NYCHA federal monitor: problems persist despite progress

NYCHA federal monitor: problems persist despite progress

The city’s public housing agency, the New York City Housing Authority, has faced many systemic problems for decades. And nearly four years after a court-appointed federal monitor was put in place to oversee NYCHA, a recent report from the monitor reveals that many of those problems persist. Bart Schwartz, the federal monitor, joined Errol Louis … Read more

Advocates call for detail accounting of shelter system

Advocates call for detail accounting of shelter system

Community leaders want answers and they want them from City Hall when it comes to exactly how the Department of Homeless Services is using its $2 billion plus budget to help homeless New Yorkers. The charge from community members comes in the wake of Mayor Adams’ directive last week that calls on some city workers, … Read more

Hochul urged to approve regulations for immigration bond

Hochul urged to approve regulations for immigration bond

Advocates are urging Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday to approve new regulations for the immigration bond industry and lay down new oversight rules. The bill sitting on Hochul’s desk addresses the for-profit bond industry for immigration, a system that can draw in tens of thousands of immigrants across the country. In New York, hundreds of … Read more

Breaking down New York’s new public campaign finance program

Breaking down New York’s new public campaign finance program

After Election Day, New York’s new public campaign finance program took effect for future election cycles. In an effort to curb the influence of wealthy donors, smaller campaign contributions ranging between $5 to $250 can now be matched with public funding, similar to New York City’s existing campaign finance system. Although the program hopes to … Read more

NY lawmakers want to hit brakes on a Thruway toll hike

NY lawmakers want to hit brakes on a Thruway toll hike

New York lawmakers want to thwart potential toll increases at the state Thruway for the first time in more than a decade.  But those in the construction industry, as well as the Thruway Authority itself, believe the hikes are necessary in order to shore up aging infrastructure on the 496-mile system.  The Thruway Authority’s board … Read more

New York health commissioner Mary Bassett to resign

New York health commissioner Mary Bassett to resign

New York state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett will resign on Jan. 1, marking a departure of the highest-profile member of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s cabinet before she starts her new four-year term.  In a statement, Bassett said she plans to return to the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.  “This was a very difficult decision. I … Read more

Advocate breaks down challenges LGBTQ youth face

Advocate breaks down challenges LGBTQ youth face

The House of Representatives will be taking up the marriage equality bill next week, to provide protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. The vote comes as the LGBTQ community looks to heal from the mass shooting at a nightclub in Colorado, just two weeks ago. Closer to home, LGBTQ youth have been facing ongoing challenges, … Read more

Billionaire discusses the future of cryptocurrency in NY

Billionaire discusses the future of cryptocurrency in NY

Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law a new temporary moratorium on certain kinds of cryptocurrency mining at fossil fuel plants. A year ago, newly elected Mayor Eric Adams vowed to make New York the center of the cryptocurrency industry, taking his first few paychecks in bitcoin and ethereum, two of … Read more

City’s mental health plan lacks ‘clarity’

City’s mental health plan lacks ‘clarity’

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams raised concerns about the city’s plan to involuntarily hospitalize more people with severe, untreated mental illnesses in an interview on Wednesday, criticizing its “lack of clarity” and reliance on the NYPD. A directive Adams issued Tuesday will allow city-led “intervention teams” to remove people experiencing severe mental health crises from the … Read more

Consultant breaks down New York’s legal cannabis industry

Consultant breaks down New York’s legal cannabis industry

Last week New York took a major step forward in creating a market for recreational marijuana. The state’s cannabis control board approved its first batch of marijuana retail dispensary licenses for three dozen companies and nonprofits across the state. The state legislature legalized marijuana for adult recreational use in the spring of last year, but … Read more