This Week in Albany

Week ending October 11, 2019

Legislative Update

The state legislature has released its calendar for the 2020 legislative session.

As expected, the session is scheduled to end earlier than previous years due to a change in the primary election schedule. The Congressional, state, and local primaries will all be held on June 23, 2020. Previously, state and local primaries were held in September. The Presidential Primary will be held on April 28.

The legislature is scheduled to be in session in Albany for 57 days in 2020, four fewer days than in 2019. The session is scheduled to begin on January 8 and end on June 2.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey Won’t Run

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17) announced this week that she will not seek re-election . Lowey, who has served in Congress since 1989, is currently the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee. She is expected to serve out the remainder of her term.

Social Security COLA

The Social Security Administration announced this week that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will receive a 1.6% cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for 2020. This increase equals an increase of about $23 per month for the average recipient. The increase is lower than those of the previous two years.

Election Spotlight – Town of Hempstead

Office: Town Supervisor
Municipality: Town of Hempstead
# of CSEA Members: 11,989

CSEA has endorsed Donald Clavin for Town of Hempstead Supervisor. As the Tax Receiver since 2001, Don has earned the trust and respect of the employees that work directly with him. Don publicly stood with members when Supervisor Gillen sued CSEA over a no-layoff agreement with the previous administration. Don will fight for CSEA members if elected supervisor, but he needs your support. To join other CSEA volunteers helping with his campaign, contact Region 1 Political Coordinator Sue Castle at (631) 462-0030.

For a list of all CSEA endorsed candidates and information on Early Voting, visit