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Petition to Charles Shumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jose Serrano, Joseph Crowley, Andrew Cuomo

Immediate Public Notification of Legionella Exposure

This petition is for immediate notification to the public of potential legionella exposure. This is to include not only notification of the outbreak, but full transparency and disclosure of all building locations and addresses that test positive for legionella bacteria. Positive testing comes back immediately and the city of New York is not doing enough to notify the public of these locations. New York City is leading the country in cases of Legionnaires with a 67% increase in reported cases in 2017. This does not include unreported cases, as the story listed below. Those with compromised lung health are at a much greater risk to fall ill and even face death - those with asthma, elderly, young people...anyone with a compromised immune system is at risk. Please see why this petition is a personal mission. My husband Kevin was diagnosed w lung cancer at 46. He had two young children and we were a loving family. He didn’t smoke. He had no signs of cancer. We were shell shocked - devastated. But Kevin was ready to fight. And that is what he did. But Kevin did not even get a year. Kevin didn’t die from lung cancer - he was being treated for that. We were not naive to think he had twenty years but we certainly did not think he had 10 months...not us, not his doctors or nurses. No one thought it would be less than a year. Legionnaires pneumonia killed Kevin. Legionella bacteria is highly preventable. It is spread through contaminated water. Kevin was exposed to it in New York City. In New York, where he was supposed to be safe and getting treatment for lung cancer. Where he was spending hours fighting for his life, for his family. Kevin was exposed in Lenox Hill where there are hundreds of medical facilities, hospitals and clinics. During the outbreak of 2017 they tested 40 plus buildings - 24 came back positive for legionella - but the Health Department and CDC will not release the addresses of these buildings. They will not tell the public where this occurred. All this as New York continues to lead the country in cases of legionnaires disease. “NYC is the most aggressive in following up on all legionella cases reported to us and we try to obtain exposure history for all our cases," Christopher R. Miller, the press secretary for the city Department of Health, said in an email. But this is not the case for my family, DOHMH and CDC have not reported on my husband’s death. They will not release the reporting or testing that was done. I am left to wonder how many other fatalities are going unreported. How many other cancer patients were exposed to this. Did the health department follow up on the multiple locations Kevin had visited during that time? Did they notify all the other patients seeking chemotherapy, surgery, scans and health care that they were at risk of this? How many other people died from this outbreak? Those running New York have not advised how they will remedy this for the future. This has been downplayed on numerous occasions - telling the public - this is not an epidemic, only those with compromised immune symptoms are at if that makes it ok. There have been multiple outbreaks of legionnaires in the past nine months after losing Kevin. More people have died and the next outbreak will kill more people. In 2015, 12 people were killed in the Bronx with more than 120 sickened...a few weeks ago another death. As one leading doctor in Washington put it to me - “This is going to become the norm not the exception.” My family still has no answers. So today I am advocating to prevent this from happening again. To bring awareness that we as a country, as people living and working in New York, need to do more to protect ourselves. We must demand full transparency and disclosure in anything that puts us at risk. We must call on our government to be honest and give timely and exact locations of all legionnaires bacteria and outbreaks.  New York City must focus on clean air, clean water and not take it lightly that we are still being exposed to dirty water and toxins in our environment. I am here to try my hardest to prevent this from ever happening to another family.Thank you for hearing Kevin’s story.#AADCH2018 Allergy & Asthma Network #legionnaires #cleanwater #tonyawinders

Gwen Hanlon
2,751 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Assembly, New York State Senate

New York’s bail system is discriminatory and punishes poverty. Albany must fix it.

It’s time for New York’s criminal justice system to stop punishing innocent people simply because they are poor. Our bail policies have created a two-tiered justice system where people with means are afforded due process, and people who are poor are incarcerated while they’re presumed innocent. Due process should not be something you have to buy. The intent of the bail system is to ensure that people with a court date show up in order to get their money back. If the people paying bail have to stay in jail because they can’t afford the bail requirements, that means they’re being incarcerated—even though they haven’t been found guilty of a crime— because they’re poor. Presumption of innocence and the right to a speedy trial are cornerstones of our justice system, and cash bail undermines both. It punishes presumed innocent people as if they are guilty, and doesn’t allow them to return home—to their jobs and families—in a reasonable, and speedy, fashion. No one should be treated differently because they are poor or because of their race. New York state bail policies disproportionately victimize minorities and people who are not wealthy. If we want to change this, we have to change the way in which bail is determined. This starts with; NO CASH BAIL Cash bail is not a problem for wealthy defendants who can afford an almost literal get-out-of-jail-free card no matter what they’ve done. For the average person, accused of a crime but not necessarily guilty, ability to pay might determine whether you get to go home to your family and continue to earn income at your job, or whether you stay in jail until your trial starts. According to The Atlantic, as many as nine in 10 people stay in jail because they can’t afford to post bond. How many people can afford to have others look after their family or go without their only source of income for an extended period of time? Cash bail creates a two-tiered justice system: one for the wealthy, and one for everyone else. NO RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL Currently bail is determined by a combination of automated tools and judges’ subjective assessment. Both of these are flawed, and have inherent biases. Algorithmic risk assessment tools, in particular, aggregate statistics about people who are most frequently targeted by unfair policies. As a result, they deem the victims of those policies the most risky. Live in a poor minority neighborhood that’s had more arrests? Risks assessment tools assume you’re a bigger risk. Risk assessment algorithms systemically discriminate against poor and minority populations. NO PRETRIAL DETENTION FOR MISDEMEANORS Even aside from the presumption of innocence we are still obligated to punish crimes in a manner appropriate to their severity. Even if we did not have presumption of innocence, and we assumed everyone who is arrested is guilty, we still shouldn’t be detaining people for misdemeanor offenses. But proportionality is important. Misdemeanors are, by definition, not a risk to public safety. Detaining people for them punishes people who can’t pay and adds absolutely nothing to our public defense, while destroying families and economic opportunity for people who need it. No one should have their economic livelihood and family destroyed because they can’t pay for being charged with a low level offenses. New York must lead the way in ending America’s mass incarceration crisis. The US puts more people awaiting trial behind bars than most countries have in their jails and prisons combined. As one of the nation’s progressive leaders, we must ensure that New York gets this right. Join our call for genuine reform to abolish cash bail. Photo: James Offer

Dan Quart
121 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to New York Public Radio Board of Trustees

WNYC: Bring Back Leonard Lopate

Leonard Lopate's brilliant 32-year career as a WNYC talk show host abruptly ended when he was fired on December 21, 2017.  According to WNYC president Laura Walker, Lopate violated “our standards for providing an inclusive, appropriate, and respectful work environment.”   In an astonishing display of contempt for its listeners, station management has refused to disclose Lopate’s alleged misdeeds -- apparently even to Lopate himself. However, on the evidence that WNYC reporters uncovered through interviews with anonymous accusers, Lopate is guilty of nothing more than possibly having an edgy sense of humor from time to time, as well as an interest in etymology.  Moreover, serious questions have been raised about the fairness of the investigation.  The Leonard Lopate Show was a cultural treasure, and it is beyond comprehension that thousands of listeners would be deprived of Lopate’s consummate talents on the meager evidence that has come to light.  It seems clear that something else is at work. We call on New York Public Radio’s Board of Trustees to instruct station management to rehire Leonard Lopate and we call on the Board to conduct an investigation into the “investigation” that resulted in his dismissal.  We do not believe that station management can be trusted to investigate itself, to select its examiner, or even to assess what is a fireable offense.  Many of us have suspended our donations to WNYC until this matter is resolved in a way that is fair to all, including the accused and his many thousands of devoted listeners.  We have not done this lightly.  We are all WNYC listeners who value and have trusted the station.  But we believe that station management has betrayed its listeners and our trust by removing from the airwaves, for no credible reason, a public radio gem. (In addition to signing the petition, you can join the “WNYC: Bring Back Leonard Lopate” Facebook group.)

Ken Coughlin
1,372 supporters