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  1. albany

    Cuomo’s Recipe to Plug $6B Budget Hole: Everyone Shares Medicaid Pain

    Proposed Medicaid changes could leave NYC on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars a year as governor put forward record $178.6 billion plan.

    albany

  2. gap year

    What You Need to Know to Decode Cuomo’s $175 Billion-Plus State Budget Speech

    New York’s quirk-packed budget process gets more complicated this year, thanks to a Medicaid-fueled $6 billion deficit. Here’s how it all affects you.

    gap year

  3. traffic

    NYC Congestion Pricing Plan Needs Open Doors, Watchdogs Say

    New York State’s Committee on Open Government is urging the MTA to make congestion pricing process more transparent.

    traffic

  4. ankle support

    City Scrambling to Get Electronic Monitors for New Bail Rules

    Even with new rules in effect, the city is looking at ankle bracelets and apps. Meanwhile, some defendants are being set free, sans monitoring.

    ankle support

  5. deep cuts

    With $6 Billion State Budget Deficit, Will Cuomo Target NYC?

    If history is any indicator, the governor will look to hit the city with social services cuts as ballooning Medicaid costs drive widening budget gap.

    deep cuts

  6. where are they now?

    Catching Up With New Yorkers You Met in THE CITY

    Here’s the latest on some folks who lived tales of hope, adversity and change during an eventful 2019. They have more stories to tell.

    where are they now?

  7. big challenge

    Greenpoint Activist Vies to Unseat 47-Year Incumbent Lentol

    With her Brooklyn Assembly run, community board member and environmental advocate Emily Gallagher joins wave of upstarts rattling entrenched pols.

    big challenge

  8. waiting game

    Tenants Hire Contractors to Help Back Rent Overcharge Claims

    New rent law could mean bigger payouts for those who seek a second opinion on landlords’ claims about the cost of apartment renovations.

    waiting game

  9. flight plan

    City Buildings Kill Thousands of Birds as Council Mulls ‘Friendly’ Facades

    Avian experts say up to 230,000 birds die annually in NYC collisions. Yet city and state lawmakers’ bills to end the carnage haven’t taken flight.

    flight plan

  10. new lease

    Pols Draft Proposal to Fine Brokers, Landlords Who Flout New Rent Laws

    Two Assembly members plan to introduce legislation to allow thousands in penalties for not following a $20 application cap and other reforms.

    new lease

  11. off track

    The MTA’s Running a Year Late on Its Next 20-Year To-Do List

    The agency’s “needs assessment” looking two decades into the future is being “worked on.” But transit watchdogs say it’s already too late.

    off track

  12. bumpy road

    Mixed Signals on Guarding Undocumented Driver’s License Info

    Reports ICE accessed photos and personal information in other states sparks cryptic tweet from Cuomo official as lawmaker offers privacy reassurances.

    bumpy road

  13. cloudy

    Scrapping Marijuana Raps a Daunting Task for Unprepared System

    The bill decriminalizing pot and expunging records leaves some dazed and confused over next steps. Meanwhile, repercussions remain for immigrants.

    cloudy

  14. cliff hanger

    Hike in Minimum Wage Is Net Loss for Those Whose Benefits Fall

    State lawmakers passed a bill requiring a study of the “benefits cliff” — when some families lose more in public benefits than they gain in income.

    cliff hanger

  15. puff puff pass

    After Legal Weed Push Fails, Albany Goes to Pot Plan B

    State legislative leaders agree on bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and expunges low-level convictions. Fines would start at $50.

    puff puff pass

  16. public housing

    Lawmaker Charges Mayor Snubbed $3 Billion Boost for Public Housing

    Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez says de Blasio killed his bill, which would have ended luxury apartment tax abatements and steered the money to NYCHA.

    public housing

  17. layleen polanco

    Pols Call to End ‘Torture’ of Solitary Confinement in City Jails

    The death of Layleen Polanco at Rikers Island prompts a strong statement from City Council progressives who demand action amid a growing movement.

    layleen polanco

  18. blown away

    Legal Pot Push Goes Up in Smoke as Deadline Nears

    With full marijuana legalization talks at an end-of-session impasse, Albany hashes out a decriminalization fallback and eyes loosening medical uses.

    blown away

  19. driving force

    Albany Approves Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented

    The bill passed the Senate Monday — and passed muster with the governor following an 11th-hour drama that threatened to upend the measure.

    driving force

  20. housing

    What Does N.Y.’s New Rent Law Mean for Tenants?

    A guide to the transformative legislation approved Friday in Albany.

    housing

  21. footing the bills

    Unfinished Business as Albany Session Clock Ticks Down

    There are six items high on the Legislature’s end-of-session to-do list. But even with control of both houses, Democrats may not get what they want.

    footing the bills

  22. albany

    Major Rent-Law Revamp Nears Finish Line in Albany

    Pendulum swings toward tenants as Democrat-dominated Legislature declares it’s “reached an agreement.” But tricky details still need resolving.

    albany

  23. key actions

    Prisoners Locked Out of State Criminal Justice Overhaul

    Bills calling for granting older inmates parole hearings and reining in solitary confinement languish late into the state Legislature’s session.

    key actions

  24. title bout

    Former Cuomo Official Slams Legislature Attempt to Gut Wine-and-Dine Ban

    Maria Vullo opposes bill, passed by the Assembly, to ease restrictions on title insurance agents notorious for wooing clients with strip club trips.

    title bout

  25. rent reform

    Cuomo and Lawmakers Signal Compromise on Rent Regulation Reforms

    With a June 15 deadline looming, it appears tenant advocates’ quest to eliminate charges for improvements to buildings and apartments is a no-go.

    rent reform

  26. cleaning up

    Car Wash Workers on Track to Get Long-Awaited Pay Raise

    A bill guaranteeing the auto cleaners minimum wage passed state Senate Wednesday, igniting new hopes for employees forced to rely on tips.

    cleaning up

  27. healthcare

    Airport Workers Turn to Albany for Healthcare and Paid Leave Benefits

    Late-session legislation seeks to mandate employer-provided benefits for airport and transportation hub workers from private contracting outfits.

    healthcare

  28. albany

    What’s at Stake in New York’s Rent Wars

    How landlords raise rents on regulated apartments beyond annual Rent Guidelines Board hikes — but not if tenant advocates get their way in Albany.

    albany

  29. field notes

    Court OKs Farmworker Rights, Increasing Pressure on Albany to Act

    For two decades, a proposal to limit work hours and offer overtime to farmworkers has stalled. But a court decision could change that.

    field notes

  30. capitol bill

    Eyeing D.C. Job, de Blasio Avoids Albany as Rent Reform Fight Looms

    The mayor, who declared his presidential candidacy last week, already has spent far more days out of state this year than he has in the state capital.

    capitol bill

  31. rent reform

    Landlords’ New Gambit: Teaming with Tenant Advocates on Rent Subsidies Push

    The real estate lobby backs new housing aid for the poor — seeking a bargaining chip as a firmly Democratic legislature tackles rent-law reforms.

    rent reform

  32. high hopes

    Albany Pols Firing Up Bill to Overhaul Medical Marijuana Program

    With hopes for recreational pot in New York in the weeds, the state legislature reignites a push for loosening medical marijuana regulations.

    high hopes

  33. commercial rent

    Landlords’ Ad Blitz Targets Tough Crowd: Tenants Rallying for Rent Law Reform

    As the newly Democratic-controlled state Legislature mobilizes to overhaul rent laws, the real estate industry is responding by spending big.

    commercial rent

  34. driving up costs

    Schools Bus Drivers Threaten Strike — and Management is on Their Side

    They hope a strike vote and lobbying will nudge Albany to approve a benefits boost on taxpayers’ dime. At stake: rides for 12,000 special-needs kids.

    driving up costs

  35. albany

    Far-Reaching Rent Reforms Resist Albany Consensus

    The Assembly’s tenant-friendly gambit puts pressure on the newly Democratic Senate to up the ante. But sweeping change is far from a sure thing.

    albany

  36. albany

    Congestion Digestion: What You Need to Know About the MTA Budget Boosters

    Albany’s deal will wring funds from motorists, pricey properties and online transactions — but it’s still not enough to save ailing subways and buses.

    albany