Heard Around Town

Cruz still plans to push for state-level work permits for asylum-seekers

The Queens Assembly member said the law is needed for people from places other than Venezuela.


Which counties are closing their doors to asylum-seekers?

More than 30 counties around the state have taken steps to block New York City from sending migrants to local hotels and shelters.

Albany Agenda

The bills still awaiting Kathy Hochul’s signature before the end of the year

The Legislature passed hundreds of bills before breaking in June. Many high–profile ones like Clean Slate and a bill to create a reparations task force have yet to be signed.


City & State’s Government Procurement conference focuses on modernization

The event attended by government leaders and procurement experts stressed the importance of robust digitization and best business practices.


5 things to know about Eric Adams’ latest housing proposal

The New York City mayor unveiled the latest on his goal to become a “City of Yes.”

New York City

11 key figures from New York City’s latest report card

Important stats on affordable housing, composting, dog ownership and more

New York City

New York City schools are embracing AI. Lawmakers had some questions.

After an about-face on ChatGPT, the Department of Education plans to develop AI policy for grades K-12 by June.


Hochul doesn’t talk state work permits with Biden

But state Senate lawyers are currently analyzing new legislation that would supersede the federal government

Campaigns & Elections

New York Republicans file lawsuit challenging newly signed mail voting law

Led by Rep. Elise Stefanik, conservatives say the new law violates the state Constitution.

Heard Around Town

Free buses start on Sunday

A pilot program to test the feasibility of fareless buses is set to start Sept. 24.

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DOC stopped providing tampons to detainees – despite 2016 law mandating it

The Department of Correction has a problem with menstruation, amid fears that tampons will be used to smoke drugs and menstrual cups will be used for “splashings.”


Report: Community preschool teachers paid half as much as public school teachers

Over the course of a 25-year career, educators working in privately-run preschool programs could make $690,000 less than public school teachers.


Staffing shortages are still disrupting New York City services

Ahead of a hiring freeze, the mayor’s management report showed how insufficient staffing hampered some agencies’ operations.


Major felony crimes up in New York City schools

School safety has been a major focus after a string of high-profile incidents occurred outside school buildings last year.


New York looks at options for state work authorization for asylum-seekers

Lawmakers including Catalina Cruz and Jenifer Rajkumar have introduced bills. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she’s considering “possible language.”


Judge rejects state prison system’s attempt to dismiss lawsuit over solitary confinement

The class action lawsuit was filed by a group of people incarcerated in state prisons, including one man who was sent to solitary confinement for 120 days after throwing sugar packets and urinating on the floor.