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The Villager: Watershed moment on fracking? New well-review rule

By Albert Amateau

April 28, 2010

The New York City watershed, which supplies 90 percent of the city’s drinking water, will require special reviews for companies seeking state permits for high-volume, horizontal hydrofracture drilling for natural gas.

May 4, 2010
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Washington Square News: Homeless to pay rent

by Sara Gates

Published April 15, 2010

The New York Department of Homeless Services announced on Tuesday that homeless people in shelters who are currently employed will have to pay the city rent or will be kicked out on the streets. 

May 4, 2010
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The Observer: Stabilization Now, Tomorrow and Forever?

By Eliot Brown

April 13, 2010 | 6:28 p.m

In the world of tenant activists, 2009 was a year of tremendous optimism. And then it wasn’t.

Democratic control of the State Senate failed to provide any of the radical changes to rent laws that activists had long fought for—and that were expected once Republicans were booted from the majority. Deadlock dominated; the housing committee chair led a short-lived coup; then status quo regained power, allowing the real estate industry to exhale.

May 4, 2010
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The New York Times: Law Dictates Who Decides on Care for the Incapable

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS

It is one of those medical quandaries often faced by families dealing with older and dying parents: Who makes decisions for patients who cannot make their own and have not left written instructions?

April 13, 2010
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DNA Info: Intrepid Museum Bid to Bring NASA Space Shuttle to West Side Bolstered by State Senate

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN WEST — A proposal to bring a space shuttle to the Intrepid Air and Space museum got a boost on Thursday as the state Senate unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the move.

April 13, 2010
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Daily News: St. Vincent's Hospital ER could survive as takeover talks still on the table

BY Samuel Goldsmith

Its board of directors may have pulled the plug on St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan - but the emergency room still has a pulse.

April 13, 2010
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West Side Spirit-State Sen. Pushes Census Ad

By Dan Rivoli

March 19, 2010

State Sen. Tom Duane is up for reelection this year and recorded a robo-call to reach his constituents. But with no challenger, Duane decided to promote the 2010 Census instead of stump for his campaign.

In the past several weeks, New Yorkers have been inundated with advertising and news stories that promote filling out census forms when they arrive in the mail. People’s responses will determine the country’s population for the next decade and influences political districts and government funding.

March 19, 2010
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Capitol News: Patient-Centered Medical Homes: A Model for Better Health Care Health Care

By Senator Thomas K. Duane In our nation’s capital, the extensive debate over federal health care reform focused attention both on how best to provide health insurance as well as how best to deliver high-quality, affordable health care. One way in which New York State is taking a lead in the latter is by focusing our resources on developing and strengthening primary and preventive care. To achieve that goal, we are encouraging the development and support of the emerging patient-centered medical home model.

March 3, 2010
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WNYC: Advocates Believe New York May Be Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana

by Arun VenugopalNEW YORK, NY February 23, 2010 —As of last month, when New Jersey signed it into law, there are 14 states that allow the use of medical marijuana. Some people think New York could be No. 15, and are watching as a bill winds its way through the state Senate and Assembly. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the legislation and the people who would benefit.

March 3, 2010
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Times Union: Medical marijuana effort sprouts again

By RICK KARLIN, Capitol bureauALBANY -- In Capitol parlance, it's known as an "evergreen" -- a bill or idea that seems to sprout up each year, but never blooms into law. While marijuana certainly isn't an evergreen plant, efforts to legalize its use for medicinal purposes have been before the state Legislature for several years. On Tuesday it came up again in the Senate Health Committee, which moved the bill to Codes, the last stop before it could come up for debate.

March 3, 2010
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The Villager: Hospital can’t close

As the clock continues to tick on St. Vincent’s Hospital’s survival, it’s only making it increasingly clear that Greenwich Village — as well as all of Manhattan south of 59th St. — simply cannot afford to lose this key healthcare institution. Without St. Vincent’s, the Lower West Side would have its health safety net ripped out from beneath it. East Side hospitals would be overwhelmed picking up the slack, particularly in emergency room visits, while patients would be at increased risk: Accounts of people

March 3, 2010
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The Villager: Times adds to St. Vincent’s trauma, hospital’s docs say

By Lincoln Anderson As St. Vincent’s Hospital struggles to stay afloat, top physicians at a “visibility rally” Sunday said a main obstacle the hospital is facing is negative media coverage. There was the New York Post editorial earlier this month that urged to “pull the plug” on the Greenwich Village hospital. But even worse, to hear the doctors tell it, have been misleading articles about what is going on at St. Vincent’s as it battles to stave off bankruptcy and keep from closing after more than 160 years of service.

March 3, 2010
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Times Union: Who speaks for those who can't?

By JIMMY VIELKIND, Capitol bureau

March 3, 2010
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Ithaca Journal: Senate passes health care proxy bill

BY CARA MATTHEWS •CLMATTHE@GANNETT.COM • FEBRUARY 26, 2010, 6:50 PMALBANY -- Senators approved a bill this week that sets up a legal mechanism for designating a surrogate to act on an incapacitated person's behalf, legislation supporters say is long overdue and will reduce additional stress placed on friends and families during crises.

March 3, 2010
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Crain's: Health care lobby prepares to fight calls for big cutbacks

By Barbara Bensonin an ad that began running last week during the Olympics, a pediatrician grimly delivers the line, “Helping New Yorkers lose weight is a matter of life and death.” An offscreen narrator then goes on to lament the sickening rise in childhood obesity, and urges Albany lawmakers to tax sugar-laced beverages.

March 3, 2010
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Times Union: Yes, marijuana, as medicine

Imagine, an open and honest debate in the state Senate, and on a very relevant and substantive issue. What happens all too rarely could happen quite soon, on the topic of legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

March 3, 2010
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City Hall: Legislators In Albany And New York Float Hydrofracking Bills

By Andre TartarGov. David Paterson has made clear that he will wait for the state Department of Conservation to finish studying the risks of the proposal before making any final decisions on drilling in the Marcellus Shale. That could take months, however, and several state legislators who fear the drilling could contaminate New York City’s water supply say they are not content to let the process drag out any longer.They are pushing a set of bills that would either impose tight regulations on the drilling or possibly kill the Marcellus Shale proposal altogether.

March 3, 2010
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