This Week in Albany

Week ending December 14, 2018

Legislative Update

The legislature delivered several CSEA-supported bills to the Governor for final action. The bills include:

A.9563A – Gunther / S.7207 – Ortt: This bill would limit the length of time that a notice of closure or significant service reduction in the Office of Mental Health is in effect to twenty-four months.

S.8200 – Marcellino / A.10442 – Gunther: This bill would prohibit the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities from privatizing any existing state-operated Individualized Residential Alternative.

S.6464A – Addabbo / A.4933B – Weprin: This bill would require state agencies to develop action plans to reduce the occurrence of workforce injuries.

S.5593A – Golden / A.7602A – Abbate: This bill would eliminate the lifetime reduction of a pension payment when an outstanding loan is repaid in full.

S.8284 – Phillips / A.10721 – Abbate: This bill would provide for a performance of duty disability retirement benefit for ambulance medical technician supervisors, ambulance medical technician coordinators, and ambulance medical technicians employed by Nassau County.

The Governor has until December 24 to act on these bills.

2019 Legislative Session

The State Legislature released its session calendar for 2019. They are expected to begin meeting on January 9 and leave Albany on June 19. In total, they will meet 61 times from January to June.

In addition, the incoming Democratic majority in the State Senate released committee chairs for the coming term. In regards to committees of significance to CSEA, newly elected Senator Andrew Gounardes will chair the Civil Service and Pensions Committee and current Senator David Carlucci will chair the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee. A full list of committee chairs can be viewed here.

The Assembly has yet to release committee assignments for next year.

Inauguration, State of the State, and Budget Address

Governor Cuomo has announced that he will hold his New Year’s Day inaugural speech on Ellis Island. In addition, sources have said that the Governor has decided to merge his State of the State and budget presentation into one address rather than deliver them separately as is tradition.


    This Week in Albany

    Week ending November 30, 2018

    Legislative Update

    Dozens of bills were delivered to the Governor’s office this week, including several of importance to CSEA.

    • A.9667 – Paulin / S.7554 – Gallivan: This legislation would create an option for counties to offer probation officers full pay and benefits in the event that they are injured in the performance of their duties. Currently, only Nassau County has this in statute. CSEA strongly supports this legislation, and we need your help to ensure that Governor Cuomo knows how important this bill is. Call Governor Cuomo at 1-877-255-9417 and tell him that this legislation is critical for probation officers across New York State!
    • A.2022 – Bronson / S.383 – Robach: This legislation would require that prior to contracting for consulting services, a state agency must conduct a cost-benefit review to see if state employees can perform the service at an equal or lower cost.
    • A.2835A – Englebright / S.3457A – Serrano: This legislation would create a public process for the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Development to follow prior to closing a park or historic site.
    • A.9099 – Abbate / S.7705 – Golden: This bill would allow Tiers 3, 4, 5, and 6 uniformed court officers and peace officers in the Unified Court System to be eligible for accidental disability for injuries sustained in the performance of duty. This bill was vetoed in 2014, 15, 16, and 17.
    • A.9910 – Abbate / S.7704 – Golden: This bill would allow any Tier 6 member who is a uniformed court officer or peace officer a 30/55 retirement. This bill was vetoed in 2014, 15, 16, and 17.
    • A.2549 – Lifton / S.3262 – Parker: This bill directs the president of the state civil service commission to study and publish a report evaluating among public employers the existence of wage disparities related to the job titles segregated by the gender, race and/or national origin of the employees in the titles.
    • S.8060A – Helming / A.9965A – Morelle: This bill would allow the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Development to enter into a 40 year lease for marinas and associated concessions at Sampson and Seneca Lake State Parks. The original print of this bill would have allowed for a private operator for camping and lodging at the two parks. CSEA worked closely with the legislature to limit the scope of this bill to prevent the outsourcing of public property and public jobs.

    Stay on top of developments for CSEA’s legislative priorities at our website.


    Legislative Leadership

    Democrats in the State Senate elected Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) to be Majority Leader come January. Stewart-Cousins will become the first woman to lead a majority conference in the New York State legislature.

    State Senator John Flanagan (R-East Northport) was re-elected by his colleagues as leader of the Republican conference by a vote of 14-9 and will serve as Minority Leader in 2019.

    In Congress, House Democrats voted to nominate Nancy Pelosi (D-California) for Speaker. Pelosi will still need 218 votes on the floor of the House to become Speaker in January. Republicans in the House elected Kevin McCarthy (R-California) to serve as Minority Leader.


    Shutdown Showdown in Congress

    The federal government is inching closer to a shutdown. The spending bill passed and signed into law in September expires on December 7. If the President and Congress do not come to a spending agreement by that date, various federal government agencies will shut down.


      This Week in Albany

      Week ending November 16, 2018

       

      Legislative Update

      There are still 278 bills that passed both houses of the legislature that have not yet been sent to the Governor, including many of CSEA’s priority bills. These bills will be delivered to the Governor in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to “This Week in Albany” for more information as it becomes available.

       

      Who Will Lead Senate Republicans?

      After losing eight seats and their majority, Republicans in the State Senate openly debated this week whether Senator John Flanagan (R-East Northport) would retain his leadership position in the conference. Several Republican Senators publicly supported a change in leadership, with Senator Catharine Young (R-Olean) emerging as Flanagan’s main challenger.

      Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is expected to serve as Majority Leader when the new legislature is seated in January.


      Next Year’s Budget Gap Lower than Originally Expected
       
      The Division of the Budget projects a budget deficit of $3.1 billion for next fiscal year, a decrease of roughly $1 billion from initial estimates. If State Operations spending is limited to 2%, the deficit would be $402 million.

      Governor Cuomo’s FY20 budget proposal is due by February 1, which is the deadline for Executive Budget proposals in the year following a gubernatorial election.


      Happy Thanksgiving

      “This Week in Albany” will take a week off next week for the Thanksgiving holiday and return on Friday, November 30. Have a safe and happy holiday.

        This Week in Albany

        Week ending November 9, 2018

        Legislative Update

        Governor Cuomo acted on 35 bills this week, including signing into law one of CSEA’s priority bills:

        Allow Step Increases Under Wage Freeze (Nassau County)
        Chapter 355 of 2018

        This legislation will allow employees of Nassau County to receive step increases if the Nassau Interim Finance Agency (NIFA) imposes a second wage freeze. Currently, steps are automatically frozen when a wage freeze order is implemented by NIFA. The loss of step payment increases led to retention and morale issues as well as severe financial hardship among Nassau County employees. Under an agreement reached between the Governor, Senate, and Assembly, this legislation will expire after the end of the next collective bargaining agreement between the County and CSEA, which has not yet been negotiated.

        Blue Wave Hits New York 

        Across the state, Democratic candidates racked up wins on a high turnout midterm Election Day.

        Democrats won all statewide offices, including the re-election of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and the election of Letitia ‘Tish’ James as Attorney General.

        Three New York Congressional Districts flipped from Republican to Democrat control, with Rep. Dan Donovan losing to Max Rose in NY11, Rep. John Faso losing to Antonio Delgado in NY19, and Rep. Claudia Tenney losing to Anthony Brindisi in NY22.

        The biggest change in New York came in the State Senate. Going into Tuesday, that chamber had 31 Republican seats, 31 Democratic seats, and one Democrat that conferenced with Republicans. At the end of Election Day, it appeared that Democrats will enter 2019 with at least 39 seats, taking control of the Senate for the first time in a decade. Incumbent Senators that appear to have lost include: Carl Marcellino (R-SD5), Kemp Hannon (R-SD6), Elaine Phillips (R-SD7), Marty Golden (R-SD22), and Terrence Murphy (R-SD40). Democrats won in open seats in SD3 (Monica Martinez), SD39 (James Skoufis), and SD42 (Jen Metzger), while Republicans won the open seats in SD43 (Daphne Jordan) and SD50 (Bob Antonacci).

        In the State Assembly, it the Democratic majority will grow by a few seats despite the apparent losses of incumbent Democrats Christine Pellegrino (AD9), Addie Jenne (AD116), and Bill Magee (AD121).

        Thank you to the CSEA members and activists who helped support CSEA-endorsed candidates this election season.

        National Outlook 

        In Congress, Democrats took back control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010. Republicans maintained control of the U.S. Senate and grew their majority. The exact number of seats for each party in Congress is still to be determined, as many races are still too close to call.

        Two vehemently anti-union Governors were defeated on Tuesday, with Wisconsin’s Scott Walker (R) and Illinois’ Bruce Rauner (R) both being soundly defeated.


          This Week in Albany

          Week ending November 2, 2018

          Don’t Forget to Vote!

          Election Day is this coming Tuesday, November 6th. Across the state, polls open at 6AM and close at 9PM.

          Make sure you have a plan for voting:

          1. When are you going to vote?
          2. Where are you going to vote?

          Not sure where your polling place is? Click here to find out.


          Over the past six weeks, “This Week in Albany” has highlighted some of the candidates that our union has endorsed. CSEA endorses candidates through a member-driven process that takes into account the best interests of the CSEA membership as a whole. However, CSEA respects the right of all members to vote for the candidates of their choosing, so just make sure that you get out and vote on Tuesday.

          For a full list of CSEA’s endorsements, along with an interactive map of highlighted candidates and video messages, please visit our website.


          How CSEA Votes

          Your vote is your voice, and when CSEA members vote, we make a difference. So how do CSEA members vote?

          • 80% of CSEA members are registered to vote.
          • 71% have voted in at least one of the last four elections.
          • 55% have voted in at least two of the last four elections.
          • 39% have voted in at least three of the last four elections.
          • 22% have voted in each of the last four elections.
          • 5% have voted in every election since 2000.
          • 28% have not voted in the past five years.

          Which category do you fall into?

          If we work together to improve these numbers, we all win. Voting is your right, so don’t give it up.


          Election Spotlights – Region 1 

          This week, we cover additional highlighted races in CSEA Long Island Region 1.

          For each race, click on the photo of CSEA’s endorsed candidate for a video message directly from the candidate.

          Not sure what district you’re in? Click here to find out.

          State Senate District 3

          CSEA Endorsement
          Dean Murray


          Click on the photo to hear from Dean Murray

          Dean Murray was first elected to the State Assembly in 2010. As a member of the Assembly, he has been a proven friend of labor. He fought to save services at Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center, co-sponsored legislation to establish workload standards for child protective services workers, co-sponsored the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act, supported increasing oversight and transparency in economic development programs, and has a superb voting record on CSEA’s priority bills.


          State Senate District 7

          CSEA Endorsement
          Elaine Phillips


          Click on the photo to hear from Senator Elaine Phillips

          Elaine Phillips was first elected to the State Senate in 2016 after serving as Mayor of the Village of Flower Hill. Senator Phillips has been a friend to CSEA throughout her time in office, and has stood with our union against the attacks we’ve faced from Janus v AFSCME. She signed onto an Amicus Brief in favor of the union’s position in Janus, and voted in favor of legislation to protect the rights of CSEA members from the harmful impacts of Janus. She has also co-sponsored numerous pieces of legislation to benefit public employees in Nassau County and throughout the state.


          State Senate District 8

          CSEA Endorsement
          Jeff Pravato


          Click on the photo to hear from Jeff Pravato

          Serving as the Mayor of Massapequa Park for the past five years, Jeff has worked hard to improve the village’s finances and has worked with CSEA members in the village to negotiate fair contracts. Jeff is a strong union supporter who will stand up for union members on Long Island and across New York.


          For a full list of CSEA’s endorsements, along with an interactive map of highlighted candidates, please visit our website.

          Since last week’s “This Week in Albany,” we have added videos from: Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (SD2), Senator Ken LaValle (SD1), and Senator Phil Boyle (SD4).


            This Week in Albany

            Week ending October 26, 2018

            Legislative Update

            Thirty-five bills were delivered to the Governor this week, including one of CSEA’s priority bills:

            Allow Step Increases Under Wage Freeze (Nassau County)
            S.8805 – Rules / S.10670 – Hooper
            Click here to read CSEA’s support memo for this bill.

            Under current law, if the Nassau Interim Finance Agency (NIFA) implements a wage freeze, all wage increases, including steps, are suspended. Nassau County was recently under a three year wage freeze that caused significant hardship on the working men and women of the county.

            This legislation aims to ease some of this uncertainty. Under this proposal, employees would be eligible to receive step increases during a wage freeze if certain conditions are met.

            Critical areas such as child protective services and emergency dispatch services are finding it more difficult to recruit new employees. In addition, many employees have left the county workforce for other municipalities due to the uncertainty over future wages. This legislation will help Nassau County retain employees and recruit its future workforce.

            Election Spotlights – Regions 1 and 2 

            This week, we cover highlighted races in CSEA Long Island Region 1 and Metropolitan Region 2. There will be more coverage of Long Island Region 1 next week as well.

            For each race, click on the photo of CSEA’s endorsed candidate for a video message directly from the candidate.

            Not sure what district you’re in? Click here to find out.

            State Senate District 5

            CSEA Endorsement
            Carl Marcellino


            Click on the photo to hear from Senator Carl Marcellino

            Senator Carl Marcellino has been fighting for CSEA since first being elected to the Senate.

            Senator Marcellino stood with our union against the attacks we faced from Janus v AFSCME. He signed onto an Amicus Brief in favor of the union’s position in Janus, and voted in favor of legislation to protect the rights of CSEA members from the harmful impacts of the decision.

            He has sponsored legislation to protect our sanitation workers, bus drivers, and children. This year, he sponsored and championed legislation to protect the services provided by CSEA members by prohibiting the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities from outsourcing any State-operated Individualized Residential Alternative facilities to a private operator. Further, as Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Marcellino secured a record $3.2 billion in funding for Long Island’s schools this year.

            Senator Marcellino has fought, and will continue to fight, for CSEA members in the 5th Senate district and all New Yorkers.


            State Senate District 6

            CSEA Endorsement
            Kemp Hannon


            Click on the photo to hear from Senator Kemp Hannon

            Kemp Hannon has been a friend to CSEA throughout his time in the State Senate.

            Senator Hannon stood with our union against the attacks we faced from Janus v AFSCME. He signed onto an Amicus Brief in favor of the union’s position in Janus, and voted in favor of legislation to protect the rights of CSEA members from the harmful impacts of the decision.

            As Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Hannon has fought for additional funding for our safety-net hospitals and has lead the fight to protect mental health services.


            State Senate District 22

            CSEA Endorsement
            Martin Golden


            Click on the photo to hear from Senator Martin Golden

            As Chair of the Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee, Senator Martin Golden has been a strong supporter of CSEA members and retirees.

            He has sponsored numerous bills that have protected jobs and retirement benefits. This includes legislation granting disciplinary rights to certain state employees that didn’t have this vital protection. Senator Golden also sponsored legislation that would eliminate the lifetime reduction of a pension payment when an outstanding loan is repaid in full.

            These are just a few examples of Senator Golden standing with CSEA.


            For a full list of CSEA’s endorsements, along with an interactive map of highlighted candidates, please visit our website. Content will be added to this page as it becomes available, so if you want more information on races in your area before they are highlighted in “This Week in Albany,” please visit our site.

            Since last week’s “This Week in Albany,” we have added videos from: Senator Shelley Mayer (SD37), James Skoufis (candidate for SD39), Senator Terrence Murphy (SD40), Senator Jim Tedisco (SD49), Senator Rich Funke (SD55), and Senator Catharine Young (SD57).


              This Week in Albany

              Week ending October 19, 2018

              New York Sends Feds More than We Get Back

              A report from Comptroller DiNapoli this week showed that New Yorkers send $24 billion more in tax payments to the federal government than the state receives back in federal spending.

              “New York gives more than it gets back from Washington and threats to cut federal funding for health care and other programs could tip the balance even further,” DiNapoli said.

              New York is one of 11 states that send more to the federal government than it receives back.

              McConnell: We Need to Cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

              The U.S. Treasury Department announced recently that the U.S. budget deficit has grown to $779 billion, a 17% increase over last year. The deficit is expected to reach and stay at over $1 trillion in the near future.

              U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security was to blame for the rising deficit, despite the fact that the federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” is expected to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit.

              McConnell suggested that Congress will be looking at cuts to those “entitlement” programs. CSEA opposes proposals to diminish the social safety net and put the jobs and livelihood of CSEA members and retirees at risk.

              Election Spotlights – Region 3 

              This week, we cover highlighted races in CSEA Southern Region 3.

              For each race, click on the photo of CSEA’s endorsed candidate for a video message directly from the candidate.

              Not sure what district you’re in? Click here to find out.

              State Senate District 41

              CSEA Endorsement
              Sue Serino


              Click on the photo to hear from Senator Sue Serino

              Sue Serino has been a friend to CSEA throughout her time in the State Senate.

              This year, Senator Serino was the sponsor of legislation to provide local government employees who are veterans with paid time off for health care services related to their service. She also cosponsored bills to increase school bus safety and reform state procurement practices by restoring State Comptroller oversight.

              Senator Serino has stood side-by-side with CSEA against proposals to force local government consolidation that would have eliminated local services and jobs, opposed the Constitutional Convention, and co-sponsored the pension buy-back law that allowed all public employees who are veterans to receive up to three years of pension credit for their service.


              State Senate District 42

              CSEA Endorsement
              Annie Rabbitt


              Click on the photo to hear from Annie Rabbitt

              Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt has proven herself as a fighter for working men and women over a long and successful career in public service. Annie served in the NYS Assembly for eight years. Rabbitt had a warm relationship with CSEA throughout her time in the Assembly, and CSEA routinely endorsed her Assembly campaigns.

              During her time as Orange County Clerk, Annie has worked in conjunction with her CSEA-represented staff to update and modernize the operations of the Clerk’s office, bringing it into the 21st century.


              Congressional District 19

              CSEA Endorsement
              Antonio Delgado

              Click on the photo to hear from Antonio Delgado

              Though he is a newcomer to the New York political scene, Antionio Delgado has stood with union members throughout his campaign for the 19th Congressional District. Delgado recognizes that there has been a sustained attack on union members in recent years, and is committed to standing up for and strengthening unions.

              On the other hand, Delgado’s opponent John Faso has actively worked against working families during his time in Congress. This included an attempt to pass federal legislation to nullify a New York State Law that protects workers who are injured by falls on the job. Faso was also the deciding vote during the House’s attempt to reform health care that would have cost New York $6.9 billion.

              Antonio Delgado would be a strong voice in Washington for CSEA members and all New Yorkers.


              For a full list of CSEA’s endorsements, along with an interactive map of highlighted candidates, please visit our website. Content will be added to this page as it becomes available, so if you want more information on races in your area before they are highlighted in “This Week in Albany,” please visit our site.

              Since last week’s “This Week in Albany,” we have added videos from Senators Kemp Hannon (SD6) and Sue Serino (SD41).


                This Week in Albany

                Week ending October 12, 2018

                Social Security Update

                Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced this week. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax will increase to $132,900 from $128,400.

                CSEA continues to advocate for fixes to the Social Security system that ensures its longevity for generations to come.
                Kavanuagh Confirmed

                On Saturday, October 3, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

                The vote margin was the smallest for a judge confirmed to the Court since 1881. All Republicans except for Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted for the nomination, while all Democrats except for Joe Manchin (West Virginia) voted against the nomination.

                Kavanaugh’s confirmation secures the 5-4 conservative majority on the Court while moving the Court decidedly away from worker rights.

                Election Spotlights – Region 4

                This week, we cover highlighted races in CSEA Capital Region 4.

                For each race, click on the photo of CSEA’s endorsed candidate for a video message directly from the candidate.

                Not sure what district you’re in? Click here to find out.

                State Senate District 43

                CSEA Endorsement
                Daphne Jordan

                Click on the photo to hear from Daphne Jordan

                Daphne Jordan has served as a Halfmoon Town Councilmember since 2014. In addition, Daphne has served as a Trustee; a member of the Executive Committee; and as Treasurer for the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. Daphne is the Legislative Director and Senate Local Government Committee Director for Senator Kathy Marchione. In that role, she worked directly with CSEA to draft legislation to study the staffing levels at the OCFS Brookwood Secure Center in Columbia County. Daphne Jordan will be a friend to CSEA in the State Senate.


                State Senate District 46

                CSEA Endorsement
                George Amedore

                Click on the photo to hear from George Amedore

                George Amedore was first elected to the State Senate in 2014 and previously served in the State Assembly from 2007 to 2012. He is a proven friend to labor and has a 100% voting record on CSEA’s legislative priorities. He was the prime sponsor of legislation for CSEA’s state contract. As co-chair of the Senate’s bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, he has worked directly with CSEA members in fighting the opioid epidemic.


                Congressional District 21

                CSEA Endorsement
                Tedra Cobb

                Click on the photo to hear from Tedra Cobb

                Tedra Cobb served as a St. Lawrence County Legislator from 2002 until 2010. While a Legislator she led the effort to create and pass the current St. Lawrence County ethics law and the St. Lawrence County Board of Ethics. Additionally, she was instrumental in securing a project labor agreement for the St. Lawrence County Jail. Tedra’s background is in healthcare and she has created two businesses, a community health agency and Tedra Cobb Associates, to help North County residents navigate the healthcare industry.

                Further, Cobb’s opponent, Elise Stefanik, has a 9% voting record on AFSCME’s legislative priorities.


                For a full list of CSEA’s endorsements, along with an interactive map of highlighted candidates, please visit our website. Content will be added to this page as it becomes available, so if you want more information on races in your area before they are highlighted in “This Week in Albany,” please visit our site.

                Since last week’s “This Week in Albany,” we have added videos from Senators Carl Marcellino (SD5), Martin Golden (SD22), and Joe Griffo (SD47).


                  This Week in Albany

                  Week Ending October 5, 2018

                  “Raise the Age” Goes Into Effect

                  New York’s “Raise the Age” law went into effect on October 1. The law removes 16-year-olds from the adult criminal justice system to a more age-appropriate setting. The law will expand to include 17-year-olds on October 1, 2019.

                  The requirements of the new law will undoubtedly place additional stress on county probation departments and Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) juvenile justice facilities. CSEA has always advocated that the State properly fund the program, including covering 100% of a local government’s cost for the program. This lead to the inclusion of $100 million for the program in the 2018-19 state budget for counties to hire new probation officers and cover other costs.

                  CSEA will continue to advocate for proper State funding for OCFS and local probation departments to ensure that workers have the support that they need to make the program successful.

                  Kavanaugh Update

                  By a 51-49 vote on Friday, the U.S. Senate advanced the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, setting up a final confirmation vote by the full Senate as early as Saturday.

                  The vote had been delayed by a week after Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) called for an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. Friday’s procedural vote to end     debate came a day after the investigation was completed. Flake voted to end debate, while Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted no. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) cast the 51st vote to advance the nomination.

                  While Kavanaugh’s confirmation still isn’t assured, it appears likely at this time. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Court will likely swing the court further in favor of the interests of big business and the wealthy over those of workers.

                  Election Spotlight

                  This week, we cover highlighted races in CSEA Central Region 5.

                  For each race, click on the photo of CSEA’s endorsed candidate for a video message directly from the candidate.

                  Not sure what district you’re in? Click here to find out.

                  State Senate District 50

                  CSEA Endorsement
                  Bob Antonacci

                  Click on the photo to hear from Bob Antonacci

                  Bob Antonacci was first elected Onondaga County Comptroller in 2008. As Comptroller, he has been an advocate for CSEA members throughout Onondaga County. He fought against illegal pay raises for county officials as CSEA members were continually asked to take less. Bob has been an important voice for CSEA members and has held county leaders accountable for their mismanagement of civil service, conducting several audits. Bob will stand strong for the working men and women of the 50th Senate District.


                  Congressional District 22

                  CSEA Endorsement
                  Anthony Brindisi

                  Click on the photo to hear from Anthony Brindisi

                  Anthony Brindisi was first elected to the State Assembly in 2011. As a member of the Assembly, he has been a strong supporter of labor, and has a 100% voting record on CSEA’s priority bills.

                  As an Assemblyman, he has always had an open door policy. He has always been willing to meet with CSEA members to hear our concerns. Brindisi has been a strong advocate for Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center, working side by side with CSEA members to fight against cuts to the Office of Mental Health.

                  Brindisi will bring a strong voice in Washington on behalf of working men and women.


                  For a full list of CSEA’s endorsements, along with an interactive map of highlighted candidates, please visit our website. Content will be added to this page as it becomes available, so if you want more information on races in your area before they are highlighted in “This Week in Albany,” please visit our site.


                    This Week in Albany

                    Week ending September 28, 2018

                     

                    Kavanaugh Hearing and Vote

                    This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing about sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

                    On Friday afternoon, the day after the hearing, the committee voted to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to the floor. However, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) said that his vote on the floor will be contingent on the FBI conducting an investigation of the allegations.

                    Senator Flake said that he wanted the FBI investigation completed within a week. At this time it is unclear if the White House will ask for an FBI investigation or when a final vote will take place.


                    DiNapoli’s Opponent Loves Janus

                    Jonathan Trichter, who is challenging Comptroller Tom DiNapoli this fall, was asked on a radio program if he thought that the anti-union Janus v AFSCME Supreme Court decision was a good one. Trichter’s response was: “Janus is probably my favorite Supreme Court Decision.”

                    Conversely, Comptroller DiNapoli said on the day of the Janus decision: “Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overriding 40 years of legal precedent is just plain wrong…Labor remains the backbone of the New York and American economy. Unions created our middle class – and are still building it. A strong and united labor movement will preserve employee benefits and retirements, support fair contracts and promote safe working conditions.”

                    Election Spotlight 

                    Over the next six weeks, “This Week in Albany” will be highlighting one or more races in each of CSEA’s six regions.

                    For a full list of CSEA’s endorsements, along with an interactive map of highlighted candidates, please visit our website. Content will be added to this page as it becomes available, so if you want more information on races in your area before they are highlighted in “This Week in Albany,” please visit our site.

                    This week, we start with highlighted races in CSEA Region 6 – Western New York.

                    CSEA Region 6 Election Spotlights

                    For each race, click on the photo of CSEA’s endorsed candidate for a video message directly from the candidate.

                    Not sure what district you’re in? Click here to find out.

                    Congressional District 25


                    CSEA Endorsement
                    Joe Morelle

                    Joe Morelle

                    Click on the photo to hear from Joe Morelle

                    Joe Morelle is a proven leader. He was first elected to the State Assembly in 1991, and has served as Majority Leader since 2013. Throughout his time in public office, Joe Morelle has proven himself to be a friend of CSEA, and has a 100% voting record on CSEA’s priority bills.

                    As the late CSEA Region 6 President Flo Tripi said earlier this year, “We are pleased to announce this endorsement of Joe Morelle for Congress. Joe has been a good friend to labor over his many years in public service. His strong record of delivering results for our community makes him the best choice to continue the legacy of Louise Slaughter.”


                    State Senate District 60

                    CSEA Endorsement
                    Chris Jacobs

                    Click on the photo to hear from Chris Jacobs

                    Throughout his time in public office, Chris Jacobs has been a friend to CSEA. Prior to serving in the senate, he forged a great working relationship with CSEA members in his capacity as Erie County Clerk.

                    As Senator, he rallied with CSEA and gave a keynote address at the First Annual Worker’s Day of Action in Buffalo in February, and voted in favor of legislation to protect the rights of CSEA members from the negative impacts of the Janus v AFSCME decision. He also worked with CSEA to prevent the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center from moving and has a 100% voting record on CSEA’s priority bills.