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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 day 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 […]

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VOCAL-NY joined our allies from CAAAV, Community Voices Heard (CVH), FUREE, Picture the Homeless, Queers for Economic Justice and Right to the City (NYC Chapter) in holding a major protest around New York’s revenue crisis at the Capitol building on March 2nd. The protest further defined the choice facing Governor Cuomo between tax cuts for […]

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Wall Street or Main Street? VOCAL-NY and CVH protested outside Governor Cuomo’s $15,000 per person fundraiser at 30 Rock on February 17th, holding a mock bake sale to raise funds for NY’s revenue shortfall and questioning which New Yorkers Governor Cuomo is looking out for. “It’s a cruel irony that while many New Yorkers can’t […]

VOCAL-NY and Community Voices Heard (CVH) continued to take on the biggest corporate interests in New York yesterday by asking the Commission on Public Integrity to investigate the Committee to Save NY’s (CSNY) relationship with Governor Cuomo. CSNY was formed at Governor Cuomo’s request, is staffed with his closest allies, has been paid for by […]

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Dozens of people from around New York City, Yonkers, Poughkeepsie and Newburgh converged on the reception for the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) annual gala at the New York Hilton Hotel tonight calling on attendees to pay their fair share in helping the state get through these tough times. REBNY is a major […]

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VOCAL-NY members travelled to Albany on January 5th to send a message that low-income New Yorkers affected by drug use, HIV/AIDS and incarceration are not special interests to be ignored or demonized during the recession. We highlighted three campaigns around health, housing and civil rights, while pushing for progressive taxation to address New York’s historic […]