danny donahue

Mathew Cantore / CSEA

A major figure in New York’s labor movement, Danny Donohue, is leaving his job next year, after a quarter century leading the state’s largest public workers union, the Civil Service Employees Association. Karen DeWitt sat down with Donohue to talk about, among other things, his relationship with several New York governors, including the rocky start the union had with the current governor, Andrew Cuomo.


The state legislature, meeting for the first time since deals were struck on pension reform and new district lines, tried to focus on their new task, agreeing on a budget.

But they found that the old issues continue to have repercussions, as a major union suspended all endorsements and contributions over the pension vote.

The week began with Governor Andrew Cuomo signing into law a bill to expand the state’s DNA data base.

Cuomo says the law will make the state “safer”.

The DNA bill was passed in all night session that ended last Thursday morning.