This Week in Albany

Week ending October 20, 2017

Shared Services Plans

County-wide shared service plans were finalized this week and presented to the public. Thirty-four counties submitted a plan this year, while 23 counties will wait until next year to submit a plan.

Thanks to the hard work and advocacy of CSEA members, the potential negative impacts of this new shared services program were severely blunted in the 2017-18 state budget and throughout the process of developing the plans. As it stands, local services and jobs will be largely protected from misguided attempts to save a few dollars on the backs of workers and the services they provide.

 

Special Session? Not so Fast

Assembly Democrats were in Albany this week to conference and discuss several outstanding legislative issues.

After the conference, Speaker Carl Heastie cast doubt on the need for a special session this year barring a major policy action by the federal government. Governor Cuomo has been pushing for a special session in recent weeks to address a variety of outstanding issues, from federal healthcare funds to local water infrastructure.

Speaker Heastie also reiterated his opposition to holding a constitutional convention.

 

Federal Health Care

CSEA President Danny Donohue wrote a letter to the New York Congressional Delegation calling on members of Congress to protect New York patients and providers from damaging health care cuts.

Specifically, President Donohue asked the Congressional delegation to restore reductions to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment reductions, fund Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction payments, and reauthorize the Health Centers Fund.

The full letter can be found on our website.

Due to the federal DSH cuts, public hospitals throughout the state face significant cuts:

  • Westchester Medical Center is facing a cut of $74 million;
  • Nassau University Medical Center is facing a cut of $56 million;
  • Erie County Medical Center is facing a cut of $29 million; and
  • SUNY hospitals are facing a cut of $174 million.

Congress must work to restore these devastating cuts to public hospital services.

 

Elections

For a full list of CSEA’s endorsements, visit our website.

To find out how you can help this election season, please contact your region’s Political Action Coordinator:

 

Long Island Region 1:

Sue Castle (631) 462 – 0030


Metropolitan Region 2:

Matthew D’Amico (212) 406 – 2156


Southern Region 3:

Chris Ludlow (845) 831 – 1000


Capital Region 4:

Bill Gustafson (518) 782 – 4400


Central Region 5:

Josh Schick (315) 433 – 0050


Western Region 6:

Chris Rackl (716) 691 – 6555

 

Election Spotlight – Westchester County

CSEA has endorsed George Latimer for Westchester County Executive. Click here to learn more about that race and the candidates involved.

 

Con Con Fact

The last constitutional convention wasted millions of dollars and resulted in voters rejecting all proposed amendments.