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January 26, 2023

VOCAL-NY Responds to Mayor Adams’ State of the City

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO MAYOR ADAMS’ STATE OF THE CITY See VOCAL-NY’s 2023 Policy Platform for Mayor Adams and the New York City Council NEW YORK — Today, in response to...

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January 26, 2023

Democrat & chronicle: Most incarcerated New Yorkers now come from upstate, not NYC. What’s behind the shift?:

When New York changed its laws around where incarcerated people were counted, the next step was to quantify which areas sent the most people to prisons, according to VOCAL-NY's civil...

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January 26, 2023

Daniel’s Law: Lawmakers and Advocates Call for Legislation to Protect People Experiencing Mental Health Crises

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  DANIEL’S LAW: LAWMAKERS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISES  At Wednesday’s Advocacy Day, More than 100 Advocates Called for Daniel’s Law, Which...

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January 25, 2023

NEW YORK STATE OF POLITICS: Lawmakers push back on Hochul’s reluctance to end qualified immunity:

People who have been treated unfairly by public officials without legal recourse argue more accountability for all officials will improve public safety, and Hochul's position on the proposal doesn't make...

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January 25, 2023

City & state: The quest to end legal protections for public employees in NY – and not just police:

Right now, the impact of the city law remains unclear due to a lack of data to analyze yet, according to VOCAL-NY’s Keli Young, the police reform group’s civil rights...

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January 24, 2023

FILTER MAGAZINE: HOW “DANIEL’S LAW” COULD TRANSFORM NY MENTAL HEALTH RESPONSE:

On January 25, the harm reduction organization VOCAL-NY is holding an advocacy day in Albany, urging the passage of Daniel’s Law “to end the criminalization of mental illness and substance use disorder, especially in...

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January 18, 2023

AMNY: City Council eyes expanding CityFHEPS housing benefit program to help vulnerable New Yorkers find permanent housing:

Celina Trowell, a homelessness organizer with VOCAL-NY, said the CityFHEPS program is “one of the most successful tools that we have in the city to try and get people out...

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January 18, 2023

GOTHAM GAZETTE: What Wasn’t in Hochul’s 2023 State of the State Agenda:

“The Governor’s answer to the worst overdose crisis in New York’s history is to increase penalties for fentanyl and drug-induced homicide laws that only advance the War on Drugs, rather...

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January 17, 2023

TIMES UNION: Cautious policies for opioid crisis miss the mark, advocates say:

Jasmine Budnella, the director of policy for VOCAL-NY, a drug-user advocacy group, applauded the investment in drug-checking technology and pointed to its pilot use at New York City’s two safe...

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