Policy

Heard Around Town

Mayor Adams touts tech solutions at Smart City Expo

Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer also previewed a new RFP process that will give the private sector greater input on government projects.

Policy

Business zoning overhaul approved by key City Council committee

The City of Yes for Economic Opportunity will move forward with a few modifications.

Albany Agenda

Hochul makes end-of-session push for social media bills

The governor used dire language to describe the impact of algorithms on kids’ mental health.

Budget

Library leaders warn of branch closures if mayor’s budget cuts aren’t reversed

The presidents of the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library said the planned $58.3 million budget cut would lead to severe staff shortages.

Albany Agenda

Advocates rally for MENA bill as NY session winds down

People who are Middle Eastern and North African shouldn’t be categorized as white by the state, advocates say.

New York City

New data: Demand for IDNYC cards increased during migrant influx

Asylum-seekers had been struggling to get appointments, but that shortage has begun to ease in recent weeks.

Albany Agenda

Progressives launch campaign to get upstate cities to opt in to ‘good cause’ law

The state budget’s “good cause” eviction protections only apply automatically to tenants in New York City, but other cities can choose to opt in to the regulations.

Education

City Council, Adams admin spar over early childhood education cuts

The program is more popular than ever – and it’s facing a $170 million budget reduction.

Education

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Adams administration abandoned school desegregation measures, NYU report finds

The report found that Mayor Eric Adams has reversed many of his predecessor’s policies aimed at racial integration of public schools.

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Albany Agenda

Legislators and formerly incarcerated mothers rally for sentencing reform bills

State Sens. Julia Salazar and Jeremy Cooney joined advocates to push for a trio of bills that would reduce excessive prison sentences.

New York State

Cannabis agency head out following bombshell report

Office of Cannabis Management executive director Christopher Alexander will leave the beleaguered agency in September, as Gov. Kathy Hochul tries to get the agency on firmer footing.

Housing

How New York is addressing its affordable housing crisis

Local and state leaders at City & State’s 2024 Affordable Housing summit weighed in on efforts underway to build more, while protecting tenants and homeowners.

NYPD

NYPD still racking up overtime and mum on social media posts

The New York City Council criticized police leaders for fiscal mismanagement and “unprofessional” posts.

NYPD

NYPD still racking up overtime and mum on social media posts

The New York City Council criticized police leaders for fiscal mismanagement and “unprofessional” posts.

New York City

More baby changing stations have been installed at New York City parks

The city is ahead of schedule in its goal to equip nearly every parks bathroom by 2027.

Albany Agenda

Judge tosses abortion rights measure from November ballot

Democrats had been pushing the state constitutional amendment that would protect abortion rights and other civil rights