Adams Concerned about Hochul’s MTA Budget + Lawsuit Threatens New Council Maps
No. 311 | Monday February 27, 2023
The NYC Thorn is a weekly roundup of local political news compiled by members of NYC-DSA.
Mayor Eric Adams identified areas of disagreement with Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget, including MTA funding.
The New York State Democratic Party’s decline in last year’s election may be attributable to lack of housing policy.
Landlords of office buildings in midtown Manhattan, which have seen rising vacancies since the pandemic began, are resisting calls to convert their buildings to residential use.
The Sanitation Department’s plan to overhaul its commercial waste collection program was delayed nearly two years to the end of 2024. Advocates for change have cited rampant worker mistreatment and dangers to public safety as urgent reasons for the overhaul.
The US Army Corps of Engineers released its plan for a $52 billion project to protect New York City with a system of waterfront barriers. A coalition of local environmental groups have raised significant concerns about the plan.
The Freelance Isn't Free Act, which Gov. Hochul vetoed last year, was reintroduced by State Senator Andrew Gounardes (District 22, Western Brooklyn) and Assembly Member Harry Bronson (District 138, Rochester).
Madison Square Garden is facing hearings to discuss renewing the arena’s operating permit in Midtown. Transit advocates widely believe that the arena stands in the way of renovating and expanding Penn Station capacity.
A recent study shows that New York State leads the country in the amount of public money given to for-profit colleges.
Keith Brown, a Republican Assembly Member representing Long Island, also works as a corporate lawyer representing clients with business before the State.
The medical residents and fellows at Montefiore Medical Center are unionizing with CIR/SEIU.
A Hell’s Kitchen landlord wants toevict an elderly couple due to being stuck in Ecuador during the pandemic.
Groups representing voters in Queens are suing the City Council over newly drawn district maps that don’t include a majority Asian American district.
The implosion of Hector LaSalle’s judicial nomination, the Senate’s passage of the Build Public Renewables Act, and the momentum behind Good Cause Eviction illustrate how NYC-DSA’s electoral success has shifted political dynamics in Albany to the left.
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