‘I would certainly want that (option) for myself.’ Lawmakers open up about physician-assisted death
Legislation to allow terminally ill patients to choose when to die faces slim chances of passing this session, but more New York lawmakers are showing support.
Opinion: Cuts to programming that helps people incarcerated at Rikers Island are shortsighted
The Department of Correction wants to eliminate $17 million in jail-based programs
Adams administration makes last push for housing bills
New York City Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer and Chief Housing Officer Jessica Katz met with Albany lawmakers hoping to win their support before the end of session.
Progressive Jews back controversial bill to block charities from funding Israeli settlements
Outside a handful of socialists, the bill has no support in the state Senate or Assembly.
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.
Energy & Environment
Delays in tree prunings tell the story of an underfunded NYC Parks Department
Tree prunings have slowed, and department cuts do not bode well for the maintenance programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heard Around Town
‘Breaking point:’ NYC deputy mayor urges state and federal action on migrant influx
Anne Williams-Isom couldn’t emphasize enough that city leaders are running out of options.