January 10, 2011
City Council Restores $4 Million to CUNY Community Colleges
On January 6 the City Council restored $4 million to CUNY community colleges out of a $11.8 million cut proposed by Mayor Bloomberg in his mid-year reductions. The bulk of the $4 million restoration will be targeted to instruction.
“Members' actions, advocacy, and voluntary contributions to PSC-CUNY COPE [Committee on Political Education] made possible this important gain,” said PSC First Vice President Steve London. “The PSC partnered with City Council members and Speaker Quinn to win these restorations. And it was our PSC-CUNY COPE contributions that helped us elect City Council members who understand the importance of funding CUNY.”
PSC-CUNY Award Applications Deadline, Jan. 28
CUNY and the PSC agreed last year on new guidelines for PSC-CUNY Research Awards. The CUNY Research Foundation website has the full text of the guidelines, which will govern a three-year pilot program beginning this year.
The application deadline for this cycle of awards is January 28, 2011. In future years the deadline will be January 15, but it was extended this year due to the time it took to work out all the details of the pilot program. All applications, as in the past, must be submitted electronically; details are online here.
Under the new guidelines, applications must now be submitted for one of three categories of awards:
- Traditional A Awards, of up to $3,500.
- Traditional B Awards, of more than $3,500 and up to $6,000.
- Enhanced Awards, of more than $6,000 and up to $12,000.
Labor Offers Alternatives to Governor's Planned Budget Cuts & Tax Caps
Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his plans for budget cuts and tax caps in his State of the State speech on January 4. Cuomo wants to end the "millionaire's tax" income tax surcharge when it expires later this year, a position opposed by a broad range of unions & community organizations.
Labor groups have advocated an alternative strategy. A new labor/community coalition, Strong Economy for All, is running radio ads that call for Wall Street and New York's wealthy to pay their fair share. An article in the January Clarion, by James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute, outlines a range of alternatives to deep budget cuts.
Sign Up for PSC Lobbying Efforts
PSC members will be meeting with City and State legislators in Albany and in NYC throughout the winter and spring months. Grassroots lobby dates in Albany are planned for March 7-8, March 15, March 21-22, and May 9-10, as well as a special day of lobbying in Albany tentatively set for February 15. A planned City Hall lobbying date is set for May 4. To participate, please contact Amanda Magalhaes at email@example.com.
PSC Theater Event Coming Soon
The Retirees Chapter and the PSC Women’s Committee are sponsoring the union’s fourth annual winter theater event with the Working Theater’s production of “Honey Brown Eyes” on Sunday, January 23, at 3 pm. Set during the Bosnian War in 1992, this play explores the everyday impact of war through the story of two friends and former bandmates who find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. Working Theater's artistic director, Mark Plesent, says, “These are people who didn't ask for the war, but now that it is happening find themselves challenged in the most extraordinary ways.”
The play will be staged at the Clurman Theater on 42nd St. between 9th and 10th Aves. Tickets for PSC members are only $20. Reserve your seats today – last year's event was sold out! Send your checks, payable to “Working Theater”, to Steve Leberstein at the PSC, 61 Broadway, 15th Floor, NY, NY 10006. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.