Parking Lot Safety Tips

download-1 With the recent assault on a state worker in a downtown Albany parking lot, CSEA is taking action to help keep members safe. Download our “Parking Lot Safety” flier for tips on how to stay safe.

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Parking Lot Safety Tips


    PCO Exam Test Prep



    Members looking to sharpen their skills for the upcoming NYS PCO exam are welcome to attend a two-day workshop sponsored by CSEA’s Work Institute to be held March 19 & 20 in Latham. Pre-registration is required.  See flier for details.



      Upcoming Events

      Save the Date Words Circled on Calendar Red Marker2019 Upcoming CSEA events.


      Region 4 Spring Conference, March 29-31, Sagamore Resort

      Region 4 Executive Board Dinner Meeting, June 5

      Region 4 Information Day, June 27, Polish Americans Citizens Center, Albany, NY

      ADM, 10/21- 10/25, Verona, NY






        Orlando Vacation Deals

        If you’re planning a trip to Orlando, you’ll want to take advantage of these CSEA exclusive deals.



          Special Retiree Plans

          Senior Life Insurance

          • Provides Retiree Members and their spouses with extra money to help cover the later in life expenses
          • Benefit can be used for anything — medical costs, credit card bills and other final expenses
          • Guaranteed issue coverage – you       cannot be turned down
          • Available to members under age 80
          • Will Preparation Benefit

          Dental Insurance

          Two Dental plans to choose from:

          • Choice 1 from Cigna Dental — use an in-network dentist, no waiting periods or deductibles
          • Choice 2 from MetLife — choose any dentist you want, no deductible for preventive card

          Auto | Home | Umbrella

          Pearl Carroll offers a convenient buying service for Auto & Home insurance. Get quotes from up to 10 different insurance companies to compare for the best coverage at the best price. And with our team of Policy Review Specialists, you’ll get a free annual coverage review before your renewal date to ensure you’re still getting the best possible rate.

          Hospital & Home Care Recovery Insurance

          • Provides Retiree Members with extra money to help cover the cost of a hospital stay and the recovery afterwards
          • Cash benefits are paid in addition to any               other insurance you have
          • Members under age 75 and their spouses are eligible
          • No medical exam or health questions to enroll
          • No termination age once enrolled

          Vision Insurance through Pearl Carroll

          • Save money on eye care with this plan from Davis Vision
          • Receive an eye health exam every year ($10 copayment)
          • Receive new frames and lenses every year ($25 copayment)
          • One year eyeglass breakage warranty included on plan eyewear at no additional cost

          CSEA Retiree Reduced Fee Dental Program

          This program offers retirees an alternative to dental insurance. Retirees can choose from a network of participating dental providers who agree to charge a reduced rate for specific services and treatments as outlined in the Retiree Reduced Fee Dental program booklet. This is not an insurance program and is only available to CSEA Retiree members. Retiree Members are responsible for payment of the fees to provider based upon the services rendered and the prices listed for that service. To obtain a copy of the booklet please contact the CSEA Member Benefits Department.

          Vision Care Programs

          Pearl Carroll & Associates, Retiree Davis Vision Plan

          With this new plan, every 12 months you are eligible to receive: full eye examination, new frames and lenses or new contact lenses among other great benefits for you and your spouse. Davis Vision offers convenient network locations, making it easy to find a provider in your area. Between their list of preferred doctors and select retail partners you get the freedom to choose where you receive your eye care.

          For more details about the plan, just log on to the Open Enrollment/Discount Plan section at and enter Client Code 4926 or call Pearl Carroll and Associates at 1-877-847-2732.

          CSEA Vision Care Value Advantage Program

          This program allows members and their dependents to receive eye examinations, eyewear and laser vision correction at reduced prices. Members simply call the Davis Vision Care Processing Unit at 1-800-783-3594 (TTY 1-800-523-2847). The Value Advantage Plan is available nationwide, members will be supplied with the names and addresses of network providers nearest them.

          One year eyeglass breakage warranty included on plan eyewear at no additional cost

            Request Member Benefits at Your CSEA Event


            Are you planning a CSEA membership meeting or event in the near future?

            Would you like to request our Member Benefits Department and family of vendors to attend your event? It’s as easy as submitting an email– just follow these instructions. Here is a simple checklist to guarantee a successful event.

            In an effort to streamline the process, all requests should be made via email to CSEA’s Member Benefit Department at

            In order to increase the chance that the various vendors will be able to attend, or that there is enough time for shipping, please provide a minimum of four weeks notice and include the following event details in your email:

            *Local/Unit Name

            *Event type – meeting, picnic, lunch & learn, etc

            *Date (Date of the event)

            *Location including meeting room and full address:  (Where event is being held)

            Is an internet connection available? (Yes or No)

            Are electrical outlets available?(Yes or No)

            Event start and end time for members (Start and End Time)

            *Vendor start and end time – (Vendor Start and End Time).

            *Number of people expected

            *Is the Event Open to all Vendors:  (Yes or No) (If no is picked ask user to enter who they want to attend)

            *RSVP contact name, email, Ph# and RSVP Date.

            Mailing address where vendor items can be shipped if one is available:

            *Is security Clearance required pre- event? (Yes or No)


            Email to



            SUNY Albany Local 691 Membership Meeting

            September 30, 2016

            11 AM- 2PM

            Patroon Room, Campus Center, University at Albany uptown campus, 1200 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY

            Vendors set-up by 10:45 until lunch at 12:30 PM

            175 members

            ALL VENDORS

            RSVP by 9/21 to Sharon Burns at or call 442-7814

            Your event will be posted on CSEA’s vendor calendar for CSEA vendors (member benefits, health benefits, etc)

            Any questions, contact Latonya Brown at 518-257-1359; the Member Benefits department at 518-257-1359 or above email


              Meet Your Region Officers


              CSEA Capital Region President Ron Briggs has been active in CSEA for more than twenty years.

              For the last twelve years, Briggs served as Executive Vice President of Capital Region 4. He also served one term as 1st Vice President. At the region level he has worked toward building an inclusive and responsive region.

              In 1997 Briggs was elected to his first position as 2nd Vice President for CSEA’s Fulton County Local 818. He later served as 1st Vice President, and then as Fulton County Local President. Briggs worked for the Fulton County Department of Social Services for 11 years before joining the Probation Department where he worked until his appointment as Capital Region President.

              Briggs is involved in numerous CSEA committees and initiatives. He is a Leadership Education and Development Program (LEAD) program graduate. Before joining CSEA, Briggs was a member of UUP for eight years.

              Briggs began his term as Capital Region President on March 1, 2016

              Being an active part of the community is important to Briggs. To that end, he is Vice-Chair of the Gloversville Community Development Agency, President of the Fulton County Children’s Committee and a volunteer at Mohawk Harvest which is a co-operative focused on bringing local products to the marketplace. Briggs resides in Gloversville.



              Bebo was sworn in to office at the region’s annual fall conference in September 2014. In front of hundreds of attendees, Kathy Garrison, CSEA Capital Region President, led Bebo in the swearing-in-ceremony. Bebo stated his desire for feedback and his willingness to work on behalf of Capital Region members.

              Bebo, a Troy native, who currently resides in Colonie, started with NYS DOT in 1999. His activism was spurred by his early involvement as a grievance rep and shop steward.

              In addition to his role on the region’s executive board, Bebo served as Vice President of DOT Local 687 from January 2006 until June 2013 when he was elected President, a position he currently holds.

              Bebo has served on the region’s PEOPLE committee and was co-chair of the Membership Committee. In 2009, Bebo completed CSEA’s LEAD program that recruits and mentors members for future leadership roles in the union. Bebo is also an AFSCME delegate.

              Says Bebo, “I am truly honored and excited to serve as Capital Region 3rd Vice President. I look forward to serving our members and continuing to help this great union progress.



              CSEA Capital Region 1st Vice President Dowell Harrell has been helping CSEA members in some fashion for more than twenty years. She became a CSEA member in 1985 and in 1989 became Vice President of New York State Police Local 697 based in Albany. She served in that role until 1998 when she was elected 697 President, a title she holds today.

              Harrell serves as the Capital Region’s Education and Women’s Committee Officer Liasion, is active in many community groups and is a member of CBTU (Coalition of Black Trade Unionists). Harrell lives in Troy near her two grown chidren and twin grandchildren. “I look forward to continuing to serve Capital Region members in my role as 1st Vice President,” says Harrell.


              The numbers speak volumes about Brenda Facin, the CSEA Capital Region 2nd Vice President”s commitment to the labor movement. She has been a CSEA activist for over 25 years and Washington County Local President for 15 years. Facin has been employed by Greenwich Central School for 26 years as Secretary to the High School Principal and Guidance Office Secretary.

              Facin has served as the Greenwich Central School Unit President for 17 years. She is currently the Region IV Officer Liaison for the Education and Veteran”s Committees, Statewide Education Committee member, Statewide Appeals Committee member and also represents Washington County on the Board of Directors for the past 17 years.

              In addition to CSEA activities, Brenda finds time to volunteer to better the community. She is a member of the TEOPA (Tri-County Office Personnel Association) and the organizer of CSEA Capital Region’s Polar Plunge team that annually raises money to benefit the programs and services of the Special Olympics. Facin has been the Student Council Advisor for 21 years and the yearbook advisor for 7 years at Greenwich Central School where she continues to encourage the students she works with to get involved in the community. Brenda is a 1978 graduate of Greenwich Central School and attended Adirondack Community College. Married for 28 years to husband Dino, they have 2 children and 1 grandchild.

              It is a great honor to be chosen as Capital Region 2nd Vice President. I look forward to working with new members and officers and help getting them involved in the labor movement.”



              3rd VP – Karen Wilson

              Karen has been a CSEA member and activist for 25 years at the Thruway Authority.  She is employed as an Information Technology Specialist 3(Data Communications).  Karen has served as a Shop Steward, Headquarters Representative, and more recently as Secretary for the Local.  She is now in her first term as Local President, and is also a member of the Region 4 Legislative and Political Action Committee.

              Karen also volunteers for charity fundraising events as a bike marshal, and annually participates in the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association, Ididaride for the Adirondack Mountain Club, MS Ride in Manhattan for Multiple Sclerosis, and Autumn Escape Bike Trek in Cape Cod for the American Lung Association.  Her hobbies include fitness and nutrition.  She is also a Certified Personal Trainer.

              “I appreciate the opportunity to serve as Third Vice President for Region 4, and hope to bring my energy and technical knowledge to the Region to improve efficiency, provide cost savings, and of course, inspire activists.”

               IMG_9029 CSEA Capital Region Secretary Kim Wallace-Russo, a graduate of CSEA’s L.E.A.D. program and a 2017 CSEA Mission Achievement Award winner, Wallace-Russo currently also serves as president of Tax Local 690 where she has been active more many years. Along with her fellow-officers at the local and an extensive network of shop stewards and grievance reps, Local 690, in many ways, is the union “ideal.” But, it took years of union-building and commitment from activists there to make the local what it is today.

              “I got started in my activism kind of on a whim. It was a tumultuous time for our local. The local was split and there was a lot of turmoil.  I was asked to come on board as the Local Secretary and I accepted. I was very young and green but I was motivated to learn what CSEA wall all about.  I LOVED IT!!!  Being involved in the union and helping others was such a good fit for me.  I felt like I finally found my niche,” recalls Wallace-Russo.

              In addition to her role in the local, Wallace-Russo is a delegate and is active on regional and statewide committees. She served for many years on the Capital Region Executive Board as Treasurer and returned again to the board in 2018 in the role of Secretary.


              Capital Region Treasurer, Shana Davis

              Shana Davis is an employee of the NYS Department of Taxation& Finance has been a member of CSEA Albany Tax Local 690 since 1989. Shana was appointed as a Shop Steward in her local in April 2004, served as the Local Woman’s Committee Chairperson since 2006. In May of 2008 Shana was appointed as a Delegate and then elected as Local Secretary in June of 2013. She has served as a representative on the CSEA Capital Region Education Committee and currently serves on the CSEA Statewide Joint Committee for Health Benefits. Shana’s other union activities include President of the Capital District Chapter Coalition of Black Trade Unionist and a board member of the Capital District Area Labor Federation.

              Shana Davis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix and serves as a licensed Evangelist of the United Ordained Church in Troy, NY. She also volunteers for many other community and charitable organizations as well.

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