This Week in Albany

Week ending November 8, 2019

Election Results

CSEA members worked tirelessly the last several months on Local Government elections. This week’s results justified their efforts with victories in many key races throughout the State.

In Monroe County, CSEA members worked for months to elect Adam Bello as the new County Executive. In his acceptance speech, Adam acknowledged CSEA and thanked members for their hard work. This brings an end to the Dinolfo administration that ignored the CSEA workforce and actively encouraged members to quit their union. CSEA looks forward to forging a strong working relationship with Adam.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro was also successful in his re-election campaign. Throughout his campaign, Marc stressed the collaborate partnership with CSEA as key to the continued shared success of Dutchess County. Also in Dutchess County, CSEA member and highway dept. employee of 29 years, Michael Sheehan was successful in his election as Highway Superintendent. This is great news as the previous superintendent flat out ignored provisions in our contract.

After years of battling Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, CSEA was pleased to work side by side with Ryan McMahon since he was appointed to replace Mahoney last year. CSEA fought hard to help elect McMahon to a full term as executive.

In the Town of Hempstead, Town Supervisor Gillen sued CSEA over a no-layoff agreement we had with her predecessor. The town’s Receiver of Taxes, Donald Clavin publicly stood up with CSEA against Gillen’s actions. CSEA stood with Clavin and helped defeat Gillen to become Hempstead’s new Town Supervisor. Gillen has yet to concede but we are confident that Clavin pulled this off.

CSEA endorsed over 300 local government candidates this year. Our members worked hard for our endorsed candidates and showed the strength and power of CSEA when member’s volunteer and vote.

More detailed reports from the various regions can be found at cseany.org/vote.

Salute to Our Veterans

CSEA thanks those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The men and women who risk their lives as a duty to our nation deserve our recognition and respect.

During the 2019 state legislative session, CSEA successfully advocated for legislation (A.1093B – Paulin / S.5285A – Brooks) that would allow local governments to provide public employees that are combat veterans with paid time off to obtain health care services relating to their military service. State employees are already entitled to this benefit.

This bill passed both houses of the legislature, and we need your help to make sure the Governor knows how important this legislation is to our veterans.

Please click here to read CSEA’s memorandum in support of this legislation and then call the Governor’s office at 518-474-8390 and urge him to sign A.1093B into law.

TWIA Schedule Update 

After this week, “This Week in Albany” will be hitting your inbox every other week through the holiday season. We will resume our weekly updates after the New Year.