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Was Obama’s Year So Bad After All?
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Was Obama’s Year So Bad After All?

December 31, 2013 By John Zogby As President Obama vacations in Hawaii for a couple of weeks, the end of year reviews are coming in from the Washington Press Corps. And the reviews are not kind. I recommend that we look at Mr. Obama’s year not from the standpoint of expectations or historical comparisons but,…

Quality Medical Care in Brooklyn is Essential
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Quality Medical Care in Brooklyn is Essential

December 24, 2013 By Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio “Time and time again, 175,000 Brooklynites have faced the prospect of losing Interfaith Medical Center. And because this community has stood together, months later the doors remain open and people continue to get the medical care they need. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo for this…

Biography of CSEA L.I. Region President Nick LaMorte
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Biography of CSEA L.I. Region President Nick LaMorte

December 23, 2013 Re-Printed from It seems an inconsequential development in the grand scheme of things; a week’s vacation time lost to a young custodian working in the Farmingdale school district. But a revision in that school district’s contract that reduced vacation time for people working there was what motivated Nick LaMorte to become a…

Congratulations to Melissa Mark-Viverito as the Next Speaker
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Congratulations to Melissa Mark-Viverito as the Next Speaker

December 20, 2013 By Harry Nespoli, Chairperson of the Municipal Labor Committee and President of The Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, Local 831 “I want to congratulate our long-time friend Melissa Mark-Viverito as the next Speaker of the New York City Council. Melissa has always been a strong ally of New York City’s working men and women….

Williams Supports Viverito for Council Speaker
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Williams Supports Viverito for Council Speaker

December 19, 2013 Brooklyn, NY – Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) released the following statement upon ending his campaign for Speaker of the New York City Council. Council Member Williams pledged to support Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito as the next Speaker.

One Cheer for Congress’ Budget Deal
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One Cheer for Congress’ Budget Deal

December 13, 2013 By John Zogby At first glance, I was ready to cheer the news of a bipartisan budget deal struck by Congress. After all, leaders of the budget committees of both houses came up with a package that ensures no government shutdown for two years, ends the worst elements of the draconian sequestration…

New Yorkers Can’t Afford Tax Breaks for Corporations and Millionaires
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New Yorkers Can’t Afford Tax Breaks for Corporations and Millionaires

December 11, 2013 By Mario Cilento, New York State AFL-CIO President Albany, NY – The Pataki/McCall Commission appears to be a missed opportunity.  Its out-of-touch recommendations would throw hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue out the window to fund corporate tax breaks and lessen the tax burden of millionaires, seemingly without any consideration for…

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