Policy

Labor

Tension builds within the UFT over reducing class sizes

A new coalition within the union dubbed United for Change won a vote to force a referendum on the issue, signaling a growing divide.

Health Care

Will Hochul reinstate COVID-19 restrictions?

Gov. Kathy Hochul said she would put COVID-19 restrictions back into place if the state’s cases keep increasing but there’s been little talk about when that would happen.

Policy

Is the New York Blood Center approval the end of City Council’s member deference?

Lawmakers overruled the member who represents the district where the blood center is located, bucking a tradition that has stymied multiple other major projects.

Ask the Experts

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

The City Council will vote next month on a bill that would allow more than 800,000 immigrants to vote in municipal elections.

Criminal justice

Questions loom about the plan to close Rikers, as new administration takes over

The City Council heard a final update from the de Blasio administration. But what do the new guys think?

Transportation

MTA officials said balancing the budget could require fare hikes next year

A new financial forecast predicts ugly choices ahead for an agency struggling to get through the pandemic.

Health Care

All adult New Yorkers now eligible to receive COVID-19 booster shot

City health officials made the announcement Monday as cases have ticked up slightly and are expected to continue increasing over the holidays.

Health Care

7,000 New Yorkers need a kidney. New legislation could make it easier to donate.

Two bills to incentivize kidney donations could save hundreds of lives a year — but supporters say it’s tough to get the Legislature to prioritize the issue.

Transportation

Transit advocates call on MTA to nix proposed 2023 service cuts

New York secured $11 billion in federal aid this week, after reaching an agreement with New Jersey and Connecticut to divide approximately $14 billion in COVID relief money.

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Housing

New York requests nearly $1 billion in additional Emergency Rental Assistance funds

The request comes as the state has spent nearly all of the $2.4 billion in funds that it initially received.

Policy

What’s the deal with the New York Blood Center?

A proposal for a high rise research facility on the Upper East Side may see the City Council buck member deference.

New York State

Several NY Reps. defected from their parties to pass $1 trillion infrastructure deal

Four House Republicans and two Democrats from the Empire State were among 19 lawmakers who crossed party lines in historic infrastructure vote.

New York City

Activist lawmakers share in taxi drivers’ victory

Assembly Members Zohran Mamdani and Yuh-Line Niou broke a 15-day fast this week after the city reached a deal with one of the largest taxi medallion lenders.

Criminal justice

A year after reforms were promised, people leaving New York jails and prisons still lack IDs

Reentering society without ID makes jobs and apartments almost impossible to get. Still, many people getting out of prison are without the essential paperwork.

Housing

Will the SoHo/NoHo rezoning help or harm Chinatown? Depends who you ask.

Opponents and proponents can’t agree on anything really – including where Chinatown’s borders are.

Health Care

New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate draws predictable 11th hour ire

City union leaders stage protests and warn of worker shortages ahead of the requirement going into effect on Friday.