Why can’t New York City fill vacancies? Council bill would ask departing employees

New City Council data shows the Department of Small Business Services, Department of Buildings and Department of Investigation with highest vacancy rates.

New York City

A timeline on the closure of Rikers Island

With the jail complex’s incarcerated population forecasted to balloon in coming years, corrections department officials are casting doubt on closing in 2027.

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Poll: New Yorkers want 'reasonable justification' for firing

Principles in legislation from City Council Member Tiffany Cabán to end at-will employment were popular, according to a poll from progressive firm Data for Progress.


‘I would certainly want that (option) for myself.’ Lawmakers open up about physician-assisted death

Legislation to allow terminally ill patients to choose when to die faces slim chances of passing this session, but more New York lawmakers are showing support.


Adams administration makes last push for housing bills

New York City Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer and Chief Housing Officer Jessica Katz met with Albany lawmakers hoping to win their support before the end of session.

Criminal justice

Latrice Walker and public defenders pledge to fight excessive bail despite latest rollbacks to bail reform

Bail reform or no bail reform, judges are still bound by the Eighth Amendment prohibition on excessive bail, the Assembly member said.


Opinion: I’ve been homeless and incarcerated. Eric Adams wants to cut services that help people like me.

Services to help people get housing and reenter society after incarceration should take precedence over maintaining the NYPD budget.

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City Hall budget officials clash with City Council members at final hearing

New York City Budget Director Jacques Jiha faced spirited questioning from City Council members as they argued cuts will harm city services.


Following the asylum-seeker odyssey: a timeline

Tracking the arrival of migrants bussed to New York City from the southern border, from April 2022 to now.

Criminal justice

Parole bills advance in NY Legislature

The bills would make it easier for incarcerated people to be considered for release.


Hochul and Adams on migrants: ‘We have one message, let them work’

The governor and mayor are calling for expedited work authorization for asylum-seekers which they say will also help industries across the state.

Criminal justice

Opinion: The problem with plea bargains and how NY can help the innocent

Due to coercive pressures, many innocent people plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit. New York has an opportunity to allow them to seek justice.


Library presidents highlight services for migrants in appeal to avoid budget cuts

NYC’s public library systems staved off the latest round of budget cuts ordered by Mayor Eric Adams, but they still face cuts from a previous savings mandate.


State comptroller says MTA should be able to manage debt with state funding

A new report by Thomas DiNapoli found the financially-strained agency should be able to get on track with state funding and a higher payroll mobility tax in the budget.