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Millions Wasted at NYS Housing Trust Fund

August 29, 2014
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - New York State’s Low Income Housing Trust Fund program is meant to help alleviate New York’s affordable housing shortage, but it is beset by avoidable delays that keep thousands of applicants waiting months on end, according to an audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Chronic Federal Funding Gap Hinders NYC Public Housing

August 28, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Harlem, NY—Assemblyman Keith Wright was here on Wednesday with Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Lincoln Houses public housing complex where the Mayor announced the removal of 30,000 feet of unused scaffolding in order to reduce crime. The assemblyman said the city needs about $1 billion to bolster the city housing authority’s capital and operating needs.

Mayor Raises Concerns About Comcast and Time Warner Merger

August 28, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY—Mayor Bill de Blasio has submitted comments regarding the contemplated merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable to the Federal Communications Commission. The City has engaged in a constructive dialogue with Comcast about implications of their contemplated merger with Time Warner Cable, but remains concerned about the potential merger’s impact on New Yorkers, especially those without affordable, high-speed broadband access. The City’s comments lay out commitments the FCC should require Comcast to make before merging with Time Warner Cable.

'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.


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