Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections.
"As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society."
New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected.
New York is poised to become the first state establishing a landmark set of working standards for housekeepers, nannies and other domestic workers. State lawmakers have passed a measure that would require overtime pay after eight-hour workdays, at least one day off per week, and at least eighteen holidays, sick days and vacation days per year. Lawmakers will now attempt to reconcile the Senate and Assembly versions before sending a final bill to Governor David Paterson.
Welcome to The Capitol Pressroom for Wednesday May 26th. Here’s an abridged version of what’s going on politically around here – Andrew Cuomo picked Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy to be his LG. Newsday’s James Madore will have the story. Meanwhile one of Cuomo’s guys from the AG’s office is in court in Albany today defending Governor Paterson’s decision to furlough state workers. State worker Unions are fighting the idea tooth and nail.
Is scrubbing somebody else's floor "work"? How about staying up all night - every night - with another person's colicky baby? Or helping their elderly mother shower and use the bathroom? The reality is, domestic workers like nannies, caregivers and housekeepers do some of the hardest and most necessary work around. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are able to do their own jobs and keep their families functioning only because they rely on the labor of nannies and caregivers, yet these domestic employees are denied the basic workplace protections most other workers are guaranteed.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency is spotlighting a whistleblower who gave them a tip about some Department of Transportation motor vehicle inspectors.The claim isn't that people lied and didn't do the work, but rather that no one stepped up to stop them from racking up so many hours.The task force calls it a "dysfunctional use of overtime" that allowed 152 motor vehicle inspectors to earn more than a million dollars in overtime last year, not all of legit.
By Doug Auer STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane J. Savino fielded questions from constituents last night during a live virtual town hall meeting hosted from the Senate floor in Albany.The hour-long session featured Sen. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) responding to transportation concerns submitted via phone calls, Facebook.com and e-mails from people living in the 23rd Senate District."For the people of Staten Island, there are studies that show that we have the highest commute in the nation -- on average," she said.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Politicians need friends, and not just the ones who help get them re-elected. The demands of the job are grueling, the sacrifices many. Without a brigade of buddies who’ve got their backs and freely lend their support, elected officials won’t last long in this dog-eat-dog world. Yet, navigating friendships in politics is tricky. “The political landscape across the country is full of people who suffer from paranoia; that ‘Five cents going in your pocket is five cents coming out of mine,’¤” said City Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore).
By Deborah E. YoungApril 21, 2010, 6:48AMSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It is an inequity that has persisted for decades -- the disparity in pay between men and women -- and Staten Island's female state lawmakers are seeking a solution.
By Maura YatesApril 20, 2010, 7:15AMSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The phone rang in Anna Antico's Willowbrook home shortly after 2 a.m. on a fall night in 2005.The voice said her husband, Nicky, 35, a city Department of Transportation road worker, had been mowed down by a speeding SUV while he worked to pave Slosson Avenue in Castleton Corners.Antico lingered in a coma for five days, before succumbing to massive head injuries.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Eating for the hungry: This simple equation drives "Dine Out Against Hunger" -- an annual event that has come to define the generosity and compassion of Staten Islanders, by bringing people out to local restaurants that in turn donate to charity.Nearly 150 restaurants -- from Tottenville to Tompkinsville, with menus ranging from fast fare to haute cuisine -- will participate in Dine Out Against Hunger on Thursday.Click here for a complete list of restaurants participating in the event.