The National Federation of Independent Businesses organized a press conference in the Capitol on March 22 to make its case that a mandatory minimum wage increase could have a detrimental impact on New York’s economy, and even have a reverse effect on the working-class individuals who legislators are trying to […]
When New York state enacted a $15 minimum wage in 2016, it did not include cost of living adjustments after reaching $15. The Raise the Wage Act sponsored by Senate Labor Committee Chair Jessica Ramos and Assembly Labor Committee Chair Latoya Joyner would change this by incrementally raising the minimum […]
Led by Senator Jessica Ramos, hundreds of supporters gathered for a rally in Albany on March 1 in support of a bill, which would incrementally increase New York’s minimum wage to $21.25 by 2027. Cover photo by Alexander Thomas, Legislative Gazette.
On March 2, more than 30 faith, good government and advocacy organizations from across New York sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins asking them to freeze all current corporate handouts and reject any new and expanded subsidies in the final budget. They say Gov. Kathy Hochul’s […]
On August 31, 2020, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced on International Overdose Awareness Day that Ulster County has declared a Public Health Emergency due to the recent spikes in deaths caused by fentanyl. From the period January through July, opioid-related deaths increased 171% in 2020 compared to the same […]