New York

1199 Joins Campaign for Stronger Rent Laws
Law and Politics, New York

1199 Joins Campaign for Stronger Rent Laws

February 16, 2015 By Steven Wishnia Local 1199SEIU has become the first major New York labor union to join the campaign to renew and strengthen the state’s rent-regulation laws, which expire June 15. “More than 70,000 1199SEIU members live in rent-regulated apartments,” Helen Schaub, the health-care workers’ union’s policy director, said in a statement for…

Public transportation is right choice for Queens
New York, Transportation

Public transportation is right choice for Queens

February 13, 2015 By John Samuelsen | This article first appeared in Queens Chronicle This year, as new leadership in Albany prepares to debate the state budget, the question of improving public transportation in New York City is again a top priority. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the debate over the Rockaway Beach…

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Recognized as Top University
Education, New York

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Recognized as Top University

February 13, 2015 By Stephanie West Albany, NY – SUNY Polytechnic Institute has recently been recognized by the National Science Foundation as the top university in the country for business-funded research and development. In achieving this distinction, SUNY Poly surpassed other leading schools like MIT, Duke and Stanford.

Principals Union: Cuomo’s Education Agenda Short-Sighted
Education, New York

Principals Union: Cuomo’s Education Agenda Short-Sighted

February 11, 2015 By Mark Cannizzaro, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators Executive VP New York, NY—Governor Andrew Cuomo has unfortunately taken the position that a 4.8 percent increase in state aid to schools, about half the amount most believe to be the minimum necessary, is contingent on his demand that the legislature agrees to his…

NYS Protection from Immigration Assistance Fraud
Law and Politics, New York

NYS Protection from Immigration Assistance Fraud

February 6, 2015 By Neal Tepel Albany, NY – Those that defraud New Yorkers seeking immigration-related assistance will now be subject to felony and/or misdemeanor charges. Previously, there was no law specifically protecting newcomers from fraud, scams and exploitation. With the implementation of this New York State legislation, immigrants will have protections from those providing…

$15 Now? More Like Later
Law and Politics, New York

$15 Now? More Like Later

February 4, 2015 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio probably gave workers struggling with an unrealistically low minimum wage reason to both hope and despair during his State of the City address this week, when he called for establishing a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2019.

Cuomo Appoints New Leaders
Law and Politics, New York

Cuomo Appoints New Leaders

January 14, 2015 By Stephanie West   Albany, NY—Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a second wave of appointments to his administration. Fifteen individuals will be joining the administration, adding to the 18 appointments announced.  

Educators Protest Cuomo
Municipal Government, New York

Educators Protest Cuomo

January 13, 2015 By Stephanie West Albany, NY – Over 1,000 parents, students, advocates and community members rallied on Monday here to protest Governor Cuomo’s education policies. The protests highlighted inequities in school funding.

New Report Reveals Growing Education Gap
Education, New York

New Report Reveals Growing Education Gap

January 13, 2015 By Stephanie West Albany, NY –  The Alliance for Quality Education released its latest report, Record Setting Inequality: New York State’s Opportunity Gap is Wider Than Ever, which concludes that under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's leadership educational inequality has grown. Wealthier school districts are better able to provide a solid future for their…

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