Archive for June, 2009

Statement of June O’Neill in support of Governor Paterson’s Call for Special Session

June 23, 2009

“The people of New York want and deserve the Senate to get back to work. Governor Paterson has appropriately called for a special session today at 3:00pm, and we applaud his leadership to get Senators to vote on critical legislation that impacts the everyday lives of real New Yorkers. We agree with Governor Paterson that the stalling and hijacking of the session are not amusing. The Senate has an obligation to go back to finish the work. We urge them to comply with the Governor’s call by showing up at 3:00pm today.”


New York State Democratic Committee Chair June O’Neill today issued the following statement on Senate Republicans refusal to compromise and go back to work

June 20, 2009

“Last week Republicans hijacked our State Senate and brought the legislative process to a screeching halt. Now, the same people who tried to disguise their power grab as an attempt at reform are refusing to negotiate a solution that will enable our state government to go back to work.

Our Democratic leadership has worked diligently over the past months to address New York’s biggest challenges. They have done, and continue to do, what is best for all New Yorkers. Democratic leaders have sat at the table – across from those who shut our government down – and sought a bi-partisan compromise because they know that putting the best interests of New Yorkers above their own self interests is what they were elected to do.

Now, more than ever, New Yorkers need their government to be hard at work on their behalf. It is time for Republicans to put their egos aside and join our Democratic leadership in making the real changes our state needs or face the consequences at the polls.”

New York State Democratic Committee Chair June O’Neill issued the following statement on today’s developments in the State Senate

June 9, 2009

Statement from NYSDC Chair June O’Neill

(NEW YORK, NY) – New York State Democratic Committee Chair June O’Neill issued the following statement on today’s developments in the State Senate:

“Across the state, New Yorkers are struggling with the challenges of the economic crisis. They are fighting to keep their jobs, pay the bills and figure out how to provide for their families. Today, the people of New York, who need their government to work on their behalf now more than ever, were let down when several State Senators opted to act in their own self-interest instead of the interest of the people they were elected to serve.

Governor Paterson and our Democratic leaders have been working tirelessly to make necessary reforms and put our state on the road to recovery. That work was undermined by the petty games we saw today. With less than two weeks left of the legislative session, New Yorkers deserve more than political shenanigans. It is time for our legislators to go back to work and serve the people of our state.”

Statement from NYSDC Chair June O’Neill on Today’s Agreement Between CSEA, PEF and Governor Paterson

June 5, 2009

NYSDC Chair June O’Neill issued the following statement thanking CSEA and PEF for their support:

During these tough times, each of us – including our unions – is facing unique challenges.  We applaud CSEA and PEF for their willingness to partner with Governor Paterson to reach the deal that was announced today. The agreement will save taxpayers millions of dollars while also protecting our valued state workers from massive layoffs across the state. In addition, the two unions also announced that they will support the Governor as he works to make necessary reforms to the state pension system – paving the the way for the most significant changes the pension system has seen in nearly 25 years.

Today’s announcement, made possible by the collaborative efforts of CSEA and PEF, is an example of what can be accomplished when we come together around a common goal.”