Mariah McGough

Senate Continues to Lead on Fight to Expand #WiFi4Homeless After Bill Passes Senate Committee

CONTACT: Joe Loonam, joseph@vocal-ny.org, (347-409-4650) SENATE CONTINUES TO LEAD ON FIGHT TO EXPAND #WIFI4HOMELESS AFTER BILL PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE ALBANY, N.Y.  — In response to the Senate Social Services Committee moving legislation to get WiFi in all temporary housing facilities around our state, VOCAL-NY released the following statement attributable to Joseph Loonam, Housing Campaigns Manager with VOCAL-NY’s Homelessness […]

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VOCAL-NY Applauds Fair & Timely Parole Bill Passing Senate Corrections Committee

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS FAIR & TIMELY PAROLE BILL PASSING SENATE CORRECTIONS COMMITTEE NEW YORK — Today, Fair and Timely Parole (S307/A162) passed through the Senate Corrections Committee showing momentum for the legislation. In response, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Ron Dennis, a VOCAL-NY leader who was formerly incarcerated: “Fair and Timely Parole is

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VOCAL-NY Condemns Police Killing of Win Rozario

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS POLICE KILLING OF WIN ROZARIO VOCAL-NY Reiterates Demand for the Immediate Removal of NYPD from Mental Health Calls and the Passage of Daniel’s Law NEW YORK — In response to recently released body camera footage showing the police murder of Win Rozario, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Civil Rights Union

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VOCAL-NY Condemns State-Sanctioned Violence Against NY Students

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS STATE-SANCTIONED VIOLENCE AGAINST NY STUDENTS VOCAL-NY Reiterates Demand for Ceasefire; Calls for Students to be Protected – Not Criminalized NEW YORK — In response to the NYPD arresting and clearing student-led demonstrations across New York City, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Hassen Bashir, Civil Rights Union Campaign Coordinator for VOCAL-NY: “The recent

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BAD POLICY: VOCAL-NY Calls Out Gov. Hochul’s Lose-Lose Housing Deal

CONTACT:Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  BAD POLICY: VOCAL-NY CALLS OUT GOV. HOCHUL’S LOSE-LOSE HOUSING DEAL NEW YORK — In response to the legislature and Governor Hochul closing in on a housing deal in the New York State Executive budget that excludes the Housing Access Voucher Program, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Joseph Loonam, VOCAL-NY Housing Campaign Coordinator:  “The

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VOCAL-NY Applauds Senate Health Committee Passing Drug Checking Services Legislation

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE PASSING DRUG CHECKING SERVICES LEGISLATION ALBANY, N.Y. — Today, the Senate Health Committee passed Senator Fernandez’s drug checking services bill (S4880). In response, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Hiawatha Collins, leader with the Users Union and Board Member at VOCAL-NY: “Unlike the governor –

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Lawmakers and New Yorkers Experiencing Homelessness Rally for #Wifi4homeless Legislation in Executive Budget

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org LAWMAKERS AND NEW YORKERS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS RALLY FOR #WIFI4HOMELESS LEGISLATION IN EXECUTIVE BUDGET See Videos From Yesterday’s Rally Here ALBANY, N.Y. — Yesterday, lawmakers were joined by New Yorkers currently or formerly experiencing homelessness at a press conference to rally for budget funding for high-speed internet access in all New York shelters. Advocates released the

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Lawmakers Stand with Advocates and People Living with HIV to Urge Statewide HIV Rental Assistance Funding in FY25 Budget

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, (203) 470-9979 LAWMAKERS STAND WITH ADVOCATES AND PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV TO URGE STATEWIDE HIV RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING IN FY25 BUDGET See Videos and Pictures from the Rally Here Despite Six Years of Advocacy, Governor Hochul, the Senate, and the Assembly Omit Crucial Funding in Budget Proposals Albany, N.Y. — March

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VOCAL-NY Responds to One House Budgets; Call on Assembly to Follow Senate’s Lead and Center Marginalized New Yorkers

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO ONE HOUSE BUDGETS; CALL ON ASSEMBLY TO FOLLOW SENATE’S LEAD AND CENTER MARGINALIZED NEW YORKERS NEW YORK — Today, in response to the release of one-house budgets by the New York State Senate and Assembly, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Reginald Thomas Brown, VOCAL-NY Leader and

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VOCAL-NY Condemns Gov. Hochul’s Move to Criminalize Subway Riders Using Taxpayer Dollars

CONTACT:Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS GOV. HOCHUL’S MOVE TO CRIMINALIZE SUBWAY RIDERS USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS Banning People From the NYC Transit System has Always Been Problematic and Fails to Keep People Safe  Announcement Comes Nearly a Year After Jordan Neely was Murdered on the NYC Subway, Underscoring How Criminalization Efforts and Dangerous Stigmatization Hit Black, Brown, and Low-Income

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