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Citywide Association of Law Assistants of the Civil, Criminal and Family Courts in the City of New York

Have I Been Redistricted? Search Your Redrawn Political Districts in NY

May 24, 2022 - nbcnewyork.com 
Congressional and state seats have changed. Before this summer’s primary elections, find out how your old districts stack up with your new ones. Read More & Enter Your Address to See if You've Been Redistricted >>

Special Master Releases New Draft New York Congressional Maps

May 16, 2022 - spectrumlocalnews.com 
The court-appointed special master tasked with drawing New York's new congressional and state Senate maps released a preliminary draft of the new congressional boundaries Monday the state will have for the next decade.

Carnegie Mellon University Fellow Jonathan Cervas as special master drew lines for the state's 26 House seats, with 15 leaning Democratic, three leaning Republican and eight falling in the 45-55% competitive range. Read More >>

NYS Lawmakers Push for Expanded Abortion Protections

May 9, 2022 - cityandstateny.com 
State Attorney General Letitia James and lawmakers announced new legislation aimed to help not only New Yorkers seeking abortions, but also those from other states where the procedure is poised to get banned if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Read More >>

Draft Opinion Shows Supreme Court Has Voted to Overturn Abortion Rights

May 3, 2022 - politico.com 
The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court. Read More >>


Kathy Hochul Picks Rep. Antonio Delgado to Run as Her Lieutenant Governor

May 3, 2022 - cityandstateny.com 
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced she will appoint Rep. Antonio Delgado to fill out the rest of Brian Benjamin's term as lieutenant governor. That will leave his upstate swing seat open at a time Democrats are desperate to hold onto the House, and with district lines in limbo in the state. Delgado will also be tapped to replace Benjamin on the primary ballot as he runs to win a full term as the state’s number two. Read More >>


Courts Toss State's New District Maps

April 27, 2022, cityandstateny.com 
New York’s 2022 primaries are about to get very messy.
The long redistricting saga in New York will only continue, as the Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that deemed newly drawn state Senate and congressional maps unconstitutional. 
Read More >>


Municipal Labor Committee to City:

Double Standard Isn't Fair. Bring Back Workers

The Municipal Labor Committee on March 28 sent a letter to First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo and OLR Commissioner Renee Campion letting them know that NYC's labor unions will not sit by idly and watch as the Mayor imposes a set of double standards for those who are not COVID vaccinated.

As you have recently seen, many Unions, along with many residents, are greatly troubled by what appears to be a stark double standard between athletes/performers, on the one hand, and public employees, on the other, regarding continuation of the vaccine mandates. While a number of Unions had challenged the vaccine mandates as intrusive and unneeded in light of testing options, it was one thing to abide when the mandate was applied uniformly but it is another to treat public employees in a less favorable, discriminatory manner. This is all the more disturbing when one considers that these workers, without fanfare or glory, came to their jobs each day facing the perils of COVID-19 in person during the worst of the pandemic to provide services to the residents of this great City. That the Nets or Mets might be at some disadvantage in having roster limitations hardly seems to have greater public import than in the loss of livelihood to hard-working New Yorkers who are the backbone of this City. Moreover, while the City has an understandable interest in the public health, the City has in recent weeks moved towards a return to normalcy, jettisoning much of the vaccine limitations in the private sector. In light of these developments, we ask, on behalf of the NYC Municipal Labor Committee, that the City meet with us to address issues regarding the groups of public employees who were summarily terminated or who went on unpaid leave for being unvaccinated and have a right to return. Fairness requires that this move towards normalcy also apply to the people who have served the City. Just as the City reached out to the MLC and the Unions for their cooperation and support in keeping the City going and fighting back the pandemic, we now look to you, as restrictions are being rolled back, to work with us to ease the burden on public employees. We ask to meet across the table and discuss pathways for all affected employees to return to work and continue to serve the City and its residents.


Tell State Legislators to Act on the Worker Shortage

Public employees are leaving their jobs. At a time when costs are rising at unbelievable rates, it’s no surprise that these workers are moving on to higher-paying jobs in order to get by. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need them now more than ever. Our state and local governments cannot compete in this job market. Unless we make these jobs more attractive, we will continue to struggle to recruit and retain workers in our communities, and important public services will become less reliable. Contact your state legislators today >> and let them know they need to improve benefits for public employees by reforming Tier 6. Tell them that they need to do this NOW to keep our communities functioning.

New COVID-19 Policy

OCA has announced that they will be implementing a new policy in the coming weeks, which will require all non-vaccinated non-judicial personnel and judges to undergo regular COVID-19 testing. The details regarding how the new program will be implemented will be set forth in a protocol memo that they say will be issued shortly.

Parking Placards

All parking placards were mailed out as soon as they were ready in May, and all subsequent requests for placards have been fulfilled. If you submitted a request for a placard and did not receive it yet, please let your building Rep. know or email [email protected]. If you did not request a placard, it is not too late, there are still plenty left.

Supplemental Welfare Fund Checks

All Supplemental Welfare Fund checks should have been received by now. If any member did not receive his or her check yet, please contact Administrative Services Only at 800.537.1238.

CLE Courses

Our CLE classes are scheduled to be held in late 2021. They will be virtual this year. The exact dates and curriculum have not been set yet. Please let your building Rep. know or email [email protected] if you have any requests or suggestions for topics to be covered.

NYS Deferred Compensation Plan Webinar

On Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, Arlene Werner of the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, presented a webinar for new employees and those not already enrolled, providing general information about the deferred comp plan, including instructions on how to enroll. Due to a technical glitch, she was unable to show her PowerPoint, Enrollment 101 for the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan but you can now download it from our site. Part 2 of that presentation, Countdown to Retirement, is also available. Both of these are also helpful for anyone who was unable to attend the webinar.

Arlene welcomes your questions by email to [email protected] or phone 614.854.4547.

2019-2021 Contract Extender Approved

The 2019-2021 Contract Extender was approved by a vote of 183 for ratification, 5 against.
IMPORTANT REMINDER – all Court Attorneys who were part of the Association at the time of the 2016-2019 contract ratification on May 27, 2017, are eligible for a $400 Supplemental Welfare Fund Benefit. Forms were mailed to eligible Court Attorneys last year. If you need a new form or have a question, contact Frank Ghezzi at 516.265.6471, or [email protected] ASAP. Forms must be received by ASO on or before June 1 in order to receive reimbursement!

Sick Leave Bank Pilot Program

Eligible employees who have exhausted their own paid leave time may be eligible to receive Sick Leave Bank credits to cover absences while caring for a qualifying family member with a serious health condition. For definitions, eligibility requirements, and procedures, please click here.

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