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Photo of the Month
Gov. Kathy Hochul, left, recently visited the Dee’s Tots family child care center in New Rochelle. Hochul, pictured here with State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, is seen with Dee’s Tots owner, CSEA/VOICE Local 100A member Deloris Hogan and one of the children in her care. Dee’s Tots, operated by Deloris and Patrick Hogan, also a CSEA/VOICE Local 100A member, is among the child care centers that serves families
in which parents work non-traditional hours, including overnight. Many of the parents work at jobs that are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hochul and Stewart-Cousins visited Dee’s Tots to thank child care workers for their efforts during the pandemic. (Photo provided by Patrick Hogan)
Hochul becomes governor
All members invited to participate in virtual Annual Delegates Meeting
         ALBANY — As this edition was going to press, Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn into office as New York’s governor.
Hochul, who had served as lieutenant governor since 2015, will not only be the state’s first woman governor, but the first one from north of Dutchess County in 99 years.
Born in Buffalo, Hochul has served in elective offices at every level of government, including on the Hamburg Town Board, Erie County Clerk and the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming lieutenant governor.
She has had a longtime relationship with CSEA members,
including addressing the union’s Women’s Conference earlier this year.
“New York has many challenges ahead, and our union looks forward to working with Kathy Hochul as Governor of New York,” said CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan. “We celebrate her status as the first woman to hold this office. She has long supported union members throughout our state and we are confident we can continue building on our relationship, working as partners to improve the lives of workers throughout New York and delivering the vital services New Yorkers depend on.”
ALBANY — Due to ongoing health and safety concerns, and the loss of our planned on-site location in Buffalo, our union will conduct our 111th Annual Delegates Meeting completely virtually on September 27 through October 1.
Because of this all-virtual format, we are opening participation to all union members, not just officers and delegates, and there is no cost to attend!
Our all-new online platform will give attendees the complete experience of a live,
in-person conference
event in our virtual venue, utilizing state-of-the-
art technology that will keep
you involved
and empowered,
and allow more
idea sharing between participants.
As a non-voting convention, our focus will be on leadership and activist education, with our theme
of “Empowering CSEA Leaders.” We will come together virtually for an exciting week of online skill building, solution sharing, networking, and recharging our activist energy. We will hear from inspiring and engaging speakers and learn from subject matter presenters on topics that will make us all better, stronger, more
confident leaders, strengthening our union. Our educational sessions will follow three distinct Leadership/ Activist Training Tracks: New Officers ABCs Workshops; Leadership Workshops; and Activist/Advocate Workshops. We will also present our union’s top activist awards.
Register now, as conference registration closes on September 8. Due to the constraints of our digital platform, there will be no late registrations allowed. You can
get more information and register by visiting our
ADM site at: cseany. org/empowering-
(NOTE: you must have an account and be logged
into our website
to access this page and register). Although
registration is open to everyone, some workshops
will have attendance limits, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Members with questions about registration, or to register by
phone, please call our Central Files Department, at 518-257-1214. You MUST provide a valid personal email address (not employer-provided) to register for the ADM.
— Mark M. Kotzin
2 The Work Force
September 2021
CSEA mourning loss of Henry Owens
INWOOD — CSEA is mourning the loss of Long Island Region member Henry Owens, 67, who passed away July 25 while on the job at Sanitary District No. 1, which serves the Town of Hempstead.
According to local media reports, Owens, who had been employed as
a sanitation worker at the district for about 40 years, was doing sanitation duties during the early morning hours on July 23 when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where he
died two days later.
Deemed a ‘beloved part of the
Sanitary District 1 family who was loved and respected by all,’ the Long Island Herald reported that Owens was a mentor to younger employees.
“He was like a gentle giant,” said Inwood Sanitary District No. 1 Unit President Angelo Aloise. “He was working for the sanitation department when I started and he was like an older brother to me.”
CSEA and PESH are investigating
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