Policy

New York City

NYC homeless advocates cast doubt on Eric Adams’ claims that ‘2,800 asylum seekers’ have entered shelters

Advocates accused the mayor of using asylum seekers and the federal government as scapegoats for the failures of his own housing policies.

Policy

Monkeypox cases nearly double as NYC continues to plead for more vaccine doses

The city administered 4,000 vaccine doses on Sunday across three newly opened mass vaccination sites.

Policy

New York City’s first women-majority council to take on abortion access

The City Council will consider bills to allow people to sue for abortion interference and prohibit city resources for enforcement of other states’ restrictions among other actions.

New York State

Janet DiFiore’s resignation comes at a pivotal time in New York’s fight against conservative Supreme Court

Gov. Kathy Hochul will choose a new judge to lead the state’s highest court, which could be tasked with making determinations on consequential issues, including abortion and gun control.

New York State

RIP JCOPE

New York’s beleaguered ethics watchdog has officially been replaced, going out with something of a bang for its last action.

New York State

Takeaways from JCOPE’s 2021 New York lobbying report

Lobbying spending reached almost $293 million in 2021, according to a new report from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The hospital association, United Teachers and Doordash were among top clients.

Policy

How New York’s highest court has veered right

A new four-judge bloc has consistently voted together in the most recent term, impacting criminal defendants, workers and people suing police.

Policy

NYC Ferry is taking on water, audit finds

Comptroller audit finds $224 million in undisclosed expenditures during the previous administration.

Policy

Here’s how New York’s revised concealed carry law will set new limitations on guns

The legislation signed into law Friday mandates training courses for concealed carry license holders, prohibits guns in Times Square and sets firearm storage requirements.

New York City

New Yorkers are scrambling for public restroom access with limited availability

While a new bill would require city departments to identify a new restroom location in every ZIP code, it stops short from ordering their completion.

New York State

New York lawmakers address abortion, gun restrictions during sleep-deprived extraordinary session

The Legislature took steps toward amending the state constitution to protect abortion rights and enacting adjusted gun restrictions after two pivotal Supreme Court rulings.

Policy

Finger Lakes cryptomining operation is inconsistent with climate law, state finds

Citing “tripled facility emissions,” the state Department of Environmental Conservation denied an air permit renewal for Greenidge Generation, a former coal plant near Seneca Lake.

Education

On determining NYC class sizes, all eyes turn to Hochul

The state Legislature voted to reduce class sizes to the mayor’s chagrin, and now the governor is facing pressure on all sides.

Policy

Supporters of noncitizen voting vow to appeal state Supreme Court ruling

After a Staten Island judge ruled that the New York City law violated the state Constitution, advocates remain hopeful.

Criminal justice

Nearly 70% of detainees at Rikers women’s jail can be safely released: advocates

Criminal justice advocates and experts called on the city to study how it can free women and gender-expansive people housed at the Rose M. Singer Center following the death of inmate Mary Yehudah in May.

Housing

Can Adams’ citywide affordable housing plan finally tear down the NIMBY wall?

When deeply affordable housing is proposed for neighborhoods other than the poorest, locals shout it down. Is the city ready to plow over the outrage?

Criminal justice

Eric Adams claims progress at Rikers despite several recent detainee deaths

Attorneys for one of the men who died called the mayor’s announcement “irresponsible and callous.”