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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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September 22, 2021

VOCAL-NY Responds to Eric Adams’ Supportive Housing Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, September 21, 2021CONTACTMariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.orgVOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO ERIC ADAMS’ SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PLANAdams’ Has Committed to Convert Distressed Hotels Into Approximately 25,000 Supportive Housing UnitsNEW YORK — In...

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September 2, 2021

City Limits: Decade-Long Fight to Decriminalize Syringe Possession in NY Awaits New Gov’s Signature

“We were finally able to get it through the Assembly and the Senate,” said Biz Berthy, drug policy campaign coordinator for the advocacy group Vocal-NY, who said the state syringe...

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September 1, 2021

Democrat & Chronicle: ‘Housing is a human right!’ Roc City-Wide Tenant Union, supporters rally for local reforms

Breyana Clark of Vocal-NY spoke in support of the union and of the bill."Prioritizing the Black mother’s experience is what will begin to lift us out of this housing crises,"...

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September 1, 2021

Capitol PressRoom: Harm reduction activists provide Hochul with drug policy roadmap

After years of being unsatisfied by the policy choices and priorities of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, VOCAL-NY is hopeful that Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration will emphasize data-backed decisions when it...

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August 31, 2021

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Lawmakers and Community Members Demand Action on New York’s Preventable Overdose Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, August 31, 2021CONTACTJasmine Budnella, jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720480-5262Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203-470-9979ON INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY, LAWMAKERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS DEMAND ACTION ON NEW YORK’S PREVENTABLE OVERDOSE CRISISNew Yorkers Joined...

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