Move Forward with a new Albany High School

On February 9, 2016, 7,759 voters cast ballots in a vote on whether or not a new Albany High School should be built. Students who attend Albany High now face a leaky roof, a broken heating and cooling system, and not enough classrooms to serve the growing body of...

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Caravan to Restore the American Promise: A Recap (with media)

Caravan to Restore the American Promise: A Recap (with media)

The Statewide Caravan to Restore the American Promise was a massive effort by Citizen Action of New York and our many coalition partners and supporters to draw attention to the fact that right now, politicians are working to strip away our social safety net in order to repay a debt caused by corporate greed. We traveled across New York State to hold lawmakers accountable for their attempts to fix the budget by compromising the quality of life, comfort, and dignity of working families, disabled people, children, and our senior citizens – our greatest generation – in their final years.

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CWA 118 Rallies Against Verizon’s Corporate Greed

CWA 118 Rallies Against Verizon’s Corporate Greed

Despite posting record profits in the past years, and paying no taxes in 2010, Verizon is still trying to give devastating cuts to employee compensation and health care. According to Verizon’s new proposed plan, which begins on August 6, employees will be subjected to massive rollbacks that will seriously compromise employees’ opportunities to provide for their family. The proposed plan doesn’t even provide coverage for emergency room treatment.

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Protect Our Safety Net

Protect Our Safety Net

Today, concerned activists met outside of Congressman Chris Gibson’s office in Saratoga, New York, to hold him accountable for attacking our social safety net. Gibson is just one of many Congressmen who have cut funding from Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, all while giving tax cuts to the wealthy.

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Cuomo’s Proposed Tax Cap Will Increase Educational Inequality

Cuomo’s Proposed Tax Cap Will Increase Educational Inequality

Today, representatives from the Alliance for Quality Education, NYSUT, NAACP, League of Women Voters, CSEA, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Citizen Action of New York, and NYC Communities for Change met at the Capitol building to host a press conference regarding Governor Cuomo’s proposed property tax cap.

Recent statistics compiled by the Alliance for Quality Education show that Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2% property tax cap will further increase inequalities between wealthy and poor school districts. The analysis finds that an already existing $3.2 billion gap between high need and low need school districts in the tax levy will increase by more than $56 million after just one year of an imposed cap and by more than $700 million after ten years.

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Students First: The Reality Tour

Students First: The Reality Tour

Today, Citizen Action of New YorkThe Alliance for Quality Education, and New York State United Teachers launched a statewide campaign called “Students First: The Reality Tour.”

At a press conference in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, AQE Executive Director Billy Easton spoke adamantly about the negative effects of Governor Cuomo’s budget cuts to education that are now being identified across the state as local school budgets pass. Last year, 10,000 school employees lost their jobs, including teachers, administrators, secretaries, aides, librarians, and other indiduals. Class sizes have increased, many essential in-school and after-school programs have been cut, and schools have been permanently closed. This year, 16,000 more school employees will also lose their jobs.

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