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  • Empire Center Policy Forum Focuses on Taylor Law

    October 16, 2007

    Enacted 40 years ago during an era of public-sector labor unrest, New York's Public Employees Fair Employment Act--better known as the Taylor Law--was designed to balance the broad public interest and the narrower interests of unionized government workers.  But while strikes and other job actions have become rare events, municipal and school officials say the Taylor Law--in combination with other public labor statutes--now unduly favors unions at taxpayer expense.


    Are Taylor Law reforms needed to redress the balance?  The Empire Center explored the question at an Oct. 16 policy forum in Albany.   
     

    INTRODUCTION


    Howard Husock
    Vice President, Manhattan Institute

     

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    PRESENTERS  

     

    Terry O'Neil
    Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC

     

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    E.J. McMahon
    Director, Empire Center


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    RESPONDERS PANEL

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    From left to right, Charles Brecher, Fran Turner, Richard Iannuzzi, Shawn Hogan, and Robert Ward.

     


    Shawn Hogan
    Mayor, City of Hornell
    Richard C. Iannuzzi
    President, New York State United Teachers
    Fran Turner
    Director of Legislative and Political Action
    Civil Service Employees Association
    Charles Brecher
    Research Director, Citizens Budget Commission
    Vito DiCesare, Jr.
    Retired Superintendent, Beacon School District

     

    SPEAKER

    Hon. Jerome Lefkowitz
    Chairman
    New York State Public Employment Relations Board

     

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    KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    INTRODUCTION:

    Lawrence Levy
    National Center for Suburban Studies
    Hofstra University


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    Hon. Steve Levy
    Suffolk County Executive


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