New York

Pauline Liu: Money a question mark in new school programs

Times Herald-Record | June 23, 2014 | Column by Pauline Liu
School’s out for summer, but there’s still plenty of news on the education front. Some of the top stories concern new programs for our biggest and smallest public school kids.
In each case, it seems the problems lie in the details.
School districts are getting ready to send in their grant applications for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new statewide Universal Pre-K program.

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What’s happening with Dave Valesky and why should people of color care?

CNY Vision | June 20, 2014 | Op-ed by Rosemary Rivera
It’s that time of year again, when we’re flooded by commercials from all of the candidates seeking office.
But, despite the tough talk and promises, it probably seems hard to tell who has our best interest at heart.
On the national level, Democrats usually get about 90 percent of the black vote. Republicans know this, and try to peel off at least a portion of that vote to take them over the edge.
That national average mirrors what happens in the city of Syracuse.

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People Protest Potential Closure of Broome County Mental Health Clinic

Time Warner Cable News | June 19, 2014 | Column by Ted Goldberg
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — People in Binghamton are protesting Broome County’s plan to close the clinic.
On Wednesday, Binghamton’s City Hall voted to tell the Broome County Legislature that it should change its mind, and keep the clinic open. People argue that the budget shortfall should be made up somewhere else, and that this cut would be devastating to people who need treatment.
One person downtown said she would need to travel a lot further if she wants to get help for herself.

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Assembly Passes Extension on Fracking Moratorium

Time Warner Cable News | June 18, 2014 | Staff Report
STATEWIDE — Anti-hydrofracking legislation is making some headway in Albany.
On Tuesday, the Assembly voted in favor of a bill to extend the moratorium on hydrofracking. It would establish a three-year ban for additional studies on the hydraulic drilling process.
The current moratorium has been in place since 2008 when an environmental review was launched. According to members of anti-fracking groups, it’s just the move they have been waiting for.

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Momentum building around access to care in the transgender community: Part 2

Guest post by Milo Primeaux, Health Counselor at Community Service Society of NY and HCFANY LGBT Task Force Member

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Fast-Food Workers Push For Raise At NY Capitol

WAMC | June 17, 2014 | Column by Dave Lucas
Hundreds of low-wage workers and advocates descended upon Albany today to urge the Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that would raise the state minimum wage to $10.10, index it to inflation, and allow cities and counties to set their wages 30 percent higher than the state’s minimum.

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Capitol Takeover to #RaiseUpNY

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The Nation: 84 Percent of NYC Fast Food Workers Report Wage Theft in a New Survey

In 2010, New York passed a statewide anti–wage theft law that the Progressive States Network described as the strongest in the country. In January, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that threatens offending companies with the loss of their business licenses.

Radical Right-Wing Tax Plans Run Into Trouble

Taxes are on the minds of many this week as April 15th approaches. They're also on the minds of many conservative governors -- in states such as Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Nebraska -- who have seen their radical tax proposals to further enrich corporations and the wealthy run into major resistance from voters, businesses, and even conservative lawmakers. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who this week withdrew his regressive plan that would have eliminated the state income tax while raising the sales tax, has seen his standing drop sharply in the polls. In the run up to Tax Day, increasing attention is being focused on how tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations increase burdens on the middle class.

One Million New Yorkers Set to Benefit from Paid Sick Leave

After years of debate and delay, paid sick days may soon become a reality for approximately one million New Yorkers who do not currently have access to them.