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Hudson Valley Progressives (HVP) is a grassroots alliance of organizations and individuals who network, educate and advocate for a national and local progressive agenda. We are joining forces to amplify our political clout and to strengthen and grow the grassroots movement for a participatory democracy that works for everyone. (More…)

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Economic Study of NY Universal Healthcare Act Released

UMass Amherst Econ. Dept. Chair Documents $45B Net Savings to Families, Businesses, Taxpayers from “NY Health” Program

98% of Households Would Pay Less Than They Do Now and 200,000 Jobs Would Be Created

New York would net savings of $45 billion a year by creating a universal health plan, even after counting increased spending to cover the uninsured and eliminate co-payments, deductibles and out-of-network charges, according to an economic analysis released Tuesday, March 10. The Chair of the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst released the comprehensive economic study of the New York Health Act (A.5062, Gottfried/S.3525, Perkins), a proposed universal health care program for New York State.

Key findings include:

· The Act would save $71 billion in its first year:

o $26.5 billion by eliminating private health insurance administration and profit;

o $20.7 billion by reducing healthcare provider administration of health insurance claims;

o $2 billion by eliminating employer administration of health insurance benefits;

o $5.4 billion by reducing fraudulent billing;

o $16.3 billion by capturing savings from overpriced drugs and medical devices.

· $26 billion would be used to increase coverage, meet demand for increased utilization, pay healthcare providers fairly and retrain displaced workers, leaving $45 billion ($2200 per New Yorker) in net savings

· 98% of New Yorkers (families making up to $436,000 a year) would spend less on health care coverage under the Act than they do now

· Overall savings to businesses would spur the creation of over 200,000 new jobs

· Property taxes could be cut as local governments would save over $13 billion, because New York Health would take over the local share of Medicaid and the cost of public employee benefits would be reduced

· 14,000 deaths would be prevented by providing universal access to healthcare

“Based on other studies of universal health insurance programs and the experience in every other industrial country that has one, I expected savings,” said Gerald Friedman, Chair of the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. “But because New York’s healthcare spending has increased so rapidly compared to income, the savings available in New York are even greater than in other states. Economically, this plan makes total sense. The only thing stopping New York from implementing it is the political power of the insurance industry and its tens of billions of dollars in profit from the current system.”
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Stop the Pilgrim Pipeline

Coalition to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline


Two parallel pipelines, 178 miles, between Albany, NY and Linden, NJ
Bakken shale oil will be sent south; refined products (including kerosene) will be sent north.


Crosses 5 N.J counties, 30 N.J. towns, & environmentally fragile areas/sources for water. See the maps here.
Much of route to use existing utility rights of way, but additional tracts required.


-Major impact on environment, public health and property values.
-Communities bear all of the burden along the path.
-No upside, only negatives. Emergency response. Property values.
-Cements regional reliance on risky fossil fuel and oil infrastructure.
-Susceptible to corrosion and leakage problems.
-Transported products dangerous to humans and environment.
-Bakken shale oil is highly volatile, involved in many accidents.
-Damaging effects on urban communities and open spaces through which it passes. Areas include the Hudson Valley, Catskills, NY/NJ Highlands.
-Could see wetlands destroyed, critical habitats leveled and impact to waterways.
-Endangered and threatened species affected. More erosion due to construction.
-Leaks threaten the water supply for our homes, businesses, and schools.
-Federal inspection/regulation insufficient.
-Just 135 inspectors oversee 2.6 million miles of pipeline. Only 1/5th has been inspected in the past 8 years.
-Shale oil fracking has harmful impact. Contributes to climate change crisis.
-Water depletion, toxic air emissions, waste-water, methane release.

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NY Primary Election Ballot – September 9, 2014


Click here to find your poll site

Governor  (Vote for 1)
1.  Zephyr R. Teachout
2.  Andrew M. Cuomo
3.  Randy A. Credico

 Lt. Governor (Vote for 1)
1.  Kathy C. Hochul
2.  Timothy Wu

Judge of the UC Family Court (Vote for 1)
1.  Kevin Bryant
2.  Gilda Riccardi
3.  John Beisel

Republican Party – 101st AD, Towns of Denning, Hardenburgh, Shawangunk and Wawarsing
1.  Christopher P. Farber
2.  Claudia Tenney

Conservative Party, Town of Saugerties
Judicial Delegates, 3rd JD, 102nd AD (Vote for Two)
1.  Michael Buttino
2.  Richard Bruno
3.  George D. Heidcamp

Working Families Party – All Towns  (Vote for 1)
 Judge of the UC Family Court

1.   Gilda Riccardi
2.   John Beisel
3.   Kevin Bryant

 Independence Party – All Towns (Vote for 1)

Judge of the UC Family Court
1.  Keri Savona
2.  Gilda Riccardi
3.  Kevin Bryant
4.  John Beisel

Female Member of the State Committee 46th Senate District  (Vote for 1)
1.  LInda Adams
2.  Martha Michelson

 GREEN PARTY – City of Kingston, Towns of Esopus, Hurley, Kingston, Lloyd, Marbletown, Saugerties, Ulster and Woodstock  

 Member of the State Senate, 46th Senate District
1.  Opportunity to Ballot (Write in)



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