Author: SARAH EAMES, Gazette staff writer

Advocates seek $28 million for psychiatric rehabilitation services
People Policy

Advocates seek $28 million for psychiatric rehabilitation services

Representatives from the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) joined with more than 100 direct care staff and mental health advocates to rally on the steps of the Capitol last Wednesday to call on lawmakers to increase funding for mental health recovery assisted living programs. Cries of “fair […]

Education leaders and lawmakers want expansion of millionaire’s tax to fund schools
Policy Politics

Education leaders and lawmakers want expansion of millionaire’s tax to fund schools

Legislators, teachers, advocates and representatives from New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) rallied Tuesday in the capital for tax code changes to fund schools across New York. The expansion of the “millionaire’s tax” and closing of the carried interest loophole will bring in […]

Legal advocates call on Gov. Cuomo to fully fund public defenders
Policy Politics

Legal advocates call on Gov. Cuomo to fully fund public defenders

Legal advocates, clergy and representatives from the NAACP and New York Bar Association are urging legislators to pass the Justice Equality Act, which would provide state funding of public defense offices and expenses. The bill (A.1903), sponsored by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D- Albany, passed both the assembly and senate last […]

In wake of Trump actions, bill would codify transgender protections in NY
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In wake of Trump actions, bill would codify transgender protections in NY

  Senator Brad Hoylman, D–Manhattan, is taking action against the Trump Administration’s recent rollback of transgender protection laws. The senator has introduced a new bill on March 3 that would protect New York’s transgender youth by codifying certain protections under state law. Hoylman’s bill (S.4843) would permanently adopt the Title […]

Bill would establish program to swap out aging water and sewer systems
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Bill would establish program to swap out aging water and sewer systems

  Capital Region lawmakers are hoping to launch a program similar to a popular road and bridge renovation program, but for water infrastructure. The Safe Water Infrastructure Action Program (S.3292/A.3907) would create a companion program to the popular Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement, or CHIPS, program which provides assistance […]