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When: 5 PM
Where: Online

NYPIRG celebrated Earth Day with a virtual event featuring keynote speaker Judith Enck, former EPA Region 2 Administrator and President and Founder of Beyond Plastics. We discussed community and student empowerment and the fight for a livable future.

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When: 7 PM
Where: Online (Zoom)

NYPIRG and our coalition partners held an online teach-in on the Astoria NRG fracked gas power plant. We went over why a brand new fracked gas power plant would hurt our communities and the climate, and how you can join the growing movement to stop it and create thousands of good, green union jobs.

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When: 8 PM
Where: Online (Zoom)

Student loan debt has reached truly catastrophic levels across the country. As of 2020, there is $1.57 trillion in student debt owed in the United States!

NYPIRG joined Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer for a combination town hall and how-to on putting pressure on President Biden to #CancelStudentDebt.

We were also joined by Representatives Jamaal Bowman, Ritchie Torres, and Mondaire Jones as we discussed a variety of tactics to work with activists, politicians, and organizations across the nation on this critical issue.

Watch the event video!

When: 12 PM
Where: Outside Hostos Community College (Bronx)

The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and our coalition partners held a rally and news conference as part of our #TransformTransit campaign. We announced a sustained push for federal funding of public transit accessibility and reliability as part of President Biden's American Jobs Plan.

We aim to win $20 billion to complete the accessible station and signal upgrades promised in the MTA capital program and $3 billion in annual operating support to guarantee frequent and affordable transit – with room to meet new needs in every neighborhood, while also creating good jobs for New Yorkers.

Where: Look up your early voting poll site using the link below.
When: Poll site hours vary by day and location.

New York City primary voters will be using the new ranked-choice voting system for municipal races. Check out NYPIRG's Guide to Ranked-Choice Voting.

*Note: Your early voting poll site might not be the same as your Election Day poll site.

Look up your poll site.

When: 7:30 PM
Where: Online

Right now, states across the country are proposing Jim Crow-style voting restrictions – from massive voter roll purges to onerous new ID requirements that are hard for students, low-income people, and people of color to meet. Between just January and May of this year, 14 states passed 22 laws to restrict voting rights, a record.

We are fighting back against this voter suppression! NYPIRG and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer held a massive virtual town hall about the For The People Act (HR1/S1), which will protect and expand our democracy, lessen the influence of big money in politics, and restore ethical norms. We heard the latest update on where the legislation stands in the Senate, got answers on how the bill impacts you, and took action to help get the bill passed.

When: 6 AM – 9 PM
Where: Look up your Election Day poll site using the link below.

New York City primary voters will be using the new ranked-choice voting system for municipal races. Check out NYPIRG's Guide to Ranked-Choice Voting.

*Note: Your Election Day poll site might not be the same as your early voting poll site.

Look up your poll site.

When: 6 PM
Where: Online

Often those who bear the brunt of the impacts from polluting projects and policies are not heard. It is about time that we talk about the facts and take action!

Join NYPIRG and our coalition partners for a community discussion on the proposed Danskammer gas power plant in the Town of Newburgh (Orange County). Hear how this plant will affect you and your community, and see what we can do together to stop the plant.

RSVP today!

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New York state of emergency remains in place, and with it, many of Cuomo's pandemic powers  (NY 1, June 15, 2021)
New York has a long road ahead to meet its climate goals  (City & State, June 14, 2021)
With Cuomo Weakened, New York Lawmakers End Session With Flex of Power  (The New York Times, June 14, 2021)
The Legislature Wraps Up The 2021 Session  (WAMC, June 14, 2021)
Bill banning coal tar-based sealants heads to Cuomo's desk  (Spectrum News, June 14, 2021)
Legislative productivity gets back on track in Albany  (Spectrum News, June 11, 2021)
Legislature passes MTA data measure  (Queens Chronicle, June 10, 2021)
NYS lawmakers approve bill to expand water testing  (WIVB, June 9, 2021)
State lawmakers pass ban on coal tar, a popular but harmful driveway sealant  (The Telegraph, June 8, 2021)
State lawmakers approve bill to expand water testing  (ABC News 10, June 8, 2021)
Senate Moves Again To Stop "Pay To Play"  (WAMC, June 7, 2021)
Transit riders call on federal government to aid MTA's quest for accessibility  (Bronx News 12, June 7, 2021)
Nuclear Subsidies May Be Slowing Transition to Clean Energy, Advocates Say  (Truthout, June 6, 2021)
It sure is hard to watch Assembly committee meetings online  (City & State, June 4, 2021)
New York emits more building pollution than any other state  (Green Biz, June 4, 2021)
Blair Horner discusses Albany politics on The Capitol Connection  (WAMC, June 3, 2021)
NY lawmakers pass ban on coal tar as driveway sealant  (Olean Times-Herald, June 3, 2021)
City Budget Negotiations and Comptroller Primary Collide  (Gotham Gazette, June 2, 2021)
New York officials urged to expand early voting to colleges  (Spectrum News, June 1, 2021)
Can Albany police itself?  (Spectrum News, June 1, 2021)
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NYPIRG Statement on Passage of Legislation to Ensure All New Yorkers Have Testing for Dangerous Unregulated Contaminants
Senior, Consumer, Disability, and Civic Organizations Urge Passage of Grieving Families Act
Groups Urge Modernization of NY’s Pre-Civil War Wrongful Death Statute
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Council Members, Climate Activists New York City Council to Enact Gas Free NYC Bill to Reduce Air Pollution and Create Green Jobs
NYPIRG Reacts to Closure of Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
NYPIRG Reacts to President Biden's Free Community College Proposal
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NYPIRG and other watchdog organizations call for hearings into scandals and failures of ethics oversight
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2021 State Budget Reaction
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Civic Groups urge the New York City Board of Elections to reinstate its public comment period
NYPIRG and New York's leading civic organizations call for an overhaul in ethics enforcement. The coalition urges that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) be replaced and a new independent ethics watchdog be created.
Statement on New Information Regarding PFAs Incineration at Norlite Plant in Cohoes
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