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Smokestacks Loom Over New York’s Clean Energy Plan
New York is building renewables - but it doesn’t have a plan to shut down the plants they’re supposed to replace.
Colin Kinniburgh   ·   January 18, 2022
Hochul at Divide with Lawmakers on Child Care, Once A Top Priority
Child care used to be Hochul’s marquee issue. Now, she’s proposing a modest expansion—but only if Congress doesn’t act.
Sam Mellins   ·   January 12, 2022
Hochul Proposes Medicaid Expansion for Seniors and Disabled, Marking a Shift From Past Governors
Two proposals in Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State would constitute the most significant expansion of New York’s health plan for low-income individuals in years.
Sam Mellins   ·   January 7, 2022
State Lawmakers Push to Scale Back Fossil Fuel Subsidies
The state spends $1.6 billion a year subsidizing oil and gas. Lawmakers are trying to eliminate about one-fifth of that spending.
Sam Mellins   ·   December 23, 2021
As Utility Shutoff Freeze Nears End, New Yorkers in Debt Fear Shutoffs
Millions of New Yorkers are behind on their utility bills, and advocates say the state is doing a poor job distributing federal assistance.
Andrew Giambrone   ·   November 22, 2021
Retired City Workers Voice Opposition to New City Health Plan in Chaotic Public Hearing
More than 50 retirees said they opposed the plan. Zero said they supported it.
Sam Mellins   ·   November 11, 2021
New York’s Excluded Workers Fund is Running Out of Cash
Tens of thousands of undocumented workers could be left out. Advocates are pushing to add more funds.
Sam Mellins   ·   October 6, 2021
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.
Doug Turetsky   ·   September 21, 2021
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.
Andrew Giambrone   ·   September 2, 2021
Schumer Announces New York’s Latest Semiconductor Deal, to Subsidy Watchdogs’ Chagrin
New York is showering microchip manufacturers with billions in subsidies—on top of massive federal incentives.
Julia Rock   ·   July 26, 2021
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 400.
Lauren Gill and Reuven Blau, THE CITY   ·   July 11, 2021
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.
Amir Khafagy   ·   June 10, 2021
Two years after passing a landmark climate law, New York has no plan to fund it
Governor Cuomo just approved the largest budget in New York history — and it has virtually no new funding to help meet the goals in New York’s landmark climate law.
Lee Harris   ·   April 30, 2021
What Made It Into The Budget - And What Was Left Out
The major provisions of New York’s 2021 budget.
Akash Mehta, Sam Mellins and Lee Harris   ·   April 7, 2021
Homelessness Priorities Won’t Make the State Budget, Lawmakers and Advocates Say
“A year from now, this money will still be in the hands of Governor Cuomo, unused - and that’s exactly what he wants.”
Akash Mehta   ·   April 3, 2021
“A byzantine and high-bar system”: Governor pushes to saddle undocumented workers fund with documentation requirements
State lawmakers and workers’ rights advocates warned that burdensome proof-of-employment requirements may mean the funds go unspent.
Lee Harris   ·   April 2, 2021
Will New York’s Rent Relief Program Address The Problems that Hobbled The Last One?
Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing to impose stringent requirements, according to lawmakers and tenant advocates, that could delay and decrease aid.
Akash Mehta   ·   April 2, 2021
Legislature Seeks to End “Arbitrary Limit” on Medicaid Spending
A 2011 rule prevents New York from adequately funding Medicaid, advocates say. This year’s budget could see it repealed.
Sam Mellins   ·   March 29, 2021
Will Rental Vouchers to Prevent Homelessness Make the State Budget?
The legislature is pushing for a statewide rental assistance program that advocates say would be one the largest efforts to combat homelessness in recent memory.
Colin Kinniburgh   ·   March 29, 2021
Legislative Leadership to Propose $7 Billion in New Taxes, Sources Say
Tax-the-rich advocates critiqued the figure as too low, and also said the Assembly is significantly behind the Senate on key progressive spending priorities.
Akash Mehta   ·   March 11, 2021
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