Policy

Policy

Repealing the public sector vaccine requirement, New York City leaves COVID-19 mandates behind

The end of the city’s public sector vaccine mandate comes as the federal government prepares a major pandemic policy shift of its own.

Immigration

Policy

Unions back bill to give immigrants legal representation in New York

The Access to Representation Act would help people facing deportation if they fall below a certain income level.

Energy & Environment

Policy

Hochul’s budget proposes taking action on climate

Charging polluters, banning natural gas in new buildings and building up public renewable energy supply are all actions the governor wants to take to promote New York’s energy transition.

Heard Around Town

Policy

‘We just have to do better.’ NYC Council speaker criticizes mayor on migrant ‘standoff’

Adrienne Adams said that while the mayor’s calls for more funding are important, he needs to make policy changes too.

Kathy Hochul

Policy

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2024 budget proposal, by the numbers

The governor proposed the largest state spending plan in history in her second executive budget while upholding her promise not to increase income taxes.

Kathy Hochul

Policy

Takeaways from Hochul’s state budget proposal

The governor unveiled a plan to increase education spending and address MTA fiscal woes and New York City’s migrant influx.

Policy

Policy

City blames staffing shortages for slow delivery of food stamps

The timely processing rate for SNAP applications continued to plummet in the first four months of fiscal year 2023.

Infrastructure

Policy

Biden touts $300 million grant for 'critical first phase' of Gateway Hudson River tunnel

The funding, however, will only go towards a sliver of the work that’s needed for the $16.1 billion project, which is set for completion in 2038.

Eric Adams

Policy

5 takeaways from Eric Adams’ State of the City

The New York City mayor laid out his “Working People’s Agenda” for 2023 at a theater in Queens on Thursday.

Policy

Policy

NY advocates want to do away with mandatory minimums

While bail reform, parole reform and the sealing of criminal records have been the main focus for years, advocates are hopeful the growing enthusiasm of sentencing reform will be fruitful this session.

Heard Around Town

Policy

NYC education department says admissions diversity pilot is working

A program to set aside spots at high-performing schools for underrepresented students should be expanded, city education leader says.

Policy

Policy

The quest to end legal protections for public employees in NY – and not just police

Repealing qualified immunity, an issue that most often comes up with employees of public schools, is a priority for some state Democratic lawmakers.

Heard Around Town

Politics

PBA President Pat Lynch is getting a challenge from Corey Grable

The longtime NYPD union president is being criticized for not reaching a contract deal and for endorsing Donald Trump.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

How crypto can right the failures of the traditional financial system

Rep. Ritchie Torres, who represents the South Bronx – one of the poorest areas in the country – sees the digital asset as a plus for his community.

Housing

Policy

NYC’s basement apartment pilot draws only 5 participants

A program to bring some illegal basement apartments up to code has demonstrated the financial and regulatory hurdles to conversions – a setback for the mayor and governor’s housing agendas.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

A look at how cryptocurrency benefits New York

John Olsen, New York state’s lead for the Blockchain Association, said it’s time to talk to policymakers about the “breadth and diversity of the industry, as opposed to just talking about bitcoin or bitcoin mining.”

Policy

Policy

‘That era is over.’ Hochul touts support for law enforcement

Riding the high of recent positive polling, the governor wants more money for police and more discretion for judges deciding whether to set bail.

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