News & Politics

Politics

Will George Santos’ new congressional run doom his plea deal?

Unless he reaches a deal with federal prosecutors, the former member of Congress will go to trial later this year on 23 federal criminal charges.

Rikers Island

Updated Politics

A timeline on the closure of Rikers Island

New York City’s budget director said borough-based jails won’t be ready by the 2027 Rikers closure deadline.

Immigration

Policy

Over 37,000 migrants applied for asylum and work authorization through city help centers

While New York City has increased legal assistance for asylum-seekers after opening a help center devoted to helping migrants apply for asylum and work authorization, the City Council expressed concerns Tuesday about a lack of funding included in the 2025 fiscal preliminary budget.

New York City

Policy

NYC Education Department taken to task over class size law

The City Council wants to see working group recommendations implemented to help student outcomes.

New York City Council

Policy

City Council approves crackdown on lithium-ion batteries

A string of deadly fires over the past year have been caused by the batteries in New York City.

Policy

Policy

Out with the new, in with the old: Eric Adams wants to go back to laxer sanctuary protections

In his most forceful comments on the issue to date, the New York City mayor wants to collaborate with federal immigration authorities when a migrant is merely suspected of committing a crime.

Policy

Policy

More than 70% of adult literacy programs are at risk of losing city funding

City Council members have called on City Hall to fix a technicality that could cut off funding for 48 of the 67 adult literacy programs currently operating in the city.

New York City

Politics

The 2025 race for Carlina Rivera’s City Council seat is on

Andrea Gordillo, Manhattan Community Board 3 chair, is launching her campaign this week.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

How does a New York Bar task force recommend colleges respond to the Supreme Court's affirmative action ruling?

Kapil Longani has left the New York City mayor's office and come to SUNY as senior vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel where he's taking on challenging legal questions about equity.

Housing

Politics

Council authorizes lawsuit over CityFHEPS housing voucher expansion

Speaker Adrienne Adams said it’s now a wait-and-see over whether the Adams administration will comply with new law before a decision is made to take legal action.

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.

Donald Trump

Politics

NY Board of Elections votes to keep Trump on the primary ballot

The state board rejected arguments that the former president should be kept off the ballot because he participated in an insurrection.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Damian Williams is taking on public corruption, pushing for federal oversight at Rikers and telling dad jokes

The first Black person to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Williams is reforming the office and addressing the pitfalls of the criminal justice system.

Criminal Justice

Politics

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams’ most significant cases

The federal prosecutor has toppled a lieutenant governor, taken on a New Jersey senator and felled a crypto wunderkind.

Heard Around Town

Politics

NYC lifeguards to get another raise, retention bonus

In a bid to avert another shortage, the city Parks Department will fork over $22 per hour.

Eric Adams

Policy

Report: New Yorkers are waiting longer for cash assistance

The mayor’s preliminary progress update for the year showed dismal wait times for cash assistance and continued sluggishness for food assistance.

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.