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June 9, 2023

After Legislature’s Failure, Governor Hochul Must Act to Address New York’s Overdose Crisis

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203-470-9979 AFTER LEGISLATURE’S FAILURE, GOVERNOR HOCHUL MUST ACT TO ADDRESS NEW YORK’S OVERDOSE CRISIS  Despite Overdose Deaths at an All-Time High Across New York, State Leaders...

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June 1, 2023

CITY & STATE: RIKERS OFFICIALS CHIP AWAY AT TRANSPARENCY MEASURES:

Even before officials’ recent moves to chip away at transparency, advocates questioned the accuracy of the data and other information being released by the department. Those concerns have only grown...

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May 25, 2023

VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS CITY COUNCIL FOR VOTING TO IMPROVE CITYFHEPS VOUCHER PROGRAM; CALLS ON MAYOR ADAMS TO SIGN IMMEDIATELY

CONTACT: Nick Encalada-Malinowski, nick@vocal-ny.org | Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS CITY COUNCIL FOR VOTING TO IMPROVE CITYFHEPS VOUCHER PROGRAM; CALLS ON MAYOR ADAMS TO SIGN IMMEDIATELY NEW YORK — Today,...

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May 24, 2023

CITY & STATE: OPINION: I’VE BEEN HOMELESS AND INCARCERATED. ERIC ADAMS WANTS TO CUT SERVICES THAT HELP PEOPLE LIKE ME.

I’ve had many times in my life where I’ve struggled. When I gained my freedom after being incarcerated, it wasn’t easy reentering my community. Or when I was a regular...

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May 24, 2023

VOCAL-NY Decries Mayor Adams’ Threats to Repeal Right to Shelter

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY DECRIES MAYOR ADAMS’ PLANS TO REPEAL RIGHT TO SHELTER NEW YORK — In response to news that Mayor Adams asked a judge to repeal NYC's...

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May 23, 2023

VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF THE SAFER CONSUMPTION SERVICES ACT THROUGH THE SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org /Steven Gray, steven@vocal-ny.org, 917-774-5907 VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF THE SAFER CONSUMPTION SERVICES ACT THROUGH THE SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE  The Safer Consumption Services Act Would Authorize Overdose Prevention...

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May 18, 2023

Unacceptable: VOCAL-NY Condemns Adams’ Plan to Funnel Asylum-Seekers Into Rikers

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  UNACCEPTABLE: VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS ADAMS’ PLAN TO FUNNEL ASYLUM- SEEKERS INTO RIKERS NEW YORK — In response to the Adams’ Administration considering housing asylum-seekers on Rikers Island,...

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May 16, 2023

GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEEKING SECOND TERM, KATZ FACES CHALLENGE IN QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRIMARY:

“If it's between Katz and Grasso, I think regardless of the outcome, it's bad news for Queens voters who want to see decarceration,” said Keli Young, civil rights campaign coordinator...

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May 12, 2023

THE GUARDIAN: ‘IT’S A FAILURE OF THE SYSTEM’: BEFORE JORDAN NEELY WAS KILLED, HE WAS DISCARDED

After ageing out of foster care, Neely became homeless and began spending nights on the streets, in the subway system and New York City’s shelters. New York City is one...

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