These are the endorsements from the interviews in Batavia, on Saturday June 28, 2014. The interviews consisted of 1/2 hour time allotments in front of the combined PAC West Committees for the 14 Western NY/ Southern Tier counties. They are Region 6 PAC West recommendations that will be submitted to CSEA in Albany.
Senate District 55 Ted O’Brien(I) endorsed over Rich Funke
Assembly District 60 Mark Grisanti(I) endorsed over Stocker Panepinto (Primary/General)
District 63 Tim Kennedy(I) endorsed over Betty Jean Grant (Primary)
District 138 Harry Bronson(I) endorsed over Peterson Vasquez (General)
District 141 Crystal Peoples-Stokes(I) endorsed over Antoine Thompson (Primary)
Mark Grisanti was excused, Peterson Vasquez was unavailable due to no reply on a short return notice & Antoine Thompson was advised not to run for election at this time, so an invite was not offered at this time.
All the candidates were well-versed on the topic of the Taylor Law(no strike) & the Triborough Amendment (old contract remains in effect until a new one is ratified). This will be a contentious issue when our next contract is due. The politicians in Albany want the Triborough Amendment removed. That would involve minimum wages & no benefits until a new contract is ratified. Albany says it gives the unions too much bargaining power to not negotiate in earnest. I say it offsets the no-strike Taylor Law. It balances who yields the negotiating power. One issue I would like resolved is, start negotiating early enough, so each side does not have their backs against the wall, come deadline time. We, who work for the State & are represented by CSEA, are the ones who have the most to gain & also the ones who have the most to lose. Thanks for listening. Larry