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Check out photos from our town hall forum on Women, HIV/AIDS & Social Justice on May 5th. Special thanks for Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Unique Robinson, Tracie Gardner, Ginny Shuberg and Jennifer Flynn.

VOCAL-NY joined allies from around the state involved with the “New Deal for New York” coalition in urging Governor Cuomo to protect social services and invest in jobs by extending the millionaire’s tax during a protest outside his office on March 15th. We have been working to build support for fixing New York’s revenue crisis […]

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VOCAL-NY is back from the Capitol Camp-In on March 30th – 31st, which was led by hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS, students, seniors, and other New Yorkers opposed to Governor Cuomo’s austerity budget.The Senate and Assembly approved a fiscal year 2012 budget in the middle of the night that will pay for billions in […]

Steven Spinola – One Of Albany’s Worst Special Interests

VOCAL-NY joined New York Communities for Change, Make the Road New York, Right to the City NYC, CAAV Chinatown Tenants Union and other allies on March 28th to attempt a people’s meeting with Steven Spinola, the head of the Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY) and Committee to Save New York (CSNY). Both REBNY and […]

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On Sunday night, Governor Cuomo announced a budget deal that would fund billions in tax cuts for millionaires by cutting healthcare, education, social services and anti-poverty programs. And it didn’t extend and strengthen rent laws that expire this summer. Governor Cuomo promised a “people’s budget,” but instead we got one that benefits the state’s biggest […]

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Forty VOCAL-NY members joined dozens of state and city elected officials, along with grassroots community organizations, to call for an extension of the millionaire’s tax and stronger rent laws in the FY12 budget on March 27th. Below are photos, the coalition press statement and video from Wanda Hernandez’s speech. “I worked hard all my life, […]

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As VOCAL-NY has done since┬áday one of Governor Cuomo’s administration, we kept up pressure on him to extend the income tax surcharge on high earners, also known as the “millionaire’s tax,” this past Friday in order to address New York’s revenue crisis. During what was expected to be the final big day of budget negotiations, […]

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  We joined Council Member and General Welfare Committee Chair Annabel Palma, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and more than a dozen of their colleagues from City Council on March 24th to oppose deep cuts to social services contained in Mayor Bloomberg’s preliminary FY12 budget proposal. Wayne Starks, a VOCAL-NY leader and Board member, spoke […]

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More than 100 VOCAL-NY members rallied at the state capitol on March 23rd to urge Governor Cuomo to work with legislative leaders to enact the 30 percent rent cap bill to prevent homelessness for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. We met with representatives from Assembly Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Skelos’ offices, although […]

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VOCAL-NY joined allies from around the state involved with the “New Deal for New York” coalition in urging Governor Cuomo to protect social services and invest in jobs by extending the millionaire’s tax during a protest outside his office on March 15th. We have been working to build support for fixing New York’s revenue crisis […]

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VOCAL-NY Users Union members rallied outside Governor Cuomo’s office on March 9th to call for better access to lifesaving hepatitis C treatment in methadone programs, where as many as nine out ten patients in some programs may have hepatitis C. Afterwards, we joined Status C Unknown and a statewide coalition of syringe access and public […]

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Assembly Member Deborah Glick was joined by dozens of her colleagues in reintroducing the 30 rent cap bill on March 11, 2011. The bill would prevent homelessness for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and their families by ensuring they pay no more than 30 percent of their limited disability income towards rent. It […]