Press Releases

In Major Decision, NYC Council & Mayor Restore $17 Million for Welfare Workers

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.

June 2012: Comm. to Save NY & Cuomo Administration Coordinating to Auction Government Access

"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:

May 2012: Statement in Response to Gov. Cuomo's New Prohibition on Fingerprinting Food Stamp Recipients

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.