This past year I am proud to emphasize that we have taken several leaps forward by passing a much needed minimum wage increase, providing tax incentives, fighting for stricter worker safety standards and ensuring that our state’s labor force sees improved working conditions.
But our work is not yet finished. Every day, our working families face more and more difficulty in maintaining a comfortable standard of living – so it is our job to make New York more affordable for all of our communities.
As our economy continues to recover, the long-term unemployment rate remains unacceptably high. That is why putting more New Yorkers back to work remains the highest priority. My colleagues and I have already taken a pledge to advocate for my six-point economic plan which would address the many inequities our workforce is currently facing by offering additional tax credits to small businesses to encourage the hiring and retaining New Yorkers who have been out of work for six months or longer.
This plan would also invest greater funding into our infrastructure and propose a transit toll relief package, all in an effort to provide relief while creating employment for New Yorkers.
That is why, as we reflect on our careers, allow me to commemorate each and every one of you on your endless dedication and commitment to making New York a wonderful place to work and raise your families. Let us work together to ensure that New York sets an example for the entire nation for minimum wage standards, workplace safety and job creation.
Tony Avella represents the 11th District in the State Senate.