Albany Agenda

Policy

It’s ‘Tin Cup Day,’ and Eric Adams has a wishlist

The New York City mayor wants continued mayoral control of schools and a deal to spur housing development.

Education

Policy

David Banks may not have made much progress on mayoral control in Albany

During his testimony at an education budget hearing, it didn’t seem like the New York City schools chancellor’s message was getting through.

MTA

Policy

DiNapoli: MTA needs $43B for repairs and upgrades

The costs estimates were detailed in a new report released by the state comptroller detailing the agency’s needs assessments over the next 20 years, starting in 2025.

Labor

Policy

Staff shortages slow, hinder work at some city agencies

Amid an ongoing hiring freeze, a report card on city agency performance released this week shows that some agencies still don’t have the staff they need.

Immigration

Policy

'The whole world is literally looking at us:' How New York City is using the migrant crisis as a catalyst for change

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom and Department of Social Services Commissioner Molly Wasow-Park detail the city’s shift away from the “right-to-shelter” mandate at the annual Upstream Symposium hosted by HELP USA.

Albany Agenda

Policy

Hochul’s proposal to close 5 more NY prisons rankles state GOP

The prison population has halved since 1999, and staffing is in freefall. But Republicans say the prisons should get more resources, not less.

Eric Adams

Policy

Report: New Yorkers are waiting longer for cash assistance

The mayor’s preliminary progress update for the year showed dismal wait times for cash assistance and continued sluggishness for food assistance.

Albany Agenda

Policy

Hochul finishes 2023 business with no pocket vetoes

The Legislature passed hundreds of bills before breaking in June, and three had made it into 2024.

Policy

Policy

Hochul signs Rape is Rape Act

The law expands the definition of rape in New York to include non-penetrative forced sexual contact.

Health Care

Policy

Social media declared a ‘public health hazard,’ as efforts to rein it in ramp up

New York City Mayor Eric Adams made the announcement last week, while Florida lawmakers advanced a bill banning accounts for anyone under 16 years of age.

Albany Agenda

Policy

Across the political spectrum, lawmakers are peeved about Hochul’s plan for education funding

Republican state senators joined the chorus of teachers and their Democratic colleagues to condemn the proposal Monday.

Criminal Justice

Policy

Lawmakers debate bail reform and gun violence at public safety hearing

State legislators asked state law enforcement leaders about the impact of bail reform and how to keep guns out of children’s hands.

MTA

Policy

MTA head 'really burned' by New Jersey over congestion pricing lawsuit, calls NJ Transit 'crummy service'

Janno Lieber unleashed his frustrations with the Garden State while some New York lawmakers made their own complaints about his agency during a joint budget hearing on transportation.

Eric Adams

Policy

5 takeaways from Eric Adams’ State of the City

During his third State of the City speech, the New York City mayor said the city is ‘back from the brink,’ striking a hopeful tone about a drop in crime and job growth despite the ongoing migrant crisis.

Policy

Policy

Hochul wants to build housing on SUNY campuses. How will that work?

State university faculty and administrators are cautiously optimistic about the governor’s proposal to build housing on state-owned land.

Albany Agenda

Policy

New York Democrats return to abortion in the hopes of galvanizing voters

The issue has yielded mixed results in a state where access is less threatened, but Democrats are giving it another shot on the 51st anniversary of Roe.

Cannabis

Policy

When will New York’s pot industry be ready to take off?

Despite lawsuits and bureaucratic snafus, the state has redoubled its efforts to jump-start the cannabis industry.