Office of Mental Health (OMH)
The Executive Budget proposes to close Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center and allow for other significant reductions in service, including the elimination of 200 State-operated inpatient beds and an additional 100 State Operated Community Residences (SOCR) beds.
These proposals continue the State’s years-long effort to decrease capacity and bring down State-operated mental health services and need to be rejected by the legislature.
Office of Children and Family Services
The Governor has proposed to close four OCFS juvenile justice facilities. OCFS has not presented any plan on where the youths would be transferred, would leave huge regions of our state without any facilities, and could lead to loss of employment for workers. Send a letter to your member of the Senate and Assembly opposing these closures.
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)
The Executive Budget calls for the closure of an unspecified number of State prisons with only 90-days’ notice and provides this authority for the next two State Fiscal Years.
The legislature should not grant the Governor unfettered authority to close additional correctional facilities in any part of the state without one-year notice and a true assessment of future needs.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Workers at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) need our help. Whether working for the State or for a county clerk handling DMV transactions, these workers are constantly interacting with the public. Unfortunately, this often means dealing with irate customers or worse.
It is not uncommon for DMV workers to be threatened or assaulted, Motor Vehicle License Examiners (MVLE) have even been kidnapped after a road test.
We must do better to protect these workers.
CSEA supports provisions contained in the Executive Budget that would increase penalties for assaulting a DMV worker (either State or county). CSEA also continues to encourage the State to develop an electronic notification system of road test results to better protect MVLEs and other workers.
The budget proposes to permit virtual arraignments statewide. Currently, only certain counties have this authority independent of the COVID pandemic. In addition, virtual appearances are permitted for hearings on felony complaints until April 30 of this year in response to the COVID pandemic.
CSEA understands the need for these expanded provisions in response to COVID, but we have concerns about their broad expansion beyond the pandemic. Any expansion of these provisions should be limited to the duration of the pandemic, and their impact on the workforce in our courts should be examined.
The Executive Budget proposes significant cuts in State aid to cities, towns, and villages. The budget would eliminate state payments to towns and villages through the Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) program and cut county support to these municipalities by 20%. It would also cut AIM payments to cities by between 2.5% and 20%. The budget also proposes to eliminate funding to localities that host a Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) facility, except for the City of Yonkers.
If local governments aren’t kept whole, services and jobs will be eliminated. Public employees are also taxpayers, consumers, and supporters of local businesses. Forcing local governments into a position where they have to lay off employees will only further delay our state’s recovery.
Work Zone Safety
Working on or near roads is one of the most dangerous environments workers face. In addition to the number of hazards of the work itself, workers are forced to grapple with reckless and unsafe drivers who endanger hundreds of New Yorkers each year. This problem is only getting worse. It is time for New York to protect our workers, improve safety in highway work zones, and curb unsafe driving behavior.
A work zone speed camera program makes sense for New York as a way to make our roads safer for workers and drivers alike, and to ensure that the dedicated CSEA members that make our roads safe for travel get to go home safe at the end of the day.
Whether delivering meals or instructional materials, or simply maintaining operations during shutdowns, transportation departments at many school districts have continued to work throughout the pandemic.
The 2021-22 Executive Budget proposal ensures that districts will receive aid for some of these services during the 2019-20 school year. However, at the same time, the budget would reduce overall transportation aid and leave some costs unaddressed both for 2020 and moving forward.
Save Our Canals
CSEA members proudly operate and maintain our Canal System, which after over 200 years remains a remarkable commercial and recreational asset for New York.
A proposal has been added to the 2021-22 Executive Budget proposal that would establish a new entity with overly broad authority to “revitalize” the canal system, including the authority to enter into public-private partnerships.
CSEA strongly opposes any efforts to allow the canals to be sold off to private developers.
Civil Service Credit Equity
Under New York State law, veterans and disabled veterans can receive additional points on civil service exams in recognition of their service. Unfortunately, these benefits are currently limited to veterans that served in specific times and theatres of war. Ask the legislature to ensure that all veterans who honorably served our country be recognized for their service.
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Support Probation Officers
Probation officers play a vital role in keeping our communities safe. While facing many of the same risks and threats as other law enforcement personnel, Probation officers are not eligible for the same medical and wage protections that other law enforcement and first responders are entitled to. This bill would allow, at local option, counties to offer full pay and benefits for county probation officers who are injured on the job.
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