The Tourism Boom!

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Labor/Unions, Uncategorized

Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game earlier this month. (Source: The Mayor’s Office) New York City’s booming tourism sector has been a tale of remarkable success, from the more than 363,000 tourism jobs in the city to a record-breaking 52 million visitors and $3.3 billion in city tax revenue last year. But while the influx of tourists has boosted the local economy and bolstered New York City’s recovery, some public officials and industry players say… [More]

1199 SEIU To Endorse Thompson Over Hynes

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, Latest, News

The executive council of 1199 SEIU, New York City’s largest union, has unanimously voted to endorse Brooklyn district attorney candidate Kenneth Thompson, according to sources close to the union. The health care workers union had previously supported incumbent District Attorney Charles Hynes in past elections, and their largely African-American and Latino membership could be an asset for Thompson as he looks to solidify his support in those communities. “Ken’s impressive life story, strong record fighting for justice, and deep commitment… [More]

Progress Cited for Minority and Women Firms, But Obstacles Remain

Written by Mylique Sutton on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Government Operations, Labor/Unions, News, Real Estate/Construction

Several weeks after taking office in 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order aimed at giving minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) access to more state projects and contracts. Since then M/WBE participation has grown from 9.2 percent of all state contracts to about 17 percent as of last December, a remarkable jump but still below the governor’s ambitious target of 20 percent. To Alphonso David, the governor’s deputy secretary for civil rights, this is all part of the… [More]

Labor Laws: Unions See Mixed Results in 2013 Legislative Session

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Labor/Unions

The only consensus regarding the outcome of this session is that the legislative results for organized labor ran the gamut, from overwhelming success for certain unions and coalitions to a bitter disappointment for others—though with several major labor initiatives passing and few bills passing with wide-ranging consequences for labor, it’s safe to say that labor unions fared pretty well this go-around.… [More]

Unions Pressuring Consultants To Drop Spitzer As Client

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, News

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer may not get enough petition signatures for his comptroller bid by Thursday’s deadline, political analysts said. Spitzer retained the Brown Miller Group to help with his petitioning, but some say he’s vulnerable to court challenges. “He’s going to get all street names since he only has two days go,” said political consultant George Arzt, an ally of Spitzer’s opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. “The problem with street names is that people give wrong information and a lot of people… [More]

Quinn Changes Tune On Outside Spending With HTC Endorsement

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, Latest, News

When the Hotel Trades Council announced that they would be endorsing Christine Quinn for mayor Thursday, they pledged to spend up to $2 million on radio, television and mail on her in the coming months of the campaign, marking a sharp reversal from Quinn’s previous efforts to eliminate outside spending from the mayoral race. Back in April, outside groups ran an attack ad against Quinn on cable networks, sparking an immediate response from Quinn encouraging her opponents to join her… [More]

Menchaca Continues To Rack Up Labor Support In Bid To Unseat Gonzalez

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, News

City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca dealt a blow to incumbent Sara Gonzalez by gaining the support of the New York City Central Labor Council, part of the AFL-CIO, representing 1.3 million workers. The endorsement solidifies Menchaca’s labor support, as nearly all of the city’s major unions have endorsed him in his race against Gonzalez, owing to Gonzalez’s lack of progressive credentials, say sources familiar with the race. “Carlos Menchaca represents the future of District 38,” said Vincent Alvarez, president of the New York City Central… [More]