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Voting Volunteers Changing up the ‘Pitch’ for this Year’s Election
August 6, 2018 | By Spectrum News Staff, Spectrum News 

“A training session Sunday taught registration volunteers in Poughkeepsie to ask ‘When was the last time you voted?’ instead of ‘Are you registered?’ This is part of a non-partisan effort by the community group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. They say their aim isn’t to sway anyone; rather they want to get more people to go through the quick process to become eligible to vote.

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Beacon to Consider Municipal ID
August 3, 2018 | By Brian PJ Cronin, The Highlands Current

“In a statement released by Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, Beacon Mayor Randy Casale was quoted as expressing support for municipal IDs but in an interview said he wanted to make sure they weren’t already available. ‘You can get a non-driver’s ID at the DMV,’ he said. ‘Are we duplicating something that’s being done already?’ However, unlike non-driver IDs offered by the Department of Motor Vehicles, municipal IDs do not require a Social Security number or birth certificate.”

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Kingston Council Majority Leader Open to Municipal ID Cards 
August 1, 2018 | By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“This could be a source of pride for everyone,” Scott-Childress, D-Ward 3, said in a recent interview. ‘[It could] create a better sense of community… The main focus of [those calling for the ID program] may be undocumented residents, but that doesn’t have to be our main focus.”

 

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Statewide Coalition Calls on Governor to Act on Immigrant Driver Licenses
July 31, 2018 | By Mid Hudson News

“A consortium of organizations across the state is urging Governor Cuomo to sign an executive order adopting implementing Green Light NY, which grants access to driver’s licenses for immigrant New Yorkers.”

 

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Hudson Valley Cities Moving Toward Municipal ID Program
July 21, 2018 | By Jesse J. Smith, Hudson Valley One

“A coalition of immigration advocacy groups is spearheading a campaign to create a ‘municipal identification’ program in Mid-Hudson cities, including Kingston. The program, they say, could benefit not only immigrants but many segments of society, from the homeless to the elderly to domestic violence victims.”

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Fees Would Offset Kingston Municipal ID Costs, Immigrant Advocacy Group Says
July 21, 2018 | By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“Bix has said the program is intended to help those ‘who struggle everyday with critical tasks those of us with government-issued ID may take for granted, such as picking their children up from school, filling prescriptions, seeing a doctor, opening bank accounts, using the library and interacting with the police.'”

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Orange Confidential: Middletown Mayor Optimistic City Will Adopt ID Program
July 14, 2018 | By Lana Bellamy, Record Online

“The group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is spearheading the recent effort to create a Kingston municipal ID program for people, including undocumented immigrants, to get identification cards that they otherwise could not obtain.”

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Advocacy Group Pushes Municipal ID Program in Kingston
July 14, 2018 | By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“The group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is spearheading the recent effort to create a Kingston municipal ID program for people, including undocumented immigrants, to get identification cards that they otherwise could not obtain.”

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Poughkeepsie Becomes Second City in NYS with Municipal ID
July 11, 2018 | By Kathy Welsh, HVNN

“The vote follows months of advocacy for the legislation by Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a member-led immigrant rights and social justice organization based in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties, in collaboration with members of the City Council and Poughkeepsie community.”

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Kingston Mayor Hails Poughkeepsie Approval of Municipal ID Program
July 10, 2018 | By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“’Congratulations to the city of Poughkeepsie on this significant step forward,’ the Kingston mayor said. ‘With the adoption of municipal IDs, Poughkeepsie has demonstrated a substantial commitment to the safety and well-being of its residents, and I look forward to working with my partners on the [Kingston] Common Council to develop similar legislation in Kingston in the coming months.'”

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City of Poughkeepsie to Issue ID Cards
July 10, 2018 | By John B. Warry, Poughkeepsie Journal

“The new program was unanimously approved Monday night by the Common Council. Officials say it could potentially help vulnerable residents open a bank account, secure a library card and pay for a parking meter and public transportation.”

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Municipal ID Program Approved in Poughkeepsie
July 9, 2018 | By Ben Nandy, Spectrum News

“A party broke out in the Poughkeepsie Common Council chambers on Monday evening when the council approved the long-debated municipal ID program by a count of 8 to 0. Close to 100 members of the community group, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, erupted in cheers once it was official. “

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Hundreds Attend Kingston Rally to Protest Trump Policy of Family Separations at US-Mexico Border
June 30, 2018 | By Patricia R. Doxsey, Daily Freeman

“Kingston’s protest was one of roughly 750 planned to take place across the country Saturday Locally, the protest drew people of all ages and from all walks of life, including more than a dozen members of the area’s faith community and several elected officials.”

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Wide Support Voiced for Proposed Municipal ID in Poughkeepsie 
July 3, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“’The card doesn’t convey special government benefits,’ Bix said. ‘It fills an access gap that is created by the fact that a government-issued ID is required for so much of everyday life and yet it is unnecessarily hard for thousands of our residents to get. And, because there is no incentive for fraud, there hasn’t been notable fraud issues in any of the 29 cities with municipal IDs.'”

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Immigration Advocates Rally in Kingston
July 1, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“We are going to push to make sure that Kingston has its own ID, open to anyone that wants one,” the mayor added. The documents will make it easier for undocumented individuals to obtain drivers licenses, and interact with other institutions including public schools, which now require identification.”

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Governor Signs Legislation to Increase Protections for Immigrant Children in New York
June 28, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“Ignacio Acevedo of Newburgh, an organizer with Nobody Leaves MidHudson, said the measure is a good idea but more is needed… Acevedo, a native of Mexico, said there needs to be community IDs and the Greenlight campaign to make drivers’ licenses available to undocumented drivers, making roads safer for everyone.”

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