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New York Govenor David Patterson Vetoes Rent Relief Bill For People Living With HIV/AIDS, Senator Tom Duane Responds (Video)

In 2009 New York State Senator Thomas Duane introduced and supported passionately bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent. The bill passed, and made its way through the proper channels to Governor Paterson’s desk, where he vetoed it this weekend, saying it was unclear where the money would come from to pay for it.
Said Patterson:

“This is my most difficult veto. I recognize, sadly, the history of the inadequacy of services government has brought to bear for those with H.I.V./AIDS. I have pledged not to impose unfunded mandates on cash-strapped localities, and to prevent the state from taking on additional financial burdens outside the budget process without an identified funding source.”

State Senator Thomas Duane reacted with anger, releasing this statement:

“Governor Paterson’s veto of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) 30% rent cap bill is an incredible tragedy. Thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS who receive housing assistance from HASA will continue to be forced to live on $11 and change a day because all the rest of their monthly income — in some cases upwards of 70% — must go towards paying rent. While people in all of New York’s other rental assistance programs have their rents capped at 30% of income, these women and men will continue to worry about how they are going to survive each month instead of focusing on staying well. It is inexcusable that New York would make these people who are ill decide between buying winter gloves or underwear, between buying toilet paper or a Metrocard to get to a doctor’s appointment, between buying toothpaste to brush their teeth or laundry detergent to wash their clothes. This veto takes away these HASA clients’ ability to afford fresh fruit and vegetables to maintain their strength and to purchase over-the counter medicine at the drug store when they have a cold. Affording a telephone and electricity is a struggle and buying stamps to send a letter to loved ones is cost prohibitive. Even simply going to a movie or taking the subway to the park to escape the pressures of life for a few hours is impossible. This is an incredible injustice and it is shameful that New York will allow this to continue.

…There was no valid reason to veto this bill. Time and time again I, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, and so many other elected officials have proven that this legislation is cost-effective for the City and State. Mayor Bloomberg aggressively lobbied against the legislation claiming it would cost the City of New York $16 million dollars. Yet a cost analysis conducted by Shubert Botein Policy Associates projected a savings of over $19 million from prevented housing evictions. Inexplicably, under extreme pressure from Mayor Bloomberg, the Governor decided to ignore this solid evidence and vetoed the bill. HASA clients: The Governor and the Mayor let you down. Your hopes were raised when both the Senate and Assembly passed the legislation in overwhelming numbers. You traveled to Albany week after week, telling your stories and providing hard data time and time again. “We have lost this chance to right this wrong but you have my pledge to continue the fight.”

A BAD and TRAGIC move by Patterson.  That the budget  is more important to than the lives of AIDS/HIV victims.  So very sad and horrible. Surely the money could have been found.   Patterson should be ashamed of himself.

Watch Senator Tom Duanes impassioned 3:00am speech to the New York Senate in 2009 to pass the original bill,  It truly is a speech so worthy that stands up there with Harvey Milk.  Its 22 minutes long but well worth it to watch.

Make no mistake.  This is what a REAL Political Gay Activist is.

Hawaii Govenor Who Vetoed Gay Civil Unions Adds Insult To Injury By Likening Gay Marriage To Incest

Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, who vetoed a bill last Thursday that would granted Hawaii’s gays and lesbians the right to enter into civil unions.  (No marriage mind you civil unions) said the legislation had “touched the hearts and minds of our citizens as no other social issue of our day,” and she hoped “that the citizens on both sides of this issue have felt that I’ve treated them with respect and dignity throughout this process,”

Well that was on Thursday, on Friday all “dignity and respect” flew out the window when Lingle, interviewed on a radio program defending her decision linkend gay marriage to incest. Lingle rejected the idea that legal recognition of gay unions is a civil rights issue.

“For those people who want to make this into a civil rights issue, and of course those in favor of the bill, they see it as a civil rights issue,” she said. “And I understand them drawing that conclusion. But people on the other side would point out, well, we don’t allow other people to marry even – it’s not a civil right for them. First cousins couldn’t marry, or a brother and a sister and that sort of thing. It really can’t be a civil right if we are restricting it in other cases, and it’s been found to be legal in those other cases, that the restrictions.”

Lingle should also have mentioned the Religious Right is on the march in the Aloha State, and that may have influenced her and helped strengthen her homophobic and bigoted personal arttituded