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New York Needs an Infrastructure Bond Act

November 18th, 2014

By Joyce Miller, President and CEO, Tier One Public Strategies

As we in New York recently marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the storm that wreaked havoc on the State and cost billions in repairs – much of which is still ongoing – BALCONY believes this is an appropriate time to readdress the critical state of our State’s infrastructure. Sandy was the second costliest storm in U.S. history and exposed how unprepared our State and the nation’s infrastructure systems are to meet the new demands which will be placed on them by climate change and rising sea levels.

Read the entire article here: Infrastructure

Read the article from City&State on-line magazine (page 24) Nov. 24, 2014, here: CityState

De Blasio's First Affordable Housing Test Gets Thumbs Up From City Council

November 14th, 2014
Yesterday, City Council's land-use committee voted to approve the controversial Astoria Cove development project—thanks to an agreement reached by City Council and developer Alma Realty, 27 percent of the development's 1,700 units will be affordable. The full Council is expected to approve the development today.

BALCONY Says Union Busting is Bad Medicine;
Supports Doctors Council SEIU in Struggle for Respect

October 30th, 2014
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10.30.2014 (New York, New York) On Wednesday, October 29th, BALCONY members, led by the Doctors Council SEIU and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), were joined by a coalition that included elected officials, labor, and local community supporters for a rally at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn to demand the HHC negotiate a new and fair contract for the City’s public hospital doctors.

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Doctors Rally at Woodhull Hospital for Respect and New Contract; Electeds, Labor and Community Show Support

October 29th, 2014
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Media Contact: Karen Imas, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz
212 437 7373 or 917 568 7784

Public Hospital Doctors Stand Together with Healthcare Workers, Elected Officials, Labor and Community Groups for a Greater Voice in Quality Patient Care and New Contracts Now!

As Part of the Doctors Council SEIU “Respect” Campaign, Rally at Woodhull Medical Center Calls on HHC to Provide Safe Staffing and Increase Collaboration with Doctors on Decisions that Impact Patient Care

October 29, 2014 (Brooklyn, NY) - Doctors Council SEIU members at Woodhull Medical Center staged a rally today organized by Doctors Council SEIU and the Commission on the Public’s Health System (CPHS). A strong coalition of political, labor and local community supporters are sending a message to HHC that frontline doctors in the City’s public hospitals work hard day and night providing quality care for all New Yorkers. The doctors, who have been without a new contract for several years, are calling for “Respect” from hospital management and seek more engagement in quality patient care improvements, as well as a new contract immediately.

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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.
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New York's leading education groups outline need for $1.9 billion state aid increase in 2015-16

November 14th, 2014
Source: New York State Educational Conference Board - NYSUT Media Relations The NYS Educational Conference Board says that with an improved fiscal condition, New York state can help schools 'turn the corner' after tough years. New York's major statewide education organizations issued a report today outlining the need for a $1.9 billion state aid increase for schools in the upcoming state budget to continue current services and make progress on a number of critical new initiatives.

NYSUT moves to dismiss teacher tenure lawsuits

November 3rd, 2014
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By Gazette staff writers
November 03, 2014

New York State United Teachers Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's tenure law, arguing the suit is without any legal merit and that the policies which plaintiffs propose would harm public education.

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Caught Between HHC And Affiliates, Doctors Cry Foul!

October 30th, 2014
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By Joe Maniscalco

Brooklyn, NY - As the Big Apple continues to deal with the fallout from its first confirmed case of Ebola, contract negotiations between the city and its doctors are reaching a fever pitch - and safety net physicians who have been without a contract for as long as five years say they will no longer be batted back and forth between the Health and Hospitals Corporation [HHC] and its affiliates.

Teachers unions slam Gov. Cuomo for calling public schools a ‘monopoly’

October 29th, 2014

Teachers unions slam Gov. Cuomo for calling public schools a ‘monopoly’ BY KENNETH LOVETT NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:47 PM ALBANY - The city and state teacher unions blasted Gov. Cuomo Tuesday for referring to public schools as "one of the only remaining public monopolies."

Press Release: Royal Jets Supports NYC Business Community

October 20th, 2014

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Mayor’s Affordable Housing Plan Called ‘Squishy’

November 20th, 2014

November 19, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The long anticipated City Council hearing to learn more details of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan on Monday proved “squishy” as the commissioner of the housing agency couldn’t provide exact numbers on the number of units targeted for preservation.

Republicans Sure Love to Hate Unions

November 19th, 2014
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by Thomas B. Edsall November 18, 2014

A paradox of American politics is that Republicans take organized labor more seriously than Democrats do.

Silver: Keep ‘one-shot’ infrastructure investment out of the budget

November 18th, 2014

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm by Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief in Sheldon Silver

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Tuesday that the Legislature could take up a number of issues if it returns before the end of the year — including an infrastructure investment package using funds from the bank-settlement-driven surplus that’s now worth more than $5 billion.

High Stakes

November 18th, 2014
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Albany leaders. Tenant groups. Landlord lobbyists. And an ironclad deadline for key housing laws.

By Jarrett Murphy | Nov 17, 2014 |

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s battle to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing—the ambitious, $41.1 billion goal he announced in May that will likely be the signature policy initiative of his administration—will be fought over the next decade, neighborhood by neighborhood, even lot by lot.

M.T.A. Issues Plans on Higher Fares and Tolls

November 18th, 2014
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NOV. 17, 2014

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released its proposals on Monday for higher fares and tolls and began its campaign to win over riders and drivers skeptical of what are now routine increases.
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