Tier VI: How did your reps vote?

In case you’ve been wondering how your representatives in Albany voted on Tier VI last Wednesday night in the wee hours of last Thursday morning, here are the lists, via Capitol Confidential. Voting Record: Senate | Assembly

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Retirement security: One generation stands up for the next

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I’d like you to meet Jim Frenette. He’s more than my dad. He’s also a retired teacher. In Tupper Lake, where I grew up, teachers were — and still are — a respected profession. It wasn’t just me and my family who looked up to him, whether he was wearing his school shoes or his […]

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New York’s pensions are “on the right course”

That’s what state Comptroller Tom DiNap0li said in a press release touting the fund’s 14.5 percent return rate for the fiscal year ending March 31. Here’s the full press release. If you don’t want to link to it, here’s more of the quote: The strong returns should reassure our beneficiaries and New York taxpayers that […]

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If you care about pensions, here’s some summer reading

Ah the lazy days of summer. The week of 4th of July has a lot of people on vacation. Here’s some light reading for you about pensions, which the uninformed like to attack. The best counterattack, as always, is with facts. The National Institute on Retirement Security analyzed six different state plans to see how […]

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Higher ed system has ‘a lot to be proud of’

United University Professions member Bill Ashbaugh spent his first advocacy day in the Legislative Office Building mixing discussion of Japanese universities with opposition to the governor’s proposal for a Tier VI pension plan. Ashbaugh, who chairs the history department at SUNY Oneonta, joined a group of UUP sisters and brothers – most of them experienced […]

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What a way to end the day

It’s late and it’s going to be later for NYSUT officers as they digest the breaking news (all after 5 p.m.) The New York State Senate, by a vote of 33-27, passed a bill that strips seniority rules out of laying off teachers in New York City. I’m searching for links when I hear that […]

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