A few weeks after the end of the 2016 legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo has only recently finished signing the bills that passed during the final moments Assembly Members and Senators spent in Albany. As we look back on the session, though, we have important victories to celebrate on some of RJV’s priority issues for this year. (more…)
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Albany, N.Y., June 17, 2016 – In response to the passage of A.10723/S.8131, a bill in the New York State legislature that will bring much-needed funding and oversight to the East Ramapo School District, Barbara Zaron and Richard C. Laskey, co-chairs of Reform Jewish Voice of New York State, issued the following statement: (more…)
On Monday, May 9, Reform Jewish social justice advocates from around New York State gathered in Albany for RJV’s annual Advocacy Day. These powerful leaders in their communities came together to articulate a vision for tzedek in the Empire State and to share that vision with their Assembly Members and Senators as the legislature sets its priorities for the waning days of the 2016 session. Check out photos from the day on RJV’s Facebook page. (more…)
Join RJV leaders and Jewish social justice advocates from across the Empire State for an educational, fun experience learning about key issues and the Jewish values that underpin our view on those issues. Then take the unforgettable opportunity to lobby your members of the state senate and assembly on those topics.
May 9, 2016 in Albany, NY
After months of deliberation and intense, last-minute negotiations, the New York State Legislature has approved the 2016-2017 budget. We are thrilled that this year’s budget contains important advances for working families and protects public education in the Empire State. (more…)
Last month, I discussed a number of initiatives in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and Executive Budget proposal that are in areas of particular interest to RJV, including Economic Justice, the Environment, Criminal Justice and Ethics. For the second part of our budget breakdown, I will be focusing on the Governor’s education proposals. (more…)
When I last wrote about the ongoing situation in the East Ramapo school district, the future of legislation to ensure strong oversight over the district’s finances remained uncertain. Since then, the three-person monitor team led by Dennis Walcott has released their report on the district, which reiterates a call for legislation to create a fiscal monitor with the power to veto decisions made by the school board. Currently, the majority of the elected school board members are Orthodox Haredi, even though most Haredi children in this school district attend private yeshivas. (more…)
Governor Cuomo presented his State of the State and Executive Budget proposals on January 13, 2016, outlining his legislative agenda and $145 billion budget plan for 2016. With such an expansive set of initiatives, there is certainly a lot for us all to look through and begin to understand as lawmakers begin negotiating a final budget deal and sending legislation to the Governor’s desk. Outlined here are the summaries of some of the issues that are of particular interest and concern to RJV; a review of the specifics and details will follow shortly. The full budget proposal can be accessed here.
This post will focus on four major areas of the Governor’s proposals: Economic Justice, the Environment, Criminal Justice and Ethics. Stay tuned for another post discussing the Governor’s education initiatives. (more…)