Hundreds of protestors from across New York, including some of the state’s homeless population, gathered claiming the governor is not adequately addressing housing issues.
Prison-reform advocates send New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a Christmas card, asking him to spend a day alone in a cell.
Legislation to create a statewide rental supplement to curtail the growth of homelessness in New York, while generating savings for local social service agencies, is the focus of a renewed campaign ahead of the 2018 budget and legislative session.
Collectively, their demands include strengthening rent regulation laws, funding NYCHA and other public housing authorities, increasing taxes on the rich, adding tenant protections and support programs for upstate residents, increasing funding for supportive housing and creating a state rent subsidy, among others.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned 60 last week, but he celebrated his birthday Thursday night in a style that is favored by many politicians: by holding a fundraiser. But there were also some party crashers.
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Imagine row after row of cell doors that rarely open and row after row of people trapped behind those doors, in small cells, day after day. Imagine having to hold most of your conversations by shouting through your cell door at voices whose faces you cannot see; imagine trying to sleep as a cacophony of other voices continue shouting around you.
“When Interline abandoned the buildings, some tenants were left without functioning locks on front doors, while others experienced week-long interruptions to heat, hot water, and electricity and broken sewer pipes. And to make matters even worse, we are now all at risk of eviction. Many tenants are already in court fighting to keep a roof over their heads.”
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“For us, the initial step is just regulation. There are a set of laws that the bail bond companies are supposed to be following, and they are not.”
“You have the city paying for the police to make the arrests, the prosecutors to prosecute, and now you’re going to have the city fund the bail money to pay [people] out?” said Malinowski, Civil Rights Campaign Director at VOCAL-NY, a grassroots organization that tackles mass incarceration.
For the second year in a row the number of new diagnoses of H.I.V. infections in men who have sex with men dropped in New York State for 2016, after a decade where the rate of new infections refused to budge.