Category: Immigration

Surprise Veto Upended Immigrant Rights Bill Sought Over a Decade

Surprise Veto Upended Immigrant Rights Bill Sought Over a Decade

Legislators wanted to make judges warn defendants about deportation risks. They say Kathy Hochul’s veto left them blindsided.

Hector LaSalle Faces Senate Judiciary Hearing: Live Updates
Hector LaSalle Faces Senate Judiciary Hearing: Live Updates
Governor Kathy Hochul's embattled pick faces steep odds in the legislature — if Senate leaders choose to bring his nomination to a floor vote. Follow along for updates on his Judiciary Committee hea

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The State Police Are Watching Your Social Media
The State Police Are Watching Your Social Media
The New York State Police bought social media monitoring programs that have violated platforms’ policies and been used to surveil Black Lives Matter protesters.

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Kathy Hochul Calls for ‘Cap and Invest’ to Slash Emissions
Kathy Hochul Calls for ‘Cap and Invest’ to Slash Emissions
The idea is winning over skeptics. Will the harmony last when it’s time to hammer out the details?

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As Hochul Makes New Promises in State of the State, Last Year’s Parole Pledge Is Still Waiting
As Hochul Makes New Promises in State of the State, Last Year’s Parole Pledge Is Still Waiting
This time last year, Hochul promised to fully staff the parole board. But vacancies have only grown — and went unmentioned in this year’s agenda.

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‘Highly Unlikely’ Hector LaSalle Gets a Floor Vote, Say Senate Democrats
‘Highly Unlikely’ Hector LaSalle Gets a Floor Vote, Say Senate Democrats
Governor Kathy Hochul maintains that her chief judge nominee will go through a Senate hearing and vote. The Senate Democrats’ spokesperson disagrees.

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Surprise Veto Upended Immigrant Rights Bill Sought Over a Decade
Surprise Veto Upended Immigrant Rights Bill Sought Over a Decade
Legislators wanted to make judges warn defendants about deportation risks. They say Kathy Hochul’s veto left them blindsided.

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Will Hector LaSalle Be the Next Janet DiFiore?
Will Hector LaSalle Be the Next Janet DiFiore?
LaSalle’s supporters argue opponents are cherry-picking his record. But on eight out of nine recent cases, he agreed with the Court of Appeals’ conservative bloc.

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Thousands of New York City Nurses Are on Strike. Statewide, a New Law Drove Bitter Staffing Debates
Thousands of New York City Nurses Are on Strike. Statewide, a New Law Drove Bitter Staffing Debates
The law was supposed to deliver safer staffing ratios. Instead, it raised tensions at one in four New York hospitals.

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Here’s Every Bill Hochul Vetoed in 2022
Here’s Every Bill Hochul Vetoed in 2022
Governor Kathy Hochul signed a record number of bills last year — but rejected 165 others, wielding her veto pen with newfound vigor.

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Hochul Pushes Changes to Carpet Bill, Igniting Bitter Debate Over ‘Chemical Recycling’
Hochul Pushes Changes to Carpet Bill, Igniting Bitter Debate Over ‘Chemical Recycling’
Some environmentalists say the amendments would allow unacceptable pollution. Others argue they’re missing the point.

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Big Buildings Get a Pass for Pollution if Eric Adams Doesn’t Close His New Corporate Loophole
Big Buildings Get a Pass for Pollution if Eric Adams Doesn’t Close His New Corporate Loophole
By liberally allowing landlords to purchase renewable energy credits, the new Adams rule would defang Local Law 97.

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Hochul Picks Hector LaSalle for Chief Judge. Progressives Fear Return to Conservative Era.
Hochul Picks Hector LaSalle for Chief Judge. Progressives Fear Return to Conservative Era.
LaSalle’s leadership could restore the conservative majority that dominated the court under Janet DiFiore.

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‘No B Officer’: How an Understaffed Rikers Island Allowed Another Suicide
‘No B Officer’: How an Understaffed Rikers Island Allowed Another Suicide
New documents obtained by New York Focus offer a glimpse into the last hours of Kevin Bryan’s life. His was one of several recent deaths at Rikers in dorms with unstaffed posts.

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New York Finally Has a Climate Plan. Now Comes the Hard Part.
New York Finally Has a Climate Plan. Now Comes the Hard Part.
More than three years after the state passed its sweeping climate bill, the ball is back in lawmakers’ court.

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As Hochul’s Deadline Nears, Law Professors Urge Against ‘Activist Conservative’ for Chief Judge
As Hochul’s Deadline Nears, Law Professors Urge Against ‘Activist Conservative’ for Chief Judge
Dozens of law professors are raising the alarm over Judge Hector LaSalle’s rulings on ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ and union protections. Hispanic and Latino lawyers’ groups say his appointment

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Hochul Vetoed Water Protection Bill Because New York Lacks the Staff to Enforce It
Hochul Vetoed Water Protection Bill Because New York Lacks the Staff to Enforce It
Two years ago, Andrew Cuomo vetoed a clean water bill, citing staff cuts. Last Friday, Kathy Hochul used the same argument to turn it down again.

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Here’s Every Bill Hochul Hasn’t Signed
Here’s Every Bill Hochul Hasn’t Signed
The governor has three weeks and 265 potential laws to consider. New York Focus compiled them all.

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New York’s Chief Financial Regulator Promised Climate Action This Year. Where Is It?
New York’s Chief Financial Regulator Promised Climate Action This Year. Where Is It?
Wall Street watchdog Adrienne Harris said her department would release climate change guidance for banks in 2022. She’s yet to publish a draft.

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The Cap-and-Trade Fight Comes to New York
The Cap-and-Trade Fight Comes to New York
While the state climate council weighs a “cap-and-invest” program, environmental justice groups are pressing for new taxes on the rich and the polluters.

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To Implement a New Law, Prisons Likely Broke Another
To Implement a New Law, Prisons Likely Broke Another
Legislators told the prison department it was violating a solitary confinement reform law. So it ignored them.

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Chief Judge Shortlist Excluded Court’s Sitting Liberals, DiFiore Opponents
Chief Judge Shortlist Excluded Court’s Sitting Liberals, DiFiore Opponents
Three current Court of Appeals judges applied for the lead position. They are all people of color — and the only judges who regularly dissented from former chief Janet DiFiore's conservative rulings

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The Private Equity ‘Black Box’ Pours New York Pensions Touting Divestment Into Fossil Fuels
The Private Equity ‘Black Box’ Pours New York Pensions Touting Divestment Into Fossil Fuels
Routing $500 million through a Blackstone fund, the New York State Common Retirement Fund is among the largest investors in a notorious Ohio coal plant.

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Chief Judge Shortlist Offers Hochul a Stark Choice
Chief Judge Shortlist Offers Hochul a Stark Choice
Former Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s unexpected resignation gave the governor a chance to reshape the Court of Appeals. Her pick will affect New Yorkers' rights for years to come.

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The State Police Want to Crack Your Phone
The State Police Want to Crack Your Phone
The Israeli firm Cellebrite offers tools that unlock data, trawl search histories, and perform facial recognition. The New York State Police are in the market.

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To Meet Climate Mandate, New York Needs to Learn How to Build Clean Energy Again
To Meet Climate Mandate, New York Needs to Learn How to Build Clean Energy Again
After a decade of building virtually no large-scale renewables, New York is planning to build enough to power millions of homes over the next eight years. What will it take to pull it off?

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Republicans Won Big on Long Island. So Did Affordable Housing.
Republicans Won Big on Long Island. So Did Affordable Housing.
Even as Long Island veers right, the Hamptons just voted to tax the wealthy to fund mid-range housing.

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Bomb Dogs, ‘Goon Squad,’ Subway Cops: Who’s Making a Killing in NYPD Overtime
Bomb Dogs, ‘Goon Squad,’ Subway Cops: Who’s Making a Killing in NYPD Overtime
Eric Adams pledged to cut police overtime in half. Instead, his initiatives helped it soar to the second-highest level on record.

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Rats, Roaches, Leaks: Rent-Stabilized Building Owners Whose Bets Went Sour Delay Repairs
Rats, Roaches, Leaks: Rent-Stabilized Building Owners Whose Bets Went Sour Delay Repairs
Crumbling conditions in two Bronx buildings show how tenants pay the price when real estate speculation doesn’t work out.

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What’s the Plan, Kathy?
What’s the Plan, Kathy?
New Yorkers picked Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday. New York Focus staff picked ten questions we'll be watching for her tenure.

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The ‘Red Wave’ Hit Southern Brooklyn. Some Blame the County Democrats.
The ‘Red Wave’ Hit Southern Brooklyn. Some Blame the County Democrats.
After the Brooklyn Democratic Party did almost nothing to mobilize voters, Republicans swept the borough’s southern points.

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Landfill Fight Illustrates New York’s Heaping Trash Problem
Landfill Fight Illustrates New York’s Heaping Trash Problem
New York planned to slash its trash. Instead, we’re producing more garbage than ever.

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Meet the Moguls Fueling Lee Zeldin’s Super PAC Boost
Meet the Moguls Fueling Lee Zeldin’s Super PAC Boost
New York Focus found six big spenders who have poured money into PACs backing Kathy Hochul’s Republican challenger.

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Blind Spots: Sexual Assault Allegation Exposes Self-Policing Prison System
Blind Spots: Sexual Assault Allegation Exposes Self-Policing Prison System
Robert Adams alleges that a guard sodomized him with a baton. A year-long investigation into his story uncovered a system plagued by retaliation and primed for abuse.

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New York’s Prison Chief Ordered Guards to Illegally Shackle People to Desks
New York’s Prison Chief Ordered Guards to Illegally Shackle People to Desks
Anthony Annucci’s internal memo tells staff to restrain incarcerated people during any out-of-cell time, affecting at least 5,000.

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‘Voters Are Lethargic’: Poll Suggests A Missing Economic Message In Governor’s Race
‘Voters Are Lethargic’: Poll Suggests A Missing Economic Message In Governor’s Race
A new poll suggests a missing economic message is contributing to an unexpectedly close governor's race.

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Has Anyone Told the Brooklyn Democratic Party There’s an Election Next Week?
Has Anyone Told the Brooklyn Democratic Party There’s an Election Next Week?
Downstate turnout could decide the governor’s race. The Brooklyn Democratic Party is mounting almost no campaign effort.

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‘They Lied to All of Us’: Ten Years After Hurricane Sandy, Construction Begins on Staten Island’s Promised Wetland
‘They Lied to All of Us’: Ten Years After Hurricane Sandy, Construction Begins on Staten Island’s Promised Wetland
Staten Island residents who sold their homes to the state as part of one of the country’s first major “managed retreats” were promised the land would be returned to nature. I

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Mayor Issues Ultimatum on Retiree Health Care, Seeking End to Standoff
Mayor Issues Ultimatum on Retiree Health Care, Seeking End to Standoff
The City Council must enable budget-cutting new health insurance options for retirees, warns Eric Adams’s chief labor negotiator — or City Hall will eliminate existing insurance plans.

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City Council Moves Forward With Gowanus Rezoning After Slashing Affordable Housing
City Council Moves Forward With Gowanus Rezoning After Slashing Affordable Housing
A proposal to build dozens of units on a block near the Gowanus industrial zone was cut in half after locals lobbied Councilmember Shahana Hanif.

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Most of New York Gas Tax Holiday Savings Don’t Go to New Yorkers, Analysis Finds
Most of New York Gas Tax Holiday Savings Don’t Go to New Yorkers, Analysis Finds
Out of every dollar the gas tax suspension costs the state, less than 50 cents are going into New Yorkers’ pockets.

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