ALBANY, NY (12/13/2010)(readMedia)-- Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law S.8380/A.11726, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, which addresses the failure by employers to pay statutorily-mandated minimum wages and overtime by requiring annual notifications of wages, expanding notifications, enhancing available remedies for wage law violations and strengthening whistleblower protections. The Governor also announced that he has acted on ten additional bills.
ublished: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 6:33 AM Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As Staten Islanders ease into the spirit of the season, a free-to-the-public display of train sets with door prizes and raffles this weekend in Castleton Corners and a toy giveaway on Dec. 17 will spread the joy of what, for many borough residents, is indeed the most glorious time of the year.
This weekend, at Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, the third annual Holiday Train Show will allow visitors to view three historic train sets laid out in an elaborate miniversion of real life.
Just Try Stealing From Your Workers Once This New Law Goes On the BooksBy Tom Robbins, Thu., Dec. 2 2010 @ 8:46AM Categories: Albany, Crime and Punishment, Featured, Labor, Tom Robbins Morgan Schweitzer
You don't get to celebrate too many victories on the state legislative level these days, but there should be a few loud cheers for its passage this week of a new law that makes it a bigger crime to steal wages from your workers.The bill means the next time an employer flips off a worker like Vicente Martinez Ávila -- whose story of working hundreds of hours of overtime in a Brooklyn cemetery for nothing is told in this week's Voice -- he risks getting slammed with tough penalties.
State Legislature OKs Savino-sponsored wage-protection bill Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:52 AM Updated: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:59 AM Tom Wrobleski
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane Savino hailed Assembly passage yesterday of a bill she sponsored in the Senate, which she said would protect workers from "unscrupulous employers" who "steal" their earnings by paying less than minimum wage.
"Stealing from employees not only hurts families, it hurts communities," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "It also makes honest employers less competitive."
But Staten Island business leaders said the new measure could drive up costs for borough small businesses and consumers.
Published: December 01, 2010 12:50 PMModified: December 01, 2010 2:13 PM Assembly passes wage boosts for workers
One bill quadruples penalties for employers who don't follow minimum wage and overtime laws; a second bill nearly triples the pay for certain building-service workers.
By Daniel Massey
The Assembly overwhelmingly approved two measures Tuesday aimed at raising standards for low-wage workers across the state.
Some lawmakers argue that wage theft not only hurts workers, but makes it tougher for businesses that follow the law to remain competitive. The new law would also boost state tax revenues by about $50 million a year, advocates said.
On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 the New York State Assembly gave final legislative approval to the Wage Theft Prevention Act (A11726/S8380), introduced by Assemblymember Carl Heastie and Senator Diane Savino. Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, a prime sponsor of the bill who had spoken in favor of immediate passage at an event organized by supporters on Monday, called the Assembly’s action “a major victory for justice and decency in the way we treat workers, especially low-wage workers, in New York.”
ALBANY, N.Y. — The Assembly has given final legislative approval to a measure that toughens penalties on bosses who illegally withhold workers' pay.Sen. Diane Savino, sponsor of the bill, says Gov. David Paterson is expected to sign it.
One survey estimates New York City employers shortchange their low-wage workers by almost $1 billion a year.
A New Version of an Old PlanBy Harold EgelnBrooklyn Daily Eagle
SOUTHWEST BROOKLYN — Board the R subway at DeKalb Avenue and exit the R on ... Victory Boulevard on Staten Island?
“If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to Staten Island is the way to do it,” said Savino making her proposal recently.
“I am deeply disappointed in today’s refusal, on the part of certain members of the State Senate, to put decency and common sense before playing politics. “In saying ‘no’ to saving the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, they said no to the more than 1,000 workers who are now left jobless, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. They said no to millions of dollars worth of revenue that the entire state benefits from. They said no to the thousands of other jobs and industries—throughout the state—that are created and fueled by the New York City OTB. “Instead they voted yes to partisanship and political grandstanding, and the unfortunate victims are taxpayers and the hundreds of workers who are now unemployed.”
Hello All,In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, the Food Bank has provided a list of available food pantries in the area. For those who need assistance, the Food Bank’s Food Program Locator lists (by zip-code) the food pantries, soup kitchens, and senior centers that are funded by the Food Bank For New York City . Please consult the attached pdf file for a list of programs by zip code. For the most up to date information, please consult: http://www.foodbanknyc.org/go/our-programs/our-food-program-network/food-program-locator
So now Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing his own version of a rail tunnel connection between Manhattan and New Jersey. Plans call for the No. 7 line to be extended to 12th Avenue and 34th Street on the West Side. But the mayor has floated the idea of extending the No. 7 subway line even farther, into New Jersey Transit’s hub at the Secaucus Junction station.
While New York City’s rail plans for Staten Island include just a modest proposal to reactivate the North Shore rail line and Mayor Bloomberg wants to spend the federal government’s $3 billion left over from the ARC Tunnel on a 7 line extension to Secaucus, one Staten Island politician would prefer to see the city deliver on a long-promised subway line to the island. State Senator Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said this weekend that instead of pursuing a subway extension to New Jersey that “flies in the face of practicality and fairness,” the city should connect Staten Island to the rest of New York’s extensive subway system.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Islanders participated in a variety of events yesterday to celebrate the season of giving, and share with those who are facing hard times this Thanksgiving.
Sen. Diane Savino joined with the Staten Island chapter of the New York Urban League, along with Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union, Local 338, and other organizations to distribute bags filled with 14-pound turkeys and all the fixings to more than 200 needy families.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island should get first crack at $3 billion in federal transportation funding that Mayor Bloomberg would like to see used to extend the No. 7 subway line to New Jersey, state Sen. Diane Savino said."If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to the Island is the way to do it," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "The MTA should complete a 1912 plan that would have rail and freight access from the terminus of Victory Boulevard to Brooklyn, along 67th Street, and then utilize the R train route along Fourth Avenue. The projected cost of the plan is $3 billion, the same as the extension of the 7 line under the Hudson River."