Past Updates for New York

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  • 4/8/2017: The state of New York passed a budget that covers the cost of public universities for full-time students in the same income group, with the requirement that they live and work in New York for a period equal to how long they received the scholarship. It will be phased in over the next three years. [1]
  • 3/3/2017: Governor Cuomo announced a pilot program to provide increased public housing opportunities for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers. [2]
  • 2/24/2017: Spokesperson for New York's attorney general Amy Spitalnick stated that transgender students will continue to be protected by the Title IX regulation in the State as specified by the guidance issued by the Obama Administration, despite the recent Trump Administration's order to rescind that guidance.[3] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a directive to state education officials stating that public schools in the state must abide by the state statute protecting students from discrimination, harassment and bullying based on gender and gender identity.[4]
  • 2/23/2017: NYPD police commissioner James O'Neill said that his department will not comply with ICE detainer orders, out of concern that doing so would threaten the safety of people coming to the NYPD for help.[5]
  • 2/13/2017: New York City plans to put 23,000 body cameras on its police officers. None of those cameras are now on the street.[6]
  • 2/12/2017: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio commits to passing legislation that mandates access to legal representation for low-income tenants in housing court, also known as The Right to Counsel Coalition.[7]
  • 2/9/2017: New York City has 1.5 million low-level warrants on file, all of which involve an escalating number of tickets for minor infractions and are the result of aggressive policing policy. The city’s district attorneys are considering purging (or throwing out) up to half of these warrants, in part out of concern that the warrants make people vulnerable to immigration enforcement.[8]
  • 2/8/17: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman held a press conference introducing the New York Votes Act, which introduces early voting, same-day registration and automatic voter registration, among other measures designed to improve New York State's poor voter turnout. This bill would also end disenfranchisement of citizens on parole and allow electronic voter registration.[9]
  • The New York Health Act,[10] a bill passed by the New York State Assembly (but not the Senate) in 2015 and 2016, would introduce universal health coverage for all New Yorkers.