CSEA’s Memos on the 2018 NYS Budget Proposal

Here are PDF versions of CSEA’s memos on the 2018 New York State Budget Proposal.

Opposition to reduction of 400 Office of Mental Health Inpatient Beds:

OMH Budget Memo

Opposition to the closure of Ella McQueen:

Ella McQueen Budget Memo

Opposition to Medicare Part B Cap and IRMAA:

Medicare Budget Memo

Opposition to expansion of Design-Build:

Design-Build Oppose Memo

Opposition to Division of Budget “Superpowers”:

DOB Superpowers Budget Memo

Opposition to permanent shared service panel reporting:

Shared Services Budget Memo

Opposition to the elimination of the SUNY Hospital operating subsudy:

SUNY Subsidy Budget Memo

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      December 2017

        • Dec. 23, 2017 Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on the passing of Jerome Lefkowitz

      September 2017

        • Sept. 28, 2017 Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on Janus v. AFSCME

      August 2017

      June 2017

        • June 20, 2017 Governor Cuomo announces five-year contract agreement with CSEA

      March 2017

      January 2017

        • Jan. 18, 2017 CSEA President Danny Donohue slams Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 state budget proposal

      Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on the passing of Jerome Lefkowitz

      “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that CSEA mourns the loss of Jerome “Jerry” Lefkowitz, former CSEA deputy counsel and state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) chairperson.

      Jerry had a long, distinguished career as an advocate for labor and public employees. He was a driving force behind the 1967 Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act, commonly known as the Taylor Law. This law gave New York’s public employees the right to negotiate fair wages, strong health benefits and workplace protections.

      As a key member of the commission that drafted the law, Jerry’s contribution to its development and the protections it offers cannot be overstated. After the Taylor Law was enacted, Jerry was employed as deputy chairperson of PERB, the state agency that administers the law. He served in that position for 19 years before joining CSEA in 1987.

      Jerry was a valued colleague, a champion of labor and a dear friend to us at CSEA and to working people everywhere. He will be deeply missed.

      In 2007, Jerry left CSEA after he was appointed as chairperson of PERB. His tenure at the agency was marked by fairness, balance and neutral application of the very laws he helped craft.

      We at CSEA extend our most heartfelt condolences to Jerry’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

      Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on Janus v. AFSCME

      ALBANY — “It’s no surprise that the Supreme Court has announced it will hear the case of Janus v. AFSCME. This case is nothing more than a crusade to weaken unions by people with a lot of money. Their goal remains taking away rights, benefits and pay from hardworking Americans.

      Regardless of this case, CSEA members will do what we have always done: have conversations about what it means to stand together. If the Supreme Court decides to change 40 years of their own precedent, we will work that much harder to make sure working people have the freedom to negotiate for everything they deserve so they can continue to provide for their families.

      Janus aims to take away the freedom of – and opportunity for – working people to join together in strong unions to speak up for themselves, their families and their communities. CSEA has played a critical role in building and protecting the working families in New York. CSEA provides hardworking people economic stability for their families and give them the tools to build a good life, home and education for themselves and their children. We are committed to continuing to stand strong on behalf of all working people.”


      Aug. 9, 2017
      CSEA members ratify five-year state contract

      ALBANY— CSEA-represented state Executive Branch employees have ratified a comprehensive contract agreement with New York state. Each of CSEA’s four bargaining units (Administrative, Institutional, Operational and Division of Military and Naval Affairs) individually approved the agreement.

      “CSEA’s negotiating team worked tirelessly to secure a well-rounded agreement that provides hard-earned cost-of-living increases while keeping health insurance expenses reasonable for working families,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “This contract is the product of members negotiating as a team for what is fair, and it recognizes the exceptional value of our members’ innumerable contributions across the state. Our dedicated public-sector employees are the often-unrecognized backbone of our communities.”

      The five-year agreement includes the following provisions:

      • Yearly 2 percent wage increases (with retroactive pay)
      • Improvements to the longevity payment structure
      • Modest increases in health insurance co-payments
      • Double-time overtime pay in the Offices of Mental Health and People with Developmental Disabilities to control the excessive mandated overtime rampant in that sector.

      The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) is the largest public-sector union in New York, representing more than 60,000 state employees. CSEA’s members come from all walks of life and provide skilled, valuable support to the public, including road maintenance and construction services, waste management, transportation, school district administrative support, mental health services, probation and public safety services and so much more. CSEA’s role is to give workers a voice on the job, ensuring fair and safe work practices for working people across all of New York.


      June 20, 2017
      Governor Cuomo announces five-year contract agreement with CSEA

      ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his administration has reached a five-year contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association. CSEA represents over 60,000 state government employees across New York.

      “The contract agreement reached today is a major step forward for the state and the thousands of public servants who work tirelessly each and every day to make New York the strong leader that it is,” Governor Cuomo said. “This agreement is fair for taxpayers and fair for our work force, and will keep New York moving forward for years to come. I thank everyone who made this contract agreement possible and I look forward to our continued work together.”

      “CSEA and the Governor’s administration worked to produce a tentative agreement that is fair to public service workers and taxpayers alike. We held the line, in a very tough environment, in order to provide a comprehensive health insurance program that protects working families across the state, and pay increases that help working families keep up with the rising cost of living,” CSEA President Danny Donohue said. “It is an agreement earned through tenacity and hard work, which provides long-term stability for workers and the daily operations of our state. We are very proud to have reached this point for our members who often go unrecognized for the contributions they make in our communities every day.”

      The contract must now be approved and ratified by CSEA membership, and authorizing legislation is expected to be passed before the end of the legislative session.


      March 16, 2017
      CSEA members help New York weather the storm

      ALBANY — On March 14, 2017, Winter Storm Stella dumped more than two feet of snow on much of New York state, leading to blizzard conditions, as well as record-breaking snowfall in parts of the state.

      While many New Yorkers were home safe and warm, CSEA members employed by the state Department of Transportation, county and municipal highway and public works departments and numerous health, human services, emergency responder and corrections agencies were on the job providing vital services.

      In the days before the storm, CSEA members prepared for the snowfall by pre-treating roads, and ensuring adequate supplies of items such as salt solution, highway vehicles and sandbags were ready for action.

      As the storm hit, CSEA members worked tirelessly at clearing the blinding snow and treating the roads, clearing the way for emergency vehicles and other CSEA members to get to the jobs that provide essential services for all of New York.

      “While we can’t control the weather, we can do all we can to support the state Department of Transportation and local government workers whose efforts before, during and after the storm not only quickly got our roads back to normal, but helped keep our communities safe,” CSEA President Danny Donohue said. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of ALL the services that our members provide during storms like this. They literally go into the eye of the storm to keep their neighbors safe. Please join me in thanking our workers who sacrifice time with their families to go out into extreme weather to serve all of us.”


      Jan. 18, 2017
      CSEA President Danny Donohue slams Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 state budget proposal

      ALBANY — “The governor’s proposed budget for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shows a reckless disregard for existing clients and the state work force trying to care for them. Governor Cuomo thumbs his nose at the state work force and tells them to do more with less – again. At the same time, the waiting list for services continues to grow, with more than 11,000 families waiting in need of services. Families in need don’t care about a $70 million gondola ride at the state fair. They care about services for their loved ones,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue.

      More than 4,300 positions have been lost since 2008, forcing nearly a decade of mandatory overtime, with an all-time high of more than 45 percent of OPWDD employees working overtime.

      According to the New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s 2016 New York State Agencies’ Use of Overtime report, between 2007 and 2015, overtime totaled more than $4.8 billion, with 2015 expenditures alone reaching $716 million.

      The governor’s 2017-18-budget proposal outlines hundreds more jobs lost in mental health services, exacerbating the problem.

      “On top of this breakdown, state mental health services have shifted, along with the blame and cost, placing a burden on local governments – the very same local governments the governor is trying to reduce and control. Municipalities have already done whatever is necessary to meet service demands in the face of zero growth budgets, a .68 percent tax cap and an incentivized tax freeze. The idea that New York’s high taxes are due to excess municipal spending is just misleading and not based in reality,” Donohue said.

      As options run out, all that is left to cut is vital services such as emergency response or child protective services or consolidating governments, which residents have already indicated they do not want.

      “At a time when the governor seems to have an endless flow of dollars to failed economic development programs like START-UP NEW YORK (now renamed the Excelsior Business Program) the legislature shouldn’t be complicit in this reckless budget,” said Donohue.


      Rally for workers’ rights in NYC on Feb. 24

      The Janus v. AFSCME case will soon be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling in this case, expected later this year, is predicted to have an immediate impact on us as unionists.

      Please join us in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 for a rally in Foley Square. We’ll gather with other brothers and sisters from other unions, as well as CSEA activists from other regions across the state. This is an important show of solidarity in the face of unrelenting attacks on labor.

      We have a bus traveling to the rally from the Southern Region, which will pick up CSEA passengers in Pomona at 9 a.m. and White Plains at 9:20 a.m. before heading to New York City. The bus will depart Foley Square at 4 p.m. for the return trip. A second bus traveling from Albany will make a stop at the Newburgh Mall. That bus is scheduled to pick up members in Newburgh at 9 a.m and depart Foley Square at 3 p.m.

      Download printable fliers here for the Pomona and White Plains bus and for the Newburgh bus.

      For more info or to sign up, call Political Action Coordinator Chris Ludlow at (845) 831-1000.

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          PEOPLE Recruiters

          As a PEOPLE recruiter, you are on the front lines when giving information to other members about our legislative and political action activities.

          The 2017 PEOPLE Plan is in full swing. The summer months are full of opportunities to recruit new PEOPLE members. Many locals and units have picnics and other events that bring members out that don’t normally go to membership meetings.

          The current number of new PEOPLE members for the the week ending August 18, 2017:Week Ending 8.18.17




          There is quite a bit of information available to you as a recruiter to help in your efforts. If you are in need of materials for recruitment just fill out the PEOPLE MERCHANDISE CHECKLIST and either fax it to the CSEA Political Action Department at 518-257-1161 or email a copy to: PEOPLE@cseainc.org.

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            Become a PEOPLE Recruiter!

            Our recruiters are who we rely on to make the PEOPLE Program Strong.  We currently have approximately 90 active recruiters across New York State who are helping to spread the word and have their brothers and sisters in CSEA join the PEOPLE Program.

            There are benefits to being a recruiter for CSEA, first and foremost you are helping to educate our membership on important issues that affect their livelihood and that of their families. CSEA members who assist in PEOPLE recruitment will start earning cash rewards. You must sign up a minimum of 25 MVP members to collect the cash rewards. CSEA members who sign up another member to donate to PEOPLE will earn the following:

            • Recruit a member to donate $50 – earn $2
            • Recruit an MVP PEOPLE member to donate $100 – earn $12
            • Earn $12 for having a member increase his or her current membership to the MVP level.
            • Earn $12 for a member increasing to any one of the Champion Levels.

            CSEA members are able to accumulate the cash rewards from year to year. Please contact the Statewide PEOPLE Coordinator by email or by phone 1-800-342-4146, Extension 1404.

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              State government workshop open for registration

              The State Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop is now open for registration. In this session, activists will learn how to properly represent members in the disciplinary process.


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                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

                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


                  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.