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Annie McDonough

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

Transportation

Policy

Congestion pricing is (probably) a month away. Is New York City ready?

Advocates say transit improvements and strong public reporting will make congestion pricing a success, and maybe even win over skeptics. That is, assuming New York acts fast.

Heard Around Town

Policy

Council passes bills to fortify parking garage safety

The legislation follows a Lower Manhattan collapse that killed one person and injured five others last year.

New York City Council

Policy

Speaker Adams and Mayor Adams clash over City Council oversight of City Hall

The Council speaker is advancing legislation to give the council veto power over some mayoral appointments, but the mayor's newly-announced Charter Revision Commission could delay that.

Heard Around Town

Policy

Mayor Adams touts tech solutions at Smart City Expo

Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer also previewed a new RFP process that will give the private sector greater input on government projects.

Policy

Policy

Business zoning overhaul approved by key City Council committee

The City of Yes for Economic Opportunity will move forward with a few modifications.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Epstein to declare run for Council

The Assembly member is seeking to represent District 2 with endorsements from former Council members Margarita Lopez and Rosie Mendez, local leaders and tenant association presidents.

Protests

Politics

Tracking campus protests in New York

The “Gaza solidarity encampment” at Columbia university inspired similar pro-Palestinian demonstrations at campuses across the country. Here’s where they are in New York.

Interviews & Profiles

Politics

Asian American voting power is breaking through in southern Brooklyn

The area is represented by Asian Americans in both chambers of the state Legislature and in the City Council. That doesn’t mean they agree on anything.

Policy

Policy

Staten Island secession? A new IBO report studies the age-old question

“Any serious study of how secession would play out proves that citizens of an independent Staten Island would end up paying more for less,” said Council Member Justin Brannan, who requested the study.

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Policy

Policy

Mayor Adams unveils $111.6 billion executive budget

The mayor’s budget proposal reverses cuts to the NYPD, but not public libraries.

Heard Around Town

Policy

Report: Rent increases up to 4% and 7% would maintain rent stabilized landlords' profits

“I do expect the rent increase to be lower than it was the last couple of years because the data supports that,” Community Service Society’s Samuel Stein said.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

About half of New York City has been harmed by environment inequities

In a Q&A with Elijah Hutchinson, the head of the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice, he talks about the “urgency and a moral obligation” of focusing on these areas of the city.

New York City

Politics

Adams, Hochul kick off National Action Network convention with praise for the Rev. Al Sharpton

The mayor burnished his activist credentials while the governor talked about budget priorities for Black families.

New York City

Politics

Who are the top NYPD officials posting controversial tweets?

In recent weeks, some NYPD leaders have used their department social media accounts to criticize journalists and a lawmaker.

Policy

Policy

Company behind gun detection tech previewed in subway faces multiple lawsuits and federal investigations

Evolv, whose weapons detection scanners were recently demonstrated by Mayor Eric Adams, is being investigated by the SEC and the FTC for allegedly making misleading statements about what its technology can do.

Budget

Policy

City has funds to reverse library, education cuts and more, Council says

The City Council’s official response to Mayor Eric Adams’ preliminary budget proposal found an additional $6.1 billion they say can be used to reverse cuts and pad reserves.

News & Politics

Politics

A look inside the book written by the woman accusing Eric Adams of sexual assault

Lorna Beach-Mathura’s self-published 2014 book is less of a how-to guide to win lawsuits than it is a reprint of a petition she filed in a past case.

Heard Around Town

Personality

Eric Adams’ communications office: Where are they now?

Several members of the mayor’s press shop have left (or are leaving) for eye-catching new jobs over the last year.