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November 24, 2021

VOCAL-NY Responds to the Resignation of Steve Banks, NYC Social Services Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, November 23, 2021CONTACTJoe Loonam, Joseph@vocal-ny.org, 347-409-4650 VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO THE RESIGNATION OF STEVE BANKS, NYC SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONERNEW YORK — In response to the resignation of Steve...

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November 23, 2021

VOCAL-NY Slams NY Parole Officers for Intimidation and Escalation at Rally in Rochester

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, November 23, 2021CONTACTMariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.orgVOCAL-NY SLAMS NY PAROLE OFFICERS FOR INTIMIDATION AND ESCALATION AT RALLY IN ROCHESTERROCHESTER, N.Y. — On Monday parole officers with Public Employees Federation...

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November 17, 2021

News 10: Local DA says bail reform issues persist, while advocates caution against rollbacks

Some leaders in law enforcement and politics remain concerned for public safety and hope for changes to New York’s bail reform laws next session. Advocates for bail reform fear rollbacks...

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October 14, 2021

City news: Activists call for NY state to fund affordable housing at Hotel Cadillac

New York Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams , VOCAL-NY, House of Mercy, and other local activists called for support for HONDA and affordable housing across the state Wednesday, October 13,...

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October 7, 2021

Times Union: Hochul signs bills to address growing overdose crisis, expand treatment into jails, prisons

VOCAL-NY, a nonprofit that advocates for an end to punitive drug policies, has fought for the bill's passage for years. Its users union represents people who use drugs and are...

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October 7, 2021

Victory for Overdose Prevention: After Years of Fighting, VOCAL-NY Celebrates Gov. Hochul Signing Bills to Expand Access of Lifesaving Treatment to Jails & Prisons and Decriminalize Syringes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, October 7, 2021CONTACTJasmine Budnella, Jasmine@vocal-ny.orgMariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.orgVICTORY FOR OVERDOSE PREVENTION: AFTER YEARS OF FIGHTING, VOCAL-NY CELEBRATES GOV. HOCHUL SIGNING BILLS TO EXPAND ACCESS OF LIFESAVING TREATMENT TO...

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October 5, 2021

VOCAL-NY Applauds New Funding for Harm Reduction Services From Opioid Settlement Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, October 5, 2021CONTACTJasmine Budnella, jasmine@vocal-ny.orgMariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.orgVOCAL-NY APPLAUDS NEW FUNDING FOR HARM REDUCTION SERVICES FROM OPIOID SETTLEMENT FUNDAttorney General Letitia James’ Held a Press Conference Today in...

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October 5, 2021

VOCAL-NY Responds to NYT Investigation of Shelter Provider, Calls on Likely Mayor Eric Adams to Stop Funding Unscrupulous Operators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, October 5th, 2021CONTACTMariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.orgVOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO NYT INVESTIGATION OF SHELTER PROVIDER, CALLS ON LIKELY MAYOR ERIC ADAMS TO STOP FUNDING UNSCRUPULOUS OPERATORSVOCAL-NY Members Can Attest CORE...

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September 29, 2021

City Limits: Mayor de Blasio Must Act Now to Make ‘Renewable Rikers’ Part of His Legacy

‘This month, the mayor announced he will be reopening one of the closed jails on Rikers to accommodate the rising jail population driven by unchecked fear mongering from his police...

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