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Local 371 Prez Seeks Second Term

April 14, 2014Anthony Wells sez new contract and better working conditions is paramount for his members.
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Anthony Wells, president of Social Service Employees Union Local 371, is facing off against two challengers in the local’s presidential election. At stake in this election, Wells said, is continuing to strengthen the union so that it can a win a long overdue collective bargaining agreement with the city. Video

Mainer to Run NYC Jails

April 4, 2014
Norman Seabrook can't believe a Mainer is coming to NYC to run the jails.By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—A new commissioner from the backwoods, rolling hills and quaint landscape of Maine is about to take over New York City’s jail system. Correction officers can’t believe a Northern New Englander will be in charge of running Rikers Island. Good luck they say. Video 

Developers Waiting on Affordable Housing Plan

Bill Rudin says private developers waiting to hear from mayor on plan for affordable housing.

April 1, 2014
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—William Rudin spoke on Monday morning about how his real estate company navigated the prolonged public approval process to redevelop the former St. Vincent’s Hospital property in Greenwich Village. A New York Times reporter asked Mr. Rudin how could private developers build affordable housing in the city. He said a lot depends on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan. Video

Public Advocate Urges Mayor Halt HHC Dialysis Privatization

March 14, 2014Alan Aviles says privatizing dialysis saves HHC $20 million annually.
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—In the second time in one month, Alan Aviles of the Health and Hospitals Corporation, went before the City Council to discuss the public hospital’s pressing financial difficulties. HHC wants to privatize dialysis services, claiming it’ll save $20 million annually. But Public Advocate Tish James is urging the Bill de Blasio administration to stop the plan because she said it would be bad for patients. Video

Downstate Fast Ends With Warning To Cuomo

March 12, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Fred Kowal.

Brooklyn, NY - Members of the Brooklyn clergy fighting to keep SUNY Downstate Medical Center a full-service teaching hospital, concluded their 48-hour fast on Tuesday, March 11, calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to act on the institution’s behalf - or lose the support of Central Brooklyn voters.

Downstate Hungers for Cuomo's Help

March 10, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Susan Kent.

Brooklyn, NY - On Sunday, March 9, union heads representing thousands of workers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center helped kick off a three-day interfaith fast on behalf of the threaten public institution - with one of those labor leaders calling directly upon Governor Andrew Cuomo to come to Brooklyn before the hunger strike ends. 

NYSNA: State Should Reject HHC’s Dialysis Privatization

Councilmember Andy King and NYSNA's Jill Furillo press HHC to reopen North Central Bronx maternity ward.

February 27, 2014
By Marc Bussanich 

Bronx, NY—The president of the Health and Hospitals Corporation testified to the City Council on Monday that privatizing dialysis services would save the hospital millions of dollars. But the head of the New York State Nurses Association said the state should reject HHC’s application because it’ll negatively affect the outcome of patient care. Video

Nurses Hold Hospital to Reopen Maternity Ward by April

Councilman Andy King and NYSNA nurses call on North Central Bronx hospital reopen maternity ward.

February 26, 2014
By Marc Bussanich 

Bronx, NY—Councilmember Andy King stood with nurses from the New York State Nurses Association to call on North Central Bronx Hospital to make sure it reopens the maternity ward as it said it would do in November. Video

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