Fundraiser to support Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

On Wednesday, November 20, Andrew Chong and I met up with Scott Hobson, Big I NY’s Director of Government Relations in Manhattan at a fundraiser to support Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.  The event was sponsored by Bolton-St. Johns, Big I NY’s Government Relations Firm at Serafina Tribeca on Wednesday Nov. 20th.   Discussions of the specific topics we have talked about in the past and that are highlighted in Big I’s position paper (on our website), were not discussed, but the support and relationship building is necessary as we gear up for “L” day on March 3 at the Capital in Albany and to further…

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New State Law Aims To Protect Domestic Violence Victims in Workplace

​ Victims of domestic violence will have new protections against discrimination in the workplace under a New York State law​ taking effect November 18. The measure, which the State Legislature approved in May and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed in August, places new restrictions on how employers may treat victims. The new law prohibits employers and licensing agencies  from: Refusing to hire or employ, or firing an individual because of her status as a domestic violence victim Discriminating against that individual in compensation or in terms, conditions or privileges of employment Printing or circulating statements, advertisements or publications; using employment applications; or making inquiries about prospective…

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Oktoberfest 2019 Recap

Big I TriCounty’s Oktoberfest, October 3, 2019 Judging by the enthusiastic crowd, the rain didn’t hinder our once-a-year event at Plattduetsche Park in the least. As usual, the food was terrific, and the beer flowed as did animated conversations throughout the evening. Our raffle prizes were very popular and the 50/50 almost sold out. Thank you to Mike Witkowski who donated half of his 50/50 winnings back to the evening’s cause - Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk. Jeanne Abatelli who was responsible for putting this event together will also make her 6th annual walk for breast cancer in California next month. Congratulations Jeanne! Thanks also…

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