New York State Parks are waiving daily vehicle fees for fourth-graders and their families for this year. The state also will pick up the transportation costs for children of all ages, from K–12, who live in disadvantaged areas. A $500,000 program included in the new budget, “Every Kid in a Park” also covers historic sites and state DEC lands. The family of fourth-graders can apply for passes at everykidinapark.gov and schools can request transportation grants to reimburse bus costs, tolls and entrance fees starting July 1.
NYSUT sent out a notice earlier this year regarding the NYSHIP dependent eligibility audit. The Audit was directed strictly to those members with family Empire Plan coverage and who obtain their health coverage through school districts or local
April 15, 2016, was the deadline for participants to submit verifying dependent information to the plan for the purpose of coverage. It was reported yesterday that as of 04/14/16, 26,000 Empire Plan participants had not submitted their dependent verification information. If this information is not submitted, dependents will be removed from coverage, and most would lose coverage retroactive to 01/01/16.
Local leaders encourage their members to review the dependent verification packet they received in February and comply with the request as soon as possible. If participating members have questions, members can call HMS Solutions (the NYSHIP dependent verification vendor) 1-855-893-8477.
Support for union brothers and sisters
NYSUT received the following from Mike Gendron, Executive Vice President of CWA local 1108 in response to asking how NYSUT members can show support in the CWA fight against corporate greed and union busting by Verizon. This is his response:
Many have asked us what can be done to help us during our strike with Verizon. Stop by and say hello and let the Members know you support them. Drop off some water. Offer to walk the picket line so they can get some time with their families. Thank you so much for your out pouring of support. It means a lot to the Members of CWA 1108. Here are our main picket locations:
Verizon Garage 720 Larkfield Road East Northport
Verizon Garage 1130 Lincoln Avenue Holbrook
Verizon Garage 285 Hubbard Avenue Riverhead
Verizon Operators office 120 Hicksville Road (picket line on Broadway) Massapequa
Verizon Wireless Store Smith Haven Mall Middle Country Road Lake Grove
Verizon Wireless Store Gateway Plaza Sunrise Hwy Patchogue
Verizon Wireless Store Jericho turnpike East Northport
If this strike continues we will be providing updates as to other possible actions where we can lend support. Thank you.