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New Online Ad Campaign Attacks Cuomo’s Discriminatory Education Policy

March 25th, 2015

This morning EffectiveNY released a new online ad called “Every Child”, which attacks Gov. Cuomo for the discriminatory funding of education in New York State.

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Bill Samuels: Cuomo’s Unequal Funding of Schools Punishes Poor Children

New York, NY— In a brutal new online attack ad called “Every Child,” EffectiveNY’s Bill Samuels today came out swinging against Cuomo’s education policy.


March 23rd, 2015
BALCONY releases March 2015 report which includes articles addressing

New York Needs a Viable Minimum Wage
Affordable Housing in New York City and State
New York Needs Major Investment in Infrastructure
Education: A Battle for New York's Students, Schools and Teachers
Protecting Women's Rights
Family Leave Act in New York State
Saving the Social Safety Net
Health Care
Statements from BALCONY Members on Current Issues

Click HERE for the full report: REPORT

Women's History Awards

March 17th, 2015
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Friday, March 27, 2015; 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

at the

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Karen Magee, President New York State United Teachers
Ruthie David, President & Founder Ruthie Davis
Susan Lee, Founder Camp Broadway
Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President

Why Tenure Matters, And Not Just for Teachers

March 12th, 2015
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In his 2015 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo, speaking about the challenges facing New York’s public schools, attacked Teacher tenure, claiming that it protects ineffective educators from being fired. To me this seemed like classic scapegoating, but to my surprise, many of my colleagues in the business community echoed similar views.

Paid leave will strengthen families, businesses and state

March 12th, 2015

By State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Commentary

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently declared that there is "no appetite" for paid family leave in Albany. On the contrary: Albany, and all of New York, is hungry for the strong economy, strong families, and strong businesses that paid family leave would bring to our state.

It's not just Albany. Our president is hungry for paid family leave. President Barack Obama made it a key issue in his State of the Union address, hoping to turn the tide on America's sorry reputation as "the only advanced country on Earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers." He directed federal agencies to provide paid leave, and proposed a fund for states choosing to launch local paid leave programs.

DiNapoli Headlines BALCONY Discussion of the New York Economy

March 11th, 2015

City and State: Why Tenure Matters

March 10th, 2015
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Why Tenure Matters

CynthiaDiBartoloSM By Cynthia DiBartolo, CEO, Tigress Financial Partners

(3.9.2015, New York, NY) In his 2015 State of the State address Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking about the challenges facing New York’s public schools, attacked teacher tenure, claiming that it protects ineffective educators from being fired. To me this seemed like classic scapegoating, but to my surprise, many of my colleagues in the business community echoed similar views.

Why Tenure Matters

March 10th, 2015

Cynthia DiBartolo, CEO, Tigress Financial Partners

In his 2015 State of the State address Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking about the challenges facing New York’s public schools, attacked teacher tenure, claiming that it protects ineffective educators from being fired. To me this seemed like classic scapegoating, but to my surprise, many of my colleagues in the business community echoed similar views.
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Leaked Investor Chapter of TPP Worse than Imagined

March 26th, 2015
Washington, D.C. -- Following is a statement by Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen:

“The 56 pages of the Investor chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are worse than imagined and must be a wake up call for our nation. Amazingly, this chapter is sealed for four years after either adoption or rejection of the TPP. Everything we read and learn makes “Fast Track” authority unimaginable. It’s secrecy on top of secrecy.

March 25th, 2015

Every year, the Medicare Rights Center helps thousands of individuals navigate the complicated Medicare Part D appeals process.

Because the process is the equivalent of a nonsensical maze, it leaves beneficiaries confused, frustrated, and unable to adhere to prescribed treatment plans. It's no wonder that less than 17% of Medicare beneficiaries appealed a plan's denial in 2013.

Call on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to immediately implement reforms to help people with Medicare better navigate Part D denials and appeals.

Reformers are Selling Snake Oil

March 19th, 2015

By Michael Mulgrew, President of the United Federation of Teachers

NY Daily News, Thursday, March 19, 2015

In 19th century America, so called “medicine shows” toured rural areas, combining entertainment acts with hucksters pitching pills, powders and potions that promised cures for everything from baldness to cancer despite any evidence any of it worked.
Today’s advocates of “school reform” are doing much the same, pedling nostrums they promise will somehow solve the problems in our schools – many of them highlighted in the Daily News series – even though serious research demonstrates that these strategies don’t work.

Briefing on Mayor deBlasio’s Preliminary FY 2016 NYC Budget: Addressing Needs and Budgeting Cautiously as the Recovery Progresses

March 11th, 2015

March 10, 2015.

FPI’s FY 2016 New York City budget briefing includes:

An overview of the Mayor’s Preliminary FY 2016 Budget proposal, with a particular focus on new human services spending initiatives in the context of changes in human services spending in recent years.

The social and economic context in New York City at the beginning of 2015: the unevenness of the recovery and wage, income and employment trends. The presentation will review the extent and persistence of low wages in the social services contract sector and discuss changes needed to raise wages in that sector.

The impact on New York City and its budget of the Governor’s proposed 2015-2016 Executive Budget.

Highlights of FPI’s recent report on NYC tax trends and discuss priorities for NYC tax reform.

PDF of Budget Briefing

March 11th, 2015

Contact: Darcy Wells – 518‐436‐8516 x. 240

Manhattan, NY – At a meeting of the federation's Executive Council today, Thursday, March 5, 2015, the New York State AFL‐CIO unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the Executive Budget proposal in S2010/A3010 on education reform and called on the Governor to remove it from the state budget.
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House Passes Bill Changing Medicare Fee Formula and Extending Children’s Insurance

March 26th, 2015
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The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system on Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011.

The measure, which would establish a new formula for paying doctors and end a problem that has bedeviled the nation’s health care system for more than a decade, has already been blessed by President Obama, and awaits a vote in the Senate. The bill would also increase premiums for some higher income beneficiaries and extend a popular health insurance program for children.

New Report Weighs the Evidence for Diabetes Prevention Programs

March 25th, 2015

New Report:

"The Effectiveness of Diabetes Prevention Programs in Community Settings"

It is estimated that 86 million Americans (more than 1 out of 3 adults) have prediabetes, a condition that puts them at high risk for developing diabetes and its complications. While some risk factors for developing diabetes cannot be changed, research studies have shown that preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes can be achieved through lifestyle interventions that help participants change their eating and exercise habits to lose weight.

But is there enough evidence that these interventions can work in community-based settings, especially for those at highest risk for diabetes such as racial and ethnic minorities? If community-based diabetes prevention programs do show promise for reducing participants' risk of diabetes, how successful are these interventions in the long run? What are the program costs?

A University of Chicago report, supported by NYSHealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, identifies the full range of studies of existing community-based diabetes prevention programs; assesses the effectiveness of these programs for populations at highest risk for developing diabetes, including racial and ethnic minorities; and examines the implementation and ongoing costs of running these programs, especially compared with medication management programs.

FPI: narrative side-by-side comparison of the differing provisions on Education

March 24th, 2015

Education programs from pre-kindergarten to higher education are a major focus of this year's budget. We at the Fiscal Policy Institute recognize the critical need for additional state support for our schools.

In an attempt to look at where the Governor, Senate and Assembly stand on this critical issue we are releasing this narrative/side-by-side comparison of the differing provisions on Education. We thought it might help you gain a better understanding of where the debate is at currently.

If you have any questions about about any budget or economic policy issues, please contact us by telephone at 518-786-3156 or by e-mail at For more information on FPI and its work, and for copies of all of FPI’s publications, please visit our website at

Poll: 56 percent of New Yorkers want ed reform handled apart from budget

March 24th, 2015

By Denise Jewell Gee

More than half of New Yorkers polled by Siena College Research Institute last week thought Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education reform efforts should not be part of the coming state budget negotiations.

Does No Child Left Behind's Testing Regime Work?

March 17th, 2015

Members of Congress have been plugging away recently at reauthorizing No Child Left Behind, the 2002 version of the landmark 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which technically expired in 2007. House Republicans last month planned to bring a reauthorization bill to the floor, but pulled it at the last moment due to concerns from more conservative members and organizations. In the Senate, meanwhile, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, respectively, said they will bring a bipartisan bill before their committee for a vote by mid-April. "During the last several weeks we have been working together to build the base for legislation to fix the problems with No Child Left Behind. We are making significant progress in our negotiations," the duo said in a statement.
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