New York State

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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Filter: New York Post’s Latest Attack on Harm Reduction “a Disgrace”

Harm reductionists reacted with exasperation to what is only the latest political attack on these programs in New York. “It’s a disgrace for Republicans and the Post to politicize life-saving strategies as a talking point,” Steven Gray, drug policy campaign coordinator for VOCAL-NY, told Filter. “We’re talking about people’s lives.” Read More

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Governor Hochul: Do Not Claim Victory on Leading the Nation Without Overdose Prevention Centers Authorized And Expanded

CONTACT: Jasmine Budnella, jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720-480-5262 GOVERNOR HOCHUL: DO NOT CLAIM VICTORY ON LEADING THE NATION WITHOUT OVERDOSE PREVENTION CENTERS AUTHORIZED AND EXPANDED Gov. Hochul Says NY Leads the Nation in Allocating Nearly $193M in Opioid Settlement Funds – Without Acknowledging Overdose Prevention Centers NEW YORK — Today, the Opioid Settlement Advisory Board released their year two recommendations on how opioid

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100+ Advocates and Lawmakers Call for Statewide Right to Shelter, Permanent Housing Solutions in Response to Record Number People Who Are Homeless in NYS

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 100+ ADVOCATES AND LAWMAKERS CALL FOR STATEWIDE RIGHT TO SHELTER, PERMANENT HOUSING SOLUTIONS IN RESPONSE TO RECORD NUMBER PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS IN NYS Everyone, Regardless of Immigration Status or Zip Code Deserves a Safe, Affordable Place to Live ** Photos of the event available here. Livestream of the event

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Fight Is On for Right to Shelter: VOCAL-NY Calls for Courts to Reject Mayor Adams Legal Challenge

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  FIGHT IS ON FOR RIGHT TO SHELTER: VOCAL-NY CALLS FOR COURTS TO REJECT MAYOR ADAMS LEGAL CHALLENGE  NEW YORK — Following the release of the Adams Administration’s abhorrent legal challenge to New York City’s Right to Shelter mandate, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Adolfo Abreu, VOCAL-NY’s Housing Campaigns Director:

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