Saturday, July 27, 2013


Week Ending July 26, 2013

DiNapoli Discusses Detroit's Bankruptcy Filing

Last week Detroit became the largest American city to ever file for bankruptcy, causing some to question whether cities in New York could face a similar fate. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said that policies put in place by his office will help New York avoid some of the pitfalls that led to Detroit’s bankruptcy and "avoid steps that may cause needless harm to our communities."

“Even though many of New York's communities face significant economic and budgetary problems, no municipality in our state has ever declared bankruptcy, and with good reason. Bankruptcy proceedings of municipalities in other states have left fiscal problems unresolved for years, while making it more difficult for local governments to deliver essential services," Mr. DiNapoli said.

The Comptroller later added, “We’re all going to do everything we can to make sure we don’t have bankruptcies in New York State, which would be a terrible outcome.”

Schneiderman Investigating Superstorm Sandy Charities

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating how charitable organizations are spending money raised in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy after a preliminary report raised questions over how that money has been spent. The initial report showed that of the $575 million in funds raised for Sandy relief, only $336 million has been spent thus far.

Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate Delayed
The implementation of a major component of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will be pushed back one year to 2015. The provision will establish penalties for employers with at least 50 employees who do not provide health insurance. The delay is intended to allow businesses more time to comply with the new regulations.

Continue the Pushback Against OMH Plan 

The Office of Mental Health’s “Regional Centers of Excellence” plan will close and consolidate state psychiatric hospitals and leave mentally ill people without the services they need. Families will be forced to travel hours to find services for their loved ones or rely on county jails that have become de-facto treatment centers after years of cuts and a failure by the State to invest in mental health services.

CSEA is committed to fighting this vague and irresponsible plan that will only worsen the current shortage of mental health services in the state. Please visit our website and sign the petitions urging Governor Cuomo not to abandon State services for the mentally ill.  

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