Industrial hemp promises sustainable solutions for New York, but will anyone buy in?

The industry in its “innovation stage” is eyeing Gov. Kathy Hochul for support.

Energy & Environment

Cornell’s ag program solves farmers’ toughest problems

The leading research institution also helps with workforce development and technological issues.

Energy & Environment

Will Kathy Hochul support a carbon tax?

Getting behind an effort that fell short last session could change the climate game in New York.


Hochul promised a ‘new era of transparency.’ Here’s what that would really take.

Under Cuomo, obtaining public records was often extremely difficult. Transparency advocates have a lot of ideas for reforming the process.


How New York is subsidizing Amazon

Local agencies across the state lure the retail giant to town using generous tax incentives.

Energy & Environment

How New York can prepare for flooding

A summer of extreme weather continued this week, as Hurricane Ida blew through the state, leading to at least 9 deaths in New York City.


NYC schools and health officials push in-person learning, despite calls for remote option

Here are the key points for why kids are still returning to class, despite concerns members of the New York City Council had during an education committee hearing Wednesday.


Hochul’s pot picks get the thumbs up

Former Assembly Member Tremaine Wright and cannabis advocate Christoper Alexander will oversee the new state program


State lawmakers reach a deal to extend the eviction moratorium

Landlords and tenants both have reasons to like the proposed changes to a state housing relief program.


The MTA isn’t budging on ending shared Access-A-Ride trips

Users want solo rides to resume because of the pandemic, but the MTA claims a driver shortage makes that impossible.

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NYC is moving almost 5000 school safety agents out of the NYPD. Will that help calm fears about policing in schools?

The city is working on completing the transition by June 2022, leaving the school safety agents under the oversight of the Department of Education.


NYC schools gear up to handle students’ mental health needs

The city has hired more than 500 social workers and trained parents and staffers to support students after more than a year of remote learning.

Health Care

Calls for NY Hero Act’s implementation lack follow up

There has been no action on requests to Gov. Kathy Hochul to enact the law which aims to lessen the risks of coronavirus infection to frontline, essential workers.


How students will rely on the vaccinated to stay safe

Most kids aren’t eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, which leaves their protection up to those around them.


A new ethical zeitgeist hits Albany

Even JCOPE is doing something about holding public officials accountable.

Health Care

Living in isolation has saved – and harmed – New York’s seniors

Older adults were told to stay indoors during the pandemic, but that has had unintended consequences.


Working together to stop elder abuse

A new law will help state agencies, companies and nonprofits collaborate to stop predators.