Policy

2022 general election

Can Republicans hinder absentee voting in New York a month from Election Day?

The state constitution prohibits no-excuse absentee voting. The state GOP is suing to stop people from being able to use fear of COVID-19 as an excuse to request a mail-in ballot.

New York City

With asylum seekers’ arrival in NYC, shelter advocates worry the city will cut legal corners

The mayor’s plan to temporarily house some arrivals outside the city shelter system, with its stringent criteria, has advocates on alert.

New York City

The biggest questions addressed at the City Council hearing on asylum-seekers

As New York City prepares a tent shelter in the Bronx, officials from Eric Adams administration testified about the location, transportation, and services provided

New York City

Mental health care on Rikers: New York’s largest psychiatric provider

On an average day, almost 3,000 people with mental illnesses are detained there – and they need better care.

New York City

NYC overhauls controversial schools admissions process for middle schools, selective high schools

Schools Chancellor David Banks said the controversial process was replaced with one that rewards the highest academic achievers, as well as increases transparency and fairness.

New York City

How many people are detained on Rikers? A look at the crisis by the numbers

The annual Mayor’s Management Report offers a cross-section of statistics on the jail complex.

New York City Council

Outdoor dining plan still set to allow roadway seating, council confirms

A City Council bill that would make the Open Restaurants program permanent still includes provisions for roadway seating – though it’s unclear what those set-ups would look like.

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2022 general election

Lee Zeldin’s campaign promises: What can he actually do if elected?

The Republican gubernatorial candidate has talked about making big changes to abortion rights, congestion pricing and more.

Heard Around Town

Protesters across the state rally against prison package restrictions

A new DOCCS policy limits what incarcerated people can receive in New York prisons

New York State

New York lawmakers want your right to an attorney to cover immigration too

With a bill that has failed to pass the state Legislature in recent years, more low-income immigrants would have access to representation – the only problem is finding lawyers for them.

New York City

Advocates clarify the right to shelter stands in NYC – after Eric Adams seemed to question it again

The mayor spoke about the crisis of asylum-seekers coming to New York City on top of the city’s existing homelessness crisis.

New York State

Andrea Stewart-Cousins has presided over some monumental legislation

Let’s just say the majority leader has been busy since 2019. Here are some of her greatest hits.

Policy

Overwhelmed with migrant arrivals, NYC has planned tent shelter to be built in a Bronx flood zone

Road leading to the isolated Orchard Beach parking lot has been dubbed by locals “Lake Orchard.”