Policy

Policy

The Buffalo Bills owners want a new stadium, and taxpayers might help them pay for it

The NFL team is a Western New York treasure, and critics say the owners are exploiting that to help pay for the $1.4 billion project.

Labor

The worker shortages plaguing the public sector

There are a variety of reasons New York is struggling to maintain essential services.

New York State

Takeaways from New York’s (competing!) redistricting draft maps

Failing to find common ground, the Independent Redistricting Commission released different plans along partisan lines.

Housing

How do you make underground apartments safer? Many legislators and housing advocates say legalize them.

Though recent events have thrust the issue to the forefront, advocates have been working on the issue of expanding cellar and basement housing units for decades.

Marijuana

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.

Policy

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.

Technology

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.

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Education

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.

Marijuana

Hochul’s pot picks get the thumbs up

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

Housing

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.

Transportation

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.

Education

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.

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.