Monday, February 13, 2017

Accepting Scholarship Applications



Since 1993, CSEA Monroe County Local 828 and its major Units have awarded over $110,000 in scholarship prize money. In 1994, the Monroe County Employees Unit 7400, the largest Unit in the Local, created their own scholarship program and has distributed more than $24,000. 
Mr. Growney was a long time labor leader and activist who was employed as a probation officer with Monroe County. He served as local president for nearly two decades before his retirement in 1995. George had a passion for kids to succeed, and would be proud that his union brothers and sisters have carried on his legacy of love and commitment to youth. George M. Growney died on August 10, 1997. The scholarship program was named in his honor the following year after his death.

The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors whose parents and caregivers are members or agency shop fee payers of Monroe County Local 828. Scholarship applicants are judged on academic achievement, a written essay, financial need and potential.

George M. Growney Memorial Scholarships Local 828  and Unit 7400


“This is one of the best things we do as union activists,” said Bess Watts, President of Local 828. She added, “It’s very rewarding to know we are helping our young people succeed in life as well as giving back to our community.”

CSEA Local 828 Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors whose parents and caregivers are members or agency shop fee payers of Monroe County Local 828. The scholarship committees have reviewed thousands of applications in the past 23 years, demonstrating a significant need of financial resources for young adults continuing their formal education. Scholarship applicants are judged on academic achievement, a written essay, financial need and potential.
Applications are available by contacting your workplace CSEA representative. For more scholarship information, you can go to our Voice Reporter Scholarship page or call Barbara at HQ 585-328-5250.   

Monday, January 30, 2017

Start a Never Quit Conversation Today


Start a Never Quit Conversation Today

Monroe County-- The CSEA Never Quit Team will be hosting a meeting for all members and volunteers on Tuesday, February 7 5:00 pm at the Rochester Satellite Office at 3495 Winton Place, Building E Suite 3. At the meeting, we will discuss logistics of reaching out to thousands of CSEA families over the first week in March.

For more information, please call your Local office 585-328-5250 or the Rochester Satellite Office 585-272-0800. Food and refreshments will be available.

Monday, January 23, 2017

This week in Albany

This Week in Albany

Week ending January 20, 2017

Trump Takes Office
Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, while Mike Pence became the 48th Vice President.
President Trump’s speech focused on the promises he made during the campaign, including his promise that America will get better for everyone.
Executive Budget Released
Governor Cuomo released his $152.3 billion State budget proposal this week.
Major proposals in the budget include:
  • Governor Cuomo has reintroduced a proposal that would increase health insurance costs for future state retirees. Under the proposed plan, State contributions to the costs of health insurance premiums for retirees would be reduced for state employees that retiree on or after October 1, 2017. The proposal would create a tiered system of State contributions based on years of service and pay grade. CSEA fought to defeat this proposal last year and will do the same this year.
  • The Governor’s budget ignores the needs of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The proposed budget fails to invest in needed services, including CSEA’s care pilot programs, and puts even more stress on a workforce that already works the most overtime out of any state agency.
  • The budget also continues to reduce services in the Office of Mental Health by calling for the closure of an additional 140 beds across the state. There are currently no details as to where these beds will be taken down.
  • The Governor has proposed a local government consolidation scheme that would require every County Executive or County Manager outside of New York City to prepare a plan for consolidating and eliminating services, which will be put to voters in the November 2017 election. CSEA will continue to oppose the Governor’s attempts to force the consolidation of local government services.
  • Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding for local governments will be held flat, as it has been since 2011-12.
  • The Executive Budget would extend the Millionaire’s Tax for an additional three years, but would raise the income threshold to $2,155,350 from the current $2 million. The proposal would keep in place the “middle class” tax cuts agreed to in the 2016-17 budget.
CSEA President Danny Donohue’s statement on the budget proposal can be read here.

CSEA will be testifying at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Workforce Development on Wednesday, January 25. That testimony, along with an in-depth summary, will be made available on the Legislative & Political Action Department’s website next week. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Depew Dissolution Vote
This week, voters in the Erie County Village of Depew voted against the dissolution of their village by nearly a three to one margin. Similar efforts in the Villages of Medina and Brockport have also been defeated in Western New York in recent years.
Time and again voters have shown that they value the services provided by their local governments and have rejected dissolution and consolidation efforts.
2017 School Property Tax Cap Announced
State Comptroller DiNapoli announced that the property tax cap for school districts will be 1.26% for the next school year. While this is a slight increase from last year, the tax cap continues to hurt the ability of local governments to provide the services that are demanded by the public.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Local 828 Donates to Area Veterans

For the second year the generosity of our Local came through with the delivery of shoes, socks, scarves, gloves, candy and more for the Rochester Veterans Transition Center (RVTC).  These items will be used as stocking stuffers to give out to Veterans who have been down on their luck and need a helping hand.  This year we engaged the retirees who are part of a knitting circle who worked tirelessly to make sure the Veterans were taken care of…a special thank you to Cris Zaffuto for leading the charge.    The RVTC is a federally funded program that provides necessary life-saving services for Veterans in the Rochester and Monroe County area.
Louis, Angela and Kathy - Photos by Bess Watts
Gifts were overflowing
Kathy, Angela and Bess 
Big props go to Local 828 Women's Committee Chair Angela Muscianese for her organizing efforts and to Kathy Begemann & Local President Bess Watts for their assistance in delivering the gifts and provisions.  A special shout out to the Public Defenders Office for going above and beyond with their donations.  

The generosity of CSEA members (and retirees) never ceases to amaze. And a big THANK YOU to all our generous units for making this effort a huge success!   
Angela-Chair of the Local Women's Committee