Transportation Funding, an Effective Way to Stimulate Economy
By Neal Tepel
February 4, 2010
Of the $10 billion in federal stimulus money distributed to New York City as of September 2010, just 7 percent ($700 million) has gone to highway, bridge, mass transit and other transportation-oriented construction projects, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of data supplied by the office of New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Ernest Logan, President, CSA
February 3, 2010
“In the face of extraordinary fiscal challenges, Governor Andrew Cuomo has put forward a budget that asks all NYS stake holders to be part of the solution.
For public education in fiscal year 2012, and in the foreseeable future, he has painted a very grim picture. Once again, public school educators will be asked to do more with far fewer resources.
“Particularly in NYC, we must be careful that the Governor’s proposed budget does not entail draconian cuts to school aid, which would make it near impossible to serve the needs of our children. We will have to wait to see how Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Department of Education plan to implement education cuts before we decide what kind of advocacy is needed. Hopefully, when all becomes clear, CSA will work with NYC DOE to advocate on behalf of our students.
Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers
February 3, 2011
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said:
The Mayor has threatened to lay off a quarter of the teaching force, but Governor Cuomo made it clear today that there is nothing in the proposed state budget that would require local layoffs.
The Governor’s planned cut to New York City schools amounts to about three percent of the school system’s budget. We have every confidence that Cathie Black, whose management skills the Mayor has repeatedly cited, will be able to manage a reduction like this without laying off teachers and raising class sizes.
By Dan Miller
February 2, 2010
Beginning February 1, the FDNY will reduce staffing in each of its 60 engine companies by one firefighter so that all 194 engines in the city will be staffed with four firefighters and one officer. The commissioner announced, "No firefighters will be laid off as a result of this change," which will provide savings of approximately $30 million in overtime that is currently needed to staff the fifth firefighter position. The change comes as the FDNY's 15-year agreement with the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) expires at midnight tonight.
Letter to the Editor - Reaction to Governor Cuomo's Budget Cuts
February 1, 2010
Instead of further cutting education, the Governor should continue the tax on high-earners, which would provide more than $5 billion in critical revenues. Wall Street bankers can afford to pay a little more to help our kids receive a better chance to learn, especially as their mistakes caused the economy to collapse in the first place.
Markowitz Pays a Visit to MedReview
By Bendix Anderson
January 31, 2011
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz paid a visit to the offices of MedReview January 18 to share a lunch, give a short, Brooklyn boosting speech, and answer questions from about three dozen employees.
January 30, 2011
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his new Schools Chancellor Cathleen Black continue to press for what they call “accountability” in the New York City school system.
But union leader Mike Mulgrew says the city’s criteria unfairly favors some small schools over large ones in the competition to stay open, and favors inexperienced teachers over teachers with seniority in the competition to be rehired after schools close.
Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, spoke January 26 at the Center for New York City Affairs.
Reprint, January 29, 2011
For Immediate Release
Buffalo, NY and New York, NY--This afternoon, members of the Getting Our Money’s Worth Coalition responded to Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Kenneth Adams as president and chief executive officer of the Empire State Development Corporation.
Matt Ryan, Executive Director of New York Jobs with Justice / Urban Agenda
January 28, 2011
If you’ve read the news or opened your mail recently, you’ve probably seen Wal-Mart promising to bring hundreds of new jobs to New York and to boost the local economy. Unfortunately, their rhetoric doesn’t match reality: in communities like ours across the country, Wal-Mart stores are devastating small businesses and destroying more local jobs than they create. Wal-Mart kills three existing jobs for every two poverty-wage jobs it creates.
In order to spread the word about the true impact of Walmart on communities, we’ve joined Walmart Free NYC, a growing coalition of concerned workers and residents, small business owners, community leaders, clergy and elected officials who are committed to increasing economic opportunities, preserving local businesses, and bringing more jobs to communities across New York.
January 28, 2011
Labor, clergy honor MLK with call to end working-class poverty; all eyes on City Council for passage of Fair Wages Act
HARLEM, NY— Thousands of New Yorkers packed the sanctuary of Covenant Avenue Baptist Church last Thursday for an interfaith service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where union leaders, clergy members and community activists joined with elected officials to demand passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, which remains under consideration in the City Council.
Support for the bill, which would standardize a living wage in private sector jobs created through tax dollar-subsidized development projects, has gained substantial momentum in recent months, owing largely to dramatic mobilization by a citywide coalition of faith, labor and community organizations which comprise the Living Wage NYC campaign. On Thursday, leaders from these groups renewed Dr. King’s commitment to economic justice, speaking out on behalf of the millions of New Yorkers struggling to both live and work in poverty.
January 28, 2011
President Obama did a low energy version of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" when he proclaimed the "worst of the recession is over."
While 44 of the nation's states are looking at a $125 billion dollar shortfall and hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded pension and health care liabilities, they did not make the president's State of the Union final cut.
In fact, with President Obama's pledge in his speech to freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years, it's not likely struggling states will find even a half-hearted partner in the federal government, whose poor regulation of the financial sector almost collapsed the global economy.
January 27, 2011
On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, providing a total of $4.3 billion in health benefits and financial compensation for victims, responders, and other harmed by the attacks of September 11th. The majority of those benefitting from the new law will be New York union workers.
The Zadroga Act accomplished two goals important for individuals who suffered from effects of the attacks of September 11th. Title I of the Zadroga 9/11Act establishes a comprehensive health plan to monitor and treat injuries suffered by first responders and survivors—including firefighters, police officers, EMT’s, rescue workers, construction workers, cleanup workers, local residents, local area workers, and school children—as the result of the exposure to toxic dust and debris from the September 11th attacks. Title II of the Zadroga 9/11 Act reopens and expands a number of elements of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
Reprint, January 27, 2011
NIFA’s takeover of Nassau’s finances is a sign of the precarious financial condition the county faces. NIFA was created to help the county. Oversight boards are intended to provide fiscal discipline that is a step removed from the political pressures. It’s important that interested parties not focus on the takeover itself, but on the steps necessary to restore fiscal stability to Nassau County.
January 26, 2011
In Washington and around the country, chief executives including the president, the governors, and local mayors are all giving their annual takes on reality.
On Tuesday, from President Obama, we are going to hear about a nation that is still hurting but has turned a corner toward recovery.
But how is it really going on America's Main Streets?
The website for the US Conference of Mayors says it represents 1,139 cities distributed in 363 metro areas where 85 percent of America lives.
January 24, 2011
The New York State Medicaid Redesign Team, created by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is conducting regional public hearings across the State. New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson serves as executive director of the Medicaid Redesign Team. Co-chairs are Michael Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore LIJ Health system, and Dennis Rivera, former Chair of SEIU Healthcare and currently Senior Advisor to the International President of SEIU. The Team must submit its first report with findings and recommendations to the Governor by March 1st for consideration during the budget process. Suggestions may be submitted on the Medicaid Redesign web site at: http://www.governor.ny.gov/medicaidredesign
Letter to the Editor - Mayor to New Yorkers: "Drop Dead!"
By Michael Mulgrew, UFT President
January 24, 2011
City Hall puts children first? It’s a great soundbite, but actions speak louder than words.
The mayor and his administration have chosen sides, and it’s clearly not with the children of this city. Their priority is protecting millionaires and billionaires, at the expense of everyone else.
Letter to the Editor - NYC Central Labor Council's Response to Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City
By Mel Levy
January 24, 2011
Why don't the unions have a truth squad? The Mayor and the politicians use the mass media to get their message across. They use the nazi principle of the BIG LIE which they continually repeat. Unions should do the same.
Prepared by Judy Wessler, Director, Commission of Public Health
January 24, 2010
Follow-up data to identify those hospitals, at least in 2008, that we would label as safety-net hospitals in New York City. This data was prepared by the Committee of Interns & Residents and taken from the 2008 Institutional Cost Reports that all hospitals in the state are required to file. CPHS has proposed that hospitals with 50% uninsured and Medicaid patients be labeled as safety-net hospitals and treated more favorably in Medicaid reimbursement.
By Courtney Gross
January 22, 2011
Reprint from Gotham Gazette, 1/20/2011
Labor leaders, duck and cover.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg fired off some of his feistiest rhetoric at the city's unions Wednesday during his annual State of the City speech -- adding one more voice to a growing national cacophony that targets the cost of pensions and perks in municipal labor forces.
Beneath the gold embossed ceiling of Staten Island's St. George Theatre, Bloomberg outlined a state legislative strategy to cut down on the city's escalating pension costs -- which have increased by more than 360 percent under his tenure.
Letter to the Editor - from Community Board 6
By Yetta Kurland
January 21, 2011
First, I wanted to let you know that the Community Forum sponsored by the Coalition for a New Village Hospital on the status of our fight for a new hospital at the former site of St. Vincent’s that was initially scheduled for January 20th has been changed. The new date is February 16th at 6:30pm at the Hudson Guild located on 9th Avenue and 17th Street. Please update your calendar and spread the news.