Thousands more vacant positions eliminated in latest New York City budget cuts

“Without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will be only the beginning,” Mayor Eric Adams said of a plan that cuts 2,100 vacancies.

Energy & Environment

After years of pushing, the Clean Slate Act becomes law

Business leaders, union organizers and law enforcement all attended the bill signing in Brooklyn.


At Somos, New York City leaders brace for budget cuts

Eric Adams claimed he stayed home from Somos because of the city’s budget crisis. Some down in Puerto Rico are bracing for – and planning how to combat – coming budget cuts.


Heard at Somos: Clean Slate signing expected soon

Bill sponsor state Sen. Zellnor Myrie says he has been in conversation with the second floor.


New York has yet to realize measurable savings from parole reform. Could that change?

A new report asked New Yorkers how they would spend money saved through state parole reform. But the state hasn’t saved as much as expected in the two years since changing its parole policy to reincarcerate fewer people.

New York City

DiNapoli keeps an eye on NYC agency performance with new data tracker

Watchdogs rejoice: The new tool aims to bring more transparency to city agencies’ performance.


Adult changing facilities are focus of bill introduced by Harckham and Rolison

The Democratic and Republican state senators are backing the “Traveling with Dignity Act” for people with disabilities.


Tech start-up incubator heralded as sign of things to come

New York City Mayor Eric Adams called the new Civic Hall in Manhattan’s Union Square, a “laboratory for the entire country."


1 in 9 NYC students were homeless last year

A new report from Advocates for Children outlines causes of the 14% increase, including the ongoing migrant crisis.

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Lawmakers turn up heat on cannabis regulators at hearing

State senators grilled Office of Cannabis Management Executive Director Chris Alexander and other officials on the lack of enforcement against illegal pot shops.


Hochul announces opioid settlement fund allocation, still no money for supervised injection sites

The governor touted addiction services that will be supported with money from settlements with Big Pharma.


New York’s progressive chief judge joins with conservatives to expand DNA searches by law enforcement

In a 4-3 decision, Chief Judge Rowan Wilson ruled that the Commission on Forensic Science has the authority to allow law enforcement to search DNA databases to find partial DNA matches from relatives of potential suspects.

Heard Around Town

Report highlights work of women-majority NYC Council

The New Majority NYC is touting legislation addressing domestic violence and abortion among other initiatives.


City Council hearing features fiery discussion of migrant shelters

A lack of fire alarms and fire suppression systems has prevented some shelters from housing asylum-seekers, frustrating City Hall and council members.

New York City

Congestion pricing sensors excluded from Lincoln Tunnel property, draws outcry from electeds

Officials representing Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen alleged gantries used for the upcoming toll program were deliberately kept off land owned by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Poll: Majority of New Yorkers support aid to Israel

Most Democrats and a vast majority of New York Jews said the U.S. should share economic and military aid with Israel, while half of those polled said a large-scale invasion would be unwise.