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Sound education child’s right

Times Union | July 15, 2014 | Commentary by David Sciarra and Billy Easton
With much fanfare, a novel lawsuit filed in Staten Island alleges teacher tenure, due process and lay-off procedures violate the constitutional right of New York school children to a “sound basic education.”

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School aid push starts early

Glens Falls Post-Star | July 15, 2014 | Column by Michael Goot
DISTRICTS ADVOCATE FOR INDEPENDENT PANEL TO DETERMINE EDUCATION FUNDING ALLOCATIONS
A growing number of school districts are backing an idea to turn over allocation of state education aid to an independent commission and remove politicians from the equation altogether.

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Fractivists to Protest Astorino Rally

WIVT | July 14, 2014 | Staff Report
One group hoping to meet Astorino tomorrow says it knows full well how he stands on one particular issue.
Anti-fracking activists plan to show up at the rally to demand that the GOP gubernatorial candidate defend his position in favor of gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale.
Organizers expect dozens of fractivists to attend.
Citizen Action’s Isaac Silberman-Gorn says his group sent a letter to the Astorino campaign outlining its concerns.

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New Report Recommends Ways to Address Health Care Disparities

Health Care for All New York Blog | July 14, 2014 | Post by Bob Cohen and Theo Oshiro

Guest post:
Bob Cohen, Policy Director, Citizen Action of New York/Public Policy and Education Fund;
Theo Oshiro, Deputy Director, Make the Road New York

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Statement re Pro-Fracking Lawsuits Dismissal

New Yorkers Against Fracking | July 14, 2014 | Press Release
Statement from New Yorkers Against Fracking
Re: NY State Supreme Court Decision Dismissing Challenges to State Review of Fracking
In response to the NY State Supreme Court’s decision dismissing challenges to the state’s review of fracking, New Yorkers Against Fracking released the following statement from Isaac Silberman-Gorn of Citizen Action of New York and New Yorkers Against Fracking.

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New Report Recommends Ways to Address Health Care Disparities


Guest post:
Bob Cohen, Policy Director, Citizen Action of New York/Public Policy and Education Fund;
Theo Oshiro, Deputy Director, Make the Road New York

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‘Whose Side Are You On’ for this November’s Election?

Time Warner Cable News | July 10, 2014 | Column by Katie Husband
CORNING, N.Y. — Campaign season for this November’s election is well underway and one group is asking voters, ‘whose side are you on?’ Citizen Action of New York launched the campaign in the 23rd Congressional District, Thursday.
“Be sure that you understand when candidates say, ‘I’m all for you, I’m on your side for Medicare and social security’ which they all say to us. We say, be sure you know what that means,” said Mary Clark, Citizen Action of New York Regional Director.

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Letter: Ill health effects from fracking are mounting

Pressconnects.com | July 9, 2014 | LTE by Isaac-Silberman Gorn
ust after air monitoring in Pennsylvania showed increased air pollutants in homes near fracking sites, a Cornell University study reveals intensified environmental risks posed by fracking wastewater. The Cornell study’s findings showed that in the case of a spill, the nature of “fracking wastewater could cause additional contamination of groundwater.”

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Fracking ban must be statewide to ensure safety for all

Times Union | July 8, 2014 | Commentary by Eileen Hamlin
The Times Union deserves praise for its recent editorial (‘For drillers, no means no’) in support of the recent New York State Court of Appeals ruling that municipalities do indeed have the right to ban fracking. But more importantly, the Times Union supported maintaining New York’s statewide moratorium given increasing scientific evidence showing harms of fracking and that fracking hurts property values.

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2014 Immigration Session Roundup

President Barack Obama kicked off 2014 with a strong statement of support for immigration reform, declaring, “It is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.” In the months since the State of the Union Address, the frustrating stagnation in Congress has led many to become disheartened with the prospect of federal reform. Though a great deal of focus on immigration reform has been at the federal level, states have continued to make progress while the matter is considered by Congress