Criminal justice

Latrice Walker and public defenders pledge to fight excessive bail despite latest rollbacks to bail reform

Bail reform or no bail reform, judges are still bound by the Eighth Amendment prohibition on excessive bail, the Assembly member said.


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.

Criminal justice

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.

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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.

Criminal justice

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.


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.