Policy

Policy

The push to help New Yorkers age in place

The New York City Department for the Aging hopes to invest more in services that allow its aging population to avoid nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Labor

15 state lawmakers request more money for Excluded Workers Fund

The pandemic aid for undocumented workers has run out faster than expected.

Transportation

We watched 18 hours of congestion pricing hearings so you don’t have to

Public speakers had concerns about charging too much, but much public testimony landed in the tolling program’s favor.

Policy

How NYC’s right to shelter mandate works

Over the past four decades, this consent decree has helped secure temporary housing for thousands of homeless New Yorkers in need – but is it making for sustainable solutions?

Criminal justice

How the population at Rikers Island can be reduced now

Here are the avenues Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can immediately pursue to release more inmates, according to lawmakers and advocates.

Education

Get vaccinated or go home, NYC tells school employees

Several teachers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, but Mayor Bill de Blasio says the mandate is working.

Energy & Environment

Schumer faces pressure over climate change

Advocates want to create a polluters climate fund, but a similar measure can’t even pass in New York.

Energy & Environment

Which state lawmakers ranked the best on the environment?

A nonpartisan advocacy group graded legislators based on more than a dozen votes.

Transportation

NYC and taxi drivers have very different ideas for how to tackle medallion debt

The city is sticking with its grant program despite scathing criticism from taxi drivers who say it’s not nearly enough to give them relief.

Criminal justice

What does criminal justice reform look like to Kathy Hochul?

The governor has reservations about “defund the police” that her No. 2, Brian Benjamin, doesn’t seem to share.

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News & Politics

Hochul says she is open to decriminalizing sex work

Advocates for two competing bills are vying for the new governor’s attention on the controversial issue.

News & Politics

Food delivery workers won new protections in New York City. Can the state keep up?

The historic legislation guaranteed ride-hailing drivers and delivery workers minimum pay, but statewide reforms are harder to come by.

Policy

MTA to start enforcing $50 mask fines

The penalty was put in place last year, but officials now say they plan to ramp up enforcement.

Policy

Redistricting is on the ballot again in November. Here’s what voters will be considering.

A ballot amendment would change the state constitution and tweak the redistricting process.

Ask the Experts

New York City is weighing a major expansion of voting rights. Here’s what you need to know.

Roughly 900,000 immigrants would be allowed to vote in municipal elections under a bill being considered in the City Council, but the mayor’s office doesn’t yet back it.

Policy

Hundreds of bills await Hochul’s signature. Here are 10 that will help define her leadership early on.

Which bills the new governor approves – and which she vetoes – will tell us how serious she is about climate change, government transparency and more.

Policy

The Buffalo Bills owners want a new stadium, and taxpayers might help them pay for it

The NFL team is a Western New York treasure, and critics say the owners are exploiting that to help pay for the $1.4 billion project.