Spotted at the March in Washington on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn
In 2012, this here blog celebrated the Obamacare mandate that essentially made birth control free to women with insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are required to offer birth control without a copay, because it turns out sex is a fun thing that everyone likes to do. Now that the new president/twitter addict has brought his Tasmanian Devil political style to the White House, it’s unclear which parts of Obamacare might survive and which will get ripped off like the Band-Aid you also won’t be able to support under the Republican’s so-far-nonexistent healthcare replacement. But New York has your back on the birth control issue.
While millions of women marched against Trump around the country and globe this weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state insurance regulations that will require insurers to keep offering free birth control and access to free medically necessary abortions.
“Women deserve to make a fair wage and the same salary as any man, they deserve to work in an office free of sexual harassment, they deserve comprehensive paid family leave and they deserve control over their health and reproductive decisions,” Cuomo said in a statement, according to the Times. (more…)
We know that freelancers are considered by many to be a pretty low rung of the job market, one that didn’t even warrant any attention during the recent 14-year long presidential campaign. But the workforce is growing, with 55 million people working as freelancers last year alone, making up 35 percent of the workforce. It’s only going to get bigger as people turn away from traditional office jobs in favor of making up their own patchwork careers.
We’re all going to have it a lot tougher in the coming year if Trump and his Cobra command squadron kill Obamacare and replace it with, who knows what, maybe just telling you to rub some dirt in it and get back out there. But there may be some good news on the horizon, at least in New York state. As part of his State of the State speech being delivered at several locations this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a “Portable Benefit Task Force” that will be charged with recommending some creative ways for freelance workers and others get access to affordable benefits.
“New York City specifically has been named the ‘freelancer capital of the world’ because it is home to 1.3 million self-identified freelancers,” Cuomo said in the speech, which you can read here. “Many of these workers lack the core protections and benefits provided for in the traditional labor market, and the existing system for supporting workers is outdated.” (more…)
That guy on the end must be from Brooklyn, not expecting WiFi or anything special. (via imgur)
Today, Governor Cuomo introduced Phase II of his world yogurt domination scheme Transit Wireless Wifi plan, a seven-part process to equip all 277 underground subway stations with WiFi by 2017.
Starting today and through November, 40 more stations will be wired for subway WiFi service. 11 of these stations are in Manhattan (including 42 Street Bryant Park, 34 Street Herald Square and Grand Central 42 Street) and 29 will be in Queens (including Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue Station, Jamaica Center Station and Court Square Station). (more…)
Get paid to help NY recover from Hurricane Sandy. Photo by MTAPhotos
As predicted, Hurricane Sandy has produced a spike in jobs in New York. Governor Cuomo announced on Sunday that the Fed has allocated a National Emergency Grant (NEG) of $27.7 million to help put more than 5,000 young and unemployed New Yorkers to work cleaning up and rebuilding communities hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. FEMA will also begin replacing out-of-state employees with upwards of 700 local hires. Find out if you qualify and how to apply. NOTE: Please do NOT reply in the comments that you need a job. You will NOT get one that way. Use the numbers and links below.
The whole city is in the democracy spirit. Photo by kennethcoleprd on Instagram.
HAPPY ELECTION DAY!! If you have not yet heard the news, Governor Cuomo (POTUS 2016??) signed an executive order last night that will allow all registered New York voters who are residents of counties affected by Sandy (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester) to cast their ballot in any polling place in the state via affidavit. This temporary change in NYS Election Law will hopefully facilitate the voting process for people who have been displaced by the storm.
This change does not mean that you should go vote at the polling site closest to your work during lunch. If you can physically get to your assigned polling location and it still exists, vote there. Only votes for the top of the ticket (Obama v. Romney) will count if you are voting outside of your legislative district (i.e., your vote will not count towards other races, such as for State Senate or State Assembly).
There are special “Voter Shuttle” buses available for transport to/from polling sites in Sandy-ravaged Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.