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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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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 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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