POLITICS

Assembly and Senate at Odds over a Proposed $485 Million Cut at CUNY

March 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Albany legislators are divided over the state budget plan to cut $485 million in funding for the City University of New York and pass along that responsibility to New York City. On March 14, Senate Republicans approved a resolution that backs Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to shift one third of the state’s CUNY costs to the city. The change would end the state’s decades-long commitment to fully fund senior colleges. The Democratic-controlled state Assembly approved a resolution to restore the nearly half- billion dollar cut to the city’s university system. The Assembly resolution also demands a two-year freeze on tuition. The proposed executive budget increases tuition by $1,500 over the next five years—on top of annual tuition increases in the preceding five years. In a statement, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, “The Assembly [More...]

Union endorses Rafael Salamanca in City Council special election

January 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO District Council 37 became the first labor union in the city to endorse Rafael Salamanca in his City Council race to represent the 17th Council District in the Bronx. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido announced the union’s endorsement on Jan. 27 at union headquarters during a news conference. “Our endorsement is a statement of trust,” said Garrido, who was surrounded by a dozen local presidents. “And we trust he will be a champion for working people in the City Council.” Salamanca is a lifelong resident of the Bronx district, which represents Hunts Point, Longwood and Morrisania. “This endorsement is an honor, especially since my mother was a member of DC 37,” Salamanca said at the news conference. Salamanca’s mother was a member of Municipal Hospitals Employees Local 420. The special election takes place on Feb. 23, and will fill the seat left [More...]