Category: New York City

Will ‘Blue Collar Mayor’ Adams Give City Unions What They Want?
Will ‘Blue Collar Mayor’ Adams Give City Unions What They Want?
With deep ties to both organized labor and the city’s business elite, Mayor Eric Adams will face tough tradeoffs on union contracts....

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Senate #2 Joins Mounting Opposition to Hochul’s Pick for Top Financial Regulator
Senate #2 Joins Mounting Opposition to Hochul’s Pick for Top Financial Regulator
Adrienne Harris has worked for over a dozen financial technology firms that Hochul would put her in charge of regulating....

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Inside New York’s Messy Push to Clean Up Concrete
Inside New York’s Messy Push to Clean Up Concrete
If concrete production were a country, it would be the world’s third largest carbon emitter. New York legislators want to clean it up....

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Governor Hochul Promised a “New Era of Transparency.” So Far, Details are Scarce.
Governor Hochul Promised a “New Era of Transparency.” So Far, Details are Scarce.
New York’s new leader has pledged to improve access to public records – but hasn’t yet committed to the policy reforms transparency experts say are needed....

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Why Isn’t New York Offering Paper Applications for COVID Rent Relief?
Why Isn’t New York Offering Paper Applications for COVID Rent Relief?
The $115 million state contract for administering the program required a paper application. Without it, tenants who can’t access technology may be getting left behind....

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How New York Lets Prosecutors Off The Hook for Misconduct
How New York Lets Prosecutors Off The Hook for Misconduct
Not a single prosecutor appeared to have been disciplined for on-the-job misconduct in 2019. Even the state prosecutors association supports reforms....

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Lessons to be learned from New York’s climate policy laboratory
Lessons to be learned from New York’s climate policy laboratory
New York is seen as a model - but it also shows the challenges of green public-private partnerships ...

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Nobody knows it, but Bill de Blasio is America’s best climate mayor
Nobody knows it, but Bill de Blasio is America’s best climate mayor
And that’s still vastly short of what’s needed....

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Rikers Staffing Crisis Limits Access to Medical Care
Rikers Staffing Crisis Limits Access to Medical Care
With thousands of officers not coming into work, incarcerated people aren’t getting escorted to their medical appointments, a New York Focus investigation finds....

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Retired City Workers Brace for Shift to Privatized Health Care
Retired City Workers Brace for Shift to Privatized Health Care
City leaders have awarded a contract to provide city retirees private Medicare-like insurance to a corporate coalition termed “The Alliance.” Former public workers worry their coverage may change....

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Renters Powered India Walton’s Upset Win
Renters Powered India Walton’s Upset Win
Renters broke decisively for India Walton in Buffalo's June Democratic primary, favoring an affordable housing advocate with a tenant-centered housing platform over a developer-friendly incumbent....

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Cuomo Leaves, But a Corrupt Political Culture Remains in New York
Cuomo Leaves, But a Corrupt Political Culture Remains in New York
The structure of state government, with its centralized power and few ethical checks, invites scandal after scandal....

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New York Dairy Farms Skirt Clean Water Act Requirements
New York Dairy Farms Skirt Clean Water Act Requirements
Farms in New York have used a form of legal arbitrage to shield their manure management practices from scrutiny....

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Who is Kathy Hochul? An Introduction to New York’s Next Governor
Who is Kathy Hochul? An Introduction to New York’s Next Governor
A political moderate and former Congressperson and bank executive, Hochul stands to make history as New York’s first woman governor, but may face fierce challengers in next year’s election....

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Andrew Cuomo Picked His Own Impeachment Jury
Andrew Cuomo Picked His Own Impeachment Jury
The New York Court of Appeals participates in impeachment trials. Cuomo has appointed all seven members, including two of them in June...

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Amid Intraparty Conflict, Brooklyn Democrats Issue Judgeship Recommendations
Amid Intraparty Conflict, Brooklyn Democrats Issue Judgeship Recommendations
At a meeting that included an attempt by party leadership to prevent several district leaders from voting, the party made seven picks - six of whom were donors to the party and its leaders....

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The Promises and Failures of the “Cancel Rent” Movement
The Promises and Failures of the “Cancel Rent” Movement
Where does the housing justice movement go from here?...

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New York Judges Lock the Accused Out of Their Homes, Skirting Review Required by Landmark Ruling, Critics Charge
New York Judges Lock the Accused Out of Their Homes, Skirting Review Required by Landmark Ruling, Critics Charge
An appellate court ordered hearings for defendants facing orders of protection that could separate them from their homes and families. But some judges — following a memo from state court officials ...

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Unlicensed Street Vendors Fear Steep Fines as Enforcement Escalates
Unlicensed Street Vendors Fear Steep Fines as Enforcement Escalates
More than a year after fines for unlicensed street vending were largely suspended when the pandemic struck, enforcement has begun again. Many street vendors say it threatens their only means of econom...

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Albany Passes ‘Good Cause Eviction,’ In a First for New York
Albany Passes ‘Good Cause Eviction,’ In a First for New York
Tenant groups are already turning to other upstate cities that could pass good cause this summer—and that could pave the way for statewide legislation....

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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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