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.

Immigration

Politics

Can NYC make bus companies pay $700 million for transporting migrants?

New York City is targeting bus companies transporting migrants from Texas with a novel legal argument, but the path to legal victory is unclear.

Taxes

Policy

UFT, Staten Island borough president sue to block congestion pricing

The lawsuit is the latest in a series calling for a more thorough environmental review of the program’s impact on surrounding areas.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Eric Adams and Jumaane Williams trade barbs over controversial policing bill

The mayor said the public advocate lives in a fort, so he shouldn’t dictate public safety policy. The public advocate compared the mayor to a “5-year-old” and said he lives in New Jersey.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Adrienne Adams reelected council speaker; Farías in, Powers out as majority leader

Adams was unanimously reelected, and a shakeup in the majority leader role added Amanda Farías to the leadership slate.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Charles and Inez Barron on their exit from politics (for now)

A conversation with the Black radical political movement’s power couple as they look back on 22 years in elected office.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Ari Kagan’s exit interview: ‘I’m staying in the Republican Party.’

The outgoing New York City Council member said he has already had many job offers for his next stop.

New York City

Personality

In an exit interview, Marjorie Velázquez doesn’t regret Bruckner Boulevard rezoning vote

The outgoing New York City Council member got a lot done in a short time, including permanent outdoor dining.

Policy

Policy

Council bills could set up Eric Adams’ next veto fights

The council passed a bill banning solitary confinement in city jails and legislation requiring police officers to report information about lower-level investigative encounters with civilians.

New York City

Policy

NYPD opposes more stringent reporting requirements in POST Act

One proposal to clarify the surveillance technology transparency law “would be extremely harmful to the functioning of the department,” one official said.

Policy

Policy

City Council to grill NYPD on surveillance technology and transparency

After multiple deferrals, police officials are set to appear at an oversight hearing on the POST Act.

Budget

Policy

NYC Council grills Adams admin budget director on proposed cuts

The council held a hearing to push back on City Hall’s budget projections.

News & Politics

Politics

NYC Council to examine Eric Adams administration’s financial plan

“To close these gaps, the administration is once again using a scythe,” Council Member Justin Brannan said.