Mariah McGough

City Limits: Mayor de Blasio Must Act Now to Make ‘Renewable Rikers’ Part of His Legacy

‘This month, the mayor announced he will be reopening one of the closed jails on Rikers to accommodate the rising jail population driven by unchecked fear mongering from his police commissioner. This is the wrong move, especially under the horrific conditions in which people are currently being held.’

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VOCAL-NY Responds to Eric Adams’ Supportive Housing Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 21, 2021 CONTACT Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO ERIC ADAMS’ SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PLAN Adams’ Has Committed to Convert Distressed Hotels Into Approximately 25,000 Supportive Housing Units NEW YORK — In response to the announcement of Eric Adams’ Housing Plan, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Milton Perez, a

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City Limits: Decade-Long Fight to Decriminalize Syringe Possession in NY Awaits New Gov’s Signature

“We were finally able to get it through the Assembly and the Senate,” said Biz Berthy, drug policy campaign coordinator for the advocacy group Vocal-NY, who said the state syringe possession law demonstrates the “massive inconsistencies between the penal code and the health code.” Prior versions of the bill were introduced during each legislative session dating back to 2015, but never managed to pass.

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Democrat & Chronicle: ‘Housing is a human right!’ Roc City-Wide Tenant Union, supporters rally for local reforms

Breyana Clark of Vocal-NY spoke in support of the union and of the bill.

“Prioritizing the Black mother’s experience is what will begin to lift us out of this housing crises,” she said. “We prioritize the Black mother’s experience by passing the good cause protection. Our current housing practices breed nothing but gentrification and pushes our people further into poverty.”

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Capitol PressRoom: Harm reduction activists provide Hochul with drug policy roadmap

After years of being unsatisfied by the policy choices and priorities of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, VOCAL-NY is hopeful that Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration will emphasize data-backed decisions when it comes to New York’s drug policies, including embracing harm reduction strategies.

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On International Overdose Awareness Day, Lawmakers and Community Members Demand Action on New York’s Preventable Overdose Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, August 31, 2021 CONTACT Jasmine Budnella, jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720480-5262 Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203-470-9979 ON INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY, LAWMAKERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS DEMAND ACTION ON NEW YORK’S PREVENTABLE OVERDOSE CRISIS New Yorkers Joined People Across the Globe Today to Honor Those Lost to Preventable Overdose By Demanding Action  See VOCAL-NY’s Drug Policy

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Filter: On International Overdose Awareness Day, New Yorkers’ Demands Are Clear

“I remember when we were losing someone every three hours to overdose. Then it was five. Then it was three. Now we’re losing someone every hour and 48 minutes,” Marilyn Reyes, a community leader with VOCAL-NY User’s Union and co-director of Peer Network of New York, told Filter. “It’s horrifying.”

Now, newly inaugurated Governor Kathy Hochul has the opportunity to immediately begin addressing the harms perpetuated by Cuomo’s administration, and to usher in a new era of healing for marginalized New Yorkers.

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There is No Time Left: Governor Hochul Must Lead on Ending the Overdose Crisis in New York in First 45 Days

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 25, 2021 CONTACT Jasmine Budnella, jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720-480-5262 Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203-470-9979 THERE IS NO TIME LEFT: GOVERNOR HOCHUL MUST LEAD ON ENDING THE OVERDOSE CRISIS IN NEW YORK IN FIRST 45 DAYS VOCAL-NY is Releasing a Drug Policy Roadmap for Governor Hochul’s 45 Days in Office Over 31,000 New Yorkers

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Hochul has Chance to Right Cuomo’s Wrongs on Overdose Crisis

Following Governor Cuomo’s resignation, Lt. Governor Hochul has an urgent, historic opportunity to save lives from the worsening overdose crisis and reverse the devastation caused by her predecessor. After years of grassroots organizing, Hochul will have a package of legislation available for her to sign that would all go towards preventing overdoses: S1795/A533 – Medication-Assisted

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VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS ALBANY COMMON COUNCIL’S PASSAGE OF ‘GOOD CAUSE’ EVICTION BILL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2021 CONTACT Luke Grandis, Luke@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY Applauds Albany Common Council’s Passage of “Good Cause’ Eviction Bill Under Good Cause Measure Landlords are Prohibited From Evicting Tenants Based on Discriminatory Reasons ALBANY, N.Y. — The Albany chapter of VOCAL-NY applauds the Albany Common Council for passing legislation to require landlords have

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