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“They told us there’s nothing they can do. They don’t have any more,” Johnson said. “We’re trying the best we can.” — On...
06/22/2021
NYC Poll Site Shortages: Missing Translators, 'A Table With Nobody'

“They told us there’s nothing they can do. They don’t have any more,” Johnson said. “We’re trying the best we can.” — On Tues. morning at the Jacob Riis Settlement Houses poll site in the Queensbridge Houses, two of the three BOE translators slated to serve the site—its Spanish-language and Chinese-language interpreters—had yet to show.

"We’re trying the best we can." A poll site in Queensbridge was missing its Spanish- and Chinese-language interpreters Tuesday morning. Workers handed out translated info cards instead, while the Korean interpreter was using Google Translate to assist voters.

New Yorkers have mixed feelings about the new ranked-choice voting system, here’s what they have to say:
06/22/2021
'I Don't See the Point': NYers React to Ranked Choice Voting

New Yorkers have mixed feelings about the new ranked-choice voting system, here’s what they have to say:

'For me it's not about choice—I know who I want to vote for and I voted for them,' one voter told City Limits Tuesday. Other said they like RCV, and that it prompted them do more research about the candidates than they normally would.

06/22/2021
Mayoral Candidates & Family Homelessness: A Video Voters' Guide : City Limits

Where do the mayoral candidates stand on family homelessness?

Between the year 2000 and the start of the pandemic, the number of homeless families in New York City roughly tripled. According to the 2019 HUD “point in time” count, homeless parents and their children made up more than half of the city’s total shelter population— 43,000 people living in f...

Health has rarely been a big topic on the campaign trail but often had a defining effect upon mayors—Max & Murphy break ...
06/22/2021
Video: Here's to Your Health, a Bigger Issue in 2021 Than Ever Before

Health has rarely been a big topic on the campaign trail but often had a defining effect upon mayors—Max & Murphy break down health issues in the 2021 race.

As Max & Murphy discuss in their latest issue brief, health has rarely been a big topic on the campaign trail but often had a defining effect upon mayors.

Four of the top candidates for Manhattan borough president have publicly sworn off money from developers and large landl...
06/22/2021
Manhattan Borough President Candidates—Mostly—Shun Developer Cash

Four of the top candidates for Manhattan borough president have publicly sworn off money from developers and large landlords.

Borough presidents have few real powers, but they do have a role in rezonings and development because they make advisory recommendations as part of the land use review.

Here’s a look at who’s running for Council District 10:
06/22/2021
Eight Candidates Compete for Upper Manhattan Council District Battered By Pandemic

Here’s a look at who’s running for Council District 10:

Many running to represent the ethnically diverse district—which is home to the largest population of Dominicans than any other community in the United States—said in campaign materials that COVID-19 should be a key priority for the incoming Council member.

06/22/2021
Primary Day: Thomas Smith on RCV

"I'm very definite on who I want to vote for. I've been voting since I was 18 and I'm going to be 54 in another month. So for me it's not about choice—I know who I want to vote for and I voted for them," said Thomas Smith, who was casting his ballot at PS 94 in Norwood in the Bronx.

Here are our takeaways from the final democratic mayoral debate:
06/22/2021
3 Takeaways from the Final Democratic Mayoral Debate

Here are our takeaways from the final democratic mayoral debate:

The event, hosted by NBC New York, Telemundo and Politico, featured slightly different questions than many of those asked in previous debates. Of course, ardent debate watchers will note that many of the candidates’ answers were not exactly new, but the format did elicit some interesting moments.

Happy Primary Day! Follow along with us today as we bring you coverage straight from the polls.
06/22/2021
2021 Primary Day Thread: NYC Votes for a New Mayor, City Council

Happy Primary Day!

Follow along with us today as we bring you coverage straight from the polls.

The winner of the primary will go on to compete on the ballot in November's general election—which in a city that leans as heavily Democratic as New York means most seats will be filled by whoever wins in June.

14 of the more than 300 candidates running for New York City’s 51 council seats have raised $100K or more.But how?
06/22/2021
14 NYC Council Candidates Raised $100K or More. How’d They Do It?

14 of the more than 300 candidates running for New York City’s 51 council seats have raised $100K or more.

But how?

The list includes influential incumbents like Land Use Chair Rafael Salamanca and Manhattan Councilmember Carlina Rivera, as well as a few prominent figures trying to claim their first public office and a couple of relative unknowns, who have raised a ton of cash in a short amount of time.

‘Sadly, inaction from both the city and state makes it clear that the system is rigged against parents like us, and we a...
06/21/2021
Opinion: Our Sons are Among NY’s 65K Ultra-Orthodox Children Lacking Secular Education

‘Sadly, inaction from both the city and state makes it clear that the system is rigged against parents like us, and we are running out of options for our children and their futures.’ | Opinion

‘In high school, one of our boys is receiving zero secular education, and the other will experience the same once he reaches that age. By not addressing this educational neglect, New York is robbing children of the opportunity to reach their full potential in life.’

El 8 y el 10 de junio pasado, las periodistas Aura Bogado y Laura Morel publicaron dos historias en Reveal del Center fo...
06/21/2021
Menores en centros de refugio para niños migrantes han sido entregados y arrestados por la policía local

El 8 y el 10 de junio pasado, las periodistas Aura Bogado y Laura Morel publicaron dos historias en Reveal del Center for Investigative Reporting sobre el trato a menores en el centro de refugio para niños migrantes.

El 8 y el 10 de junio pasado, las periodistas Aura Bogado y Laura Morel publicaron dos historias en Reveal del Center for Investigative Reporting sobre el trato a menores en el centro de refugio para niños migrantes.

“The thing about the CCRB is it’s a volunteer job, and you basically run the agency, even though you don’t get the suppo...
06/21/2021
Maya Wiley Defends Record as Chair of NYPD Oversight Board

“The thing about the CCRB is it’s a volunteer job, and you basically run the agency, even though you don’t get the support.”—Maya Wiley defended her year-long stint as chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

“The thing about the CCRB is it's a volunteer job, and you basically run the agency, even though you don't get the support,” the mayoral hopeful said of her year-long stint at the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Last Thursday, the New York City Council passed legislation Thursday that would force the city to assess the racial and ...
06/21/2021
Council Votes to Make Racial Impact Studies Part of NYC Land Use Process

Last Thursday, the New York City Council passed legislation Thursday that would force the city to assess the racial and ethnic impact of land use proposals that reshape existing communities.

Residents of low- to middle-income communities of color have resisted various neighborhood-level land use applications which they say will fuel gentrification and increase rents.

‘School policing is a public health crisis, inflicting disproportionate harm on the city’s students of color.’ | Opinion
06/18/2021
Opinion: NYC Budget Should Invest in Students’ Well-being, Not School Policing

‘School policing is a public health crisis, inflicting disproportionate harm on the city’s students of color.’ | Opinion

‘Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, which includes plans to increase funding for school police, tells us that our city’s leaders care more about controlling and arresting students than making sure they feel safe, supported, and cared for in schools.’

Sources report that vaccination among farmworkers is going well, with thousands estimated to have received the shots.
06/18/2021
Despite Delayed Start, Efforts to Vaccinate New York Farmworkers Bearing Fruit

Sources report that vaccination among farmworkers is going well, with thousands estimated to have received the shots.

Sources—including farmworkers, leaders of farmworker organizations, advocates and community centers that target this group—report that vaccination is going well, with thousands of farmworkers estimated to have received the shots.

Here are City Limits’ main takeaways from the final democratic mayoral debate:
06/18/2021
3 Takeaways from the Final Democratic Mayoral Debate

Here are City Limits’ main takeaways from the final democratic mayoral debate:

The event, hosted by NBC New York, Telemundo and Politico, featured slightly different questions than many of those asked in previous debates. Of course, ardent debate watchers will note that many of the candidates’ answers were not exactly new, but the format did elicit some interesting moments.

This year, four of the top candidates for Manhattan borough president have publicly sworn off money from developers and ...
06/17/2021
Manhattan Borough President Candidates Shun Developer Cash

This year, four of the top candidates for Manhattan borough president have publicly sworn off money from developers and large landlords as they vie to replace term-limited beep Gale Brewer.

Borough presidents have few real powers, but they do have a role in rezonings and development because they make advisory recommendations as part of the land use review.

‘Why are we waiting for someone else to be resourceful for us?’—This Bronx community garden continues to provide mutual ...
06/17/2021
For Bronx Community Gardeners, Mutual Aid Continues Even as City Reopens

‘Why are we waiting for someone else to be resourceful for us?’—This Bronx community garden continues to provide mutual aid even as the city reopens.

‘If you wait for the city to do it for you, you’re going to be waiting forever,’ Mike Young, founder of the Padre Plaza Community Success Garden. ‘Why are we waiting for someone else to be resourceful for us?’

A pesar del inicio retrazado, vacunación entre trabajadores agrícolas de Nueva York está dando frutos.
06/17/2021
A pesar del inicio retrazado, vacunación entre trabajadores agrícolas de Nueva York está dando frutos

A pesar del inicio retrazado, vacunación entre trabajadores agrícolas de Nueva York está dando frutos.

Todas las fuentes consultadas, entre trabajadores agrícolas, líderes de organizaciones de trabajadores agrícolas, defensores de trabajadores agrícolas y centros de salud comunitarios que tienen como público objetivo a este grupo, reportan que la vacunación entre trabajadores agrícolas ha ido ...

Many running to represent Council District 10 said in campaign materials that COVID-19 should be a key priority for the ...
06/17/2021
Eight Candidates Compete for Upper Manhattan Council District Battered By Pandemic

Many running to represent Council District 10 said in campaign materials that COVID-19 should be a key priority for the incoming Council member.

Our latest installment in Council Countdown:

Many running to represent the ethnically diverse district—which is home to the largest population of Dominicans than any other community in the United States—said in campaign materials that COVID-19 should be a key priority for the incoming Council member.

‘Withholding or stealing rightfully earned wages robs workers of their dignity and places their families, for whom they ...
06/16/2021
Opinion: NYS Lawmakers Passed a Bill to Combat Wage Theft. Now Cuomo Must Sign It.

‘Withholding or stealing rightfully earned wages robs workers of their dignity and places their families, for whom they are vital providers, at risk of structural distress.’ | Opinion

‘This legislation demonstrates to workers across the state, especially immigrant and non-union workers, that they are valued. These workers put everything on the line in support of our state’s ability to make it through the pandemic and we cannot continue to fail them.’

Homeless New Yorkers have been bracing for a return to the barracks-style shelters for months, and with the public healt...
06/16/2021
NYC Set to Send Homeless Adults Back to Shelters as COVID-19 Rates Drop

Homeless New Yorkers have been bracing for a return to the barracks-style shelters for months, and with the public health crisis ebbing, Mayor de Blasio says it’s time to send thousands of homeless adults back to the big shelters.

Our latest:

Homeless New Yorkers have been bracing for a return to the barracks-style shelters for months. Nonprofit providers and DHS began sending letters as early as March urging homeless hotel residents to discard excess belongings to comply with a “two-bag policy” at shelters.

Intro. 1867, a legislation that would allow New Yorkers with lawful permanent resident status (green card holders) to be...
06/16/2021
Bill to Allow Noncitizens to Vote in NYC Elections Languishes, Despite Majority Support

Intro. 1867, a legislation that would allow New Yorkers with lawful permanent resident status (green card holders) to become voters, has not been resolved in over a year.

Intro. 1867, which would expand the electorate on municipal ballots by giving voting rights to lawful permanent residents (green card holders) and immigrants authorized to work, has not been resolved in more than a year.

She has stayed at the Ellington for two years and has worked the whole time, including a stint registering New Yorkers a...
06/15/2021
Hotel Shelter Closure Scatters Families in Search of Permanent Homes

She has stayed at the Ellington for two years and has worked the whole time, including a stint registering New Yorkers at the Javits Center vaccine site, she said. She recently began a new job with Amazon.

“I did it for my family and now I’m stuck,” Wells said of entering the shelter. “I’m like, what am I doing wrong?”

The 40 or so families living at the Hotel Ellington in Manhattan, where the city has been paying for rooms to house homeless New Yorkers for nearly two decades, were told late last month they would have to move. “I'm tired of moving," one tenant said.

So far, former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia has received the largest number of heavy-hitting endorsements from...
06/15/2021
Where NYC’s Mayoral Candidates Stand on Climate Change

So far, former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia has received the largest number of heavy-hitting endorsements from green groups. See what she and the other candidates are proposing when it comes to climate change and environmental issues: https://bit.ly/3xkMivK

As the primary race wraps up, endorsements from environmental groups abound. Who made the cut?

More than 2,000 New Yorkers are estimated to have died prematurely in a single year from the effects of pollution from v...
06/10/2021
Vehicle Pollution Caused an Estimated 2,000 New Yorkers’ Deaths in One Year: Study

More than 2,000 New Yorkers are estimated to have died prematurely in a single year from the effects of pollution from vehicle emissions—even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published Tuesday.

Check out our latest:

42 percent of those estimated deaths were linked to vehicle pollution from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The findings support an argument for interstate vehicle emissions policies, researchers explained.

Advocates and lawmakers say the Fair Chance Housing Act is crucial for addressing the city’s homelessness problem by ena...
06/09/2021
Advocates Urge NYC to Ban Criminal Background Checks for Apartment Applicants

Advocates and lawmakers say the Fair Chance Housing Act is crucial for addressing the city’s homelessness problem by enabling more New Yorkers to move out of shelters.

The Fair Chance for Housing Act would bar landlords and brokers from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants, a barrier to housing for the formerly incarcerated and their families.

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