Participatory budgeting, called "revolutionary civics in action" by the New York Times, will double in size as it enters its second year with even more Council Members, community organizations and everyday New Yorkers taking leadership roles
Following weeks of pressure from Community Voices Heard and others, the Council restored $17 million in budget deal for Transitional Jobs (known as JTP)
NEW YORK, NY (06/25/2012; UPDATED 7/2/2012)-- Community Voices Heard, a community organizing group based in East Harlem, declared victory today when the New York City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg worked together to restore $17 million for the city's Jobs Training Program (JTP), which had been proposed to zero out.
"We are seeing a Governor that seems to have put his editorial byline, his State of the State, and even the State's Constitution up for auction, with the most well-connected New Yorkers brokering the sale"
(June 5, 2012) The following statement was released today by Agnes Rivera from Community Voices Heard and Wayne Starks from VOCAL-NY:
In May 2012, Governor Andrew prohibited cities in New York from fingerprinting people applying for Food Stamps, a practice that was particularly widespread in New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg supported the practice. Ann Valdez, a leader in the Building the Workforce Campaign, released the following statement in response to the Governor's announcement.