“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.’”
The forum, “Opioids and the Quest to Save Lives,” is set for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. It will include community leaders, educators and medical professionals, who will be discussing measures to combat the opioid epidemic in New York.
“Governor Cuomo’s record on housing has hurt New Yorkers. Tenants are not able to keep up with rising rents, our scarce public housing is deteriorating, and our state has more people homeless than ever on record.”
Drug policy reformers and the state’s licensed medical cannabis companies present different visions for recreational use.
“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.”
“Make some noise, upstate people! Make some noise downstate people!” GG Morgan of VOCAL-NY shouted, rousing the spirits of the waking assembly. “[This is] the army of justice! We’re all soldiers in here!”
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.
A long-ago drug plea deal has left a Brooklyn homeless man on an endless shuttle to jail.
Five progressive groups say Gov. Cuomo needs to follow through on his call during last week’s State of the State to close a carried interest loophole that lets managers of private equity funds and hedge funds pay taxes at the low rate that applies to capital gains.
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.”