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NYS Syringe Access Legislation Introduced to Reduce HIV and Hepatitis Infections

PRESS RELEASE: Bill would repeal criminal law on syringe possession and improve access through pharmacies. Proven means of preventing HIV and hepatitis C transmission; Syringe decriminalization associated with reduced needle-stick injuries to law enforcement in other states. CONTACTS: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org OR Annalicia Finol, 954-775-5219, finol@nysenate.gov. NEW YORK, NY – State lawmakers, healthcare providers, […]

Governor’s Ending the AIDS Epidemic Task Force Finalizes Blueprint to End AIDS in NYS by 2020

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, January 13, 2015    CONTACT: Jennifer Flynn: (917) 517-5202, jennifer@vocal-ny.org Proposals include Expansion of Rental Assistance for all HIV+ New Yorkers, Full Access to Clean Syringes and Comprehensive Ban on Condoms as Evidence ALBANY, NY – JANUARY 13, 2015.  Today the Governor’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force, convened by the New York State Department of Health […]

PR: City Council Holds Civil Rights Hearing on Fair Chance Act

For Immediate Release:  December 3, 2014 Contact:  Emma Stieglitz, emmaS@berlinrosen.com, (646) 200-5307   City Council Holds Civil Rights Hearing on Fair Chance Act Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment   New York, NY—The New York City Council’s Civil Rights Committee held a hearing today on the Fair Chance Act (Intro 318), legislation […]

PR: NYC World AIDS Day Coalition Hosts Launch of the End AIDS NY 2020 Campaign

  Community leaders, people living with HIV & AIDS, celebrities, and elected and city officials to speak at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater December 1, 2014 | New York, NY—Today, the New York City World AIDS Day Coalition, consisting of over 40 AIDS-service and community-based organizations, medical providers, the NYC Council Speaker’s Office, and the […]

PR: Leading AIDS and LGBT Organizations Call for Housing, Nutrition, and Transportation Assistance for All Poor NYers Living with HIV

For Immediate Release | November 26, 2014 Contact: Jennifer Flynn, 917-517-5202, Jennifer@vocal-ny.org Days before World AIDS Day, Advocates say ending homelessness and extreme poverty is vital to making Governor Cuomo’s commitment to end AIDS in NY by 2020 a reality New York, NY — Leading LGBT, AIDS and anti-homelessness advocacy organizations, along with the New […]

New York State Poised to Deny Hepatitis C Treatment to Thousands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 20, 2014 CONTACT: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org. People Living with Hepatitis C, Healthcare Providers, and Advocates Demand Medicaid Coverage for New Treatment Medications NYS Medicaid placing arbitrary restrictions on hepatitis C treatment, denying the cure to thousands of low income New Yorkers. More than 200,000 New Yorkers are living with chronic […]

Westchester AIDS Advocates Demand Expansion of Lifesaving benefit to End AIDS in New York

October 21, 2014 | For Immediate Release Contact: Jennifer Flynn, (917) 517-5202 or jennifer@vocal-ny.org Statewide campaign to update eligibility requirements for low-income HIV+ New Yorkers is first proactive expansion of welfare in a decade; Necessary component to achieve Governor Cuomo’s Plan to End AIDS Mt. Vernon, NY – A broad coalition of leading HIV/AIDS organizations, […]

PR: AIDS, LGBT Advocates Demand Expansion of Life-Saving Benefits to End AIDS in New York

For Immediate Release Contact: Jennifer Flynn, (917) 517-5202 or jennifer@vocal-ny.org AIDS, LGBT ADVOCATES DEMAND EXPANSION OF LIFE-SAVING BENEFITS TO END AIDS IN NEW YORK Statewide campaign to update eligibility requirements for low-income HIV+ New Yorkers is first proactive expansion of welfare in a decade; Necessary component to achieve Governor Cuomo’s Plan to End AIDS New […]

Advocates & Doctors Oppose NYS Medicaid Restriction on Access to Hep C Cure

October 6, 2014 | Today a coalition of 40 community health organizations, medical professionals, and others from across New York State issued comments on proposed guidelines by the state’s Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board that would greatly restrict access to Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), the backbone of new, highly effective treatment for hepatitis C (HCV) infection. If […]

PR: HRA Announces Historic Overhaul of Clinton-Era Welfare Policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2014 Contact: Alyssa Aguilera, 917-200-1446, alyssa@vocal-ny.org or Jennifer Hadlock, 347-454-4842, jennifer@cvhaction.org Human Resources Administration (HRA) Announces Historic Overhaul of Clinton-Era Welfare Policies HRA to phase out mandated unpaid work program for welfare recipients; Ends punitive policies and “one-size fits all” procedures. New York – Today, the Human Resources Administration (HRA) announced a […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 16, 2014 Contacts: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041, jeremy@vocal-ny.org Lawmakers, Major Community Groups Call for Action to End Overdose Deaths Broad Rejection of ‘War on Drugs’ in Favor of Proven Public Health Approaches NEW YORK CITY – Today city and state elected officials and nearly 20 leading public […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 4, 2014 Contact: Matt Curtis, VOCAL-NY, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org or Chelsea-Lyn Rudder, 1199SEIU, 646-413-2223, ChelseaLyn.Rudder@1199.org New hepatitis C drugs could stop an epidemic that now claims more lives in the U.S. than AIDS. An estimated 250,000 New Yorkers are living with hepatitis C, a viral infection that can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver […]