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Reid Wins at 768 in Rematch with DC 37 VP

December 15, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Incumbent Fitz Reid, a Public Health Sanitarian, won re-election in a rematch against Darryl Ramsey, who he first ousted from office three years ago. While Ramsey was defeated as Local 768 President in 2008, he retained his DC 37 Vice Presidential seat on DC 37's Executive Board, which comes with a monthly stipend of $1800. In the mail balloting conducted by the American Arbitration Association, Reid had 384 votes to Ramsey's 185, with two other candidates, Robert Avner and James DeWindt III, receiving 39 and 41 votes respectively. The tally was announced at the Local 768 General Membership meeting Monday night.

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Tax Reform

December 9, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

The Governor and the legislature have announced an agreement that will restructure the New York State tax code. This deal is projected to produce $2 billion in annual revenues which is a significant step in the right direction. The Assembly Majority and Senate Minority has consistently advocated for tax fairness and adequate revenues. Now the Governor and the Senate Majority appear to be addressing the need for additional taxes.

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Columbus Local #683 in Extreme Makeover

December 14, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Columbus Local #683 participated in the Extreme Makeover Home Edition. The show was originally planned to show tonight, but it has been moved to Friday Dec. 16th. Hope you get the chance to watch. Big event for Labor in Columbus.

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Stalled City Construction Projects Inches Downward with Half in Brooklyn

December 9, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

The number of stalled construction sites throughout New York City fell by 8 percent from October 2010 to October 2011 but remains 40 percent above the number recorded two years ago, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of Department of Buildings (DOB) inspection records. An average of 638 construction sites were identified as stalled in October of this year, compared to 693 in October 2010 and 454 in October 2009.

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Thank You NYPD for Keeping Us Safe

December 12, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Tragically Officer Figoski – a 22 year veteran of the NYPD – was shot in the face with an illegal, semiautomatic weapon by a career criminal, and died. In 1989, the year Officer Figoski joined the NYPD, the year ended with more than 1,900 murders in the Five Boroughs. The next year, 1990, the City saw its most homicides ever, more than 2,200.

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Employment in NYC

December 8, 2011
Around Town – By Neal Tepel

New York City’s unemployment rate was up slightly from September at 8.8 percent, though still improved from 9.0 percent one year ago.  While its higher than the state’s (7.9) its lower than the nation’s (9.0). New York City’s private sector employment increased by 20,300 or 0.6 percent since October 2010.

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December 12, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

District Council 1707 AFSCME announced that it had filed a lawsuit against New York City to stop Mayor Bloomberg’s so-called “EarlyLearn” proposal. “DC 1707 AFSCME contends that the “EarlyLearn” request for proposal is an unlawful attempt by the City to regulate labor relations in violation of a federal civil rights statute because it deprives the union members of rights secured by federal law.

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NYC Buildings Department Must Improve Follow-up

December 7, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

The New York City Department of Buildings has allowed major code violations that could pose immediate and severe threats to life and safety to linger unfixed for months, according to an audit released  by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. "The Department of Buildings is responsible for ensuring the safety of nearly one million properties throughout New York City by enforcing the city's Building Code, but when it falls down on the job, it jeopardizes the safety of New Yorkers," DiNapoli said. "The department needs to revamp its inspection process immediately and make sure dangerous violations are fixed before someone gets hurt."

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