For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
NY1PERCENT.COM Allows Middle Class New Yorkers to Fight Back with Facts Against the 1%'s Dishonest Attacks
Public Service Workers Express Disappointment in Governor Cuomo over 40% Pension-Cutting Plan Being Peddled by Wall Street Insiders.
Albany, NY — On Wednesday, AFSCME NY launched NY1PERCENT.COM to fact-check the lies and dishonest attacks being hurled at law enforcement professionals, educators, nurses, and other public service workers by politicians and shadowy Wall Street-aligned groups representing the 1%.
“We are very disappointed in Governor Cuomo for siding with Wall Street and the one percent,” said Bill Lebeau, Police Officer. “Rather than holding the big Wall Street banks accountable for past abuses, the Governor's 40% pension-cutting plan rewards them by taking money out of the hands of hard-working New Yorkers.”
“Our cops, teachers, 911 operators and nurses didn't crash the economy, but now we are being punished yet again for Wall Street’s greed with this 40% pension-cutting scheme,” said Carmen Flores, Clerical Associate, New York Department of Social Services. “Public service workers pensions average only $19,000. We can't let Wall Street banks get their hands on our pensions and we can't let their lies and shameless attacks against public workers go unchecked by the media.”
“We can understand why many politicians and Wall Street-aligned groups would peddle lies and distortion in order to advance their agenda for the 1%, but we always expected better from Governor Cuomo,” said Mike Martin, Heavy Equipment Operator. “We simply can no longer afford to sit around and let the millions being spent in lies from those looking out for the 1% go unchallenged. We’re going to fight back on behalf of working middle class New Yorkers with the facts.”
The fact-checking site NY1PERCENT.COM will enable the working middle class to fight back and expose the 1% lies by using social media, videos, paid advertising and ground events across the state.
AFSCME New York represents 420,000 public service workers across the state. It is made up of members from Council 35, DC 37, Council 66, Council 82, CSEA Local 1000, DC 1707.