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Published on September 25, 2013, by in RJV.

In anticipation of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption hearing in Albany on September 24, 2013, RJV submitted written testimony encouraging changes to the campaign finance system in New York State. Our tradition commands us to seek impartiality in politics and to speak up for those who kept out of the political process due to

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It was an anti-climactic ending for this session in the New York State legislature; the Assembly passed an omnibus Women’s Equality Act (which, among other items, would have protected women’s access to reproductive health care services) but the Senate decided to take up the agenda as individual bills. New Yorkers were highly anticipating debate on

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Register for Advocacy Day here! Stand up for Reform Jewish values and discover the intersection of public policy, New York State politics and the Reform Jewish Movement at Reform Jewish Voice of New York State’s annual Advocacy Day! On Monday, May 6th, join us in Albany to hear from our guest speakers, state Senators Neil Breslin and Andrea Stewart-Cousins and

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This year, we are heading to Albany on Monday, May 6th and we hope you will meet us there! Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to discover the convergence of public policy, New York State politics and the Reform Jewish Movement. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing the issues we will focus on this year.

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Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address focused on a myriad of issues, many of which show up again in his budget proposal. There is a 4.4% increase in education spending, $1 billion over five years for affordable housing projects, $21 billion in state funds for disaster relief, recovery and mitigation and

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Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York indulged in the annual right of passage afforded a state executive and delivered his “State of the State” address this afternoon to a crowd of legislators, journalists and politicos in Albany. Just last month he wrote an op-ed for the Times Union outlining his “litmus test” of ten issues the legislature

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With control of the New York state Senate still unsettled, Governor Cuomo took the time to outline his “litmus test” of issues the legislature should tackle and pointed out opportunities squandered by both the Republican and Democratic Conferences when they were in power. He took to the Times Union last week to discuss how he prefers to

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During the month of Cheshvan (October 17-November 14), RJV is asking congregations to dedicate one Shabbat service, one adult education program, or one religious school period to learning what our tradition teaches about fair and living wages. Earlier this year, the New York State legislature began to consider a raise in the state minimum wage from $7.25 an

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Governor Cuomo recently announced that permits for hydrofracturing in New York State will not be approved until a study of the health impacts of the controversial drilling method is completed. RJV supports the moritorum on hydorfracturing across the state until such a study is finished and submitted comments to the NYSDEC last year calling for extensive study of the

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