A 750 Mile Plan to Safer Cycling and Better Health

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Increasing cardiovascular health, building muscle strength, enhancing flexibility, promoting joint mobility, reducing stress and anxiety…this is by no means an exhaustive list but gives you an idea of the health benefits that come with cycling. Cycling is a cheap, fun, and low-impact form of exercise that people of all ages can enjoy to …

On the Road to Uber in Upstate New York

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate The idea of Uber was born on a snowy night in 2008, when Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp struggled to get a cab. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had reliable transportation available at the push of a button? Uber has since spread to over 530 cities across the globe, transforming the way …

Placemaking Our Way to Healthier Communities and Better Lives

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate As reported by the County Health Rankings, only 20% of our health is determined by the clinical care that we receive. The remaining 80% is based on our health behaviors (30%), socioeconomic factors (40%), and physical environment (10%). With factors like education, employment, income, social support, community safety, housing, transit, and capacity to …

It’s Time to Address New York’s C- Grade in Infrastructure

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate C in Aviation, D+ in Bridges, C- in Dams, C in Drinking Water, B- in Parks, D- in Roads, B- in Solid Waste, C- in Transit, and D in Wastewater…these were the grades that New York State received in its 2015 Infrastructure Report Card. When it comes to infrastructure, New York has room …

The Need for Online SNAP Payments

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By Amanda Li, Junior Policy Associate The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has come a long way since 1939, when the first food stamp recipients stood in lines that were thousands of people deep. In the past nearly 80 years of its existence, the program has undergone many important changes. In 1964, President Johnson made the Food Stamp Program permanent, …