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State Response

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The State of New York operates one of the largest addiction treatment, prevention and recovery systems in the country. Here’s the woman who runs it.

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The Hope Dealer

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People have given a variety of nicknames to Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann. Some are nicer than others. "The Hope Dealer" is one that he likes.

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"The War On Drugs Is Over. We Lost."

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With his country and his community in the grips of the Opioid Crisis, a local police chief decided to try something different. This week, the #citizenactive blog is looking at what he did. Today; how his fellow officers responded.

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Speaking From Experience

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Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann knows how to deal with addicts. That's because he is one.

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"I Had to Try Something Else"

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New York’s Opioid Crisis doesn’t just live in the big city. This insidious epidemic has crawled into the corners of every small town and village in the state. Chatham is no exception. What's different is the way they're dealing with it.

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How To Have An Impact

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Want to help make the world a better place for everyone? You have the power. This #citizenactive post is about the power of the citizen lobbyist; one who knows how to get things done because she understands how government works.

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Civics Education

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Want to know more about your government? I know I do. The League of Women Voters of New York State worked with a team of teachers to create a Civics Education course for students around the state. It's also a pretty handy guide for anyone who wants to know more about why things are the way they are.

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"Environmental Racism"

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People who live in Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood were fighting more than a state-run garbage burning plant. They were also up against a system that treated them differently because of the color of their skin.

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Taking Action

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When a garbage burning plant made Aaron Mair's children sick, he helped get it shut down. This #citizenactive post looks at how he became an active citizen.

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Making of an Activist

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A threat to his children's health turns a state employee into an environmental activist.

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Culture of Openness

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Robert Freeman of New York's Committee on Open Government talks about laws that have created a culture of openness in local, state and federal governments.

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Yes, You Can Go In There

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New York's Open Meetings Law opens a window on government and allows you to see how it works. Or doesn't.

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Best Job in State Government

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New York's Freedom of Information Law and Open Meetings Law give you access to your government. Robert Freeman of the Committee on Open Government talks about the laws and what they mean.

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Words of Warning

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Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group issues a warning about the danger of inaction in the face of global climate change.

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Love Your Lobbyist

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Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Group talks about lobbyists and lobbying.

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