July 12, 2010
State Budget Still Not Settled
The State Assembly and Senate struck a deal on spending and revenue legislation before the July 4th break. The Assembly passed both the spending and revenue portions of the budget, but the Senate was only able to pass the spending portion. The revenue legislation has been held up in the Senate by a united Republican opposition and a lone Democrat from Buffalo, Senator Stachowski. Since the Democrats have a one vote margin, one senator can stop the State Senate from acting. Senator Stachowski is demanding action on the Governor's Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA). Read PSC President Barbara Bowen’s recent message to members on the PHEEIA. But, the Assembly and other Senators are holding firm against Stachowski’s attempt to hold the State budget hostage to his demands. The Senate is expected to reconvene this week to consider action. If you haven't done so already please send a message to your State legislator to hold firm against the privatization of CUNY through the enactment of PHEEIA.
Meanwhile, the Governor vetoed all the spending items restored to the budget by the State legislature when the Senate and Assembly passed their spending bills. Included in the Governor's vetoes was $21 million of CUNY community college funding and TAP funding. PSC and NYSUT officers are monitoring the situation daily in Albany, and we will enlist members’ support at the appropriate moment to restore the CUNY community college base aid and TAP funding cut by the Governor's veto.
New York City Does Not Interfere with CUNY’s Early Retirement Incentive
On June 28, the CUNY Board of Trustees agreed to participate in the State’s Early Retirement Incentive. New York City did NOT exercise its power to keep CUNY from offering the ERI to eligible community college employees by the July 2nd deadline. For information concerning the ERI, please visit the PSC website or call Clarissa Weiss, Director of Pension and Welfare Benefits, in the PSC office, (212) 354-1252. (NOTE: This is the correct phone number; the number listed in the Summer Clarion is wrong.)
PSC Office Closed Friday, 7/16
Elections Committee Meeting, Monday 7/19, 4 PM