This Week in Albany

Week ending May 17, 2019

Legislative Update

Several of CSEA’s priority bills advanced in the legislature this week. These bills include:
(click on the bill # to see CSEA’s support memo)

  • S.5291 – Gounardes / A.7248 – Abbate: This bill would create a statewide standard for bumping, retreating, and rehiring rights for non-competitive and labor class employees in the state and local governments. Moved to the Floor in the Senate and Assembly
  • S.4524B – Kennedy / A.4950B – Magnarelli: This bill would establish a statewide demonstration program to allow for the use of school bus safety cameras to capture vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses and establish penalties for drivers that do so.  Passed Both Houses
  • S.5315 – Carlucci / A.7199 – Gunther: This bill would require the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to give 90-days notice prior to suspending services at a State-operated Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA). Moved to the Floor in the Senate
  • S.5162 – Stavisky: This bill would allow pharmacy technicians in a hospital setting to assist a licensed pharmacist in the preparation and dispensing of drugs. This bill will allow pharmacy technicians to continue to do work they have done for years after a Department of Education decision called this ability into question. Moved to the Floor in the Senate 

NYS Common Retirement Fund Growth

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced that the New York State Common Retirement Fund grew in Fiscal Year 2019 to a value of $210.2 billion. It continues to be one of the best funded and best managed systems in the country.

School Elections

May 21st is an important, though often overlooked Election Day. On Tuesday, voters will be able to vote on their school district budgets and on candidates for school board. Voting hours vary by district, so check with your region’s Political Action Coordinator for more information and to see if CSEA endorsed any candidates in your local school board races.

At a Glance

The legislature will be in session for three days next week. There are 16 scheduled session days remaining in the 2019 legislative session.