Protesters seek budget changes

Twenty-one protesters were arrested at the state Capitol on Monday during a long and loud rally outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office and the antechamber to the state Senate.The activists called for the governor and lawmakers to move ahead with funding housing projects and instituting higher taxes on the wealthy.

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De Blasio Ups Number of Low-Income Units in Housing Plan

“At the crux of Mayor de Blasio’s announcement is the critical, progressive belief that increasing taxes on the most fortunate to improve the lives of those least fortunate is good public policy and a moral imperative,” said VOCAL New York and Make the Road New York in a statement sent to City Limits.

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A Golden Ticket for New York City’s Homeless?

“Landlords don’t want to take programs now. Vouchers have an ending,” says Paulette Soltani, the Homeless and Housing organizer at VOCAL, a New York-based economic justice organization. “The LINC voucher only lasts for five years so they’re questioning ‘what’s going to happen in five years? What’s going to happen when De Blasio leaves?’”

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N.Y. officials on board to end hepatitis C

Patient advocates are urging state officials to address hepatitis C, a virus that affects the liver, similarly to the way they have targeted AIDS with the “End the Epidemic” campaign that aims to bring the number of new cases of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to 750 per year by 2020.

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Watch: Progressive activists disrupt tax hearing — twice

A group of roughly 40 activists streamed past legislative staff at Tuesday morning’s joint budget hearing on taxation, interrupting testimony by Taxation & Finance Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion with Occupy-style speeches and chants on a range of progressive issues — from tax-related topics such as the extension or expansion of the “millionaires tax” to undocumented immigrants’ rights, school funding and state support for CUNY and SUNY.

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