This Week in Albany

Legislative Update

Legislation strongly supported by CSEA continues to work its way through the legislature. Among bills that moved this week were:

Click on the bill numbers to CSEA’s memo in support of the bill

  • 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. Passed Senate
  • A.264B – Cahill / S.3171A – Krueger: This bill would establish protections against excessive hospital emergency charges. Reported out of the Assembly Insurance Committee to the Codes Committee
  • A.1093A – Paulin / S.5285A – Brooks: This bill would grant local government employees that are veterans with additional leave time for health services relating to their service. State employees received this benefit in April 2019. Reported out of the Assembly Governmental Operations Committee to the Ways & Means Committee 
  • A.7476 – Magnarelli / S.5445 – Skoufis: This bill would expand the oversight authority of the Office of the State Comptroller to include private organizations controlled by local government entities. This would increase transparency and accountability for entities like local development corporations (LDCs) that local governments are increasingly using to finance their day-to-day operations. Reported out of the Assembly Codes Committee to the Ways & Means Committee / Reported out of the Senate Local Government Committee to the Floor
  • S.5772 – Carlucci: This bill would require a written report to the legislature one year prior to closing an OMH, OPWDD, or OCFS facility. Reported out of the Senate Mental Health Committee to the Senate Floor.

School District Elections

Schools throughout the state held votes on their annual budgets and elected candidates to their school boards this week. Across the state, roughly 98% of the 576 school district budgets on the ballot passed. Eight of the ten budgets that were defeated sought to override the property tax cap.

While easily overlooked, these elections impact tens of thousands of CSEA members who work in our schools. Working through their CSEA Political Action Committees, many school district locals/units endorsed school board candidates and budgets they felt would best serve their interests. With your support and votes, CSEA-endorsed candidates were very successful on Tuesday.

Thank you to all CSEA members that voted in these important elections.

At a Glance

The legislature will be in session for only two days next week following the Memorial Day holiday. There are only 13 scheduled session days remaining in the 2019 legislative session.

CSEA will be testifying at a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Health committees on a proposal to establish a single-payer healthcare system in New York on May 28th. CSEA opposes this proposal. Our testimony will be made available in next week’s “This Week in Albany.”

Memorial Day

While Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of the summer season for many, it is important that we remember the significance of Memorial Day. CSEA recognizes the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in service of our country so that we may enjoy our freedoms.

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday weekend.