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This Week in Albany

Week ending May 31, 2013

Headlines include:

  • CSEA Launches Statewide Radio Campaign Against “Tax-free NY” Initiative
  • Cuomo Administration Doubles Down on Bad Juvenile Justice Decision
  • At a Glance

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This Week in Albany

Week ending May 31, 2013

CSEA Launches Statewide Radio Campaign Against “Tax-free NY” Initiative

This week, CSEA launched a statewide radio campaign against Governor Cuomo’s proposed “Tax-free NY” initiative. The Governor’s flawed plan would create tax-free zones on the campuses of SUNY and other colleges and universities that would allow companies to pay no property, sales, or corporate taxes for ten years. Most egregiously, employees at these companies would pay no state income taxes. Exempting these “special” employees from paying income taxes while struggling families continue to pay their share is insulting and threatens the fairness of our democracy.

“The governor doesn’t get the fact that more corporate welfare is no answer to New York’s economic challenges,” CSEA President Danny Donohue said. “No amount of TV ads spinning his record can change the reality that his so-called job creation policies have failed. They have mostly benefitted the super-wealthy and big corporations and repeatedly failed to deliver real growth and middle class jobs.”

Listen to the radio ad here.

Cuomo Administration Doubles Down on Bad Juvenile Justice Decision

Only weeks after a Queens Family Court Judge called the Close to Home program “a threat to public safety,” the Cuomo administration is doubling down on its bad policy and closing two more juvenile justice facilities.

The Close to Home initiative was intended to move juvenile offenders from upstate, state-run facilities into New York City programs that are closer to their homes. CSEA was opposed to the program from the outset, saying that the providers in New York City would be unable to handle these youths. These concerns have been exposed in recent weeks as court documents revealed that security has been so poor that at one point, 50 of the youths in the program (about one in four) were missing at the same time.

Despite this troubling information, the administration is moving to close the Lansing and Middletown non-secure facilities.

“It is outrageous that the Cuomo administration can disregard public safety – including the well being of the youths – and make a bad situation worse,” CSEA President Danny Donohue said. “It makes no sense whatsoever to put dangerous individuals back into the very neighborhoods where they got in trouble in the first place without any evidence that they will be properly supervised.”

At a Glance

The legislature will be in Albany for three days next week as the legislative session enters its final month. There are 11 scheduled session days remaining.

 

June 13 Work Force

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CSEA launches statewide radio campaign against governor’s “Tax-free NY” initiative

CSEA launched a statewide radio ad campaign today to speak out about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new “Tax-free NY” initiative, which would create tax free zones on SUNY and other college campuses upstate providing start up businesses tax breaks for 10 years. The plan’s most shocking provision is that the employees of these start-up businesses would also pay no state income tax.

CSEA has serious concerns that the idea of “special” employees paying no taxes erodes confidence in the fairness of our democracy.

Hear the radio ad



CSEA Baseball discounts sure
to hit your “sweet spot!”

 

2csea ducks nite 032CSEA’s longstanding support of baseball across New York will have a focused message once again this summer, reaching thousands of fans with our “Don’t Zone Out” message.

“Let’s All Get Home Safe — Don’t Zone Out” will again be the message delivered at all minor league ballparks through CSEA promotional activities and distribution of local team-branded static decals.DZO_Decals-HV-Renegades[5]

Help make some noise and ramp up our message to help end distracted driving and enforce work zone safety.  Make it a night out to remember with co-workers, friends and family.

Help knock it out of the park!

Help end distracted driving for good!


 

CSEA NIGHTS SCHEDULE

 

Long Island Ducks: Two CSEA Nights! July 18 and Aug. 1,  $2 off ticket with CSEA ID on game days

Brooklyn Cyclones: TBA

Hudson Valley Renegades: $1 off tickets all season!*

Rockland Boulders: $5 off Friday night games all season!

Tri-City Valley Cats: CSEA Night July 5, $1 off ticket on game day with CSEA ID.

Syracuse Chiefs: CSEA Night Aug. 8, $3 off 200 level seating or more on game day.

Auburn Doubledays: 2 for 1 general admission ticket all season!

Batavia Muckdogs: TBA

Rochester Red Wings: CSEA Night July 5,  special giveaways

Jamestown Jammers: CSEA Night June 20 and $1 off ticket all season!

Buffalo Bisons: $1 off regularly priced tickets, Mon-Thurs all season!
(May 24 was CSEA Night.)



Don’t forget to have your CSEA ID handy for all purchases.
Call team box office or purchase tix online. Click on links above for box office info.
See your Region page for necessary codes.

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This Week in Albany

Week ending May 24, 2013

More Corporate Welfare from Governor Cuomo

CSEA opposes Governor Cuomo’s new scheme, ‘Tax-free NY,’ that was negotiated behind closed doors without any public input or transparency. The proposal would allow new businesses to lease land from SUNY and private colleges and universities without paying property, sales, and corporate taxes for ten years. Even more appalling is that employees of the new businesses would pay no state income taxes.

The proposal comes shortly after the Governor trumpeted a new municipal finance restructuring board that highlights the administration’s failure to provide real help to struggling localities. Recent state budgets have repeatedly shortchanged localities without providing any meaningful relief. This has resulted in the loss of nearly 60,000 public service jobs since 2010, eroding needed services and taking paychecks out of the economy.

CSEA President Danny Donohue slammed the proposal, saying, “The Cuomo administration has very misplaced priorities. The Governor has the money for the things that help his political agenda and his millionaire friends but he just doesn’t give a fig about working people.”

Remember our Veterans this Memorial Day

While we honor the sacrifices of those who died while bravely serving our country, CSEA would like to thank all veterans for their service.

CSEA has worked closely with state legislators to introduce the Veterans’ Employment Act to help returning veterans gain employment. Rather than turning to temporary employment service companies to cover the work of state employees on leave, this bill would require the state to use veterans for temporary state jobs. These temporary jobs will serve as a bridge for recently discharged military veterans who have yet to find full-time permanent work.

This program is a commonsense approach for the state to ensure that our returning heroes have access to employment upon return from active duty. We owe it to these brave men and women for all that they have sacrificed.

Read CSEA’s full memo in support of the Veterans’ Employment Act here.

At a Glance

The legislature will be in session on Wednesday and Thursday next week following the holiday.

There are a total of 13 scheduled session days remaining this year, with the last day scheduled as June 20th.

This Week in Albany

Week ending May 24, 2013

Headlines include:

  • More Corporate Welfare from Governor Cuomo
  • Remember our Veterans this Memorial Day
  • At a Glance

Continue reading…


Support our Veterans

While we honor the sacrifices of those who died while bravely serving our country, CSEA would like to thank all veterans for their service.

CSEA has worked closely with state legislators to introduce the Veterans’ Employment Act to help returning veterans gain employment. Rather than turning to temporary employment service companies to cover the work of state employees on leave, this bill would require the state to use veterans for temporary state jobs. These temporary jobs will serve as a bridge for recently discharged military veterans who have yet to find full-time permanent work.

This program is a commonsense approach for the state to ensure that our returning heroes have access to employment upon return from active duty. We owe it to these brave men and women for all that they have sacrificed.

Read CSEA’s full memo in support of the Veterans’ Employment Act below.

 

Veterans Employment Act

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R5FallConference13Learning
There were some great opportunities to learn about our union operations and the issues we face for activists attending our recent Region Fall Conference …read more, view photos