Category: Budget

Up and Down The Ballot, Progressives Score Wins in Western New York
Up and Down The Ballot, Progressives Score Wins in Western New York
In Buffalo, socialist India Walton scored a landmark win against a four-term incumbent mayor. In nearby Rochester, shakeups on the city council and county legislature could chart a new course for loca...

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A Wave of Upstate Cities Could Ban Eviction Without “Good Cause”
A Wave of Upstate Cities Could Ban Eviction Without “Good Cause”
Blocked at the state level, the campaign for “good cause eviction” is going local....

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In 2021 Legislative Session, a New Approach to Drug Policy
In 2021 Legislative Session, a New Approach to Drug Policy
This year, state legislators passed major bills in response to the overdose crisis. Will Cuomo sign them?...

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Schumer Joins Fight Against Astoria Power Plant Proposal
Schumer Joins Fight Against Astoria Power Plant Proposal
DSA organized against a fracked-gas plant in Astoria. Now Schumer is getting involved....

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NYC Jails Have Far More Correction Officers Than Any Other City. Why Are They Hiring 400 More?
NYC Jails Have Far More Correction Officers Than Any Other City. Why Are They Hiring 400 More?
Rikers Island and other city lockups employ five officers for every three incarcerated people. As some call for a reduction in officers, the City Council okays a budget plan that boosts the ranks by 4...

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The World’s Most Important Local Climate and Jobs Law is in Eric Adams’ Hands
The World’s Most Important Local Climate and Jobs Law is in Eric Adams’ Hands
Elected with real estate industry support, soon-to-be Mayor Adams faces a critical choice on New York’s landmark buildings emissions law....

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New York Regulations Allow Cops Stripped of Training Credentials to Be Rehired
New York Regulations Allow Cops Stripped of Training Credentials to Be Rehired
Police officers who were decertified by state regulators went on to find work at other departments and public safety agencies, records show....

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“I watch the roaches and I envy them.” After 34 years, Billy Blake leaves solitary confinement
“I watch the roaches and I envy them.” After 34 years, Billy Blake leaves solitary confinement
As New York turns the page on solitary confinement, a reflection on what three decades in solitary cost one man....

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The Council Implementing New York’s Climate Law Is Stacked With Industry Executives
The Council Implementing New York’s Climate Law Is Stacked With Industry Executives
A top energy executive, whose firm is designing pro-gas talking points, has a seat at the table charting the state’s path to decarbonization....

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Democratic Party Boss Obstructed India Walton’s Underdog Candidacy, Walton Says
Democratic Party Boss Obstructed India Walton’s Underdog Candidacy, Walton Says
Jeremy Zellner uses his dual role as Erie County’s chief election administrator and Democratic Party chair to create obstacles for outsider candidates, critics charge....

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Abolish the EDC
Abolish the EDC
The Economic Development Corporation manages city land in the service of private profit. We need a new approach....

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How the Manhattan DA’s Race Could Upend New York’s Criminal Justice System
How the Manhattan DA’s Race Could Upend New York’s Criminal Justice System
A roundup of a five-part series on the Manhattan DA Democratic primary, focusing on contrasts on key issues between the eight contenders....

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How Progressives Could Lose New York’s Mayor’s Race—But Win the City
How Progressives Could Lose New York’s Mayor’s Race—But Win the City
“The whole city is up for grabs”: from office of the comptroller to the city council, progressives could pull off a wave of critical victories....

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How Manhattan DA Candidates Plan to Rein in Police Misconduct
How Manhattan DA Candidates Plan to Rein in Police Misconduct
“The police can only go as far as the DA lets them,” one defense attorney said....

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What Shaun Donovan’s Record Reveals about His Approach to Housing Crises
What Shaun Donovan’s Record Reveals about His Approach to Housing Crises
Donovan has a progressive housing platform. But does it match his record?...

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How a Democratic Supermajority Confirmed a Tough-On-Crime Prosecutor to New York’s Top Court
How a Democratic Supermajority Confirmed a Tough-On-Crime Prosecutor to New York’s Top Court
A progressive campaign to block the confirmation of Governor Cuomo’s nominee to the New York Court of Appeals failed by just a few votes...

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Manhattan DA Candidate Tali Farhadian Weinstein Skipped Years of Voting in Local Elections, Records Show
Manhattan DA Candidate Tali Farhadian Weinstein Skipped Years of Voting in Local Elections, Records Show
The former federal prosecutor joined the Democratic Party in 2017, after registering with no party and casting ballots only in presidential-year contests....

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Albany Just Blew it on Climate, Again
Albany Just Blew it on Climate, Again
Only big, strong, mean grassroots campaigns can turn this around ...

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Wage Theft Got Worse During Covid. A Stalled Bill Could Give Workers Leverage To Fight Back
Wage Theft Got Worse During Covid. A Stalled Bill Could Give Workers Leverage To Fight Back
Cuomo pledged to deal with rampant wage theft this year, then failed to deliver. Now, a bill to recover stolen wages is unlikely to pass the legislature....

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Inside New York’s Grueling Parole Application Process
Inside New York’s Grueling Parole Application Process
As legislators consider reforms to New York’s parole system, former prison officials and incarcerated people describe the barriers to parole release....

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Progressives Mobilize to Block Cuomo’s Tough-on-Crime Pick For Highest NY Court
Progressives Mobilize to Block Cuomo’s Tough-on-Crime Pick For Highest NY Court
Madeline Singas, a close Cuomo ally, has been a prominent opponent of criminal justice reforms and has taken a punitive approach as Nassau County DA, defenders say....

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How a Tenant Revolt Sank NYCHA’s Biggest Overhaul Plan in Years
How a Tenant Revolt Sank NYCHA’s Biggest Overhaul Plan in Years
With a week left in the legislative session, New York lawmakers shelved a plan that aimed to revamp 25,000 NYCHA apartments....

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Anticipating Pushback From Finance, Enviros Move to Regulate Energy-Intensive Crypto Mining
Anticipating Pushback From Finance, Enviros Move to Regulate Energy-Intensive Crypto Mining
Founded by a major Cuomo donor, Renaissance Technologies is set to become a stakeholder in upstate mining operation that touched off backlash against Bitcoin....

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How New York State Let Covid-19 Run Rampant in Prisons
How New York State Let Covid-19 Run Rampant in Prisons
First, the state failed to protect people in prison from the virus. Then, it obscured the full scope of the crisis, advocates charge....

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Inside the chemical lobby’s unusual campaign to protect the fire retardant business
Inside the chemical lobby’s unusual campaign to protect the fire retardant business
Chemical industry lobbyists are aggressively fighting a bill that would ban the use of toxic flame retardants—including by placing stories in local news outlets with quotes from a tenant organizer w...

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A Manhattan DA Candidate Touts Her Leadership of a Conviction Review Unit. Why Did It Exonerate So Few People?
A Manhattan DA Candidate Touts Her Leadership of a Conviction Review Unit. Why Did It Exonerate So Few People?
Under Tali Farhadian Weinstein’s leadership, Brooklyn’s unit exonerated just three people — a far lower rate than in previous years....

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Could Public Ownership Save the New York Power System?
Could Public Ownership Save the New York Power System?
New York’s profit-driven power system leads to higher costs, more blackouts, and more fossil fuels, activists say....

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The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act Gets A Slow Start
The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act Gets A Slow Start
Two years after New York enacted a high-profile law to reduce prison sentences for domestic violence survivors, few survivors have seen much benefit....

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Two years after passing a landmark climate law, New York has no plan to fund it
Two years after passing a landmark climate law, New York has no plan to fund it
Governor Cuomo just approved the largest budget in New York history — and it has virtually no new funding to help meet the goals in New York's landmark climate law....

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Why Is New York Still Taxing Unemployment Benefits?
Why Is New York Still Taxing Unemployment Benefits?
Unemployed New Yorkers are receiving surprise tax bills. Republican legislators joined with progressive Democrats to move to waive taxes on benefits, following the lead of most other states and the fe...

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Gas plant in Newburgh tests limits of NY’s landmark climate law
Gas plant in Newburgh tests limits of NY’s landmark climate law
Can New York meet its emissions goals if it green-lights more fossil fuel infrastructure? A proposal to rebuild a fracked-gas plant will set the precedent....

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Health Care Costs for Retired City Workers Could Dramatically Increase Under City Plan
Health Care Costs for Retired City Workers Could Dramatically Increase Under City Plan
A quarter million retired city workers could be left with bigger health insurance bills and fewer doctor choices under a city plan to change their health insurance....

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A New Threat to New York’s Clean Energy Goals: Bitcoin Mining
A New Threat to New York’s Clean Energy Goals: Bitcoin Mining
A Finger Lakes power plant plans to ramp up energy-intensive Bitcoin mining. If the state allows it to proceed, environmentalists warn dozens of fossil-fueled plants could follow....

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Thousands of New Yorkers are in Prison for Life. These D.A. Candidates Want to Change That
Thousands of New Yorkers are in Prison for Life. These D.A. Candidates Want to Change That
Manhattan D.A. candidates vow to reduce lengthy sentences—but sharp differences between their approaches remain...

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What Made It Into The Budget – And What Was Left Out
What Made It Into The Budget – And What Was Left Out
The major provisions of New York's 2021 budget....

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Homelessness Priorities Won’t Make the State Budget, Lawmakers and Advocates Say
Homelessness Priorities Won’t Make the State Budget, Lawmakers and Advocates Say
“A year from now, this money will still be in the hands of Governor Cuomo, unused - and that’s exactly what he wants.”...

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“A byzantine and high-bar system”: Governor pushes to saddle undocumented workers fund with documentation requirements
“A byzantine and high-bar system”: Governor pushes to saddle undocumented workers fund with documentation requirements
State lawmakers and workers' rights advocates warned that burdensome proof-of-employment requirements may mean the funds go unspent....

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Will New York’s Rent Relief Program Address The Problems that Hobbled The Last One?
Will New York’s Rent Relief Program Address The Problems that Hobbled The Last One?
Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing to impose stringent requirements, according to lawmakers and tenant advocates, that could delay and decrease aid....

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Where are the Safe Injection Facilities Cuomo Promised for New York?
Where are the Safe Injection Facilities Cuomo Promised for New York?
He committed three years ago to supporting safe injection sites for drug users — then reversed course, activists say. Now, they see a new chance to pressure the embattled governor....

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Legislature Seeks to End “Arbitrary Limit” on Medicaid Spending
Legislature Seeks to End “Arbitrary Limit” on Medicaid Spending
A 2011 rule prevents New York from adequately funding Medicaid, advocates say. This year’s budget could see it repealed. ...

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