stop and frisk http://wrvo.org en Supporters urge Senate vote on marijuana decriminalization http://wrvo.org/post/supporters-urge-senate-vote-marijuana-decriminalization <p>Members of the legislature’s Black and Hispanic Caucus and their allies made a last minute push for a bill to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying current laws unfairly target young black and Latino men.<br><br>Assemblyman Karim Camara, who chairs the caucus, says the bill to decriminalize public possession of small amounts of marijuana is needed partly to fix an ongoing problem with the New York City Police Department’s Stop and Frisk policy. He and other supporters gathered outside the Senate chamber to call for a vote. &nbsp;<br> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:29:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39546 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says do the "people's business" before pay raise http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-do-peoples-business-pay-raise <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says if state lawmakers are looking for a pay raise in a post election session, they will have to accomplish some items on his agenda first. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:34:03 +0000 Karen DeWitt 27641 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo moves to further decriminalize marijuana http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-moves-further-decriminalize-marijuana <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana found during police searches, to &nbsp;fix what he &nbsp;says is a &ldquo;blatant inconsistency&rdquo; in New York City&rsquo;s controversial stop and frisk policy.</p><p>Governor Cuomo says New York City&rsquo;s stop and frisk police procedure has unfairly led to the arrest of thousands of mainly young black and Hispanic men who were caught with possession of small amounts of marijuana.</p><p>The arrests often lead to criminal records with lifelong consequences that can prevent the young person from getting college aid, or living in public housing.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:02:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 20413 at http://wrvo.org