Policy

Policy

Evictions slowly ramp up after COVID-19

They’re nowhere at pre-pandemic levels, but a small but steady rise since January may portend a new crisis.

Policy

How New York City’s right-to-shelter law works

New York City Mayor Eric Adams wants to reassess the entire homeless shelters system.

Policy

Clean fuels industry leaders voice optimism on prospect for state, federal legislation

Lawmakers reiterate push for low carbon fuel standards as part of transition to renewables.

Policy

Hochul lifts mask mandate on transit

The governor announced that masks are still encouraged, but no longer required on MTA trains and buses.

Policy

With inflation soaring, some lawmakers want to hike New York’s minimum wage rates next year

They also want to follow the lead of 16 states who annually index their minimum wage to inflation to keep up with the cost of living.

Policy

Buffalo Starbucks workers say the company illegally fired them. Will a conservative federal judge agree?

A pending labor case in Western New York could tip the scales for the Starbucks union after a recent victory in Tennessee.

Transportation

Penn Station redo and skyscraper plan may lead to a repeat of past mistakes

Developers’ plans include building 10 new buildings in the area around the transit hub, but it’s unclear how a Hudson Yards-esque expansion would benefit the surrounding neighborhood.

Transportation

With Penn Station’s rebirth in the making, a look at other transit hub rehabs

Here’s how the New York City transit hub’s counterparts around the country delivered after taking on similar redevelopment efforts.

Heard Around Town

NY GOP lawmakers reject birth control rights bill

Only one GOP Congress member from New York, Rep. John Katko, voted to protect contraception.

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Policy

Critics say New York’s new gun control law will fuel mass incarceration

When the old law was ruled unconstitutional, public defenders had hoped that the Legislature could craft a better law.

New York City

NYC homeless advocates cast doubt on Eric Adams’ claims that ‘2,800 asylum seekers’ have entered shelters

Advocates accused the mayor of using asylum seekers and the federal government as scapegoats for the failures of his own housing policies.

Policy

Monkeypox cases nearly double as NYC continues to plead for more vaccine doses

The city administered 4,000 vaccine doses on Sunday across three newly opened mass vaccination sites.

Policy

New York City’s first women-majority council to take on abortion access

The City Council will consider bills to allow people to sue for abortion interference and prohibit city resources for enforcement of other states’ restrictions among other actions.

New York State

Janet DiFiore’s resignation comes at a pivotal time in New York’s fight against conservative Supreme Court

Gov. Kathy Hochul will choose a new judge to lead the state’s highest court, which could be tasked with making determinations on consequential issues, including abortion and gun control.

New York State

RIP JCOPE

New York’s beleaguered ethics watchdog has officially been replaced, going out with something of a bang for its last action.

New York State

Takeaways from JCOPE’s 2021 New York lobbying report

Lobbying spending reached almost $293 million in 2021, according to a new report from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The hospital association, United Teachers and Doordash were among top clients.