Silicon Alley U
Later this afternoon, members of the Freelancers Union are set to descend on the steps of the New York State Senate in Albany with “the world’s longest invoice.” They’re speaking literally (we checked).
Last month, the organization started a site to solicit outstanding bills from web developers, app designers, SEO consultants, and every other manner of contractual helper. (Sadly, it looks like the $2,012.00 entry for “dildo polishing,” has since been eliminated.) The grand total, which started at around $4 million, is already up to $15.9 million. And members are taking a print out with them upstate to “unfurl” down the steps at 2.15 pm.
Occupy Wall Street
Mayor Bloomberg isn’t the only one with a gleam in his eye when it comes to plans to build an applied sciences campus in the five boroughs. Albany wants to help the mayor get the project (a shining achievement in a troubled third-term) under way before he’s out of office.
To that end, the state economic development council Governor Cuomo put together to promote economic growth in New York City has declared the campus a “priority project.” Crain’s New York reports that the council of two dozen leaders in business, labor, and government plans on asking Albany for $40 million.
None of that money has been earmarked for the campus specifically, but the state might be able to assist in other ways.
A number of New York state lawmakers received a disturbing email with the subject line “time to kill the wealthy” that threatened employees of tech companies if the state does not renew its tax surcharge on millionaires. According to Politico, the email used terminology from Occupy Wall Street movement, though there has been no connection made with what’s actually happening in Zuccotti Park:
“The angry message demanded that Albany politicians ‘stop shoveling wealth from the lower 99 percent into the top 1 percent’ and “set aside your ‘no new taxes on anybody’ pledge.'”
The email was reportedly sent to State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and State Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari. It’s still unclear whether Governor Cuomo received the email as well.