Despite State Budget Funding, Little Progress Bringing Psychiatric Beds Back Into Service

Despite State Budget Funding, Little Progress Bringing Psychiatric Beds Back Into Service

Hospital staff (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office) New York State has made little progress bringing 1,000 shuttered psychiatric beds back into service after they were closed during the covid pandemic, raising questions about a signature element of the mental health and public safety agendas of Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams. In the April … Read more

Many Variables, Significant Uncertainty in Latest Fiscal Updates for New York State, City, and MTA

Many Variables, Significant Uncertainty in Latest Fiscal Updates for New York State, City, and MTA

Mayor Adams and Governor Hochul (photo: Don Pollard/Governor’s Office) New York State and City weathered the worst of the financial devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to billions in federal aid and a good bit of fortune in revenues from Wall Street and personal income taxes. But fiscal uncertainty looms on the horizon amid … Read more

Homeless Children in New York City Need More Help to Recover from Trauma

Homeless Children in New York City Need More Help to Recover from Trauma

Gov. Hochul makes a school visit (photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/Governor’s Office) According to Advocates for Children of New York, over 104,000 children were homeless during the 2021-2022 school year. For the seventh year in a row, 10% of kids are experiencing homelessness in New York City. There are many causes of homelessness, but one of … Read more

To Address Corruption Risks and Boost MWBE Contracting, Comptroller Asks Mayor to Convene Procurement Board

To Address Corruption Risks and Boost MWBE Contracting, Comptroller Asks Mayor to Convene Procurement Board

Mayor Adams, Comptroller Lander, & others (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office) In a letter to City Hall last month, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander called on Mayor Eric Adams to make changes to the city’s procurement rules to prevent corruption and fraud in nonprofit human services contracts. In the October 19 letter, Lander asked … Read more

Arguments For and Against Question 1 on the 2022 New York Ballot, The $4.2 Billion Environmental Bond Act

Arguments For and Against Question 1 on the 2022 New York Ballot, The .2 Billion Environmental Bond Act

Then-Lt. Gov. Hochul opens a solar farm (photo: Philip Kamrass/ New York Power Authority) On the back of every New Yorker’s ballot this fall is a question: whether or not to allow the state to borrow $4.2 billion to pay for major clean environment and climate change mitigation infrastructure. The provision, known as the “Clean … Read more

City Council Progressive Caucus to Announce 2023 Legislative Agenda Focused on Solitary Confinement, Affordable Housing, Police Accountability, & More

City Council Progressive Caucus to Announce 2023 Legislative Agenda Focused on Solitary Confinement, Affordable Housing, Police Accountability, & More

City Council Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Hanif & Restler (photo: John McCarten/NYC Council) The New York City Council’s Progressive Caucus is announcing its legislative agenda for 2023 on Thursday, pursuing 20 bills in seven categories on criminal justice reform, police transparency, housing affordability, public banking, waste and emissions reduction, and gig worker benefits.  The Progressive Caucus’ … Read more

Hochul’s ‘SOS’ Teams Begin Outreach to Homeless People in Subways

Hochul’s ‘SOS’ Teams Begin Outreach to Homeless People in Subways

Gov. Hochul & Mayor Adams discuss subway support teams (photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/Governor’s Office) Governor Kathy Hochul’s Safe Option Support outreach teams have helped find “bed placements” for 150 homeless individuals living in the subways in their first six months of operation, according to the New York State Office of Mental Health. The figures, provided … Read more

Bail Reform Remains at Center of New York Political Debate But State Legislature has Never Held a Hearing On It

Bail Reform Remains at Center of New York Political Debate But State Legislature has Never Held a Hearing On It

Outside Rikers Island (photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council) New York State’s sweeping bail reform law first went into effect in January 2020 and has been subsequently amended twice since then in response to widespread opposition from law enforcement, Republican officials, and some moderate and conservative Democrats. Since its first passage — through three consecutive legislative sessions … Read more

What’s the Future of the Kingsbridge Armory?

What’s the Future of the Kingsbridge Armory?

Officials touring the Kingsbridge Armory (photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council Media Unit) The Kingsbridge Armory, the largest of its kind in the world at 520,000 square-feet, has sat vacant for more than three decades as plans to redevelop the structure have repeatedly failed. But the city is undertaking yet another attempt to reenvision the armory for … Read more