Municipal Government

Boston Mayor Says He Won’t Cross Picket Line If Janitors Strike

September 30, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Sept. 25 that if the city’s office-building janitors go on strike this week, he won’t cross the picket line at the John Hancock Tower or the Prudential Center. He added that he would “gladly get involved” in contract talks if necessary.

The Passing of a Great Leader

September 29, 2016 
By Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York, NY - ”I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former President and Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres. He was not only a great leader for his country, but one of the most profound statesmen our world has ever known.

Grants For Those Impacted By Chelsea Explosion

September 26, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a program to help small businesses, homeowners and renters access state funds for uninsured losses and physical damage they have incurred as a result of the Chelsea explosion.

Gateway National Park Needs Improved Security

September 25, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Howard Beach, NY -  Candidate for New York State Assembly Stacey Pheffer Amato is taking the National Park Service to task for "inadequate" safety infrastructure in the popular Gateway National Recreation Area around Jamaica Bay in Queens. Pheffer Amato's request comes just a week after new footage emerges of Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano's final moments before her August 2nd murder in the Spring Creek section of the park.

NYS Expands Urban Tech Space

September 25, 2016
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New York City has launched THE HUB @ GCT, a 50,000 square foot space dedicated to urban technology. The Midtown Manhattan space will host growth-stage companies working in the urban tech sector.

Chicago Suburb’s Courts Drop Fight to Prevent Union

September 25, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Waukegan.IL - A court administrator in Chicago’s northern suburbs has begrudgingly decided not to go to the Illinois Supreme Court to try to prevent county court workers from forming a union.

AFSCME Member Saves Lives Every Day

September 24, 2016  

Honolulu, Hawaii - As a lifeguard and surfer in Hawaii, Melvin N. Puu’s job is to save lives, and he’s saved many. Because saving lives is his calling, he helped create an innovation that will save thousands of lives worldwide.

NYC Community Parks Initiative Expands

September 24, 2016   
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -  Nine new parks are being added to the New York City portfolio of sites in line to receive full reconstruction through the Community Parks Initiative (CPI).


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