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New York’s incarcerated population has been declining for decades. Why is it so hard for prison closures to keep pace?

A new bill to municipalize Long Island’s utility includes key worker protections that the union had sought.

Migrants from Mauritania and Senegal were the most likely to receive eviction notices, but not the most populous groups in shelters, a New York Focus analysis found.

Hochul’s budget would level off funding for addiction treatment — and use opioid settlement funds to fill the gaps.

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Climate and Environment
A digital illustration shows two rolls of $100 bills spewing natural gas emissions over a blue sky.

The state wants to phase out fossil fuels. Localities have given over a billion dollars in tax breaks to help keep them around.

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.

Colin Kinniburgh

Workers at Long Island’s leading rooftop solar installation firm voted to unionize, in a New York first. Then the company furloughed almost half of them.

Julia Rock
Criminal Justice
A group of people before the judges of the Court of Appeals

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.

Rebecca McCray

This year, the governor’s budget contains an agenda to combat retail theft. It looks a lot like last year’s plan to curb gun violence.

Chris Gelardi
New York State
A sign reads "IDAs DRAIN $1.8 BILLION A YEAR FROM NEW YORK SCHOOLS."

When local authorities hand out subsidies, school budgets lose revenue. The state teachers union is now pushing back.

The average New Yorker has to travel nearly 10 miles to access methadone, a New York Focus analysis found. Upstate, they have to go even further.

Spencer Norris

Westchester’s Edgemont community wants to secede from its town — and has scored a legal carveout to let it.

Sam Mellins