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BALCONY’s 2014 Golf Outing, October 17, 2014

October 20th, 2014
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NEW YORK – Early Friday morning, October 17, 2014, representatives of business, labor, and the non-profit sector, gathered at the New York Country Club in New Hempstead, to participate in the Business and Labor Coalition of New York’s annual golf outing.

NYSUT Allowed to Intervene in Tenure Case

October 14th, 2014
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State Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo has granted a motion by the New York State United Teachers to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's tenure law.

AQE Is Setting the Record Straight on School Funding

October 10th, 2014
Report Finds State Democrats Fought and Won More Aid for Schools Tell Senator Skelos to Stop Republican Claims that They are the Champions for Schools AQE is setting the record straight on upstate school funding aid. Senate Republicans have been caught sending campaign flyers to voters claiming to deliver school aid funding. The mailings also imply that Senate Democrats are ignoring the needs of upstate schools.

Hundreds of Capital Region RNs Rally at Historic 3-Facility Picket

October 10th, 2014
October 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm Hundreds of Capital Region NYSNA nurses rallied yesterday in our communities for fair contracts that protect patient care at our first-ever, multi-facility picket at Ellis Medicine and Bellevue Woman’s Center in Schenectady, and Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. Contract talks have been stalled at these facilities as hospital administrators, who won't accept our proposals that include important patient care protections like safe staffing guidelines and our platform to keep and attract nurses to care for patients, refuse to do what’s right for patient care.

Greater NY Chamber Offers Brand Protection & Dot NYC Domains at Rock Bottom Prices

October 10th, 2014
NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dot NYC, The Internet's newest domain extension goes on sale to the general public on October 8. All individuals & businesses with a physical address in New York City are now eligible to purchase a new .NYC domain name at rock bottom prices from the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce registrar partner at www.encirca.com/nyc.

Lawsuit: State Education Department's ban on discussing tests violates free speech

October 9th, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. Oct. 9, 2014 - New York State United Teachers has filed suit in federal court seeking to invalidate confidentiality agreements the State Education Department requires teachers to sign before scoring state tests, saying the prohibition - with its accompanying threats of discipline, including dismissal, license revocation and criminal prosecution - is an unconstitutional prior restraint on teachers' free speech rights.

BALCONY 2014 GOLF OUTING -- Just around the turn!

October 1st, 2014


October 17, 2014

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COMPTROLLER STRINGER ANALYSIS OF CITYWIDE HOUSING CONDITIONS SHOWS RAPIDLY DETERIORATING HOUSING AT NYCHA

September 16th, 2014


While much of New York City’s housing stock remains in good condition and asset values have increased, significant pockets of our City’s housing are deteriorating. We still have much work to do to ensure that every New Yorker has a safe place to call home. My new report “How New York Lives” shows that there are great disparities between public housing and market rate apartment maintenance efforts. Policymakers and the public must maintain pressure on all levels of government, especially the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency responsible for NYCHA, to bring our city’s affordable housing stock back into good repair.
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Press Release: Royal Jets Supports NYC Business Community

October 20th, 2014

NYSUT Allowed to Intervene in Tenure Case

October 14th, 2014
leg. gazette

State Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo has granted a motion by the New York State United Teachers to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's tenure law.

Second-class employees

February 26th, 2014


Our opinion: Creating a pay commission for the state’s management confidential employees is a matter of simple fairness.

For nearly five years, the state’s non-unionized management-confidential employees have been caught in financial limbo — their pay frozen even as co-workers received raises, with no clear end in sight.

What the Cuomo administration calls a thaw came this week with the announcement of step and longevity increases that were due almost a year ago. These aren’t broad-based raises, and affect only about 3,200 of the 8,900 M

Cs, as they’re known in government shorthand.

Nor does this resolve the underlying unfairness: asking one group of employees to help balance the budget while their co-workers get raises.

School pension costs are set to rise 7.8 percent

February 7th, 2014
School pension costs are set to rise 7.8 percent in the coming 2014-2015 school year, according to the state’s Teachers Retirement System, the fifth year in a row that pension costs went up, Gannett Albany writes:

Now is the Moment to Expand and Strengthen the Living Wage Law

January 28th, 2014
Written by Stuart Appelbaum

When the New York City Council passed historic living wage legislation last year, it was an important step on a long road toward creating a fairer and more equitable city.

The premise of the legislation is simple and widely supported: when public money is used to fund private development projects, the public has the right to expect quality jobs will be created as a result, not low-wage jobs that keep workers in poverty.
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Join Doctors Council SEIU doctors, community members, and elected leaders for a rally at noon on Wednesday, October 29, at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn to demand respect for doctors and patients

October 21st, 2014
Doctors in New York City’s public hospital system (HHC) are on the frontline fighting to keep our communities safe and healthy. But HHC and its affiliates, Mt. Sinai, NYU, and PAGNY, are ignoring our concerns at a time when communities need a unified public healthcare system. Join Doctors Council SEIU doctors, community members, and elected leaders for a rally at noon on Wednesday, October 29, at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn to demand respect for doctors and patients. http://www.doctorscouncil.org/respect

NYSUT Allowed to Intervene in Tenure Case

October 14th, 2014
leg. gazette

State Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo has granted a motion by the New York State United Teachers to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's tenure law.

AQE Is Setting the Record Straight on School Funding

October 10th, 2014
Report Finds State Democrats Fought and Won More Aid for Schools Tell Senator Skelos to Stop Republican Claims that They are the Champions for Schools AQE is setting the record straight on upstate school funding aid. Senate Republicans have been caught sending campaign flyers to voters claiming to deliver school aid funding. The mailings also imply that Senate Democrats are ignoring the needs of upstate schools.

Experts Address Concerns Of City Small Business Owners

July 16th, 2014


By Azure Gilman

Aiming to raise awareness about various business growth strategies and how to navigate potentially onerous new regulations, a panel of experts at City & State’s “On Small Business” event Tuesday weighed in on the concerns of small business owners fighting to stay relevant in a competitive climate.

The event, co-sponsored by CAN Capital, focused specifically on the challenges facing New York City’s small business community, and the panel reflected a mix of representatives from the city and state government, as well as the private sector: Steve Cohen, the executive vice president and deputy commissioner of Empire State Development; City Councilman Robert Cornegy, the chair of the Council’s Small Business Committee; Julie Menin, commissioner of the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs; and Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance.

The Women's Equality Act Is Not Forgotten

May 7th, 2014


When I think about the 10-point Women's Equality Act, I find it hard to understand why it is difficult to pass these common sense bills in a progressive state like New York. The women of this state deserve to have their basic, fundamental rights recognized and confirmed by the state government and not treated as just political issues.
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