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NYS Labor Fed Endorses Recchia for Congress

August 22, 2014
By Stephanie West


Staten Island, NY—On Monday August 18th , the New York State AFL-CIO endorsed Domenic M. Recchia Jr. for Congress in New York’s 11th congressional district. The endorsement was announced at the State Federation’s 2014 Political Education Convention. Recchia is challenging indicted incumbent Republican Michael Grimm. 

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Mayor Endorses Rodneyse Bichotte for Assembly

August 18, 2014
By Stephanie West


Brooklyn, NY - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed New York State Assembly candidate and District Leader Rodneyse Bichotte, de Blasio's first Assembly endorsement since taking office as the Mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio and District Leader Rodneyse Bichotte have been longtime partners in calling for improved relationships with the city's various agencies and the communities they serve.

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President Signs Veterans Accountability Act of 2014

August 18, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - President Obama's signing of the Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 will provide billions of dollars in resources to improve the staffing levels and facilities at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation paves the way for new hiring that can begin to address the chronic short staffing of doctors nurses and support personnel. This will assist in getting veterans in the door to receive the top notch care they have earned -- care that veterans regularly choose over the option of going outside the VA.

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LaborPress Endorses Kaminsky for Assembly

August 12, 2014
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher


This November, voters on the South Shore of Long Island will elect their first new Assemblymember in a quarter-century, replacing Harvey Weisenberg, who is retiring after having represented the 20th District since 1989. In that race—the southwestern corner of Nassau County, including Long Beach, Oceanside, and the Five Towns—LaborPress strongly endorses former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky, who will be running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines this November.

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Madoff Victims Receive Compensation

August 18, 2014
By Neal Tepel


New York – The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Attorney General Schneiderman’s 2012 settlement with J. Ezra Merkin, who invested over $2 billion with Bernard M. Madoff on behalf of hundreds of investors, may proceed. The decision affirms a 2013 U.S. District Court ruling that denied an effort by Irving Picard, the Madoff trustee, to block the Attorney General’s Office from distributing the proceeds of the $410 million settlement directly to Madoff’s victims. The ruling means that these victims should begin receiving the money in the coming months. 

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Oregon Needs an Open Primary

August 12, 2014
By Nelda Wilson


As the old saying goes, "he who writes the rules wins the game."  When it comes to our election system, the rules are written by the two major parties.

I am currently a member of the Democratic Party in Oregon and a leader in my union, the International Union of Operating Engineers. 

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