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 State Executive Branch members:
Complete contract survey
CSEA is requesting state Executive Branch employees (who are covered under the Administrative, Institutional, Operational and Division of Military and Naval Affairs) to complete contract surveys. These surveys will directly assist the CSEA Negotiating Team in formulating proposals in negotiations.
We urge all state employees to log in and update your user account at to ensure we have your most current personal email address on file.
Those state employee members who had previously registered personal emails with us should
have received a survey invitation
in June. Those who have not yet registered accounts on the CSEA website must do so and can then fill out the form at: state-contract-survey to request
a survey link. Note: survey may only be completed once. Please only use personal email addresses. Information about state contract negotiations will not be sent to state email addresses.
For members who do not have the ability to take the survey online, printed copies will be available upon request by calling our State Operations Department at (518) 257-1279.
  CSEA member and Village of Warsaw Police Officer James Yansick, back to camera, administers a field sobriety test to a student actor at a mock car crash scene at Warsaw High School. For more, see Page 14. Photo by Ove Overmyer.
Joey Horsford, longtime Metropolitan Region activist
CSEA persistence leads to DMV oCffice hours change
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  MANHATTAN — CSEA mourns the loss of longtime Metropolitan Region activist Joey Horsford, who passed away on May 19.
a secure care
treatment aide
at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, had served in various CSEA Manhattan Psychiatric Center Local offices, including as local president. Before becoming local president, Horsford had served in local offices alongside former Local President Sam Koroma.
An active member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Horsford had also served as the Metropolitan Region Treasurer for several years.
“Joey was an outstanding young man and truly committed to the union movement,” said CSEA
Metropolitan Region President Lester Crockett. “He was a real friend, someone you could always depend on and someone who was true. On behalf of the CSEA family, we extend our deepest condolences to his family, his co-workers and community.”
When he wasn’t engaged in union activities, he could be seen and heard leading a steel drum band.
A member of the New York Marsicans, Silhouettes and Pan Rebels steel orchestras, Horsford “was an awesome bass player and an even greater person,” according to an article in “When Steel Talks,” an online magazine dedicated
to the genre. “His leadership, organizational skills and know-how are irreplaceable.”
Horsford was also an integral member of Southern Marines Steelband Foundation Steel Orchestra in his native Trinidad.
— David Galarza
Department of Motor Vehicles offices across the state.
The union has been working with DMV on several matters, including implementing new hours at the agency’s offices.
DMV recently informed CSEA that the agency will be implementing new schedules on July 8, 2021. Those schedules have all offices closing at 6 p.m., as opposed to 8 p.m. and all offices will be closed on Saturdays.
“I am pleased to report that as a result of CSEA members’ persistence, coupled with the good work of
local officers, activists, fellow union members and CSEA staff, that DMV heard us and made the change,” said CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan.
“The DMV worker is dedicated
the hours and
mandated Saturday
work was taking an
extreme toll on our
overall well-being,”
said New York City
DMV Unit President
Dawn Destine. “We
look forward to a
better work/life balance. CSEA fought a good fight!”
“DMV is going back to some type of normalcy,” said New York City DMV Unit Vice President Ben Greene. “They took into account the members’ hardships, but also maintain an efficient flow for the customers.”
— David Galarza
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  As this issue of The Work Force went to press, the results of many Local and Unit officer elections had yet to be finalized. Individuals referred to with their union title reflect their current status at the time of publication.
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