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Eric Adams Wants Weapons Detectors in the Subway. Would That Bring Safety or “Absolute Chaos”?

Eric Adams Wants Weapons Detectors in the Subway. Would That Bring Safety or “Absolute Chaos”?

"Expect delays, expect secondary screening, expect frustration and expect to miss your train from time to time."

Robert De Niro’s Astoria Film Studio Backs Out of Promise to Hire Union Construction Workers
Robert De Niro’s Astoria Film Studio Backs Out of Promise to Hire Union Construction Workers
“We're basically being blocked out in the process of even trying to bid on the work,” said one union leader.

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The Failure to Ban Gas in New Construction is a Bad Sign for New York’s Climate Law
The Failure to Ban Gas in New Construction is a Bad Sign for New York’s Climate Law
The state’s own expert council, tasked with planning the law's implementation, told the legislature to pass a gas ban this year. They were ignored.

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How Lobbyists Killed a Bill to Protect New York Elections, With An Assist from the NAACP
How Lobbyists Killed a Bill to Protect New York Elections, With An Assist from the NAACP
New York elections could soon be more vulnerable to hacks, after lobbyists, the NAACP, and the Assembly elections committee chair teamed up to kill an election security bill.

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City Employee Health Plan Could Switch to Lower-Cost Company Under New Proposal
City Employee Health Plan Could Switch to Lower-Cost Company Under New Proposal
Hundreds of thousands of city workers and their dependents could have their healthcare shifted to a cheaper plan by 2024, documents show.

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Our Group of Freelancers Took on Albany’s Byzantine Legislative Process. Here’s How We Won.
Our Group of Freelancers Took on Albany’s Byzantine Legislative Process. Here’s How We Won.
An organizer for the Freelance Solidarity Project describes how getting a bill passed through Albany takes “running into a brick wall repeatedly, waiting for a tiny crack to show.”

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NYPD “Business Improvement” Officers Dismantled a Homeless Encampment During a Memorial for a Dead Resident
NYPD “Business Improvement” Officers Dismantled a Homeless Encampment During a Memorial for a Dead Resident
As part of an initiative by Mayor Eric Adams, the city has swept the encampment where Jose Hernandez would often sleep nearly 10 times this year.

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Jail Visitation Ban Drives Big Profits for Sheriff on Phone Calls
Jail Visitation Ban Drives Big Profits for Sheriff on Phone Calls
More than two years into the pandemic, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office is still prohibiting all jail visits. That helped rake in more than half a million dollars last year.

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Electrical Workers Union Fights to Expand Fossil Fuel-Powered Crypto Mining in New York
Electrical Workers Union Fights to Expand Fossil Fuel-Powered Crypto Mining in New York
The IBEW opposes a bill awaiting signature by Gov. Kathy Hochul that would put a moratorium on new fossil fuel power plants for the crypto industry.

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The State Police Sent You a Friend Request
The State Police Sent You a Friend Request
Twice this year, Kathy Hochul has ordered a State Police-run fusion center to beef up its social media monitoring. Documents show that analysts create fake accounts to do that work.

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Nursing Home Industry Cozies Up to Hochul, Disclosures Reveal
Nursing Home Industry Cozies Up to Hochul, Disclosures Reveal
After New York Focus revealed that Hochul had failed to disclose the individuals behind corporate donations to her campaign, she provided that information for recent donors — revealing major support

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This Is Not The First Time Maloney Has Snubbed His Party, Local Democrats Recall
This Is Not The First Time Maloney Has Snubbed His Party, Local Democrats Recall
Maloney’s announcement that he will exit his old district for a slightly safer seat alarmed Democrats—and rang a familiar bell back home.

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Hochul Stores Billions in Slush Funds, Continuing Cuomo-Era Budgeting Practices
Hochul Stores Billions in Slush Funds, Continuing Cuomo-Era Budgeting Practices
The comptroller sounded the alarm that the budget includes $18 billion in “unnecessarily opaque” spending, most of it under Hochul’s control.

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New York Labor Bills Are Stuck in Limbo
New York Labor Bills Are Stuck in Limbo
The Assembly Labor Committee has emerged as a bottleneck for unions’ top legislative priorities.

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This Bill Could Save 100 Lives a Year for $1 Million. Will The Assembly Pass It?
This Bill Could Save 100 Lives a Year for $1 Million. Will The Assembly Pass It?
A bill to increase kidney donation rates is stuck in the “traffic jam” of the Assembly.

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Big Oil Wants New York’s Cow Manure 
Big Oil Wants New York’s Cow Manure 
Biogas credits are incentivizing the expansion of factory farming in New York—and might end up increasing carbon emissions.

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Exclusive: Here Are the New NYPD Gun Units’ Trainees. Many Have Histories of Excessive Force Complaints.
Exclusive: Here Are the New NYPD Gun Units’ Trainees. Many Have Histories of Excessive Force Complaints.
Adams promised they'd be different.

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Why Starbucks Workers Had To Wait Six Months To Get Help From The US Labor Board
Why Starbucks Workers Had To Wait Six Months To Get Help From The US Labor Board
Buffalo workers were the first to unionize - but labor law went unenforced during their elections.

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New York Prisons Set to Ban Most Packages from Family and Friends
New York Prisons Set to Ban Most Packages from Family and Friends
At the urging of the correction officers union, the prison agency is restricting packages to private vendors that charge steep markups and have limited selections.

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Corporate Campaign Donors Identify Themselves after New York Focus Nudge
Corporate Campaign Donors Identify Themselves after New York Focus Nudge
After New York Focus reported that the elections board wasn’t enforcing a landmark transparency law, it sent delinquent donors a letter requesting that they comply. Thousands did within weeks.

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Construction Industry “Flaggers” Report Pervasive Wage Theft
Construction Industry “Flaggers” Report Pervasive Wage Theft
Black and Latino nonunion flaggers on public construction projects say they're paid just a third of wages they’re legally entitled to.

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Eric Adams Wants Weapons Detectors in the Subway. Would That Bring Safety or “Absolute Chaos”?
Eric Adams Wants Weapons Detectors in the Subway. Would That Bring Safety or “Absolute Chaos”?
"Expect delays, expect secondary screening, expect frustration and expect to miss your train from time to time."

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Perspective: It’s Time to Take a Clearer Look at Bail Reform
Perspective: It’s Time to Take a Clearer Look at Bail Reform
In the raucous debate over bail reform, simple facts have fallen out of sight.

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Retired Judges and Advocates: Don’t Let Cops Interrogate Kids Without a Lawyer
Retired Judges and Advocates: Don’t Let Cops Interrogate Kids Without a Lawyer
A bill in the state legislature would prohibit police from interrogating minors before they consulted with a lawyer.

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Workers Accuse Ultra-Fast Delivery Startup of Wage Theft
Workers Accuse Ultra-Fast Delivery Startup of Wage Theft
Before the Russian-funded delivery startup collapsed, Buyk sold itself as a way for workers to escape the gig economy. Former workers say it failed to deliver.

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Bill to Stop Foreclosures Heads to Hochul, Under Heavy Pushback from Banks
Bill to Stop Foreclosures Heads to Hochul, Under Heavy Pushback from Banks
The state legislature has passed a measure intended to counter a court ruling that made it easier for lenders to win cases against homeowners.

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Environmental Hazard or Economic Boon? Legislators Spar on Bitcoin Mining in New York
Environmental Hazard or Economic Boon? Legislators Spar on Bitcoin Mining in New York
Legislators opposed to a bill enacting a temporary moratorium on proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining are warning that it could harm New Yorkers often excluded from traditional financial markets, sourc

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An Upper East Side Assembly Candidate Accepted Over $10,000 in Illegal Corporate Cash
An Upper East Side Assembly Candidate Accepted Over $10,000 in Illegal Corporate Cash
After New York Focus reported on illegal contributions to candidate Russell Squire, his campaign announced it would return the money.

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Zoning Laws Are Blocking the Conversion of Hotels into Affordable Housing
Zoning Laws Are Blocking the Conversion of Hotels into Affordable Housing
The state’s grand plan to convert unused hotels into affordable housing hasn’t gotten off the ground. Lawmakers just boosted funding — but developers and housing advocates say that won’t help

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Prison Officials Block Most Requests from Terminally Ill New Yorkers for Medical Release
Prison Officials Block Most Requests from Terminally Ill New Yorkers for Medical Release
Officials routinely refuse to send requests for medical release to the state parole board, frustrating advocates and raising questions about the murky criteria for medical release.

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Labor Experts Dismissed the Quixotic Amazon Union Drive on Staten Island. Then They Won.
Labor Experts Dismissed the Quixotic Amazon Union Drive on Staten Island. Then They Won.
“I told the workers beforehand that they would lose based on the ‘numbers.’ They said they knew the workers. They were right!”

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What’s In New York’s $220 Billion State Budget?
What’s In New York’s $220 Billion State Budget?
A comprehensive tracker of the issues at stake in New York's budget.

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How New York State Just Rolled Back Criminal Justice Reforms
How New York State Just Rolled Back Criminal Justice Reforms
The final budget made changes to bail law, discovery law, pre-arraignment detention, involuntary commitment and more.

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Hochul Opposes Rental Voucher Program On Basis of Inflated Cost Estimate, Sources Say
Hochul Opposes Rental Voucher Program On Basis of Inflated Cost Estimate, Sources Say
The legislature wants to spend $250 million to combat homelessness. Hochul says it’ll actually cost $6 billion.

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Hochul, Plastics Industry and Green Groups Battle Over Recycling Proposal
Hochul, Plastics Industry and Green Groups Battle Over Recycling Proposal
Rather than try to improve Hochul’s proposal, some environmentalists want to scrap it and instead concentrate on a forthcoming bill from Assemblymember Steve Englebright.

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Bitcoin Mining Gets Three Month Reprieve From Hochul’s Regulators
Bitcoin Mining Gets Three Month Reprieve From Hochul’s Regulators
Green groups charged that Kathy Hochul is punting the issue until after the primary.

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Judge Rules New York’s District Maps Unconstitutional, Orders Legislature to Draw New Ones
Judge Rules New York’s District Maps Unconstitutional, Orders Legislature to Draw New Ones
Democrats immediately said they would appeal the decision.

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Read the Senate’s Draft Compromise on Bail Reform
Read the Senate’s Draft Compromise on Bail Reform
New York Focus obtained and analyzed a proposal presented by Senate leadership to the chamber’s Democratic caucus.

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Will New York Tackle its Largest Source of Emissions?
Will New York Tackle its Largest Source of Emissions?
Experts say the state needs to spend at least $1 billion a year to cut pollution from buildings. Legislators are trying to get the governor closer to that figure.

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As Albany Debates Health Coverage for Undocumented New Yorkers, Lawmakers Say Hochul is Inflating Costs
As Albany Debates Health Coverage for Undocumented New Yorkers, Lawmakers Say Hochul is Inflating Costs
The governor’s projected price tag is five times higher than estimates by the legislature and outside researchers—but she hasn’t said how she arrived at her figure.

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Kathy Hochul Is Ready to Spend Millions on New Police Surveillance
Kathy Hochul Is Ready to Spend Millions on New Police Surveillance
New York state legislators have just days to question phone hacking, forensics, and fusion centers before the budget passes.

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