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President, CSEA Local 856
A Message from Region President Anthony Adamo
Sisters and Brothers: Let me start by thanking all of you for your tremendous work these past months as we’ve grappled with COVID-19. You have all provided a variety of essential services that have kept New York running. Our state would have been in a much worse place had it not been for your efforts. As we continue this fight against this virus, know that CSEA is with you. Despite the many challenges, some of which we still face, we have made progress. At the worksite level, we’ve resolved a myriad of issues for our members across the Southern Region. Our officers and staff have been tirelessly advocating on your behalf. The amount of advocacy in the area of workplace safety alone has been vast. If you aren’t already engaged with CSEA, please connect with your officers and shop stewards. Let them know when issues arise so they can help address them. When you need additional help, reach out to our staff. Budget shortfalls continue to loom, both on the state and local government levels. Rather than finger pointing about whose fault that is, we must continue to advocate for federal aid for New York. I have heard from many members that they don’t feel New York deserves federal aid. Let me be clear: this need for a fair share of aid has nothing to do with what’s happened on a state level. Federal aid is needed and will be distributed nationwide. It’s essential that New York receives its fair share, just like every other state. Did you know that in paying federal taxes, New Yorkers give more than they get back in aid, where other states (Kentucky, for example) receive way more than they give? This isn’t a red or blue issue. New York is home to Wall Street and is a huge economic driver for our country. We deserve our fair share back. On a lighter note, we are finding ways to engage CSEA members in safe ways. We held an outdoor Southern Region Information Day on Oct. 24. I was thrilled to meet so many of you who hadn’t previously been to a CSEA event. We hope to hold more events in the future. Please keep your eyes out for emails from CSEA, your CSEA Work Force newspaper, our website at cseany.org, and the CSEA Member Benefits Facebook page for info on the many member-only discounts, programs, and events available for you. In closing, please reach out your region officers if you need us. I can be contacted at the Southern Region Office at (845) 831-1000.
Southern Region President
Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship Drawing Winners:
$1000 Barbara Vazquez for Eva
$1000 Nancy Nissen for Sydnee
$500 Tina Rodschat for Jonathan
$500 Michelle Keuning for Nicole
$500 Inger Christensen-Dorney for Joshua
$500 Troy Ashdown for Gabrielle
$500 Tina Gilmore for Kevin
$500 Susan Frank for Eric
$500 Yinmei Lin for Geoffrey
$500 James Jones for Marissa
$500 Tammy Farber for Sarah
$500 Todd Schmidt for Elizabeth
$250 Paula Bugbee for Devon
$250 Alexa Deising for Anya
$250 Ronald Bravo for Abigail
$250 Francine Eisloeffel for Ethan
$250 Corrina Consiglio for Anthony
$250 Inger Christensen-Dorney for Christopher
$250 Lori Scarano for Nicholas
$250 Debbie Boice for Brandon
$250 Rosemarie Bonner for Bradley
$250 Darlene Higley for Benjamin
Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship Drawing Winners:
$250 Michael Davis for Owen
$250 Michael McCreery for Joseph
Alternate #1 Jennifer Ferrante for Nicholas
Alternate #2 Stephanie Osterhoudt for Matthew
We will be contacting our winners shortly.
CSEA urges Ulster County Legislature to shelve MUNIS resolution
KINGSTON – CSEA, the largest union representing Ulster County employees, today announced opposition to Ulster County Resolution 238, which allows the Ulster County Legislature to access the county’s Municipal Uniform Information System (MUNIS). MUNIS contains sensitive information about Ulster County employees, including Social Security numbers, phone numbers, home addresses, bank account information, and even wage garnishments.
“The County Legislature has not coherently explained why they want access to this trove of information about county employees,” said CSEA Southern Region President Anthony Adamo. “This certainly raises many unanswered questions.”
“This system is accessible by a select few in county government, including the Comptroller, the Commissioner of Finance, and the Personnel Department. Notably absent from this list is the Office of the County Executive,” said CSEA Ulster County Local President Todd Schmidt. “With the sheer amount of sensitive information on this platform, access to MUNIS should be limited to those who need the information for personnel and payroll functions.”
“Without a compelling reason to grant the County Legislature access to MUNIS, we cannot in good conscience support this,” said CSEA Ulster County Unit President Janet Knott. “Over a decade ago, Ulster County voted to institute a county executive system of government, which eliminated the direct employee oversight functions of the County Legislature. The County Executive does not even have access to MUNIS. This resolution is unnecessary and should be rejected.”
CSEA, the Civil Service Employees Association, represents nearly 300,000 active and retired union members across New York State. CSEA is Local 1000 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which in turn is one of the largest affiliates of the AFL-CIO.
RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING JULY 19-25,2020 AS "PRETRIAL, PROBATION AND PAROLE SUPERVISION WEEK"
During these times of uncertainty, change, and unrest, Probation Professionals provide essential public services that our communities depend on and
even as their roles expand and change, Probation Professionals, help offenders rehabilitate and keep the public safe, and
by ensuring that individuals on probation have drug and alcohol counseling, mental health assistance, job training, and more, Probation Professionals are dedicated to their mission of making positive change and helping offenders improve their lives, and
Probation Professionals perform an array of law enforcement work, including the supervision of a wide range of offenses involving both adults and juvenile offenders, from DWI cases to sex offenses to domestic abuse, and
Probation Professionals continue to perform this public service even as the COVID-19 pandemic has added many complications for probation officers to supervise and made their jobs more difficult,
the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) hereby recognizes and celebrates July 19-25, 2020 as ""Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week", and
the COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the services provided by these essential workers and made their recognition that much more important, and
as the union representative for the majority of Probation Professionals across New York State, CSEA will continue to advocate on behalf of these dedicated workers, and
CSEA encourages all New Yorkers to join us in honoring Probation Professionals and to recognize the important roles they fill in the communities they serve.
While stay at home orders are in effect even for your Deferred Comp field rep,
there are ways to reach out to enroll or review your account
Go to www.nysdcp.com and hit the ENROLL button to enroll online. Also at
that same site you can register for a weekly enrollment webinar
You can also set up a 15 minute phone appointment with your
rep by going to the following link: https://laizm.timetap.com/
is not new to Pearl Insurance or CSEA Members -- she has been a part of our team since 2012. Danielle joined us as an insurance representative working from our home office and later transitioned to working as the CSEA Insurance Representative in the Capital District region. In addition, she began working with our Marketing Department heading up the "Direct Agent Support" initiative. With her vast knowledge of the CSEA Group Sponsored Insurance Program and experience with CSEA members, Danielle is an integral part of the Pearl Insurance team and will now be the CSEA Insurance Representative responsible for serving CSEA members of your local.
In the future, Danielle will be visiting your location to review the insurance programs available to CSEA members but in the meantime, if you have any questions regarding your CSEA Valuable Insurance Programs, please feel free to call, email or text Danielle.
Myth - The Census only determines how many Congressional Representatives each state will have.
Fact - First and foremost, the Census determines how much federal funding each state receives for health care, education, housing, transportation, and other services. Federal funding makes up more that 1/3 of the New York State Budget.
Myth - Census employees will ask for your Social Security Number.
Fact - Census employees will NEVER ask for your Social Security Number, Credit Card Number, bank account, political party affiliation, or citizenship status. It is illegal for them to disclose any personal information. If they do, they can face 5 years in jail and a $250k fine.
Myth - Immigrants are not counted.
Fact - The Constitution explicitly requires an "actual enumeration of all persons", including immigrants, homeless people, and refugees, regardless of citizenship. Every person not counted costs New York $2,000 per person, per year for 10 years! The 2010 Census only counted 69% of New York's population. We need to do much better!
Myth - The only way to be counted is when a census employee comes to your door.
Fact - There are many ways to be counted! You can participate by phone, mail, or for the first time, online. For those without internet access, community portals will be available at your local libraries and SUNY, CUNY and community college campuses.
As public servants, we can take pride knowing our work makes a difference in the lives of so many. That includes our community service off the job. Our members volunteer for so many groups: local fire departments, volunteer ambulance corps, youth sports, houses of worship and more. When the fire whistle rings in a small town, when the tones go out for an emergency medical call, when a church hosts a free community dinner, and when you see that referee on the basketball court or the baseball field, chances are good you’re seeing CSEA members giving back.
Please consider joining our members who give back via our community organizations. Speaking of giving back, I’m so proud of the fundraising our activists have done for worthy causes. Kudos to the Southern Region Women’s Committee for leading our involvement with the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk this fall. Team members raised a total of $1,970 for the American Cancer Society! Denise Fuchs, one of our team leaders, deserves a special shout-out for her remarkable $1,738 raised, much of which came via support from our Orange County Unit members. Click here to view the entire post
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