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LaborPress Endorses Rory Lancman For Congress in New York’s 6th CD

 

June 18, 2012
By Neal Tepel, Publisher

In reviewing the candidates for Congress in New York’s 6th Congressional District, LaborPress has endorsed Rory Lancman because of his outstanding record on labor issues. Rory has been a leading voice for working New Yorkers from the moment he was elected to the Assembly. He has consistently supported issues of importance to labor and communities including advocating for a minimum wage, safety in the workplace, legislation to protect the environment, millionaire’s tax, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, and keeping Walmart out of New York City.

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City Council Commits $100,000 to Launch Freelancers Union’s  Health Clinic

March 9, 2012
Around Town – By Neal Tepel
Recently, Speaker Quinn announced plans to help independent contractors and self-employed New Yorkers by working with the Council and the Freelancers Union to establish a clinic to provide low-cost health care for its members. During Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn’s State of the City address, she discussed the growing cost of health care for New Yorkers. Premiums have risen more than 50% in the last ten years and many employers have been forced to ask their workers to contribute even more. However, the Speaker noted that some employers have found innovative ways to provide quality health care while reducing costs.

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Spano Proposes Controling Sick Leave in Fire Department

June 6, 2012
Around Town By Neal Tepel

Mayor Mike Spano of Yonkers has announced a plan to avoid layoffs of Fire Department personnel in the new budget, while reducing overtime costs by nearly $6 million a year. Spano said the proposal will rely on controlling sick leave abuse in the Fire Department, which he claims has grown to excessive proportions. Mayor Spano said in some weeks as much as 25% of the fire department's personnel call in sick.

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DNA is a Crucial Crime-Fighting Tool

March 6, 2012
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

DNA is a crucial crime-fighting tool that has the power to prevent crime, convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent. Currently, DNA is only collected from less than half of all crimes on the books in New York. Even with its currently limited information, the DNA databank has provided leads in over 2,900 convictions and helped exonerate 27 innocent New Yorkers.

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Assembly To Pass Legislation to Help Children of Immigrants

May 7, 2012
Around Town - By Neal Tepel
Assembly will pass legislation to create a DREAM Fund to help children of immigrants pay for college.
“This legislation supports the dreams and academic aspirations of the children of immigrants at no additional cost to taxpayers,” said Speaker Silver.  “These are young adults striving to climb the ladder to success and this legislation will reduce the cost of education and make it easier for our hardworking immigrant families to save for college.”

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Mayor’s Preliminary Budget Leaves City Children and Working Parents Stranded

February 29, 2012
Around Town – By Neal Tepel

Mayor Bloomberg’s preliminary budget for the Administration for Children’s Services and the Department of Youth and Community Development fails to include funding for child care and after-school programs for more than 40,000 children currently enrolled. The Mayor’s proposed budget, coupled with other recent changes, would eliminate child care for 15,900 children, and would cut Out-of-school Time (OST) after-school programs for 25,000 children – leaving 40,900 of New York’s children and their families stranded without care.   

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DC 1707 Members Take Their Fight for Social Justice to Albany

March 21, 2012
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Hundreds of AFSCME District Council 1707 members took their fight for social justice to the Capitol in Albany Tuesday March 20, 2012 to tell their elected officials that now was the time to create policies that move this state forward. New York City’s hard working women and men called on legislators to stop workplace violence, promote a prevailing wage bill for subsidized day care and Head Start workers, and reinstate the cost-of-living adjustment in the 2012 budget.

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Armao, Costa & Ricciardi, CPA's Named to Contractors for Kids Hall of Fame

February 22, 2012
Around Town By - Neal tepel

Garden City-based Armao, Costa & Ricciardi, CPAs, P.C., has been named to the 2012 Hall of Fame of Contractors for Kids (CFK), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation founded to assist children and their families overcome obstacles that have affected their lives through sickness, injury or death of a child.

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