"I am very proud to be a part of history today and finally see the Rockefeller Drug Laws reformed. The reforms announced today will restore judicial sentencing discretion and substantially expand alternatives to incarceration for non-violent drug offenders.
It has been a long hard fight to reform these archaic drug laws and today is the culmination of decades of hard work and advocacy from countless people, all of whom deserve praise for helping to achieve these needed reforms."
New York—State Senator Liz Krueger hailed the release of rules reform under the leadership of a new Democrat controlled State Senate as a milestone in New York's history. "These rules reforms represent a historic shift in the way the State Senate will function under Democratic leadership," said Senator Krueger. "For decades New Yorkers have been clamoring for an end to business as usual in Albany and I am proud that after years of my arguing for these changes, we are finally on the path to a fairer and more transparent government that truly serves the people's interests."
"This decision was a major victory in the ongoing battle between women's health and political ideology. By making emergency contraception available for over-the-counter use for 17-year-olds Judge Korman has ensured these women will have the ability to make the right decisions for their body.
I thank Judge Korman for understanding that a woman's health, privacy and right to control her own body are more important than politics. In the future I implore the FDA to responsibly use its authority and to not allow ideology to outweigh sound policy."
(New York, NY) – This week the State Legislature passed a Governor's program bill that will help thousands of New Yorkers who have recently lost their jobs due to the national economic downturn. The legislation provides a 65% discount on continuing COBRA employer health insurance coverage for recently unemployed New Yorkers. The funding is provided entirely through federal stimulus funding, with no cost to the employers or the State.
The signs of eviction -- abandoned furniture dotting the hallways, renovation crews climbing stories with paint cans in tow -- characterize the latter years of Terry Bocanelli's stint on the West Side of Manhattan.
A resident there for more than 15 years, Bocanelli's 31st Street apartment building has become a revolving door: rent stabilized tenants leave and higher income residents swoop in. The newer transplants bring more than their belongings. They bring with them higher rents.