Policy

LGBTQ+

Does Bruce Blakeman’s ban on trans players on girls’ teams violate state law?

New York’s Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Policy

More than 70% of adult literacy programs are at risk of losing city funding

City Council members have called on City Hall to fix a technicality that could cut off funding for 48 of the 67 adult literacy programs currently operating in the city.

Nonprofits

Report: Poverty in NYC jumps to 23%

An increase of 7 percentage points from the previous year was noted in the sixth Poverty Tracker Annual Report released by Robin Hood and Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy.

Budget

New York City’s budget outlook is great/terrible depending which watchdog you ask.

Differences between budget projections point to the complexity of the massive spending plan.

Policy

Some Assembly Democrats look to criminalize disruptive protests

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato introduced a bill that would treat peacefully blocking a road or bridge as an act of “domestic terrorism.”

Albany Agenda

REBNY report: New construction applications are down significantly

The developer group found that new housing projects have dropped off since a state tax break expired.

Albany Agenda

Hochul wants to protect Taylor Swift and drink at home

The governor’s 30-day budget amendments were somewhat minimal, targeting harmful AI and continuing to permit to-go cocktails. She also restored a fund for legal representation for low-income people.

New York City

The MTA will put all future capital projects on hold until congestion pricing lawsuits go away

The Port Authority’s Rick Cotton and Jamie Torres-Springer of the MTA talked about major infrastructure projects at City & State’s event.

Labor

Report: Warehouse injuries in New York are on the rise

The National Employment Law Project found 1 in 11 workers needed to seek medical attention for a workplace injury.

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Kathy Hochul

Kathy Hochul is not done talking about crime

The governor highlighted her proposals to curb retail theft on Wednesday.

Albany Agenda

NY lawmakers call for tax credit reform after gnarly state audit

Turns out New York might be cool enough to make it on TV without having taxpayers foot the bill.

Energy & Environment

The Army Corps wants to protect Jamaica Bay from climate change. Environmentalists say they might ruin it in the process.

A plan to close in the bay with a sea gate to protect against future storms could cost billions of dollars and imperil natural marshes.

Education

SUNY and CUNY leaders tell lawmakers they need more state aid

SUNY chancellor John King assured legislators that there are no plans to close down any public universities, though staffing levels may be cut.

Policy

Over 70% of New Yorkers favor Medical Aid in Dying bill, new poll finds

The bill would permit doctors to prescribe medication to terminally ill patients enabling them to end their own lives.

Albany Agenda

Hochul touts her housing carrots for NY municipalities

The governor said there is increased interest in state grants to build housing.