Policy

Policy

How is New York protecting itself from cybercrime?

Ransomware and other kinds of cyberattacks pose threats to local governments, schools and more.

Health Care

COVID-19 delta variant looms as NY reopens

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has heralded this season as the “Summer of New York City,” in which the five boroughs will come roaring back from their pandemic-induced slumber, but the highly contagious new delta variant of COVID-19 threatens the mayor’s vision for the city.

Policy

New York leaders tout progress for LGBTQ rights

Emma Wolfe, a deputy mayor of New York City, cautions that recovery to the status quo from COVID-19 will not be enough.

Transportation

The governor’s plan to reinvent Penn Station might need some rethinking

New York City has changed a lot over the past century, but its commuter rail network remains fundamentally the same.

Transportation

How accessible is transit in New York?

Every New Yorker knows what it’s like to be exasperated with train delays or miss a muffled announcement from a subway conductor that a local train is suddenly going express.

Labor

How a deal for gig workers fell apart

There was a tentative agreement to give them the right to organize, but a flawed negotiation process created backlash.

Labor

Unemployed New Yorkers still can’t get through to the Department of Labor

The problem persists despite $193 million in contracts to address it.

Health Care

After de Blasio, will NYC’s mental health thrive?

The outgoing mayor’s signature initiative was much-criticized, and the pandemic has exacerbated psychiatric problems.

Energy & Environment

Legislative progress on climate change divides political left

Groups like the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America say Albany Democrats are not doing enough to promote renewable energy.

Energy & Environment

Inside the chemical lobby’s unusual campaign to protect the fire retardant business

Lobbyists planted stories in local media outlets with quotes from a tenant organizer who never spoke to them.

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New York State

Savino to introduce bill allowing gig workers to unionize

While some lawmakers approve of the compromise legislation, there’s not much time left in the session to pass it.

Budget

Police funding returns as issue in NYC budget

The mayor doesn’t propose more cuts to the NYPD, but police reform activists still want them.

Budget

Legislation to watch in the final weeks of the 2021 session

A dozen outstanding bills remain on criminal justice reforms, single-payer health care and more.

Energy & Environment

New York carbon tax proposal fizzles

The Assembly sponsor of the Climate and Community Investment Act says another year or so is needed to rally support.

Budget

De Blasio spending big on NYC’s recovery

But will the city’s coffers be empty for the mayor’s successor?

Coronavirus

Should NY relax its mask mandate?

Public health experts and epidemiologists are concerned that doing so could lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.