Policy

Policy

Police could have used New York’s Red Flag law to stop the Buffalo shooting suspect

New York State Police said they did not file for a protection order under the law after they were called to the accused shooter’s school, where they reportedly investigated a “murder-suicide” threat he made.

Criminal justice

Debating the impacts of bail reform

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Latrice Walker and former Queens prosecutor James Quinn discussed law changes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Friday.

Housing

City Council to push for more affordable housing investment in budget negotiations

Council members and advocates said an extra $5 billion over 10 years won’t be enough to address a housing affordability crisis.

New York State

What could still get passed in the New York legislative session?

Protections for tenants, survivors of sexual assault and formerly incarcerated people are all being considered. Eric Adams’ control of New York City schools also hangs in the balance.

New York State

Voting rights legislation advances in New York

Lawmakers want to expand language access and create a statewide election database among other reforms.

Labor

New York construction industry ‘flaggers’ allege rampant wage theft

Black and Latino nonunion flaggers on public construction projects report being paid just a third of wages they’re legally entitled to.

abortion

Hochul dedicates $35 million in state money for abortion access

As the Supreme Court moves toward reversing Roe v. Wade, the governor is working to make New York an access state.

Criminal justice

Death of Rikers inmate comes as Adams faces growing concern over jail plan

The New York City mayor was criticized on Friday for visiting the jail without meeting inmates. A day later, one died.

abortion

Letitia James backs proposed abortion care grant program

New legislation would enable the state to give more funds to abortion providers to expand access in the aftermath of the expected Roe v. Wade reversal.

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Coronavirus

State’s first chief disability officer tackles post-COVID-19 priorities

Kimberly Hill’s priorities are tackling employment and housing for New Yorkers with disabilities after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to advocates.

COVID-19 numbers ticking up in New York

The state’s positivity rate has steadily climbed since early March, when the omicron BA.2 subvariant was detected.

New York State

Special master hears arguments in redistricting case

Lawyers for the GOP-backed plaintiffs in the case, along with attorneys for Democratic state leaders, attacked each other’s proposed maps in the Friday hearing.

Housing

What you need to know about rent hikes in New York City

Rent stabilized tenants could face up to 4% and 6% increases. Tenant advocates say those hikes are enough to devastate renters.

Report: Ending 421a won’t make the state flush with cash

As lawmakers decide the fate of the controversial developer tax break, the CBC offers hard numbers on the big bucks.

New York State

New York AG Letitia James seeks NRA babysitter

The request comes after the court refused her office’s demand to dismantle the organization for alleged rampant misuse of funds.

abortion

Advocates rally against Supreme Court draft opinion to overturn abortion

A demonstration was held in New York City’s Foley Square to protest what could lead to a dismantling of Roe v. Wade.