PR: Attorney General Schneiderman Takes on Overdose Crisis

Press Release | 4/3/14 | Drug Policy Alliance & VOCAL NY NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Takes on Overdose Crisis, Introduces Country’s First Statewide Naloxone Program for Use by Law Enforcement Announcement Comes as FDA Announces Approval of Innovative New Device to Reverse Opiate Overdose Expanding Access to Naloxone will Save Lives, Curb Overdose Epidemic  NEW YORK – […]

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PR: Landmark Affordable Housing Protection for Low-Income People with HIV/AIDS in State Budget

Press Release | 4/3/14 Advocates, Elected Officials & de Blasio Administration Celebrate Landmark Affordable Housing Protection for Low-Income People with HIV/AIDS in State Budget  “30% Rent Cap” in HIV/AIDS Rental Assistance Program Closes Loophole that Pushed Thousands into Homelessness New York – The recently approved state budget included a “30% rent cap” affordable housing protection for clients […]

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YOU’RE INVITED – VOCAL-NY’s 15th Anniversary Gala

Save the Date April 10, 2014, 6 – 9 pm 1199/SEIU Penthouse 330 West 42nd St. New York, NY 10036 Register and buy tickets here. If you have any questions, please contact Tatiana Nobels at tatiana@vocal-ny.org or 914-257-9232. HONORING Melissa Mark-Viverito, SPEAKER OF THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL asha bandele, AUTHOR & POET, DIRECTOR OF […]

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PR: New York Senate Passes Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Bill to Expand Naloxone Access

PRESS RELEASE – 3/27/14 Contact: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062 Senate Passes Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Bill  Legislation Will Reduce Number One Cause of Accidental Death in New York State by Increasing Access to Antidote, Naloxone Today the Senate voted unanimously (58-0) to pass legislation (S6477/A8637) sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) and a diverse bipartisan coalition of Senators […]

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Rally to End AIDS in New York on March 19th!

Hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS and service providers travelled to Albany on March 19th to call for an end to the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020. (Media coverage included the Albany Times Union, CBS Albany and Capital New York, and you can see photos from the day here.) State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah spoke about how New York can lead the way in ending […]

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NY deal with drug maker paves way for plan to end HIV State agreement with pharmaceutical firm is part of plan to reduce incidence of AIDS By Claire Hughes | Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Albany The state has negotiated a deal with a major pharmaceutical company to cut the price of anti-retroviral drugs to treat HIV, […]

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(Governor Cuomo’s press release announcing the agreement is available here.)  PRESS RELEASE | 2/13/14 Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio Reach Agreement to Prevent Homelessness for 12,000 Low-Income New Yorkers Living With HIV/AIDS Agreement will fix loophole in HIV/AIDS rental assistance program that denies tenants a “30% rent cap” affordable housing protection, leads to high rates […]

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New Report – How to End the Overdose Epidemic in New York

A new briefing paper by VOCAL-NY’s Policy Director, Matt Curtis, outlines evidence-based approaches for policymakers to end the overdose epidemic in New York. The report is available online. New York has a drug overdose crisis. Now the leading cause of accidental death in the state, overdose death rates have soared alongside increasing prescription opioid use and […]

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Heroin Overdose Prevention Bill Advances In New York After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death By: Matt Sledge, 02/04/2014 A bill meant to stem deaths from heroin overdoses advanced in the New York Senate Tuesday, just days after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose. Sponsored by State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R), the bill would increase access […]

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PRESS RELEASE  | 01/31/2014 Sen. Hannon and Assm. Dinowitz Introduce Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Prevention Bill Legislation Will Reduce Number One Cause of Accidental Death in New York State by Increasing Access to Antidote, Naloxone Bill Builds on Historic 911 Good Samaritan Law that Passed Nearly Unanimously in Both Houses This week Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) and […]

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Help needed for those people living with AIDS and seeking housing REGINALD BROWN | 1/23/2014 When I was diagnosed with HIV, I had no idea that one of the biggest challenges I would face would not be juggling medical appointments and treatment decisions or telling friends and family about my status, but simply keeping my […]

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New Coalition of LGBT Celebrities, Elected Officials, and Other Leaders Urges Cuomo to Protect Affordable Housing for New Yorkers Living With HIV/AIDS

A coalition of more than 100 LGBT celebrities, labor leaders, elected officials, activists, media personalities, artists, and allies is launching a campaign, led by VOCAL-NY, to get Governor Cuomo to use this year’s state budget to close a loophole that denies affordable housing to homeless and low-income people with HIV/AIDS. Read coverage of the  campaign in the […]

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Drug users say legal syringes sometimes confiscated By SHEILA ANNE FEENEY | January 8, 2014 While police confiscations of syringes have gone down since a state law in 2010 permitted people to carry those that are legally obtained, it still goes on in the city, according to harm reduction educators and some drug users. “There […]

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Activists Want Mayor-Elect’s Help To End AIDS In NYC (Watch the video online) HIV/AIDS activists say they want to end AIDS in New York City, and they are looking to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio for help. NY1′s Grace Rauh filed the following report. More than 100,000 New Yorkers are estimated to be HIV positive, but […]

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Dozens trained to use heroin overdose antidote Marcela Rojas | April 19, 2014 Dozens of people attended a training course Friday at Arms Acres in Carmel to learn how to use naloxone, an overdose antidote that has been shown to reverse near-deaths from heroin and other opiates. CARMEL – Dozens of people attended a training course at […]

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The Nation: Bill de Blasio’s Great Experiment

Bill de Blasio’s Great Experiment A report on the first 100 days of New York’s progressive new mayor Jarrett Murphy | April 15, 2014 (Excerpt below, read the full article online at The Nation.) One victory involved housing benefits for people with HIV/AIDS. For years, advocates had complained that, because of a wrinkle in the law, tenants of […]

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amNewYork: Cops across New York could soon be carrying naloxone

Cops across New York could soon be carrying naloxone By CRISTIAN SALAZAR | April 3, 2014 State Attorney General Eric Schniederman announced Thursday that his office was launching a program to get life-saving drugs that can halt opioid overdoses into the hands of law-enforcement officers across New York. With overdose deaths from the abuse of […]

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