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Letter to the Editor –

The recent tornado in our area was MONTHS ago. Dozens of low hanging wires still have yellow warning tags on them. Huge trees and branches are dangerously listing against wires. Heavy overgrowth has branches dangling more than halfway across roads. WHERE are Central Hudson repair trucks. WHERE are Frontier Communications repair trucks. WHAT will it take to get these huge safety concerns addressed. For months and months you see the Central Hudson or Frontier trucks roadside, making some repairs. But point out another really low hanging wire to them and what do they say. “Oh, that is on a state road”, or “Oh, that is a Frontier line, not our problem.”.
It seems to me that it will take several people being killed, either by falling branches or a truck running into a wire that the driver thought he might be able to squeeze under.
It’s time. It’s WAY PAST TIME.
Susie Cottonwood

New York Labor Apprenticeship Act would inject significant resources into building trades unions and other organizations that provide job training programs

In the wake of Janus and other anti-organized labor cases that may follow, we need to advance solutions on a state level now that can insulate unions while strengthening our workforce. My proposal would do just that, This legislation would create a dollar-for-dollar state income or business tax credit up to a certain threshold for direct contributions to apprenticeship, vocational training, or continuing skills education programs for unions that require such programs, and be used to boost cooperatives for practical skills training between trade or industry groups and public or private schools.

We need more young people, veterans and those transitioning careers to have access to a practical skills education that will increase opportunity. My father was a member of the IBEW. Incentivizing the creation and expansion of training programs will get more people the qualifications they need to find work and build a career that provides a living wage. Establishing a tax credit of this kind will serve to inject more capital into these groups, allow them to better allocate resources, and expand programs to ensure our workers are the best trained in the world. On the private sector side, it also has the potential to foster stronger relationships between management and labor.

Our state and our nation weren’t built by lawyers and accountants. They were built by hard-working men and women who create and innovate. Injecting building trades unions and other labor groups with private and charitable dollars that help them grow membership, expand our workforce, grow our economy and make our region a more desirable place to raise a family.

An existing Empire State Apprenticeship Tax Credit allows employers with certified Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs to collect limited credits against income or franchise taxes for each apprentice hired. However, the program directly excludes apprenticeship programs for those in the construction trades suggesting that they were not in-demand occupations.

The idea that building trades are not in demand enough to warrant assistance in attracting and training members is ridiculous. Growing the skilled labor pool means putting more people to work in jobs that can keep them here. We can grow opportunity for young people, the unemployed and the underemployed by emphasizing practical skills training that leads to new careers and good-paying positions.

A skilled labor force that can earn a living wage through steady work closer to home should be a goal of government and the private sector. The proposed program would be paid for in part from state’s controversial $400 million ‘tax credits for Hollywood’ program.

firefighter of the week

Newburgh Firefighter of the Week

In light of the impending layoffs, we want to keep shining a light on first responders who excel, in the hopes of building public support- call City Hall and tell them no more cuts!

This week we are showcasing Firefighter Joe Bedetti. Joe has been with the NFD for 18 months, and is following the footsteps of his Brother and Father. He gets mistaken for the actor Robert Carradine, and would love to someday have a part in one of the many productions filmed in our City. Joe loves working in a place so rich in history and being a part of Newburgh’s rebirth.

Thank you Joe Bedetti for your service!


















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