News from the Associated Press - April 14, 2014

Associated Press
April 14, 2014

Contract settled for NY court employees

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Office of Court Administration and the Civil Service Employees Association have reached a contract agreement covering 5,700 court employees with annual 2 percent annual salary increases.

The contract runs retroactively from April 2, 2011 through March 31, 2017.

Union president Danny Donohue says it addresses management's need for changing the pay structure while protecting members' rights.

Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti says the contract balances the state's fiscal constraints with the desire to increase pay and will provide raises for about 40 percent of the court system's workers.

Raises are scheduled for October of this year, April 2015 and April 2016, with a $750 bonus March 31, 2017.


NY pay raise for 100,000 direct care workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's new budget will increase pay 2 percent for about 100,000 caretakers of the disabled and others next year, their first raise in several years for many.

They will get a second cost-of-living adjustment next April, along with about 30,000 case workers, nurses and social workers.

Both raises cover residential and developmental aides and food service workers at nonprofits funded by six state agencies that serve developmentally disabled, mentally ill, elderly and juvenile clients.

The Cuomo administration initially proposed keeping their pay flat for the fiscal year that started two weeks ago as part of its push to keep state spending down.

Legislators wanted the raises immediately, arguing that continuing the already low pay forces many staff to work unsafe amounts of overtime or take second jobs.


Schumer requests NYC parade for returning troops

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing a New York City homecoming parade for troops returned from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Along with veterans' groups, Schumer says it's time to honor "America's post 9/11 troops," continuing the modern tradition of welcome home parades down Broadway in lower Manhattan's "Canyon of Heroes."

The U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan is expected to end this year. The Iraq war officially ended in 2011.

They followed the 9/11 terror attacks.

The New York Democrat has asked the Defense Department to work with city officials to start planning. In 2012, the Pentagon said it was still too early.

Schumer and vets from the United War Veterans Council of New York and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America plan to detail the proposal Sunday.


Subpoena suit ending with NY corruption commission

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The closing this week of New York's Commission to Investigate Public Corruption is also ending the panel's attempt in court to subpoena information about state legislators' outside business interests.

The state Assembly and Senate joined a half-dozen law firms late last year filing suit to block the commission's subpoenas.

In the most recent filing, both sides stipulate that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's promise to end the commission's investigations following agreement with legislators on new anti-corruption laws has made the court proceeding "moot."

Dismissal motions are due April 25.

The commission appointed by Cuomo sought information about outside employment by New York's part-time legislators, many of them lawyers, to determine "real or perceived conflicts."

The law firms argue the governor threatened client confidentiality and overstepped his constitutional authority trying to investigate legislators.

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