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In December, the American Studies Association, a prominent organization that includes some of the most respected colleges and universities across the United States, took the unprecedented step of boycotting all Israeli academic institutions and scholars from its events and conferences.
Despite calls by numerous college presidents--including those at Harvard and Yale universities--for the ASA to end the boycott against Israel, the ASA's discriminatory policy remains firmly in place. That's unacceptable.
The IDC released a new, investigative report today revealing the lackluster state of day care centers across New York. In preparing the report, the IDC examined on-site inspection reports of over 1,500 day care centers statewide.
The inspections, which are regularly conducted by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), revealed that hundreds of day care centers across New York have accrued multiple violations over the past 24 months, with little or no enforcement by OCFS.
New York’s minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, which equals the federal minimum wage. The neighboring states of Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts all have higher minimum wages than New York currently. A person working 40 hours a week for 52 straight weeks would earn $15,080 a year, and many workers making the minimum wage aren’t scheduled to work that many hours in a week or work that many weeks, meaning that they likely make less than $15,000 a year. Given the high cost of living, especially in New York City and surrounding counties, making just $15,000 a year, even for a single person without dependents, means having barely enough to provide basic needs or afford one’s rent.
Superstorm Sandy (“Sandy”) was a storm of unprecedented strength and destruction in New York State. Sandy made landfall in Long Island and New York City on October 29, 2012 and quickly caused severe damage to much of the downstate region. The hardest hit areas were New York City and the counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, and Rockland. In total, $32 billion is the estimated total cost to New York of response and recovery for Superstorm Sandy.
The Independent Democratic Conference today proposed an expansion of the Pride of New York Program that will increase awareness of restaurants and markets that sell New York-grown products and help strengthen this state’s agricultural economy.
The Independent Democratic Conference today reaffirmed its support for marriage equality and released a report showing that New York State stands to generate some $391 million in increased economic activity, revenue, and savings during the three years after it is made law.
The IDC released their report, “For Love or Money?: The Economic Impact of Marriage Equality in New York,” while standing with advocates and constituents who are pushing to make marriage equality a reality in New York.
The Independent Democratic Conference today urged a prohibition on doctors and other healthcare professionals wearing neck ties, jewelry and other items that studies indicate are carriers for potentially deadly hospital-borne infections.
Proposal Would Save NY $50 Million; Increase Workplace Safety
The Independent Democratic Conference and Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, (D-Manhattan), today released a common sense plan that would save New York State an estimated $50 million, while at the same time increasing workplace safety in state government.
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs
The Independent Democratic Conference today called for a reinstatement of an economic development program that would create more than $460 million in private investment and more than 1,600 good-paying jobs in Upstate New York.