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Sign this petition. Protect 43,000 kids from sexual abuse

Do you worry about sex offenders teaching your children? Or coaching them? Or working in a daycare? Most people think sex offender registries and convictions protect their kids The problem is that 9 out of 10 sex offenders never get convicted, and never appear on sex abuse registries. Our criminal justice system fails victims, and statutes of limitation (SOL) on the child sex abuse keep most victims from pressing charges shortly after their 18th birthday. Researchers now know it takes victims, on average, 21 years to disclose their abuse. New York’s SOL on child sexual abuse bars most victims from the court on their 23rd birthday, which ensures most sex offenders stay off registries and around kids. The Child Victims Act lengthens New York’s SOL for this crime and gives older victims a chance to press charges in civil court. It’s a way to identify the predators who are lurking around children. Please, sign this petition and protect children from sexual abuse.

Stop Abuse Campaign
86,111 supporters
Petitioning New York State Senate

Naturopaths are not doctors: stop legitimizing pseudoscience

The purpose of this petition is to voice opposition to legitimizing naturopathy through state licensure and mandated insurance reimbursement. Naturopaths are attempting to become legally recognized as "primary care physicians" in all U.S. 50 states and become Medicare providers. This is a dangerous future. UPDATE: This petition has expanded to include Canada, where naturopaths are also aggressively lobbying for licensure in all provinces and inclusion in healthcare programs. In Canada and the U.S., naturopathic education is shared across the border via a common accrediting agency, the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (see below). Thus, a naturopath who graduated from Bastyr in Washington state can then become licensed in Ontario. It is only natural that opposition to NDs should be applied to all of North America. Naturopaths are not trained similar to physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants. Naturopaths are trained in a hodgepodge of antiquated methods, mystical theories, and bare-bone fundamentals of medicine. Naturopathic students are required to master homeopathy, energy modalities, herbalism, chiropractic-like manipulations, and therapies involving heat and water. There is a strong emphasis on anti-vaccine promotion and alternative cancer treatments. This petition concerns naturopaths who graduated from programs approved by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. These programs are attempting to circumvent comprehensive medical training by misrepresenting their academic rigor to lawmakers and the public. This is our chance to make a stand against pseudoscience masquerading as legitimate medicine. Please sign this petition to show your support for blocking naturopathic licensure, scope of practice expansion, and inclusion in federal and state health care programs. Naturopaths are not doctors, and they should not be treated as such. Below is a list of references with data and expert opinion on naturopathic education and practice: Atwood, Kimball C., IV (2003). "Naturopathy: A critical appraisal". Medscape General Medicine 5 (4): 39. Atwood IV, Kimball. C. (2004). "Naturopathy, pseudoscience, and medicine: Myths and fallacies vs truth". Medscape General Medicine 6 (1): 33. Barrett, Stephen (2013). "A close look at naturopathy". QuackWatch. Wilson, K. (2005). "Characteristics of Pediatric and Adolescent Patients Attending a Naturopathic College Clinic in Canada". Pediatrics 115 (3): e338–e343. Busse, Jason W.; Wilson, Kumanan; Campbell, James B. (2008). "Attitudes towards vaccination among chiropractic and naturopathic students". Vaccine 26 (49): 6237–6243. Wilson, Kumanan; Mills, Ed; Boon, Heather; Tomlinson, George; Ritvo, Paul (2004). "A survey of attitudes towards pediatric vaccinations amongst Canadian naturopathic students". Vaccine 22 (3-4): 329–334. Mielczarek, Eugenie V.; Engler, Brian D. (2014). "Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine". Skeptical Inquirer 38.3. Boon, Heather S.; Cherkin, Daniel C.; Erro, Janet; Sherman, Karen J.; et al. (2004). "Practice patterns of naturopathic physicians: Results from a random survey of licensed practitioners in two U.S. States". BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine 20 (4): 14. "Testimony in Opposition to H. 1992 and S. 1205, An Act to Create a Board of Registration in Naturopathy". Massachusetts Medical Society. Massachusetts Medical Society. Downey L, et al. (2010). "Pediatric vaccination and vaccine-preventable disease acquisition: associations with care by complementary and alternative medicine providers.". Matern Child Health J. 14 (6): 922–30. Lipson, Peter. (2016). Naturopaths: Fake Doctors in White Coats? Forbes. Caulfeild, Timothy. (2013). Don't legitimize the witch doctors. National Post. Palmer, Brian. (2014). Quacking All the Way to the Bank: Naturopaths are winning insurance coverage for medical nonsense. Slate. Various authors. Naturopathy vs Science. Bellamy, Jann. (2015). 2014: Chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists lose in state legislatures. Hermes, Britt. (2015). ND Confession, Part 1: Clinical training inside and out. Hermes, Britt (2015). ND Confession, Part II: The Accreditation of Naturopathic “Medical” Education. Hermes, Britt. Naturopathic Diaries.      

Britt Marie Hermes
9,280 supporters
Petitioning City of New York

Reduced Unlimited Metrocards for College Students

New York State Students heading to community colleges, state universities, and Ivy leagues face challenging financial burdens when it comes to transportation. Living in New York City is not as affordable as many might believe and not being apart of the wealthy 1% is a daily struggle. With the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fares reaching an all time high and increasing each year, students heading off to their higher education institutions cannot afford the rising prices. The MTA has many options when purchasing metro cards but the most beneficial metrocard option would be the 30-day unlimited. Unfortunately, the prices have raised year after year. In 2010, the unlimited metrocard was $104, in 2014 $112, and it is currently at $116.50. College institution start in the fall term throughout the spring term but many decide to continue their education during the summer term. Estimated on average, the New York State tuition ranges from $35,000-$75,000 a year not including books and other fees. A reduced 30-day unlimited metro card for college students should be implemented in the MTA system to help release the financial burden of college students trying to work towards their higher education.

Denise Batista
8,920 supporters
Petitioning New York City Council

Rename the Williamsburg Bridge as the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge

We, the undersigned, support renaming the Williamsburg Bridge as the Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge in honor of an outstanding New Yorker, the jazz legend Sonny Rollins, who practiced daily on the Williamsburg Bridge from the summer of 1959 to the fall of 1961. At that time, Mr. Rollins was living at 400 Grand Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and through reflection and discipline, adjusted his path and purpose, becoming a model of self-determination and resilience for all New Yorkers.  Note to Signers: Please include your 1) City and 2) Country, Territory, or US State  --------------- En Español: Nosotros, los abajo firmantes, apoyamos el cambio de nombre del puente Williamsburg por el de Sonny Rollins Williamsburg Bridge, en honor a un destacado neoyorquino, la leyenda del jazz Sonny Rollins; que practicó todos los días en el puente de Williamsburg, desde el verano de 1959 hasta el otoño de 1961. En ese tiempo, el Sr. Rollins vivía en 400 Grand Street, en el Lower East Side de Manhattan, y a través de la reflexión y la disciplina, ajustó su camino y propósito, convirtiéndose en un modelo de autodeterminación y resiliencia para todos los neoyorquinos. Nota para los firmantes: Incluya su 1) Ciudad y 2) País, territorio o estado de EE. UU.

Sonny Rollins Bridge Project
8,840 supporters
Petitioning New York State Senate

Don't Remove Farmworkers from the NY State Minimum Wage!

Like all other workers, the hardworking farm laborers who pick our apples, milk our cows, and grow our vegetables deserve a fair wage for their work. They are the backbone of our agricultural economy and should be treated with dignity, respect, and equality under the law. Farmworkers in New York State are already excluded from basic labor protections like overtime pay, collective bargaining protections, and a day of rest. Now Governor Cuomo is is considering excluding them from the state minimum wage.   

Worker Justice Center of New York
4,982 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo (Governor)

Vote Better NY

New York faces a voter participation crisis. Nearly 2 million voting age citizens in our state are not registered to vote and New York consistently falls to the bottom in voter turnout. In 2014, just 20 percent of voting age citizens voted -- good for 46th in the nation. It doesn't have to be this way. We live in a smartphone world, but our election laws are stuck in the past. We need fundamental change to make the way we vote reflect the way we live our lives today. To make sure voters can make their voices heard, we, the undersigned New Yorkers, call on Governor Cuomo and members of the New York state Senate and Assembly to support early voting, expanded voter registration and better ballot design.  We support passage of legislation, such as the following: Early voting (A8582A/S3813B). New Yorkers should have a two-week period including Saturdays and Sundays to ease long lines on Election Day and give voters flexibility as they juggle work and family obligations. Voter Empowerment Act (A5972/S2538A) to ensure every eligible citizen is registered to vote and make it easier to update their voting information.  Voter Friendly Ballot Act (A3389) to create a ballot that is easier to read and understand so that every voter can cast a ballot that counts. In the coming months the Vote Better NY effort will broaden to reach communities all across New York State. Sign up to join the movement, here. Track the team's progress by following us on Twitter and Facebook and add your voice to the movement using the #VoteBetterNY hashtag

Vote Better New York
3,815 supporters
Petitioning New York State Senate, New York State House, Andrew Cuomo, Joseph Lentol, John Flanagan, Carl Heastie, Andrew Lanza, Philip Boyle, Todd Kaminsky, Pamela Helming

New York Bills A2699 & S5593 the "Second Chance Law": Sealing/Expunging Criminal Convictions/Record

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John Franklin
3,744 supporters
Petitioning New York State Senate

Jones Beach NY demand more park police & park ambulance

CBS2 Jones Beach Carolyn Gusoff Video InterviewOn the evening of July 21, 2015 my husband John F Mullady age 68 had a heart attack while driving out from a concert at the Jones Beach Nikon Theater. We had just rounded the water tower heading west on Ocean Pkwy when he let go of the wheel. I was able to slow the car down and crash into the woods. I called 911 at 11:31 pm. I ran out into the street to try to flag down help as I wasn't strong enough to pull my husband out on my own and I couldn't reach the buckle to his seat belt. 6 minutes later a park police car drove up a distance behind. I ran over and begged him to please get my husband out of the driver's seat to do CPR as everyone knows, minutes even seconds matter.  He said "they are coming mam". "That night, I was the only officer on patrol for the park police" said Troy Caupain. Finally another officer arrived, pulled him out of the car and they began to to administer CPR.  EMT's who are stationed at the first aid office at the boardwalk arrived (took them 10 minutes to get over to us at 11:41) and applied AED's (defibrillator) shocked him 3X. It took the Wantagh Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance 18 minutes to arrive from the mainland. I was upset because we had seen police and an ambulance present in the Jones Beach Nikon Theater parking lot only a few minutes from where we were. I asked why that ambulance couldn't assist since it was nearby and I was told that the Nikon Theater run by Live Nation  privately hires that ambulance and it wasn't the type of ambulance needed to help with my husband's heart attack anyway. And it's manned by EMT's not paramedics. So apparently if you have a heart attack at the theater, which holds 15,000 seats, you'll still have to wait 18 minutes for the volunteer ambulance to arrive from Wantagh or Merrick. My husband died an hour later at the Nassau University Medical Center at 12:28 am. I would like to know what precinct the 911 dispatcher called and why it took so long for them to arrive. When I called the Nassau Police Legal Bureau they said they had no record of it. I would like to know what protocol should be followed when the first car arrives as a person is buckled and dying of a heart attack in his car. Park Police wouldn't answer this either, even though I filed a freedom of information request. I had read just one month prior to this incident about then PBA President Manny Vilar addressing recent problems regarding limited manning at the Jones Beach State Park and other Parks on Long Island. "The PBA warns only “35 State Park Police officers” will kick off the season patrolling all “26 Long Island parks” that draw 19 million summer visitors." That they were hiring young college students part time as rangers to fill in the gaps with no experience in policing. "Basically, college kids that come out for a summer job. It’s a part-time job. There is no police training,” said Troy Caupain, director of the New York State Park Police Officers’ Association.They had actually stated that someday, some poor guy is going to have a heart attack and not get help in time. One month later, this was my husband's fate. There was never anything reported about the accident in the news. My daughter couldn't locate the accident report for several weeks for the auto insurance since the police had filed it under the wrong name. Jones Beach Nikon Theater holds 15,000 seats. The Memorial Day Air Show draws 500,000 people and Fourth of July averages 100,000. The Park Police are in charge, yet have no permanent park ambulance that can assist with a heart attack victim. The night my husband died the park police had one lone officer patrolling 5 Nassau County Parks. You have to wait 18 minutes for the Wantagh or Merrick Volunteer Fire Dept. on the mainland. My husband and I bought passes every year and walked on the boardwalk as a routine, attended 3 or 4 concerts in the summer...never with a thought that we wouldn't be helped in a timely manner if need be. John F Mullady was a Combat Vietnam Veteran and a Purple Heart Recipient. His tank hit a mine and he was blown 100 feet in the air, landed on his head and got help. To have him die at Jones Beach this way is a disgrace. This year, instead of going to the air show on Memorial Weekend...I drove out to Calverton National Cemetery with my children to visit their Dad.Please email me with any questions:Mary Ann Mullady maryannmullady@gmail.comOther Related Articles:NYS Park Police Union: There May Not Be Enough Officers To Patrol The Beach This SummerNYS Calls on Cuomo To Reject Ill-Advised Security Plan For State Beaches and Parks

Mary Ann Mullady
2,875 supporters
Petitioning New York State Senate

Marchman Act In New York State

The Marchman Act is a Petiton for an Involuntary Assessment when there is good reason to believe that the substance abuser is impaired, due to substance abuse and has lost all self-control and is endangering themselves or others. One of the biggest problems in preventing addicts to get treatment is denial. This Act allows families to save their loved one from themselves in the event that the substance abuser is putting themselves in harms way. Another common issue with drug abuse and addiction is very often there is an underlying mental health condition that goes unnoticed for years, allowing the addict to self-medicate to ease the feeling they have when they are sober. With the Marchman Act in place, it will allow addicts to receive help sooner and get treated and if need-be, medicated for the right mental health issues, as well as becoming educated on the 12 steps, meetings, and learning how to live without drugs. The Marchman Act will aid in the continuing Heroin epidemic in New York as well as  the rest of the country . New York lets join Florida in trying to get those who refuse to admit they have an addiction the help they so desperately need. Families are often left with tied hands while watching their loved ones slowly destroy their minds and bodies untie our hands. STOP THE SILENCE  

Tina Shearman
2,225 supporters