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Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - NY: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Karl Taylor (L) was one of nearly 10,000 people in New York prisons who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. (Photo courtesy Julia Ramsay-Nobles)

NEW YORK -- Attorneys have reached a landmark $5 million settlement in a lawsuit over the 2015 death of a New York state prisoner at the hands of corrections officers. Prison officials had claimed that 51-year-old Karl Taylor died of a heart attack. But lawyers for Taylor's family alleged the man,

Workers rallying at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office say some employers still get away with wage theft. (NMAS)

NEW YORK - Workers are rallying outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Monday to say they still are being ripped off by employers who steal their wages, and Cuomo can stop it with the stroke of a pen. A bill that could aid workers who are the victims of wage theft passed both the state Assembly and Se

The Green Light New York law will improve public safety and generate $57 million in annual revenue. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK — Immigration advocates are celebrating this week as New York restored the right of all state residents to obtain a driver's license, including undocumented immigrants. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack, then-Gov. George Pataki issued an executive order requiring all driv

DACA allows immigrants brought to the United States as children to work and attend school without fear of deportation. (pressmaster/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – Tomorrow, undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children will be joined by community leaders and allies as they begin a 230 mile "Home is Here" march to Washington D.C. The march is being timed to arrive in the nation's capital on the day the Supreme Court hea

More than 700,000 children in New York State live in areas of concentrated poverty. (Distinctive Images/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY N.Y. – A new report says the percentage of children living in areas of concentrated poverty has dropped in 29 states, but here in New York the numbers remain unchanged. The report, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says in 2017, 12% of children nationally lived in areas where 30% of

The Green Light Law would give 750,000 immigrants in New York access to a driver's license. (Nomad_Soul/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – Restoring immigrants' access to driver's licenses would benefit all New Yorkers – that's the message of a motion filed in federal court on Wednesday. Earlier this year, New York passed the Green Light New York Law, allowing immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. But the law

On average, naturalized citizens have lower poverty rates and higher incomes than native born Americans. (blvdone/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK — Nutrition and immigrant advocates are condemning a new rule denying green cards to immigrants who have received or might receive needs-based public assistance. The rule, issued Monday, would force immigrants in families with citizens and legal permanent residents to choose between

Tax revenue from regulated marijuana sales could help restore communities most impacted by prohibition. (Ayehab/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK — Drug-policy reform advocates say New York's latest marijuana decriminalization law doesn't do enough to address the legacy of discriminatory drug law enforcement. The bill, signed into law Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, makes possession of less than two ounces of marijuana a violati

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