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Legislative Gazette: Health Chairs Join in AIDS Advocates’ Fight

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment

February 23, 2010 marked this year’s Albany AIDS Awareness Day, sponsored by the New York AIDS Coalition and the New York HIV Care Networks. (Read the Coalition’s Budget Agenda and Policy Agenda)

James Nani of the Legislative Gazette reported on the advocacy day, its goals and supporters:

Health Chairs Join in AIDS Advocates’ Fight

“Members of the New York AIDS Coalition have asked legislators to restore spending for HIV and AIDS services to 2008-2009 budget levels.

“The HIV epidemic has not gone away; this is still a massive concern,” said Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, at an HIV/AIDS awareness day event in Albany. “

Read the full article here.

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Summary: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s State of the City Address

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Yesterday, February 18, 2010, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn delivered her 5th annual State of the City Address.

The speech focused on the City’s economy and its ability to create jobs in order to bring down unemployment and remain competitive both nationally and internationally.

The Speaker outlined 4 major proposals.

Encouraging Growth Industries:

  • Create New York City High Tech Connect that will connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to turn innovative ideas into a profitable business and thus create jobs.
  • Establish Municipal Entrepreneur Testing Service (METS) that would allow tech start-up companies to test products like solar panels and energy-efficient light bulbs in the thousands of city-owned buildings.
  • Spearhead the Renewable Energy Investment Initiative that would create jobs in the $42.6 billion dollar clean and renewable energy industry. The Speaker has received a commitment from some of the largest firms in the city to invest in this sector.

2. Strengthening Existing Small Businesses:

  • Protect against excessive and burdensome regulation by providing ongoing training for inspectors and create a small business owner’s bill of rights to provide specific information to small business owners about their rights.
  • Partner with the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) to implement “Second Look,” a New York Business Development Corporation program that gives a second chance to small businesses that have been turned down for loans.
  • Provide business skills training by creating a new executive management program to help the city’s minority and women owned businesses.

3. Creating a Fairer, More Business Friendly Tax Structure:

  • Continuing the Council’s efforts to end double taxation on business owners, Speaker Quinn proposed a tax credit that will exempt small retailers from the City’s corporate tax.

4. Supporting the City’s Workforce:

  • With improving and streamlining the City’s GED testing program as a prerequisite, the Speaker proposed working together with the Department of Education and the Department of Small Business Services, to create a citywide pilot at Workforce 1 Centers that will connect individuals without a high school diploma to GED testing and test preparation courses.

The full text of the speech can be found at http://council.nyc.gov/html/soc/2010/docs/soc_speech.pdf.

The press release can be accessed at http://council.nyc.gov/html/soc/2010/docs/soc_rls.pdf.


Policy and Politics would like to thank the Law Offices of Claudia Wagner LLC for the above summary of the speech.

ASAP Releases 2010-2011 Budget Policy Paper; Announces Advocacy Day

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

The Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State, Inc. (ASAP) has just announced the release of their 2010-2011 Budget policy paper, which Project Director Ashley Johnson says, “outlines our priorities for the budget and will serve as the foundation for our advocacy work throughout the legislative session.”

The policy paper is available here, as well as in our “Resources” section.

In addition, ASAP announced that their annual Lobby Days will be held March 9th-10th, and invited members to join them on those days to meet with their local legislators, as well as to attend key leadership meetings.

More details can be found at their website, http://www.asapnys.org/

ASAP Interview on NYS Budget, Rockefeller Drug Law Reform, and the Impact on Addiction Service Providers

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

John Coppola, of the NY State Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers and Ira Marion of Albert Einstein College of Medicine were guests yesterday morning on The Capitol Pressroom, a one-hour public radio news magazine broadcast airing out of Albany.

Coppola and Marion were interviewed on how New York State’s budget debate affect addiction services providers, especially in the wake of new needs created by Rockefeller drug law reform.

An audio podcast of the show is now available.

Now Available: 2010-2011 Position Paper on the Criminal Justice and Community Corrections Executive Budget

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The 2010-2011 Position Paper on the Criminal Justice and Community Corrections Executive Budget is an annual paper, developed by the Legal Action Center, in consultation with the Alternatives to Incarceration and Reentry Coalition and other criminal justice colleagues and partners. This paper is the basis for our advocacy work to educate New York State policymakers about the needs of the field.

The paper is available here, as well as in our “Resources” section.

LAC Testimony Now Available; New Resources Page

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

On Monday, February 8, 2010, New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger, and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell conducted the joint budget hearing focused on funding for public protection and keeping communities safe. Legal Action Center Director of New York State Policy Tracie M. Gardner testified at the hearing on behalf of the ATI and Reentry Coalition.

The transcript of her testimony is now available.

In addition, we are pleased to announce the recent redesign of the Policy and Politics site. Along with a sleek new look, we now have a “Resources” page, which provides immediate access to important documents and analysis posted on the blog, as well as video and live streaming clips as they become available .

Visit us today to see the changes and subscribe so future updates can be sent right to your inbox!

Legal Action Center Testifying at NY State Legislature Joint Budget Hearing on Public Protection

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

This morning New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger, and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell conducted a joint budget hearing focused on funding for public protection and keeping communities safe. A panel of criminal justice agencies, led by Deputy Secretary Denise O’Donnell from NYS Division of Criminal Justice Service and including Parole and Corrections is now testifying on public protection budget issues.

Live streaming of the hearing can be seen here.

Legal Action Center’s Director of New York State Policy, Tracie Gardner, is testifying this afternoon on behalf of the ATI and Reentry Coalition. Full text of the testimony will be available tomorrow.

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