The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law directed billions toward public transit in New York, but the state is choosing to spend billions more on highways.
Some Court of Appeals judges are far more likely to grant requests to hear appeals than others, a New York Focus analysis found.
As book banning sparks outrage in schools and libraries, the censorship of classics like Native Son persists in New York prisons.
The governor and the Senate have aligned on large swathes of the NY HEAT Act. The Assembly might be ready to move on it, too.
New York jails can transfer people with mental illnesses to maximum security prisons, even while they’re legally innocent.
A laundry company wants to turn its factory into 13-story apartment buildings, sparking the latest in a series of fierce zoning fights.
As the governor urges more housing, IDAs are looking to pitch in. Critics say it goes beyond their legal role.
While Hochul considers a bill to pressure state contractors to stop deforestation, the massive food supplier is voicing concerns to her administration.
Hudson Valley legislators and advocates are urging the state to reject the double-digit hike, arguing it could illegally stick customers with the bill for the company’s own mess.
County and municipal economic development agencies play a key role in New York’s wind and solar buildout — but some say it’s not their job.
A growing local faction is demanding that the IDA be dissolved.
Acting Supreme Court Justice Ralph Fabrizio has faced formal complaints for berating and threatening lawyers in more than a dozen incidents.
A seemingly minor change in access to city jails has made it much harder for a lauded debate course to recruit volunteers.
The Adams administration said the city would replace discontinued Rikers courses. “I can say for certain that that’s not true,” one worker told New York Focus.
A group of Manhattan Democrats wants to force County Leader Keith Wright to choose between working for the party and working for a lobbying firm.
New York Focus revealed routine secret instructions used to guide judges’ decisions. Civil rights lawyers are suing to make them public.
The addiction epidemic is getting worse in the Capital Region. Through local zoning laws, residents fight to keep the state’s solutions out of their backyards.
Under Roberta Reardon, the agency has recovered less and less of workers’ stolen wages. Meanwhile, staff resign, and replacements lag.
A raucous emergency meeting featured escalating alarm, bewilderment, a hot mic, dueling accusations of conflicts of interest, and a dramatic vote with two surprise twists.
The state Division of Human Rights considers prisons, jails, and police departments exempt from human rights law.