Positions

IINYS distributes these papers to the Legislature, the Executive Chamber, and to members and friends of IINYS. We encourage individual, social justice committees, and others to copy and distribute them and use them as the basis for letters to the editor, Facebook posts and posts to other social media. They are also useful when preparing to meet your representatives.

 

“Let New York Vote” Legislation

The theologian Reinhold Niebuhr once wisely said that “(Our) capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but (our) inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” …. On January 24, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed significant voting and election reforms into law: early voting, consolidated primary dates, pre-registration of teenagers; state-wide voter registration and legislation on Limited liability corporations (LLCs). However, there is much more to be done. We support the following legislative initiatives: ….

 

Elimination of Cash Bail

The members of Interfaith Impact of NYS strongly support the Bail Elimination Act of 201, because cash bail discriminates against the poor and privileges those who can afford to buy their freedom. … It is cruel, inhumane, and ultimately has little effect on whether the accused who have been released return for trial….

 

Establish Environmental Rights in the NYS Constitution

“Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” ….

 

Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act

IINYS strongly supports passage of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act and the work of the Green Light NY Coalition, which seeks to secure the right of New York State Drivers Licenses for undocumented immigrants. …

 

The Climate and Community Protection Act

The members of Interfaith Impact of New York State call on the NY Legislature to recognize the urgent need for clean energy as soon as possible. … The CCPA will help put New York on track to do just that through a combination of measures to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions and improve the resiliency of the state. It will shape the ongoing transition ….

 

HALT Solitary Confinement Act

Interfaith Impact of New York State strongly support the Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act. HALT is designed to end the torture of solitary and create more humane and effective alternatives.

 

New York Health Act

We strongly support the New York Health Act, which would create a universal single-payer health plan – New York Health – to provide comprehensive health coverage guaranteed to all New Yorkers.