2018

As The Public Comment Period Ends, Advocacy Groups Mount One Last Push Against Trump’s Public Charge Rule

December 10, 2018. On Monday, multiple national advocacy organizations reiterated their opposition to the Trump administrations’s proposed “public charge” rule, which would make it harder for immigrants who receive public services to acquire green cards or become citizens. With Monday marking the final day for the public to comment on the proposed regulation changes, leaders from groups like National Immigration Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and the UndocuBlack Network convened to encourage one last push against the rule.

A report from … (read more)

A Closer Look at the Tax Incentives in the Amazon Deal

November 29, 2018. This article discusses further Amazon’s decision to put a corporate campus in Long Island City/Queens after a public year-long search and the subsequent skepticism and outrage that followed the decision. Many activists and elected officials oppose the process by which Amazon got its $3 billion deal, feeling that despite the strong overall city economy with low unemployment, it will undoubtedly impact affordable housing, public housing, and the current transportation crisis. The Fiscal Policy Institute and other advocates … (read more)

Lawmakers React to Cuomo’s Amazon Deal

November 15, 2018. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo continued to defend the multi-billion dollar deal, funded by New York taxpayers, to have Amazon bring 25,000 jobs to Long Island City in Queens. While many are receptive to Amazon coming to New York, there are plenty of folks concerned with the deal.

“I think all economic development programs and the corruption surrounding them have united the left and the right on this very issue because we all know this a waste … (read more)

Breaking Down the State’s Deal With Amazon

November 15, 2018. In continuation with the lukewarm reception of Amazon’s plan to relocate their HQ to New York City, multiple government watchdogs and economic development experts weigh in on whether the decision will give the expected results. New York City beat out dozens of other cities, some that offered incentive packages even more lucrative than the one on the table here. Many city residents and elected officials aren’t convinced that the multi-billion dollar offer is worth it, and that … (read more)

Op-Ed: Protect Veterans’ Access to SNAP

November 9, 2018

Veterans Day reminds us of our duty to support Americans who have served our nation in uniform.

It’s an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices they’ve made and to re-examine the ways we can help them when they return home and re-enter civilian life. As we support them, we can certainly all agree that no veteran should go hungry.

Unfortunately, for too many veterans in New York and across the country, hunger remains a serious concern. That’s … (read more)

Press Release: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables

November 9, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of FPI 518.469.6769 | deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org

Sherry Tomasky, Director of Public Affairs of Hunger Solutions New York 518.414.6769 | sherry.tomasky@hungersolutionsny.org

PRESS RELEASE New York State Food Security Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Food Assistance for Veterans

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables

As the nation prepares to observe Veterans Day, Hunger Solutions New York and the Fiscal Policy Institute … (read more)

Every New Yorker Counts

November 2, 2018. On Monday the Fiscal Policy Institute joined members of the New York Counts 2020 coalition in front of Federal Hall to call on the governor and the state legislators to include $40 million in the state budget to fund community-based organizations working on maximizing participation in the 2020 census.

Congressmember Jerry Nadler spoke powerfully about the reasons this census count will be especially challenging, with a federal government creating barriers to participation. Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO … (read more)

Trial on N.Y. lawsuits challenging U.S. Census citizenship question to begin

November 2, 2018. This article discusses the two lawsuits filed in the Southern District of New York against the U.S. Department of Commerce and Census Bureau, which argue that adding the citizenship question would intimidate immigrants and lead to an undercount in New York. The author interviews activists and a DACA recipient who share how the addition of a citizenship question would impact the accuracy of the census.

report by the Fiscal Policy Institute published last week said $40 … (read more)

Hispanic Representation in NY: Closing the Gap…Slowly

November 1, 2018. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, NALEO, keeps track of how many Hispanics serve in different government offices around the country. In New York, the numbers have been rising, but rising very slowly, over the past two decades.

Over 20 year ago, in 1996, two of the 33 United States representatives New York sent to Washington were Hispanic, both serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2018, the total number of representatives was … (read more)

Making the Census Count

October 31, 2018. This article discusses the New York Counts 2020 coalition’s press conference which called on the New York State legislature to provide $40 million in the state budget to fund outreach for the 2020 Census.

Shamier Settle, Policy Analyst at the Fiscal Policy Institute, introduced a report by the Institute detailing the cost analysis for statewide census education and community outreach.

In 2010, 24 percent of New Yorkers did not return their census forms by mail, known as … (read more)