New York City’s Noncitizen Voting Law Is Struck Down

A State Supreme Court judge from Staten Island said the measure, which would have allowed more than 800,000 noncitizens to vote, violated the State Constitution.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #city-council-nyc, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #porzio-ralph-j, #staten-island-nyc, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

As Rents Rise, Mayor Adams Faces Pressure on New York’s Housing Crisis

“We’ve got to get it right,” the mayor says, but the City Council and advocates want him to push more and spend more to address the dire shortage of affordable housing.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #department-of-housing-preservation-and-development-nyc, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-control-and-stabilization

Karine Jean-Pierre’s Unlikely Rise to the White House Lectern

The first Black and first openly gay press secretary was raised in an immigrant family with “so many secrets.” Now she occupies one of the most scrutinized jobs in American politics.

#city-council-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #doocy-peter, #gaspard-patrick, #haiti, #jean-pierre-karine, #moveon-org, #new-york-institute-of-technology, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #psaki-jennifer-r, #queens-nyc, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why New York City Traffic Cameras Are Off When Drivers Speed the Most

As traffic deaths rise in the city, the State Legislature still has the final say on new safety measures, even decreeing when school speed cameras can operate.

#adams-adrienne-1960, #adams-eric-l, #albany-ny, #cameras, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #cuomo-andrew-m, #gounardes-andrew-s, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #reinvent-albany, #rodriguez-ydanis, #schwartz-samuel-i, #speed-limits-and-speeding, #state-legislatures, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-alternatives, #weprin-david-i

Looming Rent Increase of Up to 9 Percent Tests Adams’s Housing Priorities

Some Democrats are calling proposed increases for New York City’s roughly one million rent stabilized apartments “unconscionable.” Mayor Eric Adams says he wants to support small landlords.

#adams-eric-l, #city-council-nyc, #landlords, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #rent-guidelines-board, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

New York City Eliminates the Rules That Govern Art and Other Auctions

Auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s will no longer need to be licensed as part of a sweeping package designed to promote a business-friendly climate.

#art, #auctions, #christies, #city-council-nyc, #consumer-protection, #department-of-consumer-and-worker-protection-nyc, #law-and-legislation, #phillips-auctioneers-llc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sothebys, #united-states-politics-and-government

This Database Stores the DNA of 31,000 New Yorkers. Is It Illegal?

The database used by the New York Police Department violates state law and the Constitution, the Legal Aid Society contends in a lawsuit.

#city-council-nyc, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #office-of-the-chief-medical-examiner-of-the-city-of-new-york, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Eric Adams Is Criticized for Appointing Officials With Anti-Gay Past

L.G.B.T.Q. groups plan to protest on Thursday over the naming of three men to City Hall posts who they say hold homophobic views.

#adams-eric-l, #cabrera-fernando, #city-council-nyc, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #mayors-office-of-immigrant-affairs-nyc, #new-york-city, #salgado-erick-j

N.Y.C. Council Leader Caught Between Members and Mayor on Crime Issue

Adrienne Adams will play a leading role as New York City leaders confront a spike in violence that has gained national attention.

#adams-adrienne-1960, #city-council-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government

Eric Adams Proposes a Slimmer $98 Billion Budget With Flat Police Funding

The mayor’s first budget proposal called for across-the-board cuts to most city agencies, as well as a reduction in the city’s work force.

#adams-eric-l, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #politics-and-government

An MTA Discount Program So Exclusive, Barely Anyone in NYC Qualifies

A city program gives 260,000 low-income New Yorkers half-price transit rides. Advocates and transit leaders are calling on the mayor to expand his investment.

#adams-eric-l, #city-council-nyc, #community-service-society-of-new-york, #income-inequality, #metrocard-nyc, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #riders-alliance, #subways, #transit-systems, #urban-institute

The Man Who Fought Homelessness and Won (Sort Of)

Steven Banks was the most effective social-services director in New York City history — and when he left office, there were still 45,000 people sleeping in shelters. Is that a success?

#affordable-housing, #banks-steven, #bowery-residentscommittee, #city-council-nyc, #coalition-for-the-homeless, #community-organized-relief-effort-core-nonprofit, #de-blasio-bill, #department-of-social-services, #evictions, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #lippman-jonathan, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #suits-and-litigation-civil

A Staunch Critic of the N.Y.P.D. Grapples With Deaths of 2 Officers

Harlem Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan, who has equated the policing system to slavery, is now considering how to deliver her message in a district mourning for two officers.

#attacks-on-police, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #city-council-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #richardson-jordan-kristin

Theodore Roosevelt Statue Removal Begins at Museum of Natural History

The equestrian monument to Roosevelt, which has stirred protests as a symbol of colonialism and racism, is leaving its plinth, in pieces.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #city-council-nyc, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #museums, #politics-and-government, #roosevelt-theodore, #roosevelt-theodore-presidential-library

Noncitizens’ Right to Vote Becomes Law in New York City

Starting next year, 800,000 legal permanent residents will be eligible to vote in municipal elections.

#adams-eric-l, #city-council-nyc, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #immigration-and-emigration, #new-york-city, #rodriguez-ydanis, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

They Had a Plan to Save Their SoHo Garden. It Backfired.

Despite a bid to protect it from a contentious rezoning plan, the Elizabeth Street Garden will be replaced by housing units.

#affordable-housing, #chin-margaret-s, #city-council-nyc, #elizabeth-street-garden-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #noho-manhattan-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #reiver-allan, #soho-manhattan-ny, #zoning

Adrienne Adams Wins Race to Become New York City Council’s Next Speaker

In an early political setback for Eric Adams, Adrienne Adams emerged from a hard-fought race with the votes she needed to be council speaker.

#adams-adrienne-1960, #adams-eric-l, #black-people, #city-council-nyc, #elections-city-councils, #elections-mayors, #moya-francisco, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity

Plan to Bring More Housing to SoHo Is Set for a Vote

A contentious rezoning of the wealthy neighborhood, known for its cast-iron buildings and cobblestone streets, is expected to be approved on Wednesday.

#adams-eric-l, #area-planning-and-renewal, #berman-andrew-d-1962, #chin-margaret-s, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #village-preservation-nonprofit, #zoning

N.Y.C.’s Gas Ban Takes Fight Against Climate Change to the Kitchen

New York is set to become the nation’s largest city to enact a ban on gas heat and stoves in new buildings. It’s a major step away from fossil fuels that is expected to influence wider markets.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #city-council-nyc, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #heating, #natural-gas, #new-york-city

Eric Adams Wades Into Fraught Speaker’s Race, Risking Political Capital

After saying he would stay out of the race, Eric Adams, the incoming mayor, has sought to install an ally. It was unclear whether he would succeed.

#adams-adrienne-1960, #adams-eric-l, #city-council-nyc, #elections-city-councils, #moya-francisco, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government

N.Y.C. Grants Noncitizens Right to Vote in Local Elections

The legislation approved by the City Council will set up a system for legal residents to vote in municipal elections.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #city-council-nyc, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

N.Y.C. Arts Organizations Awarded $51.4 Million Dollars in Grants

The Department of Cultural Affairs is awarding $51.4 million in grants to more than 1,000 nonprofit arts and cultural groups that are seeking to rebound from the pandemic.

#city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cultural-affairs-department, #culture-arts, #finances, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #metropolitan-opera, #museums, #new-york-city, #new-york-philharmonic, #ninety-second-street-y, #politics-and-government

N.Y.C. Looks to Impose New Regulations on Illegal Airbnbs

New legislation will require hosts of short-term rentals to register with the city — the latest move in a long battle between New York and the rental companies.

#airbnb, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inside-airbnb, #kallos-benjamin, #new-york-city, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

After Hurricane Sandy, a Park in Lower Manhattan at the Center of a Fight

Nine years after Hurricane Sandy, residents of Lower Manhattan are still vulnerable to rising seas. The fight over a plan to protect them reveals why progress on our most critical challenges is so hard.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-neutral-informative, #audio-positive-escape, #big-bjarke-ingels-group, #city-council-nyc, #coastal-areas, #east-river-nyc, #floods, #franklin-d-roosevelt-drive-manhattan-ny, #global-warming, #housing-authority-nyc, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #infrastructure-public-works, #internal-open-access, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #netherlands, #rivers

New York Targets Affluent Neighborhoods in Push for Affordable Housing

Supporters say the plans help address New York’s housing crisis and help integrate the city’s neighborhoods. Opponents see more gentrification and giveaways for developers.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #assn-for-neighborhood-and-housing-development, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #furman-center-for-real-estate-and-urban-policy, #george-mason-university, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #lander-brad, #manhattan-institute, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #zoning

New York Moves to Allow 800,000 Noncitizens to Vote in Local Elections

New York City will become the largest municipality in the country to allow legal residents to vote if the legislation is approved as expected in December.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #city-council-nyc, #green-cards-us, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #new-york-city, #new-york-immigration-coalition, #politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The New York Blood Center Can Get an Upgrade, if NIMBYs Don’t Get in the Way

The New York Blood Center should be allowed to build its new life sciences center. 

#buildings-structures, #city-council-nyc, #kallos-benjamin, #new-york-blood-center, #new-york-city, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #zoning

Fight Erupts Over New York Blood Center’s Manhattan Building

The New York Blood Center wants to build a 233-foot-tall tower on a residential block in the Manhattan neighborhood. The city has proposed $450 million in tax incentives.

#brewer-gale-a, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #kallos-benjamin, #new-york-blood-center, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #zoning

Thomas Jefferson Statue Evicted From City Hall Will Go to a Museum

Heeding requests to move the statue because of Jefferson’s legacy as an enslaver, the city approved a plan to relocate it to the New-York Historical Society.

#city-council-nyc, #jefferson-thomas, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-city, #new-york-historical-society, #politics-and-government, #public-design-commission-nyc, #slavery-historical

Under Caribbean Skies, New York Power Brokers Shape a Crucial Race

The contest for City Council speaker was in high gear at a political gathering in Puerto Rico, where candidates politicked among the palm trees.

#brannan-justin-l, #brewer-gale-a, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #democratic-party, #elections-city-councils, #endorsements, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #puerto-rico, #republican-party, #rivera-carlina

N.Y. City Council Sees Historic Changes, and Republicans Gain Ground

Concerns over public safety and pandemic restrictions helped some Republicans win seats on the New York City Council, which will also be one of the city’s most diverse councils ever.

#ariola-joann, #brannan-justin-l, #city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-city-councils, #new-york-city, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vernikov-inna, #women-and-girls

Reform New York City’s Board of Elections Now

It is broken beyond repair.

#city-council-nyc, #elections-city-councils, #elections-mayors, #hochul-kathleen-c, #myrie-zellnor, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

What Jefferson’s Statue Meant to the Jewish Naval Hero Who Donated It

A symbol of slavery to some, of religious liberty to others. 

#city-council-nyc, #freedom-of-religion, #jefferson-thomas, #jews-and-judaism, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical

Long Island City is Home to N.Y.C’s Growing Asian Population

In a corner of Queens, a fivefold increase in Asian residents since 2010 is transforming the area’s restaurants, housing and politics.

#asian-americans, #census, #census-bureau, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #long-island-city-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #population

Long Island City is Home to N.Y.C’s Fastest Growing Asian Population

In a corner of Queens, a fivefold increase in Asian residents since 2010 is transforming the area’s restaurants, housing and politics.

#asian-americans, #census, #census-bureau, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #long-island-city-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #population

Jefferson Statue May Be Removed After More Than 100 Years at City Hall

Black, Latino and Asian City Council members who find the sculpture oppressive and racist may finally win a two-decade fight to remove it from their chamber.

#art, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #jefferson-thomas, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-city, #new-york-historical-society, #politics-and-government, #public-design-commission-nyc, #race-and-ethnicity

New York Bike Delivery Workers Band Together for Safety

Robbers are targeting them in the city, and thefts of their electric bikes have risen. Many are banding together to protect one another.

#assaults, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #city-council-nyc, #delivery-services, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #restaurants, #robberies-and-thefts

Flooding Deaths Push Council to Demand Climate Change Plan for New York

Under a bill passed by the City Council, the mayor is required to create a plan to deal with the wide-ranging threats of climate change, from flooding to extreme heat.

#brannan-justin-l, #city-council-nyc, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city

A Street Vendor Didn’t Have a Permit. Her Produce Was Tossed in the Trash.

In a place where many go hungry, widely shared videos capture a clash between the authorities and one of thousands of unlicensed peddlers.

#bronx-nyc, #city-council-nyc, #consumer-protection, #de-blasio-bill, #food, #food-insecurity, #sanitation-department-nyc, #street-vendor-project

N.Y.C. Food Delivery Workers Would See Better Pay Under New Bills

A package of legislation from the City Council will set minimum pay and working conditions, placing New York at the forefront of regulating a multibillion-dollar industry.

#city-council-nyc, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #food, #grubhub-inc, #law-and-legislation, #living-wage, #mobile-applications, #new-york-city, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-eats, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Food Delivery Apps Sue NY Over Fee Limits

Grubhub, Uber Eats and Door Dash have characterized a 15 percent cap on fees charged to restaurants as an unconstitutional measure that will hurt consumers.

#city-council-nyc, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #grubhub-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #restaurants, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-eats

Biden to Visit Northeast Flood Zones as Demand Grows for Climate Action

The president will visit hard-hit areas in New York and New Jersey, as residents call for more serious action on climate change.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #city-council-nyc, #floods, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #new-jersey, #queens-nyc, #schumer-charles-e

Candidates for City Council Reflect a Diverse Shift in Leadership

The Council, which is poised to have a majority of women and its highest number of L.G.B.T.Q. New Yorkers, will be one of the most progressive in history.

#city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-city-councils, #new-york-city

N.Y.C.’s Police Chokehold Ban Is Struck Down by Court

In a victory for police unions, a state Supreme Court judge said a law passed by the City Council is too vaguely worded.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #city-council-nyc, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #supreme-courts-state

N.Y. City Council Is Set for a Complete Overhaul in Primary Election

As progressive groups hoped to push the Council to the left, early results showed two of their favored candidates had won and others appeared likely to be elected.

#city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-city-councils, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses

Five Choices? New Yorkers Take a New Voting Method in Stride

New York City voters used a ranked-choice voting system for the first time in a mayoral race on Tuesday.

#city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-city-councils, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #mayors, #ranked-choice-voting, #schweber-nate, #yang-andrew-1975

N.Y.C. Mayoral Primary: How and Where to Vote, Early Voting and More

What you should know about casting your ballot if you still want to do it early or are heading to the polls on Tuesday.

#city-council-nyc, #elections-borough-presidents, #elections-comptrollers, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-mayors, #elections-public-advocate, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #ranked-choice-voting

The N.Y.C. Mayoral Race Is a One-Party Affair

The Republican Party isn’t a factor in politics here. That’s a problem.

#city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses

New York Is Getting $22 Billion in Federal Aid. How Should It Be Spent?

Business leaders warn the mayor that an influx of aid could be squandered on short-term programs that won’t help the unemployed.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizens-budget-commission, #city-council-nyc, #culture-arts, #de-blasio-bill, #federal-aid-us, #garcetti-eric-m, #income-inequality, #johnson-corey, #jones-austin-jennifer, #labor-and-jobs, #lightfoot-lori, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-board-of-new-york, #small-business, #tax-policy-center, #united-states-economy

NYC and Homelessness: Lawmakers Take Dramatic Step to Stem Rise

The City Council overwhelmingly passed a measure to increase a city housing subsidy, in hopes of making tens of thousands of apartments more affordable to those who are homeless or facing eviction.

#city-council-nyc, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate