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Annie McDonough

is the deputy City Hall reporter at City & State New York.

Criminal Justice

Politics

Bragg and Adams announce charges in Times Square attack

“The only thing worse than failing to bring perpetrators to justice would be to ensnare innocent people in the criminal justice system,” Bragg said of his “meticulous” investigation.

New York City

Policy

New York City reaches deadline to show progress on rental voucher expansion

The City Council threatened to sue if the city didn’t take steps to implement rental voucher expansion by Feb. 7.

Albany Agenda

Policy

Eric Adams asks for state to cover at least half of migrant costs

The New York City mayor testified before state lawmakers at Albany’s annual “Tin Cup Day.”

Albany Agenda

Policy

It’s ‘Tin Cup Day,’ and Eric Adams has a wishlist

The New York City mayor wants continued mayoral control of schools and a deal to spur housing development.

Labor

Policy

Staff shortages slow, hinder work at some city agencies

Amid an ongoing hiring freeze, a report card on city agency performance released this week shows that some agencies still don’t have the staff they need.

Criminal Justice

Politics

City Council overrides mayor’s vetoes on two law enforcement bills

Projecting a united front, the council defied a public relations campaign by the mayor to cast both bills as endangering public safety.

New York City

Politics

City Council will test its own strength with criminal justice veto overrides

The debate over the How Many Stops Act reached a fever pitch this weekend, after Council Member Yusef Salaam was pulled over by the NYPD.

Albany Agenda

Politics

Jeffries emphasizes freedom angle on abortion during ABNY breakfast

The House minority leader urged Democrats to appeal to moderate voters on the issue of reproductive rights.

Politics

Politics

Progressive Caucus elects (somewhat) new leadership team

The group chose New York City Council Members Sandy Nurse and Shahana Hanif as co-chairs, elevating Nurse and reelecting Hanif.

Eric Adams

Policy

5 takeaways from Eric Adams’ State of the City

During his third State of the City speech, the New York City mayor said the city is ‘back from the brink,’ striking a hopeful tone about a drop in crime and job growth despite the ongoing migrant crisis.

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New York City Council

Politics

Adrienne Adams, faith leaders rally for How Many Stops Act

Speaker Adrienne Adams said she has no doubt that the council has the votes to override the mayor’s veto of the legislation.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Chair-gate: Eric Adams' veto fight gets petty

The mayor is maintaining control in City Hall, one plastic chair at a time.

Heard Around Town

Politics

NYC Council’s Progressive Caucus shrinks (for now) while Common Sense Caucus grows

New Council Members Chris Banks and Yusef Salaam don’t have any immediate plans to join the Progressive Caucus.

NYPD

Policy

Adams’ vetoes set up council fights over public safety and solitary confinement bills

The City Council has vowed to override the vetoes of the How Many Stops Act and the solitary confinement ban.

News & Politics

Politics

Chi Ossé, Tiffany Cabán and Shahana Hanif lose committee chair positions in City Council shakeup

As part of the shakeup, Shaun Abreu and Lincoln Restler will receive chair positions. The City Council will confirm chair positions for standing committees at its stated meeting on Thursday.

Policy

Policy

As NYC cuts spending on migrants, Hochul backs a boost in state aid

A boost in tax revenue and support from Gov. Kathy Hochul takes some despair out of New York City’s budget projections.

Heard Around Town

Policy

Upcoming city, state budgets turn eyes to asylum-seeker dollars

Both Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams are releasing their respective budget proposals for the coming fiscal year Tuesday.

Education

Policy

Eric Adams again reverses some planned budget cuts

The mayor’s restoration of education funding followed reversals of some planned cuts to police and fire departments, as well as to sanitation and parks initiatives.

Albany Agenda

Policy

Hochul’s State of the State: What’s in it for New York City?

The governor’s annual address on Tuesday included 204 proposals for the future of New York. Here’s what’s in it for New York City.