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Just In Case, Health Advocates Return to Capitol Hill

Just In Case, Health Advocates Return to Capitol Hill

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | One day after efforts by the Trump administration and the US Senate’s GOP leadership to dismantle President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act collapsed, up to 500 activists descended on Senate offices demanding that Republicans work on “providing health care rather than taking it away.” That’s how Eric Sawyer, the vice president of […]

With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A dozen queer activists were arrested during New York City’s Pride March as they protested the presence of police and corporate sponsors in the annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots that marked the modern LGBTQ rights movement’s start. “To the police — You cannot mass incarcerate us, brutalize us, murder us, […]

AIDS Advocates Press Cuomo on City Health Clinic Cuts

AIDS Advocates Press Cuomo on City Health Clinic Cuts

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly a dozen AIDS services and advocacy groups protested outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office demanding that he reverse a change in the state’s proposed budget that would reduce funding for the New York City health clinics that are a core part of the city’s effort to substantially cut new […]

City, Advocates Battle Albany Health Reimbursement Cuts

City, Advocates Battle Albany Health Reimbursement Cuts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The city health department and leading AIDS advocacy groups are scrambling to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse a proposal in his new executive budget that would reduce reimbursements for local government public health spending in six core areas from 36 percent of the total to 29 percent. According to notes […]

Gina Quattrochi, Indefatigable Fighter for HIV Housing, Dies

Gina Quattrochi, Indefatigable Fighter for HIV Housing, Dies

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After fighting a two-year battle with cancer, longtime AIDS housing activist Gina Quattrochi succumbed to the disease on December 13. “Gina’s commitment and dedication to her work and her tireless advocacy leave an indelible and permanent legacy,” the board of directors at Bailey House said in a statement. “Her life touched […]

With Sorrow, Anger, But Also Upbeat Determination, AIDS Memorial Dedicated

With Sorrow, Anger, But Also Upbeat Determination, AIDS Memorial Dedicated

BY NATHAN RILEY | Sunny skies at the December 1 opening of the NYC AIDS Memorial Park in the West Village put the 18-foot steel canopy design on display like a bride or groom shown off at their best. Located in the new St. Vincent’s Triangle Park that once housed utility equipment for the adjacent […]

On World AIDS Day, Village Memorial Dedicated 

On World AIDS Day, Village Memorial Dedicated 

BY NATHAN RILEY | A solemn ceremony bringing together leading AIDS organizations and advocates as well as public officials will mark World AIDS Day 2016, with the dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial at the St. Vincent’s Triangle Park. The Memorial, a 1,600-square-foot corner of the park, commemorates the shattering struggle against the […]

The Small Agency With a Big Voice

The Small Agency With a Big Voice

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While most AIDS groups have remained silent as Governor Andrew Cuomo has declined to fully fund the Plan to End AIDS, VOCAL-NY has emerged as the principal antagonist of the governor as it repeatedly presses Cuomo to pay for the ambitious plan. “He says all the time that it’s a priority of […]

Citing 2011-2014 Data, Cuomo Says Post-14 End AIDS Plan Working

Citing 2011-2014 Data, Cuomo Says Post-14 End AIDS Plan Working

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Citing an increase in the number of HIV-positive people who have no detectable virus in their blood and an estimated decline in the number of new HIV infections in New York that occurred before the state spent any money on a plan to reduce new HIV infections in the state to 750 […]

Caught Short by Cuomo HIV Mandate, Absent Money

Caught Short by Cuomo HIV Mandate, Absent Money

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a Cuomo administration order requiring New York City’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to enroll people with HIV in its benefits program won praise from LGBT and AIDS groups, Mayor Bill de Blasio was surprised by the announcement and non-committal when asked if the city would support extending HASA services to […]

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