NY advocates want to do away with mandatory minimums

While bail reform, parole reform and the sealing of criminal records have been the main focus for years, advocates are hopeful the growing enthusiasm of sentencing reform will be fruitful this session.

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NYC education department says admissions diversity pilot is working

A program to set aside spots at high-performing schools for underrepresented students should be expanded, city education leader says.

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Internet access for some of New York's neediest residents to be announced in Eric Adams' state of the city

Among the efforts planned for this year is a broadband pilot program for Section 8 households in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan, New York City's mayor told City & State.


The quest to end legal protections for public employees in NY – and not just police

Repealing qualified immunity, an issue that most often comes up with employees of public schools, is a priority for some state Democratic lawmakers.


NYC’s basement apartment pilot draws only 5 participants

A program to bring some illegal basement apartments up to code has demonstrated the financial and regulatory hurdles to conversions – a setback for the mayor and governor’s housing agendas.


‘That era is over.’ Hochul touts support for law enforcement

Riding the high of recent positive polling, the governor wants more money for police and more discretion for judges deciding whether to set bail.


New York City embarks on creating an AI strategy

The Office of Technology and Innovation is hiring a director of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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NYC’s law to prevent artificial intelligence bias in hiring is in limbo

The implementation of the 2021 law has been delayed until April, while the city continues to consider how to define automated hiring tools and other draft rules.


Amid “crisis,” Adams defends cruise terminal migrant shelter

The New York City mayor has grown increasingly fed up with criticism levied at his administration’s efforts to house asylum-seekers.

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With tweaks, could Clean Slate have a chance in 2023?

New York lawmakers have been trying to pass legislation to seal old criminal records since 2020 – and this year they’ve made some concessions.


Eric Adams eliminates vacant job openings, by the numbers

More than 4,300 city positions were cut in the mayor’s latest financial plan.

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Adams rallies the nation’s mayors

The New York City mayor wants his counterparts to join him on addressing gun violence, the fentanyl epidemic and asylum-seekers.


NYC migrant crisis is not the first immigration issue to flummox Hochul

Experts and lawmakers argue Hochul didn’t do enough to tackle immigration in her State of the State address.


NYC requests state support in sheltering 500 asylum seekers

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the city will soon be unable to continue sheltering migrants on its own.