Advocacy Update: Election 2018
November 12, 2018
Earlier last week, voters cast their ballots for representatives at the local, state and federal level.
No major surprises occurred in the statewide races, with Governor Cuomo, Lt. Governor Hochul, Comptroller DiNapoli and Senator Gillibrand all securing re-election. New York does have a new Attorney General, with Tisch James, former NYC Public Advocate filling the vacancy caused by Eric Schneiderman's resignation earlier this year.
Though Senator Gillibrand won re-election, the Republicans retained the majority in the US Senate, picking up seats nationally. However, there was a shift in power in the US House of Representatives. House Democrats picked up 30 seats, giving them a total of 225 (218 are needed for a majority). Three of those "pick up" seats came from New York where three Democrats defeated Republican incumbents.
The biggest news was the turnover of the State Senate. While some results are still being certified, it appears that the Senate Democrats will return with 39 members in their conference in January. Fifteen of those members (38%) will be freshman senators.
What is unclear at this time, is where Simcha Felder, the representative for the 17th Senatorial District in Brooklyn who ran on four lines including Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independent, and previously has conferenced with the Republicans, will conference and vote in the upcoming legislative session.
In the State Assembly, the Democrats maintained their majority in the lower house, claiming 107 of 150 total seats, a loss of 2 seats, but still a super majority.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie immediately welcomed his new colleagues and released a statement outlining his conference priorities including education.
Full election results and the Speaker's statement can be viewed below.
TRS Releases 2019 Employer Contribution Rate
Last week, the New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS) released an estimated employer contribution rate (ECR) for fiscal year 2019-2020. The rate estimate is between 8.5% and 9.5% of member payroll. An updated estimate for the ECR will be provided in February.
Assuming the final rate for 2019-20 remains in line with this estimate, this will result in an overall rate decrease from the 2018-19 rate of 10.62%.
Additional information, including historic employer contribution rates (ECR) is available below.
2019 Legislative Priorities Webinar
The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team will be hosting a webinar, free to NYSSBA members, on Thursday, December 13th from 12:00p.m. - 1:30 p.m. The team will provide an analysis on the recent mid-term election results and will be reviewing NYSSBA's legislative priorities and insights on the upcoming legislative session.
Registration for the webinar can be accessed below.
November Regents Meeting
Earlier last week, the NYS Board of Regents met for their next to the last meeting of 2018. Links to NYSSBA's OnBoard Extra and the full Regents agenda can be accessed below.
- OnBoard Extra: Action to extend APPR moratorium expected to take place in December
- November Board of Regents Materials
NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues. For more information, visit our Key Issues Page, and be sure to keep up with NYSSBA on Facebook and Twitter.
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