“I think people kind of feel like the old governor’s gone. We have a new governor, and we’re moving forward.”
“I think people kind of feel like the old governor’s gone. We have a new governor, and we’re moving forward.”
A group of students at Greene High School in Chenango County have held protests and walkouts against racial, sexual and homophobic harassment by other students.
Advocates are turning to the redistricting process to secure political power, but legal and systemic roadblocks pose a significant challenge.
“Governor Cuomo has never assaulted anyone, and Sheriff Apple’s motives here are patently improper. Sheriff Apple didn’t even tell the District Attorney what he was doing.”
“You thought you could hurt us, but you didn’t. In fact, you did just the opposite. By doing what you did, you gave us another opportunity to come together.”
“We will take every complaint of harassment and discrimination seriously.”
The candidates strongly differed over the management of the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant.
“We’re at higher risk of these issues by virtue of seeking health care in a system that does not serve us.”
The governor and Democratic lawmakers want to make affirmative consent policies standard practice at Pennsylvania colleges and universities.
“What Jay Jacob did was wrong, it was very disturbing, clearly unacceptable and it was hurtful.”
“We have an opportunity here. Let’s make the best of it. Pennsylvania’s Hispanic community is ready to be a steward of change rather than victims of it.”
“It’s a unique archaeological case in that we’re searching for evidence of something that was really working hard to not be seen.”
Gun ownership is on the rise nationwide, and with the biggest jump being among Black people, some of them have started gun clubs.
“You go back to the 1930s when thousands of people in Syracuse of Italian extraction, gave their nickels and dimes and quarters to build that monument.”
The fire last weekend is considered suspicious, and investigators are looking into it.
The cause of the fire is listed as suspicious but still under investigation. Cameras reportedly showed a person on the back porch.
The Rochester police served the officer with departmental charges, but it was not specific about what kinds of charges were filed.
Some physicians believe that since the disease is more prevalent in people of color, it’s historically received far less attention and research dollars.
“I guarantee I did not know I was pregnant with my first child at six weeks. I actually went on a whitewater rafting trip.”
“And unfortunately, the vast majority of the changes have been for the worse, not for the better.”
Agriculture is one of biggest sectors of New York State’s economy. Yet people of color are largely left out of it.
20 years later, Mohawk ironworkers reflect on unique connection to 9/11
“Just as the liberty bell is an enduring symbol of the American struggle for freedom, the justice bell is the struggle for women’s equality.”
“I never in a million years would have imagined I would be standing here as the lt. governor of the state of New York. But God has bigger plans for me.”
Now, for the first time in state history, two women and one man will be in the room where major pieces of legislation are negotiated.
“I believe that we will need mask mandates for children to go back to schools. And that will have to be universal, it will be statewide.”
Luticha Doucette of Rochester explains why President Biden’s $400 billion plant to boost home health care funding is crucial for people with disabilities.
“It was a shock at first, then it went from shock to being flat, to a little anger, but now I’m at, ‘Let’s just get this over with.’”
To better understand the concerns of Black, Hispanic and rural residents, the group conducted a series of interviews and focus groups.
Organizers say the governor’s executive order to reform police last year didn’t go far enough in curbing discriminatory policing against Black New Yorkers.
“We can’t avoid those difficult subjects. We have to be able to talk about them, and the only way that we’re going to create good policy is to better understand it.”
Gabriel said one of her goals is to get more people, both locally and nationally, to learn about the Finger Lakes connection to women’s rights.
“When the state is engaged in a contract with an organization that has a history of discrimination, that’s inappropriate.”
“We must shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past. No matter how hard it will be.”
Black people in the Finger Lakes region face stark health disparities as a result of racism and the way it manifests, a problem magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I mean the government has done us wrong.”
On July 1, 1867, the confederation known historically as the Dominion of Canada became official with four provinces, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Six more provinces joined between 1870 and 1949. The celebration of Canada Day is complicated this year. Many people are not celebrating at all, and others are celebrating differently due to recent discoveries of the bodies of hundreds of indigenous children in unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. On May 27, 215 bodies were discovered at a former residential school site in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Immigration groups around Pennsylvania and the country want to keep pressure on Washington to include a path to citizenship in the final package.
Under the law, New Yorkers who want to change their gender listed on an official identification, no longer needs a doctor’s permission or present medical evidence to obtain those changes.
In an open letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, the Harlem Globetrotters demanded the team join the league as a franchise.
On the federal level, the bill that made Juneteenth a federal holiday has been one of the only major racial justice-related measures to become law.
A majority of those incarcerated will rejoin the community outside of prison at some point.
The theory — which explores narratives of American History from all perspectives — has been a common practice in higher education for decades.
Elmira commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first Juneteenth event in the city at Ernie Davis park.
“I think that it is our job to keep history alive by talking about it.”
“I want it to be part of the DNA of the town. I want it, I want you to feel it like I feel it.”
Freshman New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman joins a class of younger Black lawmakers working to broaden representation and progressive power in Congress, as well as in the Democratic Party.
“Hard to believe its 2021, and no marker has even been erected and that’s one reason so few people know about his story and his significance in history.”
Burns began at Xerox as an intern and worked her way up through the ranks for almost three decades before being named CEO.
“Historically Black and Brown people have been locked out of owning land, and so if we own the land where particular buildings and or other services are operated, we have more of an opportunity to hold onto our resources and power within the community.”
The United States is withdrawing from Afghanistan after 20 years since invading after Sept. 11, 2001. Local Afghans who assisted American troops are pleading for the U.S. to evacuate their families.
“When I got my [citizenship], I swear to protect this country but I have the right, too, to ask my government, or my Congressman, or my president, where is my tax money going?”
Hundreds of Native American children’s remains were recently found in a mass grave at a residential school site in Canada. The U.S. also sent Native children to such schools and local Haudenosaunee people are still seeking justice.
After turning out for racial justice and other movements in the U.S., they are frustrated by the response to attacks and hatred directed at Jews following the latest Mideast violence.
As Pride Month begins, cities are figuring out how to celebrate safely given the pandemic. It’s especially tricky for bars and street festivals where large crowds are a sign of success and progress.
“There’s still a segment of the population who are apprehensive, who are on the fence, and that’s why this event is going to be critical.”
“The Senate passing it is fantastic. That the assembly hasn’t passed it is mystifying, unless you look at it as part of a pattern.”
“I’m the manager at a bank, I’m looking to hire somebody. I can’t know if this person stole money in his previous job, or her previous job.”
“You’ll notice that the advertising is different there. There’s more shelf space dedicated to menthol products. There’s more advertising.”
“It is not just sufficient to say that abortion is a right that everybody has access to. We have to also make it accessible.”
“Ending qualified immunity is about accountability for police and justice for the victims whose rights have been violated.”
“I still have a hard time believing that it wasn’t intentional, even with what was reported today.”
DiNapoli is asking that Amazon to review its impacts on civil rights, equity, diversity and inclusion, and the impacts of those issues on its business.
After weeks of widespread demonstrations, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a number of measures last July that he said “[made] progress in keeping every Pennsylvanian safe.”
“All we’re doing is asking the officials of the state of New York, in their capacity, is to serve and protect, and not harm and kill.”
“This has rekindled a flame of righteousness, and righteous indignation that has been smoldering for centuries. We are in the midst of a racial reckoning in this country.”
The Critical Incident Committee will look at police shootings. Another, called the Use of Force Committee, will review incidents when police hurt or killed someone and a gun wasn’t involved.
Governor Cuomo said flat-out at several public appearances that he did nothing “wrong,” and rebuffing claims that his actions violated the state’s laws on sexual harassment.
In recent weeks, when the governor is asked by reporters about the probe, his answers often include a reference to the attorney general’s possible political motivations.
“For instance, I had an elderly Asian man tell me he went out on the street, and he was spat upon by somebody.”
The missing statue is that of “Tom,” a runaway slave in torn clothing, his hand outstretched toward another statue, that of Catherine Harris. Harris and her father were the first “colored” people in Jamestown.
Stanley Martin wants to rethink Rochester police — a radical new plan to abolish the police gradually. Others also talk about “reimagining” police, though they mean the same word very differently.
Though many still don’t qualify for federal veterans benefits, they now can receive state benefits in New York, Colorado, and other states.
The relief fund sets aside $2.1 billion for those who lost work during the pandemic, but, due to immigration status, were ineligible for unemployment benefits or federal stimulus checks.
“The complainants have continued to go to the press and make their complaints in the press, and I have not been able to respond. That’s not fair and that’s not right.”
The restrictions on the media began shortly after several current and former female aides accused the governor of sexual harassment, and in one case, sexual assault.
Organizations meet new needs of people they have already built trust with.
The Senecas have insisted that under the Compact, their financial obligations to New York State ceased after the original 14-year deal.
In an attack that is being investigated as a possible hate crime, a 61-year-old Asian man was pushed to the ground and kicked in the head repeatedly on Friday evening.
“Reading more about what happened with that just really angered me. Watching the board meeting on Tuesday, seeing all the board members—just one Black person on there.”
Under the new cannabis laws, police cannot use the smell of cannabis to initiate a search in most circumstances.
“Whether you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with the conversations taking place in the book, they are conversations that are happening in our communities and should not be ignored.”
“It is frustrating and heartbreaking that we have to call for and impose yet another travel ban in response to yet another state enacting dangerous and harmful anti-trans legislation.”
“(M)y opinion is that none of the officers, their impact, individually or collectively, would have caused or contributed to that cardiac arrest.”
Horne had been dismissed after a November 2006 incident in which she has maintained she tried to stop a fellow officer from choking a man during an arrest.
“We also believe that in this moment, we must ensure coherent opportunities for all students to actively participate in a lifetime of civic engagement and social justice activism.”
“It is imperative that the Commission of Judicial Nomination focus on vetting and recommending qualified LGBTQ+ candidates, who have an intimate understanding of the unique perspectives and needs of our community.”
The new fund is designed to offer relief to undocumented immigrants who, during the pandemic, didn’t have access to unemployment and other benefits, like federal stimulus checks.
The council plans to reconvene Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m. to resume consideration of agreement.
The suit alleges the Rochester Police Department used extreme force in responding to protests, and the use of crowd control measures falls into a long history of the department abusing its power.
The Ithaca plan was approved, while trustees in Malone ended up sending a revised version of its strategy to the state.
“I think people fear what they don’t understand,” says Levine, assistant secretary for health and the first openly transgender person to serve in a Senate-confirmed position.
A task force will now take over the work for designing how the new overarching Department of Public Safety would work.
So far, most councilors have not explicitly said how they’ll vote on the resolution.
“A voice calling for justice does not need to be in perfect English.”
“For every officer when you get their badge number, you should be able to look up their service record, and it should be easy.”
The protesters moved down Main Street and then to East Avenue, ultimately ending their march in the Wegmans parking lot. Wegmans locked the store around 11 a.m.
The New York Attorney General’s Office is conducting its own, simultaneous investigation into the sexual harassment claim leveled against Cuomo in recent weeks.
“We’ll consider the use of subpoenas to ensure the documents are produced and there isn’t any obstruction or any destruction of documents.”
“I get the frustration of the callers, we do understand decorum, but again, setting the tone without being condescending is important.”
As the coronavirus pandemic turns one, researchers have found women have lost decades of economic progress, but some have also found a new voice in advocating for better family and work policies.
Questions are being raised about the State Assembly’s choice of a law firm to help an impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“It wasn’t inclusive and they didn’t listen to any of the needs of people of color.”
Former Congressman Rangel addressed the accusations directly, saying Cuomo deserves a fair defense.
“I’ve made my opinions clear, I think the governor should resign but I also understand that it is important that we do our job and that will always be my focus.”
The newest relief package includes$350 billion dollars in aid to states to fund home and community-based services.
There were calls for de-escalation and non-violence within both of the groups.
“People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth. I’m not going to resign.”
“I believe it is in the best interest of our State if Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul serves as Acting Governor until the Attorney General’s investigations or any other potential inquiries reach a conclusion.”
After Gov. Andrew Cuomo denied touching women inappropriately, “the female aide became emotional” as she and other staff watched his remarks, according to the Times Union newspaper in Albany.
“I never made any inappropriate advances. As I said last week, no one ever told me at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable.”
A majority of Democrats in the state Legislature either haven’t taken a public position on whether Cuomo should resign, or have said they want to wait for the results of the attorney general’s investigation.
Attorneys representing Nathaniel McFarland, one of Prude’s five children and the administrator of his estate, also allege civil rights violations and gross negligence in the lawsuit filed Monday.
Experts review Rochester, N.Y., police body camera video of a recent encounter of white officers with a Black girl in distress. She was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed in a squad car.
“There is no question that they both have the knowledge and background necessary to lead this investigation and provide New Yorkers with the answers they deserve.”
“We won’t be able to force a vote, but we’re going to keep pounding on this issue. If they really believe in resignation, why not start the impeachment process?”
“As we have gone through the last year of understanding about systematic racism and historic trauma, it’s time for us to address these historic harms within New York State and within Haudenosaunee territory.”
“No, there is no way I resign,” said Cuomo, who added that he deserves “due process” while the AG’s probe continues.
“I do not understand the objection to recognizing the Equal Rights Amendment as part of the constitution.”
“They know the people in the church, and when you pick a location like that, it helps put more people at ease.”
Black Americans with addiction face “pervasive and continuing systemic racism” and often struggle to gain access to treatments that prevent fatal overdoses.
“It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it.”
“It’s kind of a Catch-22. They teach the only way to subdue (a person) under excited delirium is choke holds — knees to the neck, hog ties — things of that nature which brings on death.”
“It takes a lot of courage, a lot of guts, oftentimes therapy, and counseling and support around the individual to come forward.”
“The pattern of sexual harassment and predatory behavior by Governor Cuomo is unacceptable, and I believe the women coming forward.”
“I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to.”
The White House Press Secretary said President Biden has been briefed on the claims and supports an immediate investigation.
Cuomo, who is already under fire for withholding data that showed twice as many nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than was previously disclosed, denies both allegations.
Joe Prude is the brother of Daniel Prude, who suffocated in police custody a year ago. He says he no longer has trust in the system after state Attorney General Letitia James announced a grand jury had decided not to file criminal charges against any of the officers in his brother’s case.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals
“It’s not true. Look, I fought for and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and express her opening and express issues and concerns that she has. But it’s just not true.”
Legislative Democrats’ qualms don’t stop at the social equity funding, there are additional concerns as well with the taxation structure, criminal penalties and oversight of the Governor’s proposed Office of Cannabis Management.
“We are completely transforming the system. We are making sure that the right person gets called when it comes to a mental health crisis.”
“We concluded that there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude’s death to warrant presenting the case to a grand jury, and we presented the most comprehensive case possible,” officials said.
“What strikes at my heart, is the inhumane way in which Libre shackled immigrants with homing devices so they could keep tabs on their investments.”
“Not everyone’s going to have that primary care person to go to for any of their health care needs.”
What began as a call for donations to help Texas residents hurt by the storm grew into millions of dollars that will go to several local charities. Ocasio-Cortez visited a Houston food bank Saturday.
“This is a very big and aggressive effort to address vaccine hesitancy in the Black community.”
Amy Cooper had been facing a charge of falsely reporting an incident to police, after she told them Christian Cooper, who is not related to her, threatened her in a New York City park. He did not.
Chinatown has faced both a spike in anti-Asian violence during the pandemic and mounting economic challenges. One of those challenges is the smaller celebrations for the 15-day Lunar New Year festival which began last Friday and usually brings lots of visitors and revenue.
“I’m blown away. It’s always nice to see dreams deferred being realized… not denied….I’m going to have to take a few moments to soak it all in.”
An Erie County Grand Jury has voted not to indict the officers on charges stemming from a June protest where they were seen on video shoving protestor a 75-year-old protester to the ground.
“If you look at the data, the whole issue of vaccine, equity… the vaccine isn’t at this point, really, getting to the most vulnerable in an equitable fashion.”
“Everyone should take it when it’s their turn, because that’s how we get everyone back to work and see our families and friends safely together.”
The new owner of a building in Geneva, N.Y., found the attic’s walled-off room. Among the prints of mostly area locals was one of Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.
“We say that the rent eats first. People are prioritizing paying rent over paying for food, or for medicine that they might need like an inhaler or insulin.”
“The data is clear – families of color, particularly African Americans, do not have equal access to mortgage lending in Buffalo compared to white households.”
“We hope that it will be a good change, that it will help us, it will help others.”
“Her understanding is that the officer basically told her ‘I can’t do that. I can’t call anyone else,’ ” family attorney Lorenzo Napolitano told NPR Thursday.
The latest government figures show a net loss of 140,000 jobs in December. What may be surprising is that all those jobs were held by women, especially women of color.
“We have to recognize the very long history of injustice and misuse that really sets the context for why community members feel the way that they do.”
“She feels like she got me in trouble, she’s so apologetic and so emotional and I explained to her every step of the way, you’re not in trouble, you’re good.”
The anti-loitering law, passed in 1976, resulted in decades of discrimination by law enforcement against women of color and people who are transgender, critics say.
Demonstrators gathered near a Rochester police precinct not far from where a 9-year-old girl was pepper-sprayed last week. One officer has been suspended, two others placed on administrative leave.
The incident renews scrutiny of the city and its police department following the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died of asphyxiation after an encounter with police in March.
“The declination rate among blacks in hospital settings where they are hospital workers, is much, much higher than it is among whites or Latinos or Asians.”
The state will be launching a new advertising campaign targeted at communities of color with the intention of boosting vaccine recipients among those populations.
The AARP Foundation and SAGE, an organization that advocates for older LGBTQ people, announced that they’re working together on an initiative. The two organizations hope to improve the quality of life for older LGBTQ people.
PCCY’s report found that the two-thirds of Pennsylvania school districts where enrollment has shrunk over the last thirty years receive far more funding per pupil from the state than the others that have grown.
“This is not any one person’s battle. This is such a huge undertaking and it really takes a community to encircle these survivors, to empower them.”
“What we still need is the Equality Act to be passed. Without that major legislation, we’re still subject to the whim of the president.”
Polls have shown that vaccine skepticism is relatively high in Black communities.
“There will be a generation that won’t know any different. It will be – this is not just something that’s a fluke. This is the standard. The next president is not going to be able to go back.”
Dr. Rachel Levine is currently the secretary of health in Pennsylvania, where she leads the state’s fight against COVID-19.
The team’s owner said Jared Porter has been terminated after ESPN reported he repeatedly sent explicit messages to a reporter while he worked for the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
Over three-quarters of Latinos and 90% of Black New Yorkers say that people of color experience discrimination in New York state.
“I am absolutely floored by how inaccessible this is to an ordinary person. The learning curve has been really, really steep.”
PHILADELPHIA, PA (WITF) – It’s not easy to recognize important historical moments while they’re happening. But 2020 has been a year marked by disaster and debacle. It has featured a deadly global pandemic, a reckoning over racism in the wake of several Black Americans killed by police, and a tense, litigious election. Looking back, historians, political insiders, and on-the-ground organizers agree that the last 12 months or so will leave an indelible impression. “I don’t know a historian right now who isn’t still kind of in shock,” said Timothy Lombardo, a Philadelphia-born historian of conservative politics.
Over one-fifth of the state’s 500 school districts haven’t had a single teacher of color in at least seven years.
A virtual ceremony hosted by the National Women’s Hall of Fame Thursday night honored 6 women for their pioneering efforts toward equality.
“I look forward to this becoming an actual discussion, where our questions are answered, where we have actual talks about how we can imagine public safety because this ain’t it.”
“We’re going to make a concerted effort to recognize the women of minorities that need to be acknowledged, and we’re also going to use this as an opportunity to educate, and request that the public nominate.”
“If you happened on that monument in public, you may only look at the names that are on the plaque.”
“You can just go online and just fill out the application. Which is especially helpful with COVID, thinking about ways to give survivors access to resources in a faster way.”
“Those faculty of color took a chance coming to an institution that did not have a great pedigree in terms of diversity,” Soyinka-Airewele said.
“Joe Biden has rightfully earned the title of being the projected president-elect and that should be recognized,” Rep. Reed said.
The case got national attention when body camera footage showed Prude suffocating while being restrained by Rochester Police after they responded to a mental health call.
“We also need to do a whole lot of work in the coming years to make sure we are building a truly equitable and just democracy,” said one of the rally organizers, Joanna Green.
“The teachings of at least the Haudenosaunee people are that the decisions we make today impact seven generations into the future and so that weighs heavy on people’s minds.”