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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.

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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.

Labor

The worker shortages plaguing the public sector

There are a variety of reasons New York is struggling to maintain essential services.

New York State

Takeaways from New York’s (competing!) redistricting draft maps

Failing to find common ground, the Independent Redistricting Commission released different plans along partisan lines.

Housing

How do you make underground apartments safer? Many legislators and housing advocates say legalize them.

Though recent events have thrust the issue to the forefront, advocates have been working on the issue of expanding cellar and basement housing units for decades.

Energy & Environment

Will Kathy Hochul support a carbon tax?

Getting behind an effort that fell short last session could change the climate game in New York.

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Policy

Hochul promised a ‘new era of transparency.’ Here’s what that would really take.

Under Cuomo, obtaining public records was often extremely difficult. Transparency advocates have a lot of ideas for reforming the process.

Technology

How New York is subsidizing Amazon

Local agencies across the state lure the retail giant to town using generous tax incentives.

Education

NYC schools and health officials push in-person learning, despite calls for remote option

Here are the key points for why kids are still returning to class, despite concerns members of the New York City Council had during an education committee hearing Wednesday.

Housing

State lawmakers reach a deal to extend the eviction moratorium

Landlords and tenants both have reasons to like the proposed changes to a state housing relief program.

Ethics

A new ethical zeitgeist hits Albany

Even JCOPE is doing something about holding public officials accountable.

Health Care

Living in isolation has saved – and harmed – New York’s seniors

Older adults were told to stay indoors during the pandemic, but that has had unintended consequences.

Policy

Working together to stop elder abuse

A new law will help state agencies, companies and nonprofits collaborate to stop predators.