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new york

75 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to NYS Senate; NYS Assembly

Reject Regional Government in New York State

WE, THE PEOPLE, REJECT REGIONAL GOVERNMENT IN NEW YORK STATE: The Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) were unilaterally established by Governor Cuomo in 2011 without any authority to do so. In addition, and more importantly, the REDCs were created without any input, knowledge or consent of the citizens of New York State. Regional Government erases local sovereignty and local control. Voices of citizens are silenced and power is transferred to unelected bureaucrats. The REDCs do not have the same scrutiny as elected officials; nor are they subject to the same transparency as elected officials. Since 2011, the Governor has had the unauthorized and unrestricted ability to appoint individuals, who report to the Governor, and are not accountable to the citizens of New York State. These appointees are not subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the Public Officers Law. There is no means of ensuring that these individuals are serving the best interests of the State, and not engaging in self-serving activities. Members of the REDC are not subject to the Code of Ethics, nor is there a way to ascertain that they are acting in the best interest of the State and citizens. Members of the REDC have been awarded money from the REDC, without any public scrutiny, which we believe is a conflict of interest. From 2011-2015 alone, the Governor appropriated nearly $3 billion dollars of our tax money to these REDCs. The public cannot trust that their tax dollars are being allocated in a manner that best serves the public interest. We believe that the REDC is an unconstitutional form of government. We, the signers of this Petition, reject regional government and request that the REDCs be completely disbanded from operating in New York State and that power be restored to the proper elected officials and to the people of the State of New York. Governor Cuomo Announces $1 Billion in Economic Development Funding Through Consolidated Application This petition will be delivered to the NYS Senate & Assembly  The People of NY reject this bill that directs the governor to establish 10 regional economic development councils.

New Yorkers Against Regional Government
107 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, Joseph Addabbo

Bring Dr. Barbara Colon back to her home in New York

Hear her wish in her own words: https://youtu.be/qrEJ7vX0ouY My mother, Dr. Barbara Colon, an elderly and disabled retired physician, has been taken to Panama against her will and not being allowed to return home as she wished.   Barbara Colon has always been a sweet, kind, strong and independent woman.  She put herself through medical school in the 1960's so she could fulfill her dream of helping others.  In 1969 she fearlessly served our country by joining the Army and volunteering to go to Vietnam to help our troops in a time of desperate need. After she returned she continued to work selflessly to help others as a beloved doctor to neighbors in Howard Beach, for NY workers with the Workers Compensation Board, for Army Soldiers at the Ainsworth Clinic in Fort Hamilton Brooklyn, and for US Veterans at the Brooklyn VA Hospital.   In the past few years she has been severely depressed from becoming physically disabled from spinal degeneration and colon cancer, being affected by Hurricane Sandy and losing her beloved sister shortly after, and having to retire from her profession before her will wanted to.  Now that she is severely limited physically, her mental ability is rapidly declining and she is in need of 24 hour care and close monitoring of her diet and health.   The worst part of this story is that she is now vulnerable to being taken advantage of and she is.... by her son. On October 21, 2016, her son, an expatriate with financial interests outside of the US, took her to Panama against her will when I was temporarily disabled and couldn't defend her.  I have been trying to bring her back to her home ever since.  In December 2016, when I demanded she be returned to NY, I was denied the ability to speak to her by my brother and her whereabouts were intentionally kept from me and then I began receiving financial demands from his lawyer who claims to represent her.  I have the last conversation I had with her on 12/12/16 on audio where she states numerous times that she wants to come home as soon as possible and she is doing nothing in Panama.  I am also extremely concerned because I am told by a witness to her care that she was not given IV fluids after suffering from diarrhea for 2 weeks.  Furthmore, she now hardly speaks which was not her condition when she left or when I last spoke to her.  Anyone who knows her and was able to speak to her when she was able to, knows she wanted to be in her home in New York where she lived her whole life.  She also has health care coverage, Veteran benefits, and qualifies for Medicaid here in NY.  In 2013 she created a Trust so her remaining years would be comfortable in her home.  Her wishes are now being undermined in her vulnerable state.   The situation is rapidly escalating as an attempt to change her address has been made which may affect her NY residency status and redirects her mail to an undisclosed location.  As her Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy and Trustee I have tried to help her return home but I am limited because she is not in the United States.    Please help me safely extradite Dr. Barbara Colon to the US so guardianship can be established legally, before it is too late!  Sincerely, Barbara's daughter, Maria Colon  

Maria Colon
281 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Richard T. Hammer, Chris Christie, Steven H. Santoro, Charles W. Moorman IV, Chris Christie

Retribution for NJ Transit & Amtrak Delays

Every month riders of NJ Transit and Amtrak pay a hefty fee that has only gone up and up to pay into the "transportation budget." In addition to these fair hikes, New Jersey residents are now paying an additional gas tax that should be contributing towards this "transportation budget." However, recent events have been absolutely intolerable and inexcusable. Horrific delays, lack of communication with riders, mechanical and operational issues causing severe derailments, unexplained cancellations, and no given explanation or guidance for such events. Who's to blame? Should we continue to to be expected to allow NJ Transit and Amtrak steal our time and our money? We deserve explanation and reimbursement for the constant inconveniences we are handed. We deserve answers.  What actions are being taken to fix these constant issues? Will NJ Transit and Amtrak be taking action with the deteriorating tracks, technology, and operational process? Should we continue to pay for a service that doesn't work for us or respect us? Will our governor, Chris Christie, be taking any action against Amtrak or NJ Transit or merely continue to threaten Amtrak? He put down the Gateway Project, which would have been up and running as early as 2018 when first proposed.  Let's join together and let them know we want answers. Sign and let NJ Transit and Amtrak know that we will not tolerate this poor service. Should we have to go to such lengths as to refuse to pay for next month's service?   Please, let's always keep in mind that it is not always their employees fault. The person checking tickets or the person at the information booths are not at fault for the terrible, outdated systems. 

Jennifer L.
13 supporters