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De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

Progressive Hell’s Kitchen Club Sticks with Cuomo

Progressive Hell’s Kitchen Club Sticks with Cuomo

BY NATHAN RILEY | Right in Cynthia Nixon’s backyard, just weeks after the actor and activist announced her Democratic primary challenge to Andrew Cuomo, the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats — a progressive newcomer on the local political club scene — voted Thursday night to endorse the two-term governor for reelection. The club held its first endorsement meeting […]

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is emerging as a principal player among legislators aiming to unravel New York’s decades-old, counterproductive War on Drugs. From her influential post as chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, she is lead sponsor on a bill offering care for drug users while they […]

Legalizing Pot is Sound Policy and Social Justice

BY NATHAN RILEY | Legalizing recreational pot is a matter of justice and sound public policy. Starting January 11, the State Assembly begins laying the groundwork for legalizing such use in New York. If successful, that would mark a major step toward criminal justice reform. When I scheduled for State Senator Carol Bellamy’s 1977 race for […]

World AIDS Day 2015

World AIDS Day 2015

MON.NOV.30 The ABCs of PrEP The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Amida Care have developed a six-part video series detailing what people should know about PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, a regimen of the drug Truvada that taken as prescribed is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. Tonight, Callen-Lorde, Amida, and the LGBT Community Center host […]

Legislature Leaves Albany With Conversion Therapy Ban, GENDA Not Done    

Legislature Leaves Albany With Conversion Therapy Ban, GENDA Not Done    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York State Legislature went into 24-hour overtime on June 20 to conclude its regular 2014 session, but the State Senate still did not find the time or will to approve two bills of vital interest to the LGBT community. After a campaign of nearly a dozen years, the Senate […]

Critics Fault Medical Marijuana Compromises Cuomo Demanded    

Critics Fault Medical Marijuana Compromises Cuomo Demanded    

BY NATHAN RILEY | In the closing hours of the legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on an approach to medical marijuana legislation that will allow its use under carefully controlled circumstances. The law that was adopted as a result — reflecting his bottom lines but not those of Staten Island Independent Democratic Conference […]

Liz Krueger Pressing for Pot Legalization

Liz Krueger Pressing for Pot Legalization

BY NATHAN RILEY | Draft provisions of a “tax and regulate” marijuana bill is being circulated by State Senator Liz Krueger, an East Side Democrat. Washington State and Colorado enacted such laws last year in referendums that make the recreational use of cannabis legal. The voters in these two western states accepted the argument that […]