On Saturday, August 18, join hundreds of CVH members from around the state to Turn Up the Heat on Gov. Andrew Cuomo & NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
Following weeks of pressure from Community Voices Heard and others, the Council restored $25 million in budget deal for Transitional Jobs (known as JTP)
A number of Poughkeepsie residents walked through areas of the city Saturday and cleaned up vacant, foreclosed properties and buildings to point up a need for more affordable housing. The effort, spearheaded by the group Community Voices Heard, called on banks to clean up the properties and make them available for homeless residents. Poughkeepsie resident Sheila Blanding was among those marching through the city. “These banks got away with crashing the economy and the housing market, and yet they still own homes in Poughkeepsie that used to belong to people,” she said. “Now these homes are sitting empty, and at the same time we have families who are homeless. Who needs these homes more – the banks or people?”
Community Voices Heard joined with our partners in PBNYC to discuss the Participatory Budgeting process this morning. Below are some of the presentations shared, and background on the event itself.
April 23, 2012: The following joint statement (which was published broadly by the Associated Press) was released today in response to the April 20th Associated Press story reporting that the Committee to Save New York failed to comply with “state regulations to show how it raised $9 million to support Gov Andrew Cuomo’s agenda while claiming to be a charity.” Sondra Youdelman, Executive Director of Community Voices Heard (CVH), and Sean Barry, Executive Director of Voices of Community Activists and Leaders-NY, released this joint statement.