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'Build It Union': Tish Calls Out de Blasio On Junk Jobs!

August 22, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Public Advocate Letitia James.

New York, NY - Without much tangible evidence to back them up, City Hall keeps insisting that it’s doing its best to make good jobs part of the de Blasio administration’s 200,000-unit affordable housing plan - and now Public Advocate Letitia James has called out the “Tale of Two Cities” mayor and demanded that the administration forget the junk jobs, and build it union.

NYS Labor Groups Defy Governor DINO; Is Revolution Far Behind?

August 21, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York, NY - Despite reported threats from a very upset Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state AFL-CIO closed its convention earlier this week without endorsing the chief executive’s re-election bid. But does that mean organized labor is starting to tentatively look outside the Democratic Party box? 

NYS AFL-CIO Endorses Comptroller DiNapoli

August 20, 2014
By Stephanie West

The New York State AFL-CIO announced the endorsement of Tom DiNapoli for reelection as New York State Comptroller.  The endorsement took place at the State Federation’s 2014 Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention August 18th.

New York AFL-CIO Postpones Gubernatorial Endorsement

August 19, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The state’s labor federation decided not to endorse a candidate for the upcoming November gubernatorial election here at its bi-annual convention at the New York Sheraton.

Postal Workers Ask Public to Boycott Staples

August 19, 2014
By Neal Tepel

As the back-to-school season moves into high gear, the American Postal Workers Union is ramping up its ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, with online ads directed at educators and parents. The ads ask them to buy school supplies elsewhere. The APWU has also developed a flyer for distribution to teachers that asks them to honor the boycott.

NYS Village Official Stealing Public Funds

August 15, 2014
By Stephanie West

Margaret Bailey, the former clerk-treasurer of the now-dissolved village of Altmar in Oswego County, was sentenced to 2 to 6 years in state prison after pleading guilty to stealing $117,000 in public funds. Bailey was charged in March with grand larceny in the second degree (class C felony) and falsifying business records in the first degree (class E felony).

Outsourcing of 911 System Wasted Millions

August 14, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY — Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has found that the Emergency Communications Transformation Program (ECTP), aimed at upgrading the City’s trouble-plagued 911 response system, was poorly structured, overly reliant on consultants and ineffectively monitored. This led to years of delays and hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs.

Rent Increase Exemption for Disabled

August 14, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation into law to raise the minimum income level of disabled New Yorkers eligible for the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program to $50,000 a year.


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