Roundup: The Ricks, Rockys, and Rudys

On “The Capitol Pressroom,” Andrew Cuomo said that a minimum wage hike this year “would be in order.”

From the awesome file: Bill Clinton reviews Robert Caro’s latest bio of LBJ.

Nick Confessore goes long on the Obama administration’s efforts to woo Wall Street.

Mitt Romney’s budget plan would wallop New Yorkers by ending the state income tax deduction. Continue reading “Roundup: The Ricks, Rockys, and Rudys”

Roundup: The Prep School Guys Continue To Be The Prep School Guys

Maggie Haberman takes a look at a possible Clinton-Cuomo primary in 2016.

The federal government rejected the Cuomo administration’s plans for transit-less Tappan Zee Bridge.

Carlo Scissura is dropping out of the  Brooklyn BP’s race to lead the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Carl Kruger was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

The Hill takes a look at all of New York’s congressional races. Continue reading “Roundup: The Prep School Guys Continue To Be The Prep School Guys”

TWU Local 100 Accuses MTA of ‘Shocking Violation of Good Faith Negotiating Practices’

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TWU Local 100 President telling reporters the MTA engaged in "bad-faith bargaining" by negotiating in the press. (Photo: Local 11)

Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents the people who operate the city’s subways and buses, has pulled out of contract talks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In a statement released today about their departure from the bargaining table, Local 100 accused the MTA of “negotiating in the press” in “a shocking violation of good faith negotiation tactics.”

“Negotiations were to resume on Thursday, January 19. That morning, an article appeared in the NY Daily News presenting givebacks that the MTA would be asking for at the meeting. This was a shocking violation of good faith negotiating practices and of a specific agreement with management to refrain from negotiating in the press,” the statement said. “This move, the second time in three days that management had seeded the press with its claims, poisoned the atmosphere for negotiations. Local 100 presented its protest and then cancelled the remainder of the bargaining session in order to clear the air before negotiations continued.”

TWU’s statement didn’t just accuse the MTA of planting the story. It also said the information contained in the story was inaccurate.

Continue reading “TWU Local 100 Accuses MTA of ‘Shocking Violation of Good Faith Negotiating Practices’”

Governor Cuomo On The MTA/TWU Contract Talks

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Governor Andrew Cuomo (Getty)

Governor Cuomo appeared at the Riverfront Library Auditorium in Yonkers this morning to present his executive budget message and, during a Q&A after the presentation, The Politicker asked whether he’s optimistic the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be able to reach a deal on a new contract with Transit Workers Union Local 100, which represents the people who operate New York City’s subway and bus system.

“You know I’m leaving that up to the MTA and Joe Lhota,” Governor Cuomo said.  Continue reading “Governor Cuomo On The MTA/TWU Contract Talks”

Transport Workers Union President Tells Cuomo To ‘Shove It’ at Contract Rally

 Transport Workers Union President Tells Cuomo To Shove It at Contract Rally
John Samuelsen speaking at the TWU rally. (Photo: Hunter Walker)

As the MTA’s contract with the Transport Workers Union Local 100 was set to expire at midnight last night, hundreds of workers gathered in the bitter cold outside the negotiations at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown for a raucous rally where they were joined by several local politicians.

“I’ve been bargaining for the better part of the last 48 hours,” TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen said. “I’m going to go back into that hotel and I’m going to tell the chairman of the MTA, I’m going to tell the governor to take their petty demands and shove it.” Continue reading “Transport Workers Union President Tells Cuomo To ‘Shove It’ at Contract Rally”