Why Does Rikers Island Still Lock People in Shower Stalls?So-called “de-escalation units” were supposed to help people cool off after violent encounters. But months after their implementation, Rikers staff still use the old brutal methods.
Rikers Intake Is a Mess, But We Can’t Expect Too Much Progress, Federal Judge RulesNearly a year and a half after they were supposed to fix their system, jail officials still don't know how long they’re keeping people in notorious intake pens.
Fossil Fuel Companies Enlist Customers to Fight New York’s Climate LawNational Fuel urged customers to oppose a gas appliance ban. It’s just one strategy in the fossil fuel industry’s mounting offensive against climate action.
Can Half a Billion Dollars Save New York Horse Racing? We Spoke With the Man Who Says Yes.A conversation with consultant Shuprotim Bhaumik, whose firm wrote a study arguing that New York state can revitalize the failing horse racing industry by funding a $455 million track renovation.
By Sam Mellins
Meet the Top Private Earners Among New York LawmakersA handful of state legislators made far more from second jobs than they did representing their constituents, a New York Focus analysis found. Find your rep in our database.
Hochul Calls for Rail Safety Regulations — After Vetoing Keystone Rail Safety BillIn December, the governor vetoed legislation requiring freight trains to be staffed with at least two crew members. Rail workers say it’s a bare minimum for safety.
By Julia Rock
Hochul’s Budget Pads Prosecution Funding Without Match for Public DefenseThe governor proposed an outsized boost worth tens of millions for prosecutors — drawing comparisons to New York’s history of public defense neglect.
For Scandal-Plagued For-Profit Colleges, No State Is More Welcoming Than New YorkAs ASA College prepares to shut its doors after years of controversy, New York continues to shell out tuition subsidies to for-profit colleges — at rates higher than any other state.
By Lilah Burke
Hochul Projects Horse Racing Renaissance, Declines to Share EvidenceHochul says it "goes without saying" that a taxpayer-funded track renovation will bring jobs and boost attendance. Her proof: an industry-commissioned study that she refuses to release.
By Sam Mellins
Hochul and Senate Clash on Public Power, With Utility Workers on SidelinesThe New York Power Authority manages resources built half a century ago. But a plan to make it the vanguard of clean energy could be hamstrung by labor-environmentalist divisions.
By Lee Harris
How Hochul Plans to Build Hundreds of Thousands of Homes Near Train StationsThe governor's proposal for “transit-oriented development” has so far gotten a mixed reception from suburban legislators, who killed a similar plan last year.
By Sam Mellins
Hochul’s New Bail Reform Plan Would Reverse Decades-Old ProtectionsLong before 2019, New York law mandated that judges setting bail consider only a person’s likelihood of returning to court. Hochul’s proposal would strip that limit.
As Hochul Makes New Promises in State of the State, Last Year’s Parole Pledge Is Still WaitingThis time last year, Hochul promised to fully staff the parole board. But vacancies have only grown — and went unmentioned in this year’s agenda.
By Chris Gelardi and Sam Mellins