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BALCONY REPORT JUNE 2012  

 

BALCONY CONTINUES TO REPORT ON OUR

UNION AND BUSINESS MEMBERS,  

AND PRESENTS THE FOLLOWING

UPDATE ON OUR ISSUES AND POLICY ACTIVITIES

 

Among our current BALCONY priorities:

 

A partnership with the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with whom we are staging 22 workshops on the implications of the Affordable Care Act for businesses and labor in New York.

 

A Diabetes Prevention Program for our members to help deal with the current diabetes epidemic which impacts more than 4.5 million in New York State.

 

Advocacy in support of an increase in the New York State minimum wage, in opposition of the requirement of fingerprinting for food stamps and the reaffirmation of New York State's commitment to collective bargaining.

 

 

 

LOOK FOR KEY UPCOMING BALCONY EVENTS.

 

SEPTEMBER (TBD) 

  

BALCONY FORUM: NYS COMPTROLLER TOM DINAPOLI  

RETIREMENT SECURITY

 

DiNapoli 

 

OCTOBER 19  

 

BALCONY GOLF OUTING HONORS

FORMER NYC COMPTROLLER BILL THOMPSON

 

Thompson 

and

     

   Anita Kartalopoulos, Milberg Law Firm

 Russ Sciandra and Sherry Tomasky, American Cancer Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALCONY, GREATER NEW YORK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND NEW YORK CITY HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO CONDUCT 22 HEALTH CARE WORKSHOPS FOR BUSINESS AND LABOR  (click HERE

 

BALCONY SUPPORTS NYS MINIMUM WAGE HIKE (click HERE)

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: A New York State Commitment (Click HERE)  

 

FREELANCERS PAYMENT PROTECTION (Click HERE

 

CANCER NOW COVERED BY 9/11 FEDERAL FUND (Click HERE)

    

DIABETES EPIDEMIC IN NEW YORK STATE (Click HERE

 

STOP INTERNET TRACKING OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (Click HERE

 

TANNING BEDS NOT GOOD FOR NYS TEENS (Click HERE

 

NO FINGERPRINTS FOR FOOD STAMPS (Click HERE

 

PEF REPORT: STATE WASTES MORE THAN $300 MILLION   

CONTRACTING OUT (Click HERE)  

 

 

Report written by Lou Gordon, Liza Kramer, and Stuart Marques.  

 

 

 

 

Workshops

BALCONY Health Care Workshops

 

Chamber of Commerce

Community Health Advocates

Chamber of Commerce

The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY,) along with the New York Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have been awarded a grant to help small businesses with health care and health insurance issues.  

 

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states can establish Health Insurance Exchanges where individuals and small businesses can shop for, and enroll in, health coverage. Last Thursday Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order creating a Health Insurance Exchange in New York.

 

The Community Service Society, which awarded the grant to the GNYCC and BALCONY, and a dozen other groups, has established a Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) to educate small companies about the new law and inform them of their options in choosing the best insurance plan for their employees.

 

For more information, click here >>  

  

MinWage

BALCONY Supports

Increased Minimum Wage  


FPI
 

It's time to raise the minimum wage!  

 

BALCONY is proud to be the forefront of advocacy efforts in support for a phased-in $10 an hour minimum wage for New York State workers as proposed by the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) in its report: The Case for Raising the Minimum Wage. (FULL REPORT) 

 

In an effort to ensure a minimum wage of at least $8.50 BALCONY Director Lou Gordon presented testimony at the NYS Senate, the NYS Assembly and the NYC Council hearings. His testimony can be found HERE.  

 

 

 

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BALCONY Supports
Collective Bargaining  in New York State 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature need to stand fast to protect the right to collective bargaining for public employees.

 

Eliminating collective bargaining is a dagger aimed at the heart of both business and labor.  

 

BALCONY, the Business and Labor Coalition of New York, was formed to find common ground between business and labor. The right to join a union and engage in collective bargaining is essential in a democratic political system.  

 

Read the complete article >>  

Freelancer

BALCONY Supports

Freelancer Payment Protection   

Freelancers Union

BALCONY and its member organization, the Freelancers Union, are rallying support for the bipartisan Freelancer Payment Protection Act (FPPA) (S4129/A6698).

 

The bill would provide the same wage protection to independent contractors that New York has provided to employees for decades by allowing them to file a claim through the New York State Department of Labor.  

 

Click here to read the details >> 

 

 

 

 

Cancer
Cancer Now Covered by 9/11
 

Federal Fund 

 

BALCONY supports the Federal ruling that would clear the way for 50 different types of cancer to be added to the list of sicknesses covered by the $4.3 billion fund to compensate first responders and others exposed to the dust and toxic fumes from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

 

"This an affirmation that the federal government finally acknowledges that those who may have cancer as a result of exposure to the 9//11 toxic fumes can now be compensated," stated BALCONY Co-Chair Alan Lubin.

  

Read the NY Times article >> 

  

  

Diabetes
The Diabetes Epidemic:
 

A NYS Health Care Challenge  

by Catherine M. Abate
BALCONY Co-Chair and
President/CEO,
Community HealthCare Network


Abate  

Diabetes is primarily known as a disease of the elderly. However, it is a problem that can affect everyone from infants through seniors - and the rates of those diagnosed with diabetes are getting worse. Diabetes kills more people than AIDS and breast cancer combined. It can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart failure and strokes.  

 

Since 1980, the prevalence of diabetes in New York State has doubled in the last 16 years and affects Blacks and Latinos disproportionately. Diabetes-related costs in New York are estimated at $12.9 billion annually.  

 

Nationwide, some 25.8 million children and adults have diabetes, of which one-third are undiagnosed and an astounding 79 million are pre-diabetic.

 

 

 

drugs 

STOP Internet Tracking of

Prescription Drugs

 

BALCONY commends the New York State Legislature for unanimously passing the historic drug oversight bill known as the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act, or I-STOP.

 

The bill, passed on June 11, will put New York at the forefront of the battle against the prescription drug abuse epidemic, which according to Senate sponsor Senator Andrew Lanza, has destroyed families and lives from one end of the state to the other. "The agreed upon legislation will allow doctors and pharmacists to have the information they need to ensure that we turn the tide on this deadly crisis," Lanza said.

 

 

Read the entire article >>

tanning
Tanning Beds Not Good for

NYS Teens

 

BALCONY supports the American Cancer Society's campaign to get the State Legislature to pass a bill that would prohibit teens under 17 from using indoor tanning beds. Research shows that using indoor tanning beds before age 30 increases the risk for developing melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer - by 75%.

 

With melanoma rates on the rise in New York, we urge lawmakers to follow the examples of California and Vermont and ban kids under 18 from tanning beds.

 Tanning Bed

 

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Food Stamps & Fingerprints

a Bad Combination

 

by Robert M. Hayes 

BALCONY Co-Chair and 

Sr. VP for Health Quality, 

Universal American Corp. 

  Hayes

BALCONY supports Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to end the practice of fingerprinting food stamp recipients - much to the chagrin of Mayor Bloomberg.

 

An editorial in the May 18, 2012 New York Times headlined "Food Stamps Are Not A Crime," made the case eloquently, pointing out that 30% of New Yorkers eligible for food stamps are not collecting them. Many of those don't apply because they don't want to submit - or subject themselves to - fingerprinting. The editorial concluded: "Mr.Bloomberg should rend the fingerprinting requirement immediately, and start making it easier for his constituents to get food aid.  

 

We agree and below is an op-ed written by BALCONY Co-Chair Robert M. Hayes that makes the case just as eloquently.

  

Read the entire article >> 

 

PEF

PEF REPORT:
State Wastes More Than
$300 Million Contracting Out 


PEF

The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) recently released its annual report on the high cost of contracting out work that could be done by state employees for far less.  The report reveals the state increased spending on contracting out by more than $285 million while spending on state employee salaries decreased by $395 million.

 

"The state is in no position to waste millions," said PEF President Ken Brynien.  "Yet that's exactly what is happening year after year as the state continues the costly practice of relying on outside contractors to do the work state employees can do for less, even when the cost of state employee benefits are included in the price."      

 

Reads the entire report >> 

 

  

 

God of CarnageBALCONY THEATER BENEFIT IN ALBANY

A BIG SUCCESS

 

On May 23, more than 200 friends and supporters of BALCONY enjoyed the award winning comedy The God of Carnage at the Capital Repertory Theater in Albany.

At the same time BALCONY honored its co-chairs, Alan Lubin, Catherine Abate and Robert Hayes. A silent auction was held were sports tickets, theater tickets, dinners, and memorabilia was sold to the attendees. An enjoyable cocktail reception was held prior to the curtain rising for the play.

 

"BALCONY is committed to theatrical presentations in both Albany and New York City," stated BALCONY director Lou Gordon, "This performance showed that we can successfully stage moderate cost entertainment events for our BALCONY members and friends."

 

BALCONY thanks its key sponsors for helping in this event including, Continential Home Loan, NYSUT, USI Affinity, the Public Employees Federation, Visit Buffalo Niagara, CDPHP, NGC Lobby, OMCE, WCBS Radio, Humana, UUP, UFT,M3 Technology, Souders Promotions , the New York Labor Health Care Alliance, Noah Perlis, and AMP Abstract.

 

Finally BALCONY thanks Diane Masters who coordinated this theatrical event, Tony Bifaro, Bob and Irene Zeig, Jodi Wiener, and Liza Kramer.

 

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New BALCONY Members

ACESO Health Services: www.acesohealthservices.com

ACESO

 

AFSCME - New York: www.afscme.org/union/directory/new-york  

 

AFSCME 

 

AMP Abstract

 

AMP Abstract 

 

AMG Design/Contracting, Inc.  

AMG 

 

 

Association of Benefit Administrators: www.assocbenadmin.com/  

 

Association of Benefit Administrators 

 

Family Planning Advocates: www.familyplanningadvocates.org  

 

FPA 

 

Institute for Leadership: www.institute4leadership.com/  

 

Institute for Leadership

 

Noah Perlis Consulting

 

 

Queens Chamber of Commerce: www.queenschamber.org  

 

Queens Chamber of Commerce 

 

United University Professions:  www.uupinfo.org  

 

UUP 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Honoring   

Bill Thompson, former New York City Comptroller

Anita Kartalopoulos, Milberg Law Firm

 Russ Sciandra and Sherry Tomasky, American Cancer Society

 

 

 

 

 

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Lou Gordon, Director
loug@balconynewyork.com


 

 

 

BALCONY, THE BUSINESS AND LABOR COALITION OF NEW YORK

Alan Lubin, Co-Chair Labor
Robert M. Hayes, Co-Chair Business, Sr. VP, Universal American Corp.
Catherine M. Abate, Co-Chair Non-Profit, President/CEO, Community HealthCare Network

Executive Board

Anthony Potenza, Executive Director, New York Labor Health Care Alliance
Anita Kartalopoulos, Partner, Milberg LLP

Bruce Ventimiglia, Saratoga Capital Management
Stephen Madarasz, CSEA

BALCONY Support Team

Lou Gordon, BALCONY Director
Richard Winsten, Counsel, MSEK
Stuart Marques, BALCONY Writer
Diane Masters, BALCONY
Liza Kramer, BALCONY
Jodi Wiener, BALCONY
Kevin R. Weaver, Web Master and Computer Consultant



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