Month: September 2022

New legislation would track “forever chemicals” in public waterways
Policy

New legislation would track “forever chemicals” in public waterways

Environmental groups Seneca Lake Guardian and Earthjustice joined state lawmakers Sen. Rachel May, D-Syracuse, and Assembly Health Chair Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, on Monday to call for statewide action to ensure clean drinking water for residents.  Senator May also announced new legislation requiring annual testing for facilities that discharge water into […]

Opinion: Direct support professionals need more resources in New York
Op-ed Opinion

Opinion: Direct support professionals need more resources in New York

Too often, fiscal and social policies developed by the state’s One-Party leadership are misaligned with the needs of those living here. The overwhelming shortage of direct-support professionals caring for the disability community is a prime example of this. While fast-food and retail employees continue to see their paychecks grow as […]

NYSUT report outlines pathway for safer schools and productive classrooms
Policy

NYSUT report outlines pathway for safer schools and productive classrooms

With the new school year underway, the state’s largest teachers’ union released 13 recommendations aiming to cut down disruptive and violent events in schools. According to the New York State United Teachers, there are daily safety concerns for students and educators alike. Educators reported increased incidents of classroom disruptions and […]

Foley Square protestors decry mass incarceration and 1994 Crime Bill
Policy Politics

Foley Square protestors decry mass incarceration and 1994 Crime Bill

State Lawmakers, advocates, and formerly incarcerated New Yorkers all gathered in protest on the 28th anniversary of the 1994 Crime Bill signed into law by former President Bill Clinton. Among those present were Assemblywoman Amanda Septimo, D-Bronx; David Weprin, D-Queens; and freshmen Assemblyman Eddie Gibbs, D-Harlem. “The legacy of the […]