NY advocates want to do away with mandatory minimums

While bail reform, parole reform and the sealing of criminal records have been the main focus for years, advocates are hopeful the growing enthusiasm of sentencing reform will be fruitful this session.

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NYC education department says admissions diversity pilot is working

A program to set aside spots at high-performing schools for underrepresented students should be expanded, city education leader says.


The quest to end legal protections for public employees in NY – and not just police

Repealing qualified immunity, an issue that most often comes up with employees of public schools, is a priority for some state Democratic lawmakers.

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PBA President Pat Lynch is getting a challenge from Corey Grable

The longtime NYPD union president is being criticized for not reaching a contract deal and for endorsing Donald Trump.

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How crypto can right the failures of the traditional financial system

Rep. Ritchie Torres, who represents the South Bronx – one of the poorest areas in the country – sees the digital asset as a plus for his community.


NYC’s basement apartment pilot draws only 5 participants

A program to bring some illegal basement apartments up to code has demonstrated the financial and regulatory hurdles to conversions – a setback for the mayor and governor’s housing agendas.

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A look at how cryptocurrency benefits New York

John Olsen, New York state’s lead for the Blockchain Association, said it’s time to talk to policymakers about the “breadth and diversity of the industry, as opposed to just talking about bitcoin or bitcoin mining.”


‘That era is over.’ Hochul touts support for law enforcement

Riding the high of recent positive polling, the governor wants more money for police and more discretion for judges deciding whether to set bail.

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Putting a pause on crypto in New York

Assembly Member Anna Kelles wants to study the industry during this break.


New York City embarks on creating an AI strategy

The Office of Technology and Innovation is hiring a director of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Is there still reason to hope that crypto can benefit New York?

In a Q&A, Assembly Member Clyde Vanel remains optimistic because the strong companies will survive this downturn.

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NYC’s law to prevent artificial intelligence bias in hiring is in limbo

The implementation of the 2021 law has been delayed until April, while the city continues to consider how to define automated hiring tools and other draft rules.


Amid “crisis,” Adams defends cruise terminal migrant shelter

The New York City mayor has grown increasingly fed up with criticism levied at his administration’s efforts to house asylum-seekers.


Commentary: Hochul’s grandstanding isn’t doing Latinos any favors

At this point, there is no good outcome for the governor even if she rams her Court of Appeals nominee through the state Senate.