This Week in Albany

Week ending May 20, 2016

Legislative Update

End of Session

There are only 12 days remaining in the 2016 legislative session.

Many major agenda items were addressed in the budget his year, but some of the outstanding issues that may be discussed over the next month include pension forfeiture for public officials convicted of a crime, extending Mayoral control of New York City Schools, and tax credits for housing developers.

While CSEA was able to accomplish a great deal in the budget, we will be advocating for a number of bills to benefit our members before the end of session. Please visit the Legislative & Political Action Department’s website for more information.

Pension Credit for Veterans

For the third consecutive year, both houses of the legislature have passed a bill that would remove existing limitations and allow public employees to purchase up to three years of pension credit for their military service.

Governor Cuomo has vetoed the legislation each of the past two years.

Elections

Amid a record low tax levy cap, nearly 99% of school district budgets were approved by voters this week. Thank you to everyone who voted to support our schools.

The last day to register to vote for the June 28th Congressional Primary Election is June 3. Download a voter registration form here.

Support Striking Workers

CSEA stands with our CWA and IBEW brothers and sisters striking against Verizon. As hard-working union members, we must stand together against the corporate greed that seeks to bring us all down.

Visit standuptoverizon.com to see what you can do to stand with our brothers and sisters and find an event near you for tomorrow’s Kids & Families Day of Action.