Energy & Environment
Delays in tree prunings tell the story of an underfunded NYC Parks Department
Tree prunings have slowed, and department cuts do not bode well for the maintenance programs.
Why does Eric Adams oppose legislation that could free up shelter space?
City Hall said that council legislation to expand eligibility for housing vouchers would cost billions and make it more difficult for those most in need to access them.
City Hall budget officials clash with City Council members at final hearing
New York City Budget Director Jacques Jiha faced spirited questioning from City Council members as they argued cuts will harm city services.
Following the asylum-seeker odyssey: a timeline
Tracking the arrival of migrants bussed to New York City from the southern border, from April 2022 to now.
Parole bills advance in NY Legislature
The bills would make it easier for incarcerated people to be considered for release.
NYC Department of Education
NYC Schools won’t see cuts in September, Banks pledges
The Department of Education is still seeing a spending reduction, but individual schools might not.
Hochul and Adams on migrants: ‘We have one message, let them work’
The governor and mayor are calling for expedited work authorization for asylum-seekers which they say will also help industries across the state.
Library presidents highlight services for migrants in appeal to avoid budget cuts
NYC’s public library systems staved off the latest round of budget cuts ordered by Mayor Eric Adams, but they still face cuts from a previous savings mandate.
State comptroller says MTA should be able to manage debt with state funding
A new report by Thomas DiNapoli found the financially-strained agency should be able to get on track with state funding and a higher payroll mobility tax in the budget.
Slow cannabis market ‘the product of a choice’ says state weed czar
New York has been criticized for a sluggish licensing process, but Chris Alexander said that’s necessary to achieve equity.
Bronx DA Darcel Clark backs parole reform bills
She’s the third New York City district attorney to support the Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole bills.
New York City Council
With new bill, NYC Council 'weeks away' from passing permanent outdoor dining
The program would allow year-round sidewalk dining but only allow dining structures in the road for part of the year.
NYC comptroller says old criminal convictions cost city residents nearly $2.4 billion in annual wages
The Legislature only has a few more days left to pass the Clean Slate Act, which would seal old criminal convictions.
Heard Around Town
‘Breaking point:’ NYC deputy mayor urges state and federal action on migrant influx
Anne Williams-Isom couldn’t emphasize enough that city leaders are running out of options.
Socialist legislators back bill to block New York charities from funding Israeli settlements
Many Democrats condemned the legislation, and leaders of both the state Senate and Assembly promised that it would never receive a vote.
New York City is desperate to find more space to house asylum seekers
Mayor Adams issued an executive order suspending the land use review process to create more shelters quickly, prompting criticism from the City Council.
NYC gets leg up on housing plan in state budget, despite setbacks
New York City Chief Housing Officer Jessica Katz talks about how aligned the city and Albany are on affordable housing goals.
White House still mum on Hochul’s most recent plea for migrant assistance
As county leaders ring the alarm bells about the migrant crisis, the governor said the president has not yet responded to a letter she sent on Friday.
NYC health commissioner: 'COVID-19 is here to stay'
New York City Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan asked for help in informing New Yorkers about existing tools to fight COVID-19, as some free ones vanish.
Affordable Housing Special Report