First Read

Latest News
Real estate developers are slamming a slew of tenant protections that passed the Legislature on Friday, predicting the new laws will impede the Capital Region's economic development.
The city’s new spending plan slashes $20 million from first lady Chirlane McCray’s embattled “Thrive NYC” mental health initiative – with more than half of the money redirected to hiring licensed social workers to serve public schools.
A Brooklyn man will spend 20 years in prison for supporting ISIS and discussing plans to use a garbage truck to crush people in Times Square.
An Albany bill that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis would allow up to six marijuana plants to be grown in a person's home or yard, a key difference from the legalization plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed earlier this year.
Homeless people who commit minor offenses on New York City subways will soon have the option of seeking social services rather than facing a fine or jail time under a new policy announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
A controversial plan to build a new private residential tower at a public housing complex is back to square one on the Upper East Side – but even more market-rate housing is on the way.
A police officer killed himself on Staten Island, the third cop to do so in the past nine days, the NYPD said.
The Assembly Health Committee was deadlocked on a bill that would end religious exemptions for vaccinations, but then freshman Assemblyman Nader Sayegh of Yonkers changed his mind to allow the bill to advance despite first voting to bottle it up.
Editorial Pages
New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza insists he’s under attack because of his ethnicity and his focus on racial justice, but it increasingly looks like everything is a cover for simply packing the top reaches of the Department of Education with his cronies.
Indian Point is set for closure in 2021 and subsequent decommission, but two vital pieces of legislation in the Senate could help protect local communities and union jobs during closure and decommissioning, state Sen. Pete Harckham writes
All too often it’s the people with the best intentions who are the ones who inadvertently contribute to the suffering of animals, which is why the ban on feeding animals in city parks is smart policy, World Animal Protection Programs Director Ben Williamson writes.
From City & State
In Depth
National Politics
20190616