contractors' Assocation

Senator Jack M. Martins was recently honored by the Long Island Contractors' Association for his work in the Senate on moving Long Island economy forward. "This was a tremendous honor. I thank LICA for recognizing our efforts in the Senate to move our economy forward and create jobs," he said.

October 16, 2012
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NEARLY 40 EMPLOYERS SIGN-ON FOR RITCHIE'S CENTRAL NEW YORK JOB AND CAREER FAIR

Event Will Offer Opportunities to Meet Employers, Access Job-Searching Tips

Nearly 40 local employers are expected at State Senator Patty Ritchie’s second annual Job and Career Fair on Wednesday September 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial, located at 609 West Broadway St. in Fulton.

September 20, 2012
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NEARLY 500 JOB SEEKERS ATTEND RITCHIE'S ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY JOB AND CAREER FAIR

 

Event Featured Opportunities to Meet With 65 Area Employers

Nearly 500 St. Lawrence County job seekers attended State Senator Patty Ritchie’s second annual Job and Career Fair, held at the Odd Fellows Community Hall in Ogdensburg Wednesday.

September 20, 2012
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST JOB AND CAREER FAIR WEDNESDAY

Event to Feature More than 60 Employers

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that 64 employers have signed-on for her Job and Career Fair, which will be held on Wednesday September 19th in Ogdensburg at the Odd Fellows Hall on Linden Street from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

September 17, 2012
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MORE THAN 50 EMPLOYERS SIGN ON FOR RITCHIE JOB AND CAREER FAIR

Will Match Job-Seekers with Employers on September 19th in Ogdensburg

CLICK HERE NOW TO PRE-REGISTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she will host a Job and Career Fair on September 19th in Ogdensburg at the Odd Fellows Hall on Linden Street from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

September 10, 2012
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LARKIN SENDS LETTER TO GOVERNOR CUOMO REGARDING SURCHARGE ON EMPLOYERS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that the state pick up a $102 million tab hitting employers across the state.

The New York State Department of Labor is currently billing employers statewide $12.75 for each person they employ.  Due in September, this "Interest Assessment Surcharge" is being collected so New York can make an interest payment on a $4 billion loan it took out from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits. 

In his letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Larkin suggested that rather than bill employers, New York should pick up the cost using a portion of the $340 million in settlement payments the state is set to receive from the Standard Charter Bank investigation.

September 6, 2012
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2012 Labor Day Parade

On Monday, I had the privilege to participate in the 2012 Labor Day Parade. It was great to see so many families, and familiar faces, along the parade route! Thank you to all of those who take time out of their holiday to take part in the parade and to attend it!

September 4, 2012
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RITCHIE GETS HIGH MARKS FROM TWO LEADING PRO-JOBS GROUPS

Unshackle Upstate, Business Council of New York State Give Ritchie Positive Reviews

State Senator Patty Ritchie has received high marks from the state’s two leading pro-jobs groups, Unshackle Upstate and the New York Business Council.

August 22, 2012
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Legislation Sponsored by Senator Dilan Signed by Governor Cuomo

S.7189 consolidates bus services provided to pre-kindergarten and early intervention children under the City Department of Education.Allowing this process enables the City DOE to draw on its extensive knowledge of bus contracts and the subsequent negotiating process to ensure that pre-kindergarten and early intervention students are afforded the same process and treatment as all other New York City schoolchildren.

August 21, 2012
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GOING INSIDE “WHERE YOU WORK”

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Over the past month, “going to work” has taken on a new meaning for me.  A bottling company, a manufacturer of paper products,  an organic dairy farm.  These are just a few of the places I have visited as part of my “Where You Work” tour; an effort to meet with local employers and seek ways to promote local job growth throughout Central and Northern New York.

August 13, 2012
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Governor Cuomo, Stop Fracking Around with Our Health

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

By -- STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS, New York Amsterdam News

I’m New York State Sen. Bill Perkins; I’m opposed to hydrofracking because it puts our children’s future at risk. New York City residents have a tremendous stake in whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows hydrofracking in New York. This dangerous method of natural gas drilling threatens our water, air, food and health. Along with a growing number of elected officials, local leaders and community organizations, I have come to the conclusion that fracking is not safe and should be banned statewide.

August 10, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL OSWEGO COUNTY JOB AND CAREER FAIR

JOB SEEKERS: CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie will host her second annual career and job fair on Wednesday September 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial, located at 609 West Broadway St. in Fulton.

August 6, 2012
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Senator Applauds Con Edison Settlement

Senator Stewart-Cousins congratulated the members of UWUA Local 1-2 and Con Edison for resolving their contract dispute and bringing 8500 workers back to work. She also acknowledged Governor Cuomo's key role in the negotiations. Members of UWUA Local 1-2 had been locked out for four weeks due to a contract dispute, but the two sides came to an agreement on July 27th, just hours before severe thunder storms threatened the region.

July 30, 2012
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