August 2010 Archives

#16

Western NY Town Hall Hosted by PUSH, VOICE & NOAH

On Thursday, August 26th, PUSH Buffalo, Voice Buffalo, and Niagara's NOAH hosted a town hall-style meeting to hold our elected officials accountable in making sure that our stimulus money reaches our neighborhoods where it is badly needed.  The meeting was attended and supported by Community Voices Heard, Common Cause NY and the New York Stimulus Alliance.
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Groups focused on ways to improve transportation and weatherization funding in the region, while also celebrating recent victories that secured millions of dollars in childcare subsidies for working families in Buffalo and maintained broad eligibility in the face of steep cuts.  VOICE-Buffalo spearheaded this effort, which you can read about here.
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The Buffalo News (PDF) had an informative piece on the town hall itself, which includes audio from PUSH's Eric Walker discussing the recovery.  You can hear that by clicking the play button here:

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By NYSA on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM

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#15

Common Cause Hosts 'Plugging the Budget Gap' Town Hall

On Thursday, August 5, 2010 Common Cause /NY and the New York State Stimulus Alliance along with Community Voices Heard (CVH), NYC AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN), The Drum Major Institute, Center for Working Families, and Good Jobs New York hosted a town hall meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall entitled "Plugging the Budget Gap: The Recovery Act and Beyond in New York State." 
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We were joined by State Senators Daniel Squadron and Velmanette Montgomery as well as Council Members Brad Lander and Letitia James and representatives from the Department of Labor and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
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Common Cause/NY set the framework to look at the current crisis as a national issue, not state specific and the need for a national response and Federal dollars. NYCAHN and Community Voices Heard talked about the impact of the stimulus on public housing and housing for the homeless and how more must be done to address these long-term community needs. The Drum Major Institute highlighted the importance of targeting future stimulus aid through city and local governments rather than primarily through state governments.
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Common Cause's presentation on the current economic situation in New York State is below (download it here).



By NYSA on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM

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