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New York Disaster Services Available

January 29, 2013
By Manny Castro

As our community is still struggling because of immigration status restrictions on disaster relief benefits, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) continues to call on the Mayor and Governor to make more relief assistance available to all New Yorkers. 

O’Donnell Believes Hydrofracking Remains Risky

January 11, 2013
By Susan Smith LaborPress Albany Bureau


Assembly Member O'Donnell attended a joint Assembly hearing on the drilling practice known as “hydrofracking.” This January 10 e hearing was hosted by the Environmental Conservation Committee, the Health Committee, and the Administrative Regulations Review Commission.

Toy Drive for Communities Affected By Hurricane Sandy

December 24, 2012

The Office of General Services (OGS) has set up drop-off locations across the state for businesses and individuals to bring the toys which will be distributed to children in communities affected by the storm. The Governor will visit affected areas to deliver toys and other donated supplies.

ILA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund Established

November 26, 2012
Diane Cohen, Washington DC Bureau



The International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO has established a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for its membership and families living and working in the New York -New Jersey area who were affected by the devastating storm. The Greater Metropolitan area was hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy on October 29 and 30 with lives lost, homes destroyed and may port areas damaged.

Quinn: Rebuilding New York Will Require Billions in Investment

November 15, 2012
By Marc Bussanich


Scientists have been warning for decades that global warming will cause severe damage if carbon emissions aren’t curbed. The jury is still out whether global warming was responsible for Hurricane Sandy, but the catastrophic storm has strengthened calls for the federal government to take action. Indeed, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn presented several proposals at a meeting of business and civic leaders recently that will cost more than $20 billion.

Sandy Fuels Concern On Climate Change


November 16, 2012
Washington, DC

Superstorm Sandy is fueling concerns about climate change and how it's inflating the costs and risks of extreme weather, according to a new post-election poll from Zogby Analytics. The poll shows key voting groups in the 2012 election - Hispanics, women, young voters - are among those most concerned with confronting climate change now and protecting America's air, water, wildlife and other natural resources.

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