Policy

New York City

Two years after George Floyd’s murder, where have all the police reforms gone?

The NYPD budget has been restored, anti-crime units reinstated, disciplinary records have been withheld and few officers have been punished for aggression toward protesters.

Con Edison unveils Clean Energy Update for tracking the electric grid’s green transformation in NYC and Westchester

The online progress report specifically provides information on installations of solar panels, battery storage, electric vehicle chargers and other technologies.

Policy

Advocates cheer as Assembly moves to approve Adult Survivors Act

A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made the abrupt announcement, delivering a late session victory for those advocating on behalf of victims of sexual abuse.

Policy

Hochul proposes new gun laws, social media crackdowns after mass shooting

The governor announced a series of measures meant to address the spread of white supremacy online and strengthen gun control laws in New York.

Policy

Election reform legislation moves forward in New York

The state Senate recently passed a series of bills aiming at cleaning up the state’s voting systems.

Policy

Police could have used New York’s Red Flag law to stop the Buffalo shooting suspect

New York State Police said they did not file for a protection order under the law after they were called to the accused shooter’s school, where they reportedly investigated a “murder-suicide” threat he made.

Criminal justice

Debating the impacts of bail reform

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Latrice Walker and former Queens prosecutor James Quinn discussed law changes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Friday.

Housing

City Council to push for more affordable housing investment in budget negotiations

Council members and advocates said an extra $5 billion over 10 years won’t be enough to address a housing affordability crisis.

New York State

What could still get passed in the New York legislative session?

Protections for tenants, survivors of sexual assault and formerly incarcerated people are all being considered. Eric Adams’ control of New York City schools also hangs in the balance.

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New York State

Voting rights legislation advances in New York

Lawmakers want to expand language access and create a statewide election database among other reforms.

Labor

New York construction industry ‘flaggers’ allege rampant wage theft

Black and Latino nonunion flaggers on public construction projects report being paid just a third of wages they’re legally entitled to.

abortion

Hochul dedicates $35 million in state money for abortion access

As the Supreme Court moves toward reversing Roe v. Wade, the governor is working to make New York an access state.

Criminal justice

Death of Rikers inmate comes as Adams faces growing concern over jail plan

The New York City mayor was criticized on Friday for visiting the jail without meeting inmates. A day later, one died.

abortion

Letitia James backs proposed abortion care grant program

New legislation would enable the state to give more funds to abortion providers to expand access in the aftermath of the expected Roe v. Wade reversal.

Coronavirus

State’s first chief disability officer tackles post-COVID-19 priorities

Kimberly Hill’s priorities are tackling employment and housing for New Yorkers with disabilities after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to advocates.