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Published on December 13, 2016, by in RJV.

On October 30, RJV’s Steering Committee met at the beautiful Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY to build relationships, discuss important state issues and map out the future of RJV. We were thrilled to officially welcome our new co-chair, Marc Landis of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan, who has shown exceptional leadership since he joined RJV

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Published on July 14, 2016, by in RJV.

  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

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Published on June 17, 2016, by in RJV.

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Jacob Kraus 202.387.2800 | news@rac.org 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

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Published on May 26, 2016, by in RJV.

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

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Published on March 30, 2016, by in RJV.

This post originally appeared on the NFTY-New York Area Region Blog. On March 6th & 7th, 45 Jewish teens representing over 20 URJ congregations from the NY Area went to Albany to lobby our state legislators on social justice issues that matter to us as NFTYites. After spending Sunday learning about four different issues –

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Published on March 10, 2016, by in RJV.

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.

 
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Published on February 5, 2016, by in RJV.

  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

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Published on January 26, 2016, by in RJV.

  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

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