New York Times: Comptroller Calls for Removing Profit From City’s Bail Equation

“The commercial bail process is egregious to me, and we have to push the judiciary,” Mr. Stringer said in an interview. “Part of doing this report is to put the marker down and say ‘You’re costing the city money, you’re further putting poor families into poverty. Bail is not supposed to be punitive, and there are alternatives that the judicial system should be looking at.’”

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Poughkeepsie Journal: Assemblyman cites an upcoming public dialogue about opioid crisis

“New York state’s decades-old drug laws did not save Zane’s life, nor did they save the lives of 174 people across Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties who died after taking opioids in 2015. As representative of the people of the state’s 104th Assembly District, my priority is to get New York to do whatever it can to prevent more of these tragic deaths.”

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Rochester City Newspaper: Cuomo unveils big ideas; housing activists want action

The issue hasn’t been neglected by the state’s housing advocates, who have been pushing for help for homeless people. On the day of Cuomo’s State of the State speech, the advocates kicked off a “Housing Justice for All” campaign with a protest in Albany. In an interview after Cuomo’s speech, Rochester’s Ryan Acuff, an activist with Take Back the Land, said the campaign has three goals: increasing tenants’ rights, expanding affordable housing, and fully funding public housing.

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The Fix: Moving Beyond Opioids: 5 Lessons for the Next Drug Crisis

As Robert Suarez, Organizational Leader of VOCAL-NY, pointed out, “Many of our lighter skinned brothers and sisters affected by opioids are starting to understand what people of color have known for a long time. We are starting to come together to say that the policies of the past will no longer be tolerated. We are building a movement.”

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