Excerpt from Laura Shin's December 22, 2010 Our Town story on the information session State Senator Duane and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) held for senior citizens regarding recent changes on First and Second Avenues.The implementation of Select Bus Service and new bike lanes along First and Second avenues has caused confusion and concern for some pedestrians. The office of State Senator Thomas K. Duane and the Department of Transportation (DOT) held an information session for senior citizens Dec. 21 on the issue.
Excerpt from 1010WINS/WCBS 880's December 5, 2010 story on a rally opposing New York University's plan to take more than two acres of City-owned land in Greenwich Village for its own use.
NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) -- About 100 people turned out for a Sunday afternoon rally in Greenwich Village to demand NYU withdraw its application to acquire public land south of Washington Square Park.NYU has asked the city to transfer ownership of the land — currently home to playgrounds, a dog run and community gardens — so they can be used for the university’s expansion plan.
Excerpt from Celeste Katz's November 9, 2010 The Daily Politics blog post on a planned civil disobedience protesting Governor Paterson's veto of legislation that would bring the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration's rental assistance program into line with every other similar program in New York State.
Advocates of a 30% rent cap for people with HIV/AIDS plan to block traffic near City Hall today (and get arrested for it) following a protest of Gov. Paterson's veto of the legislation.Among those planning to get hauled off in civil disobedience for lying down in the street to block traffic: Manhattan State Sen. Tom Duane, his chamber's first openly gay and openly HIV+ member.
Excerpt from Sienna Baskin and Melissa Broudo's September 2, 2010 Huffington Post column on New York State's new law, sponsored by Senator Duane and Assembly Member Gottfried and co-authored by the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, that allows sex trafficking victims to clear their records of prostitution-related crimes.
September 2, 2010
A Victory for Survivors of Trafficking in New York State
New York (CNN) -- The New York state senate passed passed an anti-bullying bill Tuesday night to protect all students from discrimination, including that based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Cara Matthews – Gannett Albany BureauLocal News – June 21, 2010 - 5:00am
ALBANY — A Westchester County assemblyman whose daughter is a two-time kidney transplant recipient wants to flip New York’s organ-donation system on its head by presuming people are donors unless they indicate otherwise.
“What we have in New York is a completely failed system,” said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh.
Emergency rooms in downtown Manhattan have become more crowded since St. Vincent's Hospital closed in April, but ambulances are getting patients into the remaining ERs faster than they did when the 161-year-old Greenwich Village hospital was open.
By Kara Cusolito | June 3, 2010 A tour of Dimock, Pennsylvania, with Victoria Switzer is a bumpy ride over torn-up roads, around parking lots filled with heavy machinery and storage tanks, and past well pads that not long ago were forests. The winter here was quiet, but with the thawing ground came the return of the rigs, the trucks, the constant noise and lights of a twenty-four-hour-a-day gas drilling operation. "It's a modern-day
By Jon Campbell • Albany Bureau • May 17, 2010ALBANY — As bullying in schools continues to grab headlines in New York and throughout the country, school administrators and state legislators are looking at ways to combat the activity — at both the state and district level.
Four-year effort to curb costs for AIDS housing tenants now down to one manPublished: Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:46 PM CDTBY PAUL SCHINDLERSince the waning days of the Pataki administration, advocates havebeen pressing for legislation to cap rents paid by thousands ofclients of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) at 30percent of their income. Now that approval for the measure has finallybeen secured in both the Assembly and the Senate, Governor David A.Paterson’s willingness to sign the measure has suddenly become a major
The New York State Senate is slowly coming around to supporting equal rights for gender nonconforming people.Housing Works latest vote count has 31 state senators firmly in support of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA). The bill prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and all other areas covered by New York State Human Rights Law. Only one more ‘yes’ vote is needed to have a majority in the 62-person Senate.
The mayor’s office is urging Gov. David A. Paterson to veto a bill that would offer greater rent relief to 11,000 New York City residents with H.I.V. or AIDS, saying the measure would tax the city’s strained budget.