Greetings Friends of BALCONY: January 28, 2011
This year our BALCONY members, in their continuing effort to find common ground between business and labor, are presented with many challenges on a State, City and Federal level.
We are attempting to meet these challenges head on so that the government has the ability to provide vital, necessary services, programs and a balanced budget to all New Yorkers.
While the battles of the 2011-2012 budget in Albany, New York City and Washington, D.C have yet to be joined, BALCONY wants to provide you with a simple glimpse of the work of our Business and Labor coalition members.
Today's newsletter is presented with that in mind.
In the next few weeks we will provide BALCONY member perspectives on budgets and policy issues.
Feel free to contact our members directly or BALCONY at (212) 219-7777.
Lou Gordon, BALCONY Director
|DEMOS and BALCONY|
BALCONY & Demos, the Center for WorkLife Law, the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, and the National Employment Law Project invite you to:
A Better Way for Wage Workers
Thursday, February 3rd, 2010
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
220 Fifth Ave - 5th Floor
(at 26th St.)
New York, NY
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information and to register, click here: DEMOS
AARP New York Wins Two
International Livable Community Awards
Lauren Krohn/Getty Images
AARP New York and Westchester County were awarded two prestigious international awards by LIVCom, the world's only international awards competition for best practices focused on improving the quality of life of people through the creation of Livable Communities.
Read the details: AARP
American Cancer Society
New York State 2011
ACS CAN is the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority. Many of the most important decisions about cancer are made outside of your doctor's office. Instead, they are made by your state legislature, in Congress and in the White House. ACS CAN empowers regular people to be part of the growing national movement that is fighting back against cancer. ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, is holding lawmakers accountable for their words and their actions. We demand that our leaders not only talk about fighting cancer but take real steps toward decreasing the number of people suffering and dying from cancer.
Access to Health Care
Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax, Pilot Project
Teens in Tanning Salons
| Greater New York Chamber of Commerce|
Governor Paterson and First Lady Michelle Paterson honored at the Greater New York Chamber holiday gala on December 9, 2010.
(L-R) Tom Acosta, honorees First Lady Michelle Paterson, Governor Paterson, Maxine Montano, Mark Jaffe
Read the details: Chamber
Juniperhill Asset Management - Majority Woman Owned - Dec. 2010 Returns
Juniperhill Opportunity Fund LLC and Juniperhill Opportunity Fund LTD gained +2.25% and +2.5% net of fees for the month of December and are up +14.80% and +15.27% net of fees year-to-date respectively.The firm provides financing for publicly listed small and micro-cap companies in North America.
Read the performance data sheet: Juniperhill
Metalic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
Solidarity Revisited by Bill Hohlfeld
Click here to read the speech:
On Tuesday October 26, 2010 in Times Square, thousands of New York City Building and Construction Trades members gathered to show solidarity with one another and make a clear statement that they have had enough of non-union construction in and around this city. They waited patiently to see a labor movement icon, and to hear the words of guest speaker, Lech Walesa.
| Medicare Rights Center|
Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Eliminate Coverage Improvements for People with Medicare -- Consumer Group Responds to Affordable Care Act Repeal Efforts
New York, NY-A review of consumer cases handled by the Medicare Rights Center demonstrates that people with Medicare will be harmed by the repeal of health care reform as proposed in H.R. 2, which was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety, thereby eliminating a variety of coverage improvements for older adults and people with disabilities.
Read the entire press release: Medicare
|Saratoga Capital Management, LLC|
Wall Street Journal reports: 1-Year Category King
The Wall Street Journal Reports the Saratoga Large Capitalization Growth Fund is
A One - Year Category King:
In the January 5, 2011 issue of the WSJ, the Saratoga Large Capitalization Growth Fund was ranked the Number 2 fund out of the 857 funds in the Lipper Large-Cap Growth Category for the one-year period ended 12/31/2010 based on total return:
The Saratoga Fund returned +27.38% for the one-year period ending 12/31/10 versus the Category average that returned +14.8%.
Read the entire report: Saratoga
CWA Local 1180
Just Who Was in Charge? Shovel the Snow Blame Onto Mayor's Doorstep, By Arthur Cheliotes
Had Mayor Bloomberg paid attention to his own news organization, he might have called a snow emergency on Dec. 26. Had Mayor Bloomberg not eliminated 400 Sanitation Workers, there might have been a larger and more-effective response to the Blizzard of 2010, or had Mayor Bloomberg not counted on privatized snow removal firms to answer the call (they didn't), a full complement of city workers might have been able to do the job.
Read the entire article: SNOW
Residential Home Funding
Rates are still at all-time record lows and below 5% !
Finance 125% of the Value of your home.There are programs still available that will allow you to finance up to 125% of the value of your home on a first mortgage. If you have a second mortgage you can refinance your first mortgage and subordinate (keep) your second mortgage with an UNLIMITED LOAN-TO-VALUE. This means you can still refinance and save money! The most recent client we worked with had this scenario and we reduced their term to 15 years knocking off 12 years from the mortgage and savings tens of thousands of dollars in interest.
Joseph Stamm Honored
On October 20, 2010 NYCHSRO - MedReview honored Joseph Stamm for 25 Years of Superb Leadership. The following link is a video of the event.
Read the details: Stamm
| Metro New York Healthcare |
HCFANY 2011-2012 Legislative Agenda
1) Guarantee Affordable Health Care for All New Yorkers - Monitor federal health reform implementation process.
2) Improve transparency in the Bad Debt and Charity Care pool.
3) Evenly split the Healthy NY stop-loss pool with the individual stop-loss pool.
4) Insurance Reform- Merge the individual and small group markets
5) Improve our health insurance safety net
Read the details: Metro New York
In Brief Newsletter
Read the Winter 2011 Newsletter: Milberg Milberg LLP has released their IN BRIEF Winter 2011 Newsletter detailing the Firm's most recent achievements and news. This edition highlights some noteworthy results Milberg has obtained for its clients, including a $62 million settlement for Comverse shareholders and a $33 million settlement of a complex mutual fund investors' suit. Milberg has notably been selected by the National Law Journal for the prestigious "Plaintiffs' Hot List". This issue also includes news about the firm's highly attended inaugural shareholder conference in New York City in October 2010 and the launch of their class action news and information website, classactioncentral.com .
|MVP Health Care |
CEO Dave Oliker
MVP Health Care CEO Dave Oliker is now sharing his thoughts on a wide range of topics related to health care and health reform on his new blog. Dave's weekly posts will reflect his unique perspective based on his more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry.
His latest post:
No matter what you call it, a tax is a tax
The hidden tax is included in the commercial insurance premiums that every employer and employee pays and whether or not the commercially insured patient realizes it it ultimately comes out of his or her pocket. Congress should thus fully fund Medicare and eliminate this hidden tax.
Read Oliker's article(s): MVP
NY Area Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance
Labor Leader Bob Seeger Honored for Service
Read the article here: Seeger
Energy Coalition Comments on NYISO's Comprehensive Reliability Plan
In response to the New York Independent System Operator's Board of Directors approval of a comprehensive reliability plan for New York's power system, John Durso, Jr., Executive Director of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (New York AREA) issued the following statement."This is a far-sighted and informative report. It recognizes that electricity reliability can be just as significantly impacted by near-term public policy actions and regulations as it would by traditional factors such as in-place and projected generating capacity and energy demand.
Read the press release here: AREA
A copy of NYISO's Comprehensive Reliability Plan can be found at: Plan
| NYS Nurses Association|
President appointed to Medicaid Redesign Team
LATHAM, January 12, 2011 - New York State Nurses Association President Karen A. Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN, has been appointed to Governor Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team, a group charged with finding ways to save money within the Medicaid program for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
| NYSUT |
New radio ads feature NYSUT members & their work
NYSUT has launched a statewide advertising campaign designed to remind New Yorkers that the union is made up of their friends and neighbors who accomplish remarkable things every day in their classrooms and communities.
Read the full release: NYSUT
Coalition of labor and community groups launches radio campaign.
A Strong Economy for All Coalition, a group of public and private-sector unions and community advocacy groups, launched a radio ad on Jan. 3 calling on all New Yorkers to come together and make New York City and State's economy vibrant for everyone.
Read the full release: Coalition
| WHY Hunger |
Food Voices: A Tide to Lift All Boats
WhyHunger is pleased to be partnering with Andrianna Natsoulas, longtime food sovereignty activist and author of the forthcoming book Food Voices: Stories of the Food Sovereignty Movement. Last year, Andrianna began a journey across the Americas to capture the stories of people working towards and living a just and sustainable food system. As she continues her journey, we will feature highlights of the stories she gathers. Below is the latest installment in this series.
Read the complete story: WHY
New York Building Congress
urges investment and innovation for State's Transportation Network in White Paper to Governor Andrew Cuomo
The New York Building Congress recently led a coalition of civic and building industry organizations to highlight and make recommendations on key transportation infrastructure issues that await Governor Andrew Cuomo and his new administration. The white paper notes that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) are predicting combined capital funding gaps of nearly $20 billion through 2014. The gap is likely to grow, the coalition warned, as a result of the national midterm election and the prospect that a new crop of leaders will substantially decrease federal support the agencies have already budgeted for transportation projects.
|MAGNA CARE |
MagnaCare Partners with Coventry Health Care, Expands Workers' Compensation Access to Network in New York State
An agreement announced between MagnaCare, a national health plan services company, and Coventry Workers' Comp Services, a division of Coventry Health Care, Inc., will make the MagnaCare provider network available to new and existing Coventry clients in the State of New York beginning in November 2010. This relationship expands the Coventry Recommendation of Care (ROC) offering in New York, bringing greater depth and breadth to this voluntary option that allows injured workers to seek care with network providers and enables payers to reimburse providers based upon contractual rates.
Read the complete release: MagnaCare
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