Policy

Coronavirus

Should NY relax its mask mandate?

Public health experts and epidemiologists are concerned that doing so could lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

NYC Department of Transportation

So when will NYC have congestion pricing?

Biden’s approval of an environmental assessment is a shortcut on the long road to completing the toll project.

New York City

How NYC can protect residents from extreme heat

Air conditioning is a lifeline, and it’s expensive. There are policies that can help.

Energy & Environment

Achieving New York’s climate goals will be massively challenging

From retrofitting buildings to finding land for renewable energy projects, the state is in for a few decades of really hard work.

Criminal justice

The police are watching you, and some lawmakers aren’t happy about it

Concerns about police surveillance hardly begin and end with “digidog.”

Labor

When union endorsements matter, and when they don’t

In 2021, the smaller the race, the bigger the bounce from organized labor’s backing.

Coronavirus

Is NY reopening too quickly?

It all depends on how well the city can adhere to COVID-19 restrictions.

Education

How did New York colleges use federal coronavirus relief money?

Some schools cut tuition and others reimbursed students for on-campus housing.

Energy & Environment

Dust to dust

A bill would legalize “natural organic reduction” of human bodies.

New York City

New York is inching toward its MWBE goals

The pandemic hit MWBEs particularly hard, making New York City and state contracting even more important.

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Coronavirus

Prisoners slowly receiving COVID-19 vaccines

After winning a lawsuit against Cuomo and navigating the J&J pause, incarcerated people are finally getting vaccinated.

New York Health Act

Progressives are enlisting businesses in support of New York Health Act

A successful single-payer system would give employees of small businesses more access to health care.

Budget

De Blasio proposes expanded “recovery budget”

New York City’s fiscal outlook was improved by the federal pandemic relief package.

Housing

Lawmakers are extending eviction moratorium the easy way

A quick deal gives Democratic lawmakers four more months to figure out how to avoid a potential tidal wave of residential and commercial evictions.

Energy & Environment

Climate bill would tax carbon in New York

New legislation aims to raise billions of dollars to fund a “just transition” away from fossil fuels.

Energy & Environment

Mayoral hopefuls tout their green thumbs

The crowded field of candidates in New York City’s upcoming June primary discussed their plans for the environment in a new Earth Day video.

New York State

Gas plant in Newburgh tests limits of NY’s landmark climate law

Can the state meet its ambitious green energy goals if it permits an increased burning of fracked gas?