This Week in Albany

Legislative Update

Governor Cuomo signed a package of veterans-related bills into law, including:

  • S.2911A – Croci / A.3198A – PaulinThis bill allows state employees who are combat veterans to take time off to receive health care services related to their service. CSEA strongly supported this legislation;
  • A.7006 – Gottfried / S.569 – Savino: This bill adds post-traumatic stress disorder as an eligible condition for a medical marijuana prescription; and
  • S.946A – Croci / A.1105-B – Hunter: This bill waives civil service examination fees for honorably discharged veterans.

The Governor vetoed legislation (S.1850 – Ortt / A.6277 – Abbate) that would have allowed counties to allow county correctional officers or deputy sheriffs performing correction officer duties to retire after 20 years with a fifty percent final average salary pension.


Pension Fund

Comptroller DiNapoli announced that the New York State Common Retirement Fund had a value of over $200 billion as of September 30 after posting a 3.67% rate of return for the second quarter of 2017-18. As of that date, the Fund had an estimated value of $201.3 billion.

New York continues to have one of the best managed and most well-funded pension systems in the country thanks to Comptroller DiNapoli’s leadership.

 

Federal Tax Reform

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to overhaul the nation’s tax code this week. The Senate is expected to pass their plan, which differs from the house bill, after the Thanksgiving recess.

Both bills would provide massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy while providing few, if any, benefits to middle class taxpayers. According to an AFSCME analysis, nearly 3 in 10 people with incomes between $54,000 and $154,000 would pay an average of $680 to $2,090 more in taxes by the tenth year of the House bill. Further, each proposal would increase the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over ten years.

The two bills would reduce the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% without eliminating loopholes that allow corporations to drastically reduce the taxes they pay. This cut alone will cost $1.5 trillion over a decade. Further, while the cuts to individual tax rates would expire under these plans, the corporate tax rate cuts would be made permanent.

The most important difference between the House and Senate bills is over the issue of state and local tax (SALT) deductions. Currently, New Yorkers can deduct the state and local income, sales, and property taxes they pay from their federal taxes. Under the House proposal, the deduction for sales and income taxes would be eliminated, and the property tax deduction would be limited to $10,000. Under the Senate’s proposal, state and local tax deductions would be eliminated entirely. Under either plan, New Yorkers lose.

Eliminating SALT deductions would be especially harmful to workers in states like New York. CSEA joined with AFSCME, the AFL-CIO, and other groups in impressing upon the New York Congressional delegation the importance of maintaining these deductions that workers in New York depend on. Because of the severe impact of eliminating SALT deductions, several New York Republicans voted against the bill in the House, including Lee Zeldin (NY1), Peter King (NY2), Dan Donovan (NY11), John Faso (NY19) and Elise Stefanik (NY21). Claudia Tenney (NY22), Tom Reed (NY23), John Katko (NY24), and Chris Collins (NY27) all voted for the bill. All Democrats in the House voted against the bill.

Once the Senate passes a bill, the two houses will have to work together to reach a consensus on the legislation. Republican leaders have said that they plan on agreeing to a final bill before the end of the year.

 

We’ll Be Back In December

“This Week in Albany” will take a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday and return on Friday, December 1. Have a safe and happy holiday.


Shop steward workshop

If you are looking to get more involved in CSEA, look no further than the Steward Workshop. In this class, you will learn important skills that will help you with your union activism.

Steward December 5-6, 2017-Hampton Bays-PA

 

 

Veterans Committee donates to elderly vets at state home in Montrose

The State Veterans Home at Montrose, where CSEA members are part of a team providing exceptional care to veterans and their family members, has a brand new 49-inch flat screen television and DVD player for residents to enjoy.

Ed Timberger presents a brand new flat screen television on behalf of the Southern Region Veterans Committee.

Ed Timberger presents a brand new flat screen television on behalf of the Southern Region Veterans Committee.

That is thanks to the Southern Region Veterans Committee, whose chair, Ed Timberger, delivered the donations (along with several movies on DVD) to the facility on Veterans Day. The donation came after a Veterans Day ceremony at the Southern Region Office in Beacon.

Timberger said it was an honor to visit the state veterans home and meet fellow veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. CSEA members provide quality care there, including working as nursing assistants, custodial and maintenance workers, doing clerical work, and assisting with recreation.

 

 

2017 Elections

Constitutional Convention

CSEA members won a major victory on Tuesday when the constitutional convention ballot proposal was defeated by an unprecedented margin.

This victory was a culmination of over a year of continuous efforts of CSEA members and activists to educate members and the general public and turn out the vote against the proposal.

When the Siena College Research Institute released its first poll of voters’ feelings on the constitutional convention in April, 63% of voters supported the idea of holding a constitutional convention. By November, polling showed that support was down to 25%. By election night, opposition to a constitutional convention reached an all time high. Unofficial election night totals from the State Board of Elections showed that the proposal was defeated by a margin of 83% to 17%. Not a single county voted in favor of the constitutional convention.

“Without CSEA and our allies voting NO on the constitutional convention, there’s a good chance we’d all be on the hook for a very expensive and dangerous ride. When it comes down to it, this is just another example of how important labor is in protecting our rights, and the rights of our families and friends everywhere. This is a very proud day for CSEA,” President Danny Donohue said.

The overwhelming “no” vote shows how strong unions can be when we stand together. Thank you for all that you did to earn this victory.

Other Ballot Questions

The other two proposals on the ballot statewide both passed.

Proposal #2 – Pension Forfeiture: This measure will allow a court to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony relating to their office. When originally proposed, CSEA members would have been subject to any potential pension forfeiture law. CSEA worked hard to focus this constitutional amendment on elected officials and high ranking appointees and managers. CSEA did not take a position on Proposal #2 as it appeared on the ballot. It passed by a vote of about 73% to 27%.

Proposal #3 – Adirondacks Land Use: This measure will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns. The land removed from the forest preserve would have to be replaced by another 250 acres. CSEA did not take a position on Proposal #3. It passed narrowly, by a vote of about 52% to 48%.

Other Races

Westchester County

CSEA-endorsed candidate George Latimer (D) handily defeated incumbent County Executive Rob Astorino. In addition, Democrats flipped the county legislature and now have a strong majority.

 

Nassau County

CSEA-endorsed candidate Jack Martins (R) was defeated by Democrat Laura Curran in the race for Nassau County Executive.

 

New York City

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) easily won re-election.

State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D) won a Special Election to fill a vacancy in the 26th Senate District caused by the resignation of Senator Daniel Squadron (D).

There were also two Special Elections were held for vacant Assembly seats. Al Taylor (D) won the seat vacated by the retirement of Assemblyman Denny Farrell (D) in the 71st District, while Dan Rosenthal (D) won the 27th District that became vacant upon the death of Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz.

 

Other Races

In Rockland County, incumbent County Executive Ed Day (R) defeated CSEA-endorsed challenger Maureen Porette.

CSEA endorsed Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus (R) for his re-election bid. Neuhaus easily defeated his challenger for a second term.

In Syracuse, independent Ben Walsh pulled off a victory for the mayor’s seat, defeating Democratic candidate Juanita Perez-Williams. It is the first time in over 100 years that the city will have an independent mayor.

In the Town of Massena, CSEA-endorsed candidate Steve O’Shaughnessy (D) defeated the incumbent Town Supervisor. The election of a new Town Supervisor may help fight back efforts to privatize the public hospital.

In Erie County, CSEA-endorsed candidate John Bruso (D) defeated Republican incumbent Ted Morton to help the Democrats retake the County Legislature. Additionally, endorsed candidate Mickey Kearns (R) won his election for Erie County Clerk.

 

Impact on the State Legislature

Several sitting state legislators won election to local government positions this week. The vacancies caused by these elections will lead to multiple Special Elections in 2018, including:

 

State Senate

  • SD 32: Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. (D) won election to the New York City Council.
  • SD 37: Senator George Latimer (D) won the race for Westchester County Executive.

 

State Assembly

  • AD 5: Assemblyman Al Graf (R) won the race for District Court Judge in the 5th District.
  • AD 10: Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R) won the race for Huntington Town Supervisor.
  • AD 17: Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R) won election to the Nassau County Legislature.
  • AD 39: Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D) won election to the New York City Council.
  • AD 80: Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj (D) won election to the New York City Council.
  • AD 107: Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R) won the race for Rensselaer County Executive.
  • AD 142: Assemblyman Mickey Kearns (D) won the race for Erie County clerk.

Candidates Endorsed by CSEA

REGIONCOUNTYJURISDICTIONPOSITION2017 CSEA Endorsement
Region 1NassauNassau CountyExecutiveJack Martins
Region 1NassauNassau CountyComptrollerSteve Labriola
Region 1NassauNassau CountyClerkMaureen O'Connell
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 1LegislatorKevan Abrahams
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 2LegislatorSiela Bynoe
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 4LegislatorDenise Ford
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 5LegislatorDebra Mule
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 6LegislatorC. William Gaylor
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 7LegislatorHoward Kopel
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 8LegislatorVincent Muscarella
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 9LegislatorRichard Nicolello
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 10LegislatorEllen Birnbaum
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 11LegislatorDelia DeRiggi-Whitton
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 12LegislatorJames D. Kenney
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 13LegislatorThomas McKevitt
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 14LegislatorLaura M. Schaefer
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 15LegislatorJohn R. Ferretti II
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 16LegislatorArnold Drucker
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 17LegislatorRose Marie Walker
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 18LegislatorJosh Lafazan
Region 1NassauCounty Legislative District 19LegislatorSteven D. Rhoads
Region 1NassauHempstead TownSupervisorAnthony Santino
Region 1NassauHempstead Town1st District CouncilDorothy Goosby
Region 1NassauHempstead Town4th District CouncilAnthony D'Esposito
Region 1NassauHempstead Town6th DistrictDennis Dennue, Sr.
Region 1NassauHempstead TownTown ClerkNasrin Ahmad
Region 1NassauTown of Oyster BaySupervisorJoe Saladino
Region 1NassauTown of Oyster BayCouncil MemberMichelle Johnson
Region 1NassauTown of Oyster BayCouncil MemberLouis Imbroto
Region 1NassauTown of Oyster BayCouncil MemberThomas Hand
Region 1NassauTown of Oyster BayTown ClerkJames Altadonna
Region 1NassauNorth Hempstead TownSupervisorJudi Bosworth
Region 1NassauNorth Hempstead Town3rd District CouncilAngelo Ferrara
Region 1NassauCity of Long BeachCity CouncilJohn Bendo
Region 1NassauCity of Long BeachCity CouncilChumi Diamond
Region 1NassauCity of Long BeachCity CouncilScott Mandel
Region 1NassauNassau CountyCourt JudgeChristopher Quinn
Region 1NassauNassau CountyCourt JudgeJerald S. Carter
Region 1NassauSupreme CourtJusticeWilliam B. Rebolini
Region 1NassauSupreme CourtJusticeRichard Hoffman
Region 1NassauSupreme CourtJusticeArthur M. Diamond
Region 1NassauSupreme CourtJusticeThomas Feinman
Region 1Nassau6th District CourtJusticeVincent Martorana
Region 1NassauDistrict Court 2nd DistrictJusticeAnthony Paradiso
Region 1NassauDistrict Court 2nd DistrictJusticeGary F. Knobel
Region 1NassauNassau County Family CourtJusticeLinda Mejias
Region 1SuffolkSuffolk CountyDistrict AttorneyTim Sini
Region 1SuffolkSuffolk CountySheriffPhil Boyle
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 1LegislatorAl Krupski
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 2LegislatorBridget Fleming
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorRudy Sunderman
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 4LegislatorThomas Muratore
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 5LegislatorKara Hahn
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 6LegislatorSarah Anker
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 7LegislatorRob Calarco
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 8LegislatorBill Lindsay, Jr.
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 9LegislatorMonica Martinez
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 10LegislatorThomas Cilmi
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 11LegislatorJoe McDermott
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 12LegislatorLeslie Kennedy
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 13LegislatorColleen Maher
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 14LegislatorClaire McKeon
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 15LegislatorDuWayne Gregory
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 16LegislatorSusan Berland
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 17LegislatorTom Donnelly
Region 1SuffolkCounty Legislative District 18LegislatorWilliam "Doc" Spencer
Region 1SuffolkHuntington TownSupervisorTracey Edwards
Region 1SuffolkHuntington TownCouncil MemberMark Cuthbertson
Region 1SuffolkHuntington TownCouncil MemberEmily Rogan
Region 1SuffolkBrookhaven TownSupervisorEd Romaine
Region 1SuffolkBrookhaven Town1st District CouncilValerie Cartwright
Region 1SuffolkBrookhaven Town2nd District CouncilJane Bonner
Region 1SuffolkBrookhaven Town3rd District CouncilKevin LaValle
Region 1SuffolkBrookhaven Town4th District CouncilMichael Loguercio
Region 1SuffolkBrookhaven Town5th District CouncilNeil Foley
Region 1SuffolkBrookhaven Town6th District CouncilDan Panico
Region 1SuffolkBrookhaven TownClerkDonna Lent
Region 1SuffolkBrookhaven TownHighway SuperintendentDan Losquadro
Region 1SuffolkRiverhead TownSupervisorSean Walter
Region 1SuffolkRiverhead TownCouncil MemberJudi Giglio
Region 1SuffolkRiverhead TownCouncil MemberMichele Lynch
Region 1SuffolkRiverhead TownTown AssessorLaverne Tennenberg
Region 1SuffolkSouthampton TownSupervisorJay Schneiderman
Region 1SuffolkSouthampton TownHighway SuperintendentLance Aldrich
Region 1SuffolkSouthampton TownCouncilJulie Lofstad
Region 1SuffolkSouthampton TownCouncilTommy John Schiavoni
Region 2NYCNew York CityMayorBill De Blasio
Region 3DutchessDutchess CountyComptrollerJim Coughlan
Region 3DutchessCounty Legislative District 5LegislatorPamela Kingsley
Region 3DutchessCounty Legislative District 6LegislatorRebecca Edwards
Region 3DutchessCounty Legislative District 11LegislatorJoel Tyner
Region 3DutchessCounty Legislative District 12LegislatorLaurette Giardino
Region 3DutchessCounty Legislative District 16LegislatorJohn Forman
Region 3DutchessCounty Legislative District 18LegislatorJerry Landisi
Region 3OrangeOrange CountyExecutiveSteve Neuhaus
Region 3OrangeOrange CountyDistrict AttorneyDavid Hoovler
Region 3OrangeOrange CountyClerkDeborah Mulqueen
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorPatricia McMillan
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 4LegislatorAnthony Tarsio
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 5LegislatorStephen Hunter
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 7LegislatorMyrna Kemnitz
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 11LegislatorJanette McKay
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 12LegislatorKevin Hines
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 14LegislatorLaurie Tautel
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 15LegislatorSylvia Santiago
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 17LegislatorMike Anagnostakis
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 18LegislatorRoseanne Sullivan
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 19LegislatorMichael Paduch
Region 3OrangeCounty Legislative District 21LegislatorJames O'Donnell
Region 3OrangeMiddletown Council - Ward 2CouncilmemberAndrew Green
Region 3OrangeMiddletown Council - Ward 4CouncilmemberSparrow Tobin
Region 3OrangeMontgomeryTown SupervisorRod Winchell
Region 3OrangeMontgomeryTown ClerkTara Stickles
Region 3OrangeMontgomeryTown CouncilSusan Cockburn
Region 3OrangeMontgomeryTown CouncilDavid Stoudnour
Region 3PutnamCounty Legislative District 2LegislatorAnthony Williams
Region 3PutnamCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorToni Addonizio
Region 3RocklandRockland CountyExecutiveMaureen Porette
Region 3RocklandRockland CountyClerkPaul Piperato
Region 3RocklandClarkstownTown SupervisorMichael Sullivan
Region 3RocklandClarkstownTown ClerkJustin Sweet
Region 3RocklandClarkstownHighway SuperintendentFrank DiZenzo
Region 3RocklandClarkstown Board Ward 1Town BoardFrank Borelli
Region 3RocklandClarkstown Board Ward 2Town BoardDaniel Caprara
Region 3RocklandClarkstown Board Ward 3Town BoardDonald Franchino
Region 3RocklandClarkstown Board Ward 4Town BoardPatrick Carroll
Region 3RocklandOrangetownTown SupervisorThom Kleiner
Region 3RocklandOrangetownTown BoardDennis Troy
Region 3RocklandOrangetownTown BoardTom Diviny
Region 3RocklandRamapoTown SupervisorMichael Specht
Region 3RocklandRamapoHighway SuperintendentFred Brinn
Region 3RocklandRamapoTown CouncilYitzchok Ullman
Region 3RocklandRamapoTown CouncilDavid Wanounou
Region 3RocklandSpring ValleyMayorAlan Simon
Region 3RocklandSuffernVillage CouncilMark Gomes
Region 3RocklandSuffernVillage CouncilPeter Bellin
Region 3SullivanSullivan CountyTreasurerNancy Buck
Region 3SullivanSullivan CountyDistrict AttorneyJim Farrell
Region 3SullivanSullivan CountySheriffMichael Schiff
Region 3UlsterKingston Council - Ward 5CouncilmemberTeryl Mickens
Region 3UlsterKingston Council - Ward 7CouncilmemberPatrick O'Reilly
Region 3UlsterKingston Council - Ward 8CouncilmemberJames Rodden
Region 3UlsterKingston Council - Ward 9CouncilmemberDeb Brown
Region 3UlsterLloydTown SupervisorPaul Hansut
Region 3WestchesterWestchester CountyExecutiveGeorge Latimer
Region 3WestchesterWestchester CountyClerkTim Idoni
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 1LegislatorNancy Vann
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 2LegislatorKitley Covill
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 3LegislatorDaren Tolz
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 5LegislatorBen Boykin
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 6LegislatorNancy Barr
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 7LegislatorCatherine Parker
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 8LegislatorAlfreda Williams
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 9LegislatorCatherine Borgia
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 10LegislatorDamon Maher
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 12LegislatorMary Jane Shimsky
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 13LegislatorLondon Williams
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 14LegislatorGwen Dean
Region 3WestchesterWestchester County - Dist. 15LegislatorRuth Walter
Region 3WestchesterYonkersCity Council PresidentMike Khader
Region 3WestchesterYonkersCity Council - Ward 6Anthony Pagano
Region 3WestchesterYonkersCity Council - Ward 2Corazon Pineda
Region 3WestchesterYonkersCity Council - Ward 4Maeve Scott
Region 3WestchesterYonkersHighway SuperintendentDave Pagnelli
Region 4AlbanyAlbany CountyClerkBruce Hidley
Region 4AlbanyAlbany CityCouncil PresidentChris Higgins
Region 4AlbanyAlbany City District 3CouncilmemberRon Bailey
Region 4AlbanyBerneSupervisorSean Lyons
Region 4AlbanyBerneTown BoardFrank Brady
Region 4AlbanyBerneTown BoardDennis Palow
Region 4AlbanyBerneTown ClerkBill Keal
Region 4AlbanyBerneTax CollectorJoanne Brady
Region 4AlbanyBerneHighway SuperintendentRandy Bashwinger
Region 4AlbanyCoeymansHighway SuperintendentPete DeLuke
Region 4AlbanyColonieSupervisorFrank Mauriello
Region 4AlbanyColonieClerkJulie Gansle
Region 4AlbanyColonieTown BoardMelissa Jeffers Van Dullen
Region 4AlbanyColonieTown BoardMark Mitchell
Region 4AlbanyColonieTown BoardDavid Green
Region 4AlbanyWatervlietCity CouncilAndrew Williams
Region 4ClintonClinton County - Dist. 10LegislatorRobert Hall
Region 4ClintonClinton CountyTreasurerKimberly Davis
Region 4SaratogaCity of Saratoga SpringsMayorMeg Kelly
Region 4SchenectadyCounty Legislative District 1LegislatorKaren Johnson
Region 4SchenectadyCounty Legislative District 2LegislatorPhil Fields
Region 4SchenectadyCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorCathy Gatta
Region 4SchenectadyCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorGrant Socha
Region 4SchenectadyCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorRory Fluman
Region 4SchenectadyCounty Legislative District 4LegislatorRandy Pascarella
Region 4SchenectadyCounty Legislative District 4LegislatorHolly Vellano
Region 4SchenectadySch'tady CityCouncilKaren Zalewski-Wildzunas
Region 4SchenectadySch'tady CityCouncilMarion Porterfield
Region 4SchenectadySch'tady CityCouncilJohn Mootooveren
Region 4SchenectadyGlenvilleTown BoardMichael Aragosa
Region 4SchenectadyGlenvilleTown BoardMichael Godlewski
Region 4SchenectadyGlenvilleHighway SuperintendentRichard LeClair
Region 4SchenectadyNiskayunaSupervisorJoe Landry
Region 4SchenectadyNiskayunaTown BoardDenise Murphy McGraw
Region 4SchenectadyNiskayunaTown BoardJohn Della Ratta
Region 4SchenectadyRotterdamSupervisorSteven Tommasone
Region 4SchenectadyRotterdamTown BoardStephen Signore
Region 4SchenectadyRotterdamTown BoardRachel Rappazzo
Region 5BroomeBinghamtonMayorTarik Abdelazim
Region 5CayugaCounty Legislative District 11LegislatorElane Daly
Region 5CayugaCounty Legislative District 13LegislatorTim Lattimore
Region 5MadisonMadison CountyClerkAnn Jones
Region 5MadisonMadison CountySheriffJohn Ball
Region 5MadisonOneidaCity ChamberlainNancy Andrews
Region 5MadisonOneida Common CouncilCouncilmemberMichael Bowe
Region 5MadisonOneida Common CouncilCouncilmemberJim Chamberlain
Region 5MadisonOneida Common CouncilCouncilmemberAlan Cohen
Region 5MadisonOneida Common CouncilCouncilmemberDonald Moore
Region 5MadisonOneidaMayorLeo Matzke
Region 5OneidaCounty Legislative District 4LegislatorCynthia Rogers-Witt
Region 5OneidaUtica Common CouncilCouncilmemberFrank DiBrango
Region 5OneidaUtica Common CouncilCouncilmemberMichele Mandia
Region 5OneidaUtica Common CouncilCouncilmemberJack LoMedico
Region 5OnondagaCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorPete Ludden
Region 5OnondagaCounty Legislative District 5LegislatorBryan Seamens
Region 5OnondagaCounty Legislative District 6LegislatorMike Plochocki
Region 5OnondagaCounty Legislative District 7LegislatorTom Buckel
Region 5OnondagaCounty Legislative District 8LegislatorChris Ryan
Region 5OnondagaCounty Legislative District 10LegislatorKevin Holmquist
Region 5OnondagaSyracuseMayorJuanita Perez-Williams
Region 5OnondagaSyracuse Common CouncilCouncil PresidentHelen Hudson
Region 5OnondagaSyracuse Common CouncilCouncilmemberEric Graf
Region 5OnondagaSyracuse Common CouncilCouncilmemberAndrea Wandersee
Region 5OnondagaSyracuse Common CouncilCouncilmemberLatoya Allen
Region 5OnondagaSyracuse Common CouncilCouncilmemberFrank Cetera
Region 5OnondagaDewittTown CouncillorKerin Rigney
Region 5OnondagaCamillusHighway SupervisorPatrick Virginia
Region 5OnondagaOnondaga CountyLegislator District 14Stefanie Heath
Region 5OswegoFultonCommon CouncilDennis Merlino
Region 5St. LawrenceMassenaTown SupervisorSteve O'Shaughnessy
Region 5St. LawrenceMassenaTown CouncillorSam Carbone Jr.
Region 6ChautauquaChautauqua CountyExecutiveMike Ferguson
Region 6ChautauquaChautauqua CountyClerkLee Ann Lazarony
Region 6ChautauquaCounty Legislative District 2LegislatorBob Bankowski
Region 6ChautauquaCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorBob Dando
Region 6ChautauquaCounty Legislative District 5LegislatorTerry Niebel
Region 6ChautauquaCounty Legislative District 12LegislatorDavid Reinhardt
Region 6ChautauquaCounty Legislative District 19LegislatorLaurel Adams
Region 6ChautauquaDunkirk Town Council District 1CouncilmemberDon Williams Jr.
Region 6ErieErie CountyClerkMickey Kearns
Region 6ErieErie CountyComptrollerVanessa Gushlevski
Region 6ErieErie CountySheriffTim Howard
Region 6ErieBuffalo CityMayorByron Brown
Region 6ErieCounty Legislative District 2LegislatorApril Baskin
Region 6ErieCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorPeter Savage
Region 6ErieCounty Legislative District 7LegislatorPat Burke
Region 6ErieCounty Legislative District 8LegislatorJohn Bruso
Region 6ErieCounty Legislative District 9LegislatorMike Quinn
Region 6ErieCounty Legislative District 10LegislatorMichelle Schoenenman
Region 6ErieAmherstSupervisorBrian Kulpa
Region 6ErieAmherstTown CouncilJacqui Berger
Region 6ErieEvansTown CouncilMike Schraft
Region 6ErieHamburgTown SupervisorJim Shaw
Region 6ErieHamburgHighway SuperintendentTom Best
Region 6ErieLancasterTown CouncilJohn Abraham Jr.
Region 6ErieLancasterTown CouncilRon Ruffino
Region 6ErieNorth CollinsTown CouncilJames Lint
Region 6ErieNorth CollinsTown CouncilJohn Mrozek
Region 6ErieTonawandaTown CouncilBill Conrad
Region 6MonroeRochesterMayorJames Sheppard
Region 6MonroeMonroe County - Dist. 10LegislatorHoward Maffucci
Region 6NiagaraCounty Legislative District 2LegislatorRebecca Wydysh
Region 6NiagaraCounty Legislative District 3LegislatorMark Grozio
Region 6NiagaraCounty Legislative District 4LegislatorOwen Steed
Region 6NiagaraCounty Legislative District 5LegislatorJason Zona
Region 6NiagaraCounty Legislative District 6LegislatorDennis Virtuoso
Region 6NiagaraCounty Legislative District 7LegislatorAdam Dickey
Region 6NiagaraCounty Legislative District 8LegislatorDavid Fingerlow
Region 6NiagaraCounty Legislative District 9LegislatorEd Smolinski
Region 6NiagaraLockport - Ward 2AldermanAnita Mullane
Region 6NiagaraLockport - Ward 4AldermanRoxanne Devine
Region 6NiagaraNorth Tonawanda - At LargeAldermanAustin Tylec
Region 6NiagaraNorth Tonawanda - Ward 3AldermanJoanne Dalporto
Region 6OntarioGeneva Dist. 1 Ward 1 & 2City SupervisorDom Vedora
Region 6OntarioGeneva Dist. 2 Ward 3 & 4City SupervisorLou Guard

 

Election results for Southern Region endorsed candidates

CSEA-endorsed candidates won elected posts throughout the Southern Region on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Their victories are due in part to the dedicated CSEA member volunteers working on endorsement interviews, phone banking and labor walks.

Here are our 2017 results:

JURISDICTION POSITION 2017 PAC Endorsement RESULTS
Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan Lost
Dutchess County – Dist. 5 Legislator Pamela Kingsley Lost
Dutchess County – Dist. 6 Legislator Rebecca Edwards Won
Dutchess County – Dist. 11 Legislator Joel Tyner Won
Dutchess County – Dist. 12 Legislator Laurette Giardino Lost
Dutchess County – Dist. 16 Legislator John Forman Lost
Dutchess County – Dist. 18 Legislator Jerry Landisi Lost
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus Won
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler Won
Orange County Clerk Deborah Mulqueen Lost
Orange County – Dist. 3 Legislator Patricia McMillan Lost
Orange County – Dist. 4 Legislator Anthony Tarsio Lost
Orange County – Dist. 5 Legislator Stephen Hunter Lost
Orange County – Dist. 7 Legislator Myrna Kemnitz Lost
Orange County – Dist. 11 Legislator Janette McKay Lost
Orange County – Dist. 12 Legislator Kevin Hines Won
Orange County – Dist. 14 Legislator Laurie Tautel Won
Orange County – Dist. 15 Legislator Sylvia Santiago Lost
Orange County – Dist. 17 Legislator Mike Anagnostakis Won
Orange County – Dist. 18 Legislator Roseanne Sullivan Lost
Orange County – Dist. 19 Legislator Michael Paduch Won
Orange County – Dist. 21 Legislator James O’Donnell Won
Middletown Council – Ward 2 Andrew Green Won
Middletown Council – Ward 4 Sparrow Tobin Won
Montgomery Town Supervisor Rod Winchell Won
Rockland County Executive Maureen Porette Lost
Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato Won
Clarkstown Town Supervisor Michael Sullivan Lost
Clarkstown Town Clerk Justin Sweet Won
Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Frank DiZenzo Won
Clarkstown Town Board – Ward 1 Frank Borelli Won
Clarkstown Town Board – Ward 2 Daniel Caprara Won
Clarkstown Town Board – Ward 3 Donald Franchino Won
Clarkstown Town Board – Ward 4 Patrick Carroll Won
Orangtown Town Supervisor Thom Kleiner Lost
Orangtown Town Board Dennis Troy Won
Orangtown Town Board Tom Diviny Won
Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht Won
Ramapo Highway Superintendent Fred Brinn Won
Ramapo Town Council Yitzchok Ullman Won
Ramapo Town Council David Wanounou Won
Spring Valley Mayor Alan Simon Won
Sullivan County Treasurer Nancy Buck Won
Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell Won
Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff Won
Kingston Council – Ward 5 Teryl Mickens Lost
Kingston Council – Ward 7 Patrick O’Reilly Lost
Kingston Council – Ward 8 James Rodden Lost
Kingston Council – Ward 9 Deb Brown Lost
Lloyd Town Supervisor Paul Hansut Won
Westchester County Executive George Latimer Won
Westchester County – Dist. 1 Legislator Nancy Vann Lost
Westchester County – Dist. 2 Legislator Kitley Covill Won
Westchester County – Dist. 3 Legislator Daren Tolz Lost
Westchester County – Dist. 5 Legislator Ben Boykin Won
Westchester County – Dist. 6 Legislator Nancy Barr Won
Westchester County – Dist. 7 Legislator Catherine Parker Won
Westchester County – Dist. 8 Legislator Alfreda Williams Won
Westchester County – Dist. 9 Legislator Catherine Borgia Won
Westchester County – Dist. 12 Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky Won
Westchester County – Dist. 13 Legislator London Williams Won
Westchester County – Dist. 14 Legislator Gwen Dean Lost
Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader Won
Yonkers City Council Ward 6 Anthony Pagano Lost
Yonkers City Council – Ward 2 Corazon Pineda Won
Yonkers City Council – Ward 4 Maeve Scott Lost
Yonkers Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli Won

 

This Week in Albany

Election Update

 

Constitutional Convention

CSEA members won a major victory on Tuesday when the constitutional convention ballot proposal was defeated by an unprecedented margin.

This victory was a culmination of over a year of continuous efforts of CSEA members and activists to educate members and the general public and turn out the vote against the proposal.

When the Siena College Research Institute released its first poll of voters’ feelings on the constitutional convention in April, 63% of voters supported the idea of holding a constitutional convention. By November, polling showed that support was down to 25%. By election night, opposition to a constitutional convention reached an all time high. Unofficial election night totals from the State Board of Elections showed that the proposal was defeated by a margin of 83% to 17%. Not a single county voted in favor of the constitutional convention.

“Without CSEA and our allies voting NO on the constitutional convention, there’s a good chance we’d all be on the hook for a very expensive and dangerous ride. When it comes down to it, this is just another example of how important labor is in protecting our rights, and the rights of our families and friends everywhere. This is a very proud day for CSEA,” President Danny Donohue said.

The overwhelming “no” vote shows how strong unions can be when we stand together. Thank you for all that you did to earn this victory.


Other Ballot Questions

The other two proposals on the ballot statewide both passed.

Proposal #2 – Pension Forfeiture: This measure will allow a court to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony relating to their office. When originally proposed, CSEA members would have been subject to any potential pension forfeiture law. CSEA worked hard to focus this constitutional amendment on elected officials and high ranking appointees and managers. CSEA did not take a position on Proposal #2 as it appeared on the ballot. It passed by a vote of about 73% to 27%.

Proposal #3 – Adirondacks Land Use: This measure will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns. The land removed from the forest preserve would have to be replaced by another 250 acres. CSEA did not take a position on Proposal #3. It passed narrowly, by a vote of about 52% to 48%.

 

Westchester County

CSEA-endorsed candidate George Latimer (D) handily defeated incumbent County Executive Rob Astorino. In addition, Democrats flipped the county legislature and now have a strong majority.

 

Nassau County

CSEA-endorsed candidate Jack Martins (R) was defeated by Democrat Laura Curran in the race for Nassau County Executive.

 

New York City

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) easily won re-election.

State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D) won a Special Election to fill a vacancy in the 26th Senate District caused by the resignation of Senator Daniel Squadron (D).

There were also two Special Elections held for vacant Assembly seats. Al Taylor (D) won the seat vacated by the retirement of Assemblyman Denny Farrell (D) in the 71st District, while Dan Rosenthal (D) won the 27th District that became vacant upon the death of Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz.

 

Other Races

In Rockland County, incumbent County Executive Ed Day (R) defeated CSEA-endorsed challenger Maureen Porette.

CSEA endorsed Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus (R) for his re-election bid. Neuhaus easily defeated his challenger for a second term.

In Syracuse, independent Ben Walsh pulled off a victory for the mayor’s seat, defeating Democratic candidate Juanita Perez-Williams. It is the first time in over 100 years that the city will have an independent mayor.

In the Town of Massena, CSEA-endorsed candidate Steve O’Shaughnessy (D) defeated the incumbent Town Supervisor. The election of a new Town Supervisor may help fight back efforts to privatize the public hospital.

In Erie County, CSEA-endorsed candidate John Bruso (D) defeated Republican incumbent Ted Morton to help the Democrats retake the County Legislature. Additionally, endorsed candidate Mickey Kearns (R) won his election for Erie County Clerk.

 

Impact on the State Legislature

Several sitting state legislators won election to local government positions this week. The vacancies caused by these elections will lead to multiple Special Elections in 2018, including:

 

State Senate

  • SD 32: Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. (D) won election to the New York City Council.
  • SD 37: Senator George Latimer (D) won the race for Westchester County Executive.

 

State Assembly

  • AD 5: Assemblyman Al Graf (R) won the race for District Court Judge in the 5th District.
  • AD 10: Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R) won the race for Huntington Town Supervisor.
  • AD 17: Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R) won election to the Nassau County Legislature.
  • AD 39: Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D) won election to the New York City Council.
  • AD 80: Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj (D) won election to the New York City Council.
  • AD 107: Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R) won the race for Rensselaer County Executive.
  • AD 142: Assemblyman Mickey Kearns (D) won the race for Erie County clerk.

 

Veterans Day

CSEA thanks the men and women who risk their lives as a duty to our nation. They deserve our recognition and respect.


2018 NYSHIP State Premium Rates

Please be advised that the NYS Division of Budget has approved the Empire Plan’s premium rates for the year 2018.  The approval of these rates signals the beginning of the option transfer period for the New York State Health Insurance Program.

The Option Transfer Period and the Opt-Out enrollment period for State employees will run until December 15, 2017.

NYSHIP will again offer the Opt-Out Program in 2018, which will allow eligible employees who have employer sponsored group health insurance, to opt out of their NYSHIP coverage in exchange for an incentive payment.  NYS employees who currently participate in the Opt-Out Program will receive a notice advising that the PS-404 and PS-409 forms MUST be submitted during the Annual Option Transfer Period to continue participation in 2018.

In 2012 and 2013, CSEA had a special arrangement with New York State which allowed a CSEA enrollee covered as a dependent through their spouse/domestic partner, who is also a State employee, to opt out of their coverage in return for a $1,000 payment.  This arrangement has not been made available to CSEA since 2013.  CSEA’s ongoing grievance regarding the “State on State” Opt-Out Program continues to move forward in arbitration.  We will keep you advised of any developments.

Here is the link for the 2018 NYSHIP Biweekly Rates  rates for CSEA active State Executive Branch employees (and Unified Court System).  Please note there are two sets of rates.  The first set reflects 2018 biweekly rates for CSEA represented State employees who are Grade 9 and below.  The second set reflects 2018 biweekly rates for CSEA represented State employees who are Grade 10 and above.

Please note some of the HMOs saw a significant change in health insurance premiums for 2018.

Empire Plan rates for Local Government (municipalities and school districts) will be sent under separate cover.  Please contact our office at 1-800-286-5242 if you have any questions.

 

Discounts available for Disney on Ice

Anna, Elsa and their friends from Disney on Ice will be headed soon to Bridgeport, Conn., and CSEA members have been invited to take advantage of group pricing for tickets. Use the graphic below to take advantage of the discount ticket offer or download a printable copy here to hang on your union bulletin boards.

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This Week in Albany

Week ending November 3, 2017

 

Federal Tax Reform

U.S. House Republicans revealed their long-awaited proposal to overhaul the federal tax code this week.

The proposal would limit the ability of New Yorkers to deduct state and local taxes from their federal taxes. The plan would eliminate the federal deduction for state and local income and sales taxes, while limiting the property tax deduction to $10,000. The plan would also put limitations on the mortgage interest deduction, though existing homeowners would be able to keep their deduction.

The plan would reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to four. Taxpayers earning up to $24,000 will pay no income tax, while the rates for married taxpayers filing jointly would be – 12% for those earning up to $90,000, 25% for those earning up to $260,000, 35% for those earning up to $1 million, and 39.6% for everyone earning over $1 million.

Other parts of the plan include almost doubling the standard deduction, cutting corporate taxes from 35% to 20%, and the eventual elimination of the Estate Tax. Lawmakers had discussed the possibility of limiting contributions to 401(k)s and other retirement plans, but the proposal does not touch retirement plans.

Stay tuned for more details on the plan once they become available.

 

Election Day is Tuesday

Tuesday is Election Day, and your vote is especially important this year.

By standing together and VOTING NO on the Constitutional Convention , we can protect our pensions, collective bargaining rights, public education, the environment, and all of the other protections and rights guaranteed in the New York State constitution.

So, what is your plan for voting?

Where is your polling place?

Not sure? Find your polling place on the Board of Elections’ website.

What time are you going to vote?

All polls are open from 6AM – 9PM.

 

Election Spotlight – Constitutional Convention

Click here to learn more about the constitutional convention ballot question and why you should VOTE NO on Tuesday.

Director of Communications

CSEA is seeking resumes for the senior staff position of Director of Communications. The position is based in our downtown Albany, NY headquarters and requires travel throughout the state working with regional union leadership, staff, members, and media representatives. The position collaborates with union leadership to develop strategic communication and marketing objectives with various audiences both external and internal.  The Director is responsible for the implementation of all plans on statewide and local levels with the assistance of regional communications associates under his/her supervision and a high-volume print shop. The Director is also the official spokesperson for CSEA and oversees and implements CSEA’s community relations presence.   A wide range of skills and responsibilities are required including the ability to effectively articulate positions involving labor relations and public policy; communicate through various media; and supervise a statewide staff.   Minimum Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications, marketing or a related field and six years of professional experience which regularly involved, writing, editing, developing messaging and brand strategy, including two years in a supervisory capacity; OR a satisfactory combination of the foregoing education, training and experience.  Candidates must possess a New York State drivers’ license and a car for business use. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package.   Submit resume and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources, PO Box 7125 Capitol Station, Albany, NY 12224 or email: cseajobs@cseainc.org.

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