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VOCAL-NY Applauds Senate Social Services Committee Passing Rest of State AIDS Housing Legislation

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS SENATE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE PASSING REST OF STATE AIDS HOUSING LEGISLATION ALBANY, N.Y. — Today, the Senate Social Services Committee passed S.183, legislation to provide statewide rental assistance for New Yorkers living with HIV. In response, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Pedro Benitez, a Rochester-based leader with the Positive Leaders […]

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VOCAL-NY Applauds Housing Access Voucher Program Bill Passing Out of Senate HOUSING Committee

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS HOUSING ACCESS VOUCHER PROGRAM BILL PASSING OUT OF SENATE HOUSING COMMITTEE Read a Letter from Dozens of Western New York Service Providers Supporting the Housing Access Voucher Program, Covered Exclusively in Politico’s NY Playbook NEW YORK — Today, in response to the New York Senate Housing Committee passing the Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP),

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VOCAL-NY Denounces Gov. Hochul’s 2024 Legislative Approach Laid Out in the Most Carceral State of the State in Recent Years

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY DENOUNCES GOV. HOCHUL’S 2024 LEGISLATIVE APPROACH LAID OUT IN THE MOST CARCERAL STATE OF THE STATE IN RECENT YEARS New York Can Build Safe and Thriving Communities by Solving Ongoing Crises of Homelessness, Overdose, and Criminalization NEW YORK — Today, in response to Governor Hochul’s 2024 State of the State and Briefing Book, VOCAL-NY released the

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Over 110 Organizations Send Letter to Gov. Hochul Calling for Expansion of Overdose Prevention Centers and Funding With Opioid Settlement Dollars

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org OVER 110 ORGANIZATIONS SEND LETTER TO GOV. HOCHUL CALLING FOR EXPANSION OF OVERDOSE PREVENTION CENTERS AND FUNDING WITH OPIOID SETTLEMENT DOLLARS See Letter and Signees Here; Overdose Prevention Centers Have Saved More Than 1,300 Lives Since Opening in 2021 NEW YORK —  Today, as covered in Politico’s New York Playbook, over

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Associated Press: NY governor vetoes bill that would make it easier for people to challenge convictionsAssociated Press:

Nick Encalada-Malinowski, the civil rights campaign director for VOCAL-NY, a grassroots organization, said the bill would have removed various barriers for folks who got their wrongful conviction cases dismissed on procedural or technical grounds. The bill, he said, would have given them a chance to get their cases heard on the merits. “The problem of

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Common Dreams: NY Governor Hochul Vetoes Wrongful Conviction, Immigrant Rights Bills

“Gov. Hochul’s failure to sign the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act only shows that she believes that innocent people should be in prison,” Roger Clark, who leads the activist group VOCAL-NY, said in a statement. “There’s no excuse for her not to sign this bill.” “We will be back in Albany in January to continue our

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Hochul Blocks Justice: VOCAL-NY Statement on New York Governor Veto of the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act

CONTACT: Nick Malinowski-Encalada, nick@vocal-ny.org HOCHUL BLOCKS JUSTICE: VOCAL-NY STATEMENT ON NEW YORK GOVERNOR VETO OF THE CHALLENGING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS ACT NEW YORK — In response to Governor Hochul vetoing The Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act – legislation championed by VOCAL-NY leaders, elected officials in the Senate and Assembly and New York State voters, VOCAL-NY released the

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Looking Ahead to 2024: Solving Ongoing Crises of Homelessness, Overdose and Criminalization by Building Safe and Thriving Communities

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 LOOKING AHEAD TO 2024: SOLVING ONGOING CRISES OF HOMELESSNESS, OVERDOSE AND CRIMINALIZATION BY BUILDING SAFE AND THRIVING COMMUNITIES Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul Refuse to Invest in New York, New Report Shows it’s Forcing the Working Class to Flee See VOCAL-NY’s 2024 Legislative Platform Online Here NEW YORK

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Lawmakers and Advocates Call for Statewide Rental Assistance for HIV+ New Yorkers on World AIDS Days

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org LAWMAKERS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR STATEWIDE RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR HIV+ NEW YORKERS ON WORLD AIDS DAYS Folks Gathered at the Monroe County Clerk’s Office to Call for Funding for Rest of State AIDS Housing ROCHESTER, N.Y — Today, on World AIDS Day, lawmakers joined advocates in calling for statewide rental assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS

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