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NYC budget watchdog warns of fiscal cliff

The Citizens Budget Commission had a dreary outlook at their budget briefing this week.

Heard Around Town

Policy

Seeing houses of worship as promoters of Eric Adams’ housing agenda

The mayor’s chief adviser Ingrid Lewis-Martin suggested at City & State’s Building Bridges interfaith event that churches, mosques and synagogues could play a role in helping her boss achieve his goal of building 500,000 new housing units in the next ten years.

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Scott Stringer’s defamation suit may be unwise – but the real goal may be to depose Jean Kim

The former New York City mayoral candidate thinks other people were working with the lobbyist whose 20-year-old allegations of sexual assault derailed his campaign – and he’s not willing to move on.

Heard Around Town

Policy

Port Authority head promotes a ‘big role’ for biometrics at airports

Executive Director Rick Cotton said that customers should be able to opt in to programs that use biometric technology like facial recognition.

Heard Around Town

Policy

NYC Council ‘still waiting’ to see a plan on mayor’s plan for severe mental illness

Eric Adams and his team have been doing a media blitz, explaining and defending last week’s announcement.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Meet the Orthodox Jewish woman trying to unseat Inna Vernikov in NYC

Democrat Amber Adler, who now has a Netflix cameo, is using her community activism in defense of women stuck in unwanted marriages as a launchpad.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Peter Abbate is fundraising – but doesn’t think he’ll run again

The outgoing senator lost his Brooklyn seat to Lester Chang, who is facing residency questions from Assembly Democrats.

Heard Around Town

Politics

No “pushback” against two Brooklyn leaders, as Rep. Hakeem Jeffries ascends

The Brooklyn Congress member will be House Democratic leader, while neighbor Chuck Schumer remains U.S. Senate majority leader.

Heard Around Town

Policy

Advocates expect Hochul to sign bitcoin mining moratorium

Assembly Member Anna Kelles does not expect chapter amendments that would alter the proposed moratorium on proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Pending power struggle over BOE appointment in Manhattan

Manhattan Democratic Chair Keith Wright nominated Barry Weinberg. Rep. Adriano Espaillat may not like that.

Heard Around Town

Policy

No Gucci, yes homeless housing, in pending Innovation QNS deal

The Astoria development seems likely to happen with City Council Member Julie Won’s support.

Heard Around Town

Personality

Zellnor Myrie and Diana Richardson are engaged

The state Senator and former Assembly member from Brooklyn made it official at the Somos Puerto Rico conference, sources say.

Heard Around Town

Politics

At Somos, a Jewish event brings people in

Eric Adams, Adrienne Adams, Letitia James and more spoke at David Greenfield’s event at the Chabad Jewish Center of Puerto Rico

Heard Around Town

Politics

Adams offers peaceful tone at Somos

The New York City Mayor shifted away from his push on the importance of rolling back bail laws after arriving at the annual conference in Puerto Rico Friday.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Hochul stands by Democratic leader Jay Jacobs, despite disappointing results

In Puerto Rico for the Somos conference, the governor also credited progressives for supporting her.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Biden campaigns with Hochul, in deep blue New York

The president’s visit to Westchester County speaks to Democrats’ level of worry – and hope that the base will come out to vote.

2022 general election

Politics

Is gender bias hurting Kathy Hochul?

The first woman governor of New York is trailing among men, and political consultants said this is a very familiar “likeability” issue.

Heard Around Town

Policy

New York City opens new emergency center for asylum-seekers in a Midtown hotel

While the tents at Randall’s Island remain far below capacity, the city is opening a new HERRC at the Hotel Wolcott in Manhattan.

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