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Lisa Daglian, who represents the riding public on the MTA board, says $6 billion that the agency received in federal fun...
01/12/2022
Feds Send MTA $6 Billion To Keep "Secret Sauce" Flowing

Lisa Daglian, who represents the riding public on the MTA board, says $6 billion that the agency received in federal funding will “will help stave off transit-pocalypse for riders and our region, which is still being pummeled by COVID.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called this the largest lump sum payment to a transit agency ever.

“Everything is limited to a degree that’s never been seen before,” says attorney Christopher Boyle of the New York Count...
01/12/2022
Rikers Hunger Strike Enters Fifth Day

“Everything is limited to a degree that’s never been seen before,” says attorney Christopher Boyle of the New York County Defender Services. “And they’ve had enough. They’ve finally said this is what we’re going to do to get some attention."

An estimated 200 incarcerated people are going without food to protest conditions on the island. Officials deny that detainees have stopped eating completely.

Following President Biden's announcement that private health insurance companies will be required to cover at-home COVID...
01/12/2022
Save Your Receipts — Insurers Still Figuring Out How To Provide Free At-Home Tests Under Biden Plan

Following President Biden's announcement that private health insurance companies will be required to cover at-home COVID tests, Sabrina Corlette from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University says "people should definitely hang on" to receipts as the administration did not standardize a reimbursement process.

Biden says health plans have to cover eight free at-home COVID tests a month. In some cases, people will have to pay for their tests up front and then seek to get reimbursed.

“The budget I put forward will not come with any tax increases,” New Jersey Governor Murphy said in his State of the Sta...
01/12/2022
In State of the State, Gov. Phil Murphy Talks Property Taxes. A lot.

“The budget I put forward will not come with any tax increases,” New Jersey Governor Murphy said in his State of the State address. "We will continue our work taking on the one issue that has stood in the way of too many New Jersey families for far too long – property taxes.” https://bit.ly/3HYoa7l

In his annual speech, the Gov. Phil Murphy mentioned taxes 33 times, more than triple the amount of his 2021 address.

“After you’ve seen what I’ve seen, I can’t [stay there]. Everytime I go to my window I’m going to hear the screams,” say...
01/12/2022
Tenants Displaced By Bronx Fire Face Difficult Path Forward

“After you’ve seen what I’ve seen, I can’t [stay there]. Everytime I go to my window I’m going to hear the screams,” says Ken Otisi, who says he has no choice but to find a new place to live. “I’ll stay in the hotel as long as I have to.”

Those allowed to go back reported broken windows and soot-covered belongings, while hundreds of other tenants remained stuck in hotels, awaiting news about when and if they’ll be able to return to their homes.

In total, authorities say that 17 people died in the Bronx fire, all from smoke inhalation. Of the fourteen people ident...
01/12/2022
“We Are All Hurt” — What We Know About The Victims Of The Bronx Fire

In total, authorities say that 17 people died in the Bronx fire, all from smoke inhalation. Of the fourteen people identified by the city so far, spread out over at least four families, eleven of the victims were from Gambia.

In total, seventeen people, ranging in age from two to 50, all died of smoke inhalation, authorities said.

“The main goal we have is to have a temporary shutdown of schools in NYC and a hybrid option for students who have food ...
01/11/2022
Scores Of NYC High Schoolers Walk Out Of Classes Demanding Remote Learning During COVID Surge

“The main goal we have is to have a temporary shutdown of schools in NYC and a hybrid option for students who have food insecurities or who need childcare. We also want more COVID testing for students and staff," says junior Samantha Farrow.

While precise numbers were not immediately available, organizers estimated hundreds of students participated, with about 400 students walking out at Brooklyn Tech alone.

"We bring glowing stuff to the plaza because it's the middle of winter, it's cold and dark, and people need something to...
01/11/2022
Photos: The Garment District Gets A New Public Art Glow Up

"We bring glowing stuff to the plaza because it's the middle of winter, it's cold and dark, and people need something to lift their spirits," says, Barbara Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. "And it's in Midtown Manhattan, and Midtown Manhattan is open for business again."

The illuminated, musical pedestrian tunnel will be on view through February 13.

Today at a hearing, the state Public Health and Health Planning Council approved Governor Hochul's booster mandate for h...
01/11/2022
New York To Require Health Care Workers To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

Today at a hearing, the state Public Health and Health Planning Council approved Governor Hochul's booster mandate for health care workers. The mandate requires health care workers to get a booster shot within two weeks of becoming eligible.

Governor Kathy Hochul billed the requirement as a first-in-the-nation move.

Smoke detectors, self-closing doors, emergency exits, sprinklers, and who you should complain to. In wake of the Bronx f...
01/11/2022
Is Your High-Rise Equipped For Fire?

Smoke detectors, self-closing doors, emergency exits, sprinklers, and who you should complain to. In wake of the Bronx fire that claimed 17 lives, experts lay out steps residents can take to ensure their building is equipped for a fire.

Experts shared the basics of fire safety in city apartment buildings.

“When something happens in New York, everyone comes together,” says Mohamed Trawalley, a registered nurse and Gambian im...
01/11/2022
"It Cannot Be Imagined." A Close Community Begins To Grieve After Bronx Fire

“When something happens in New York, everyone comes together,” says Mohamed Trawalley, a registered nurse and Gambian immigrant who has lived at Twin Parks North West with his family for nearly a decade.

“It’s always been the case since I’ve been here.”

Twin Parks North West, where the fire broke out, had long been a center of gravity for the Bronx's West African community.

Here are some ways to help residents and their families who live in the 120-unit building in the Tremont section of the ...
01/11/2022
Here's How To Help Survivors Of The Bronx Fire

Here are some ways to help residents and their families who live in the 120-unit building in the Tremont section of the Bronx.

Here are some ways to help residents and their families who live in the 120-unit building in the Tremont section of the borough.

In a complaint filed Monday in Richmond County State Supreme Court, the plaintiffs, led by Staten Island Borough Preside...
01/10/2022
Republicans File Lawsuit To Block New York City's Noncitizen Voting Law

In a complaint filed Monday in Richmond County State Supreme Court, the plaintiffs, led by Staten Island Borough President Vito Fosella, argue that this expansion of the electorate is illegal under the state constitution and state election law, and will “dilute the votes of United States citizens.”

The plaintiffs argue that this expansion of the electorate is illegal under the state constitution and state election law, and will “dilute the votes of United States citizens.”

Mayor Eric Adams on Monday said 17 people, including 8 children had so far perished in Sunday’s at a high-rise Bronx apa...
01/10/2022
City Revises Bronx Death Count Down, But Many Still "Fighting For Their Lives"

Mayor Eric Adams on Monday said 17 people, including 8 children had so far perished in Sunday’s at a high-rise Bronx apartment building — a lower number than the 19 deaths city officials reported Sunday.

The death toll went from 19 to 17 and from nine children to eight, but officials are still investigating.

As of October, 591,000 households in New York — about 407,800 in NYC — are behind on rent, according to the research gro...
01/10/2022
Tenants Look to Albany as Eviction Moratorium Is Set to Expire

As of October, 591,000 households in New York — about 407,800 in NYC — are behind on rent, according to the research group National Equity Atlas.

“People are going to be threatened with eviction again and we’re still in the midst of COVID," says Legal Aid Society attorney Ellen Davidson.

The pandemic eviction moratorium will end on Jan. 15 and is unlikely to be extended again.

Governor Hochul announced Friday that her administration will require health care workers to get a booster shot within t...
01/10/2022
New York To Require Health Care Workers To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

Governor Hochul announced Friday that her administration will require health care workers to get a booster shot within two weeks of becoming eligible, billing it as a first-in-the-nation requirement on the state level.

Governor Kathy Hochul billed the requirement as a first-in-the-nation move.

Fewer babies were born in New York City in 2020 than any year on record, while more residents died across the five borou...
01/09/2022
NYC Had Most Deaths Since 1970s, Fewest Births Ever In First Pandemic Year

Fewer babies were born in New York City in 2020 than any year on record, while more residents died across the five boroughs in a single year than they had since the early 1970s, according to recently released city data.

Data from the city's health department shows Covid-19's alarming effect on vital statistics.

New York City must provide dedicated, separate housing for homeless trans and gender non-conforming people in city shelt...
01/09/2022
NYC Must Provide Separate Housing for Trans People in Homeless Shelters Under New Settlement

New York City must provide dedicated, separate housing for homeless trans and gender non-conforming people in city shelters in four boroughs, according to the terms of a recent legal settlement with activist Mariah Lopez.

Following a lawsuit brought by a trans activist, the city will be required to implement a number of changes to make the shelter system safer for trans and gender non-conforming people.

From paper tickets accepted by an attendant to magnetic tokens to today's MetroCard—introduced on January 6th, 1994 and ...
01/09/2022
A Brief History Of How New Yorkers Have Paid For The Subway

From paper tickets accepted by an attendant to magnetic tokens to today's MetroCard—introduced on January 6th, 1994 and pitched by a "big-eared, bug-eyed" mascot named the "Cardvaark"—here’s a brief history of how New Yorkers have paid for the subway.

The MetroCard was introduced on January 6th, 1994, the start of a long goodbye for the subway token. But before all that, we had paper tickets and dime-dropping.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul wants to permanently legalize the sale of cocktails to-go as part of a small business rec...
01/09/2022
Hochul Backs Permanent Legalization Of To-Go Cocktails As Part Of Recovery Plan

New York Governor Kathy Hochul wants to permanently legalize the sale of cocktails to-go as part of a small business recovery plan outlined in her first State of the State address Wednesday afternoon.

The governor said making to-go cocktails legal would help boost the fortunes of struggling bars and restaurants.

A long sought train connection between Brooklyn and Queens may become a reality, as Governor Hochul announced she wants ...
01/09/2022
Hochul Promises "Inter-Borough Express" Rail Service To Connect Brooklyn And Queens

A long sought train connection between Brooklyn and Queens may become a reality, as Governor Hochul announced she wants to "take an old, unused, 14-mile-long right-of-way and create what we're calling the Inter-Borough Express" during her State of the State address.

The governor made the announcement during her State of the State address.

For nearly 93 years, the Cortés family has been making chocolate in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Now, they've...
01/09/2022
Beloved Puerto Rican Chocolatier Cortés Opens Ridiculously Good Restaurant In The Bronx

For nearly 93 years, the Cortés family has been making chocolate in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Now, they've opened their second Chocobar Cortés—and first outside of Puerto Rico—in the South Bronx.

"If you are Puerto Rican or Dominican, you grew up with our chocolate. So for us, it was important to come to where our community is in NYC."

Mott Haven gets a big winner with the all-day cafe Chocobar Cortés.

Newly sworn-in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has instructed his staff to halt prosecutions for a handful of lo...
01/08/2022
Manhattan DA Bragg Tells Staff to Stop Prosecuting Certain Offenses

Newly sworn-in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has instructed his staff to halt prosecutions for a handful of low-level offenses, to only seek bail in certain cases and to never seek life sentences for any crime, according to a memo sent out to employees this week.

In his first week in office, Bragg issued a memo to staff telling them to stop prosecuting crimes such as trespassing, traffic violations, resisting arrest and prostitution.

With COVID cases on the rise due to the omicron variant, city workers are hopeful that Mayor Adams will be more receptiv...
01/08/2022
City Employees Press Adams For Work-From-Home Option After De Blasio Refused

With COVID cases on the rise due to the omicron variant, city workers are hopeful that Mayor Adams will be more receptive to their calls for work-from-home rules after former Mayor de Blasio required workers to go back to the office.

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to budge on his policy requiring city employees to work in-person. Some say they're hopeful that new Mayor Eric Adams will be more receptive to their calls for flexible work-from-home rules.

On Jan. 6, 1994, the MTA introduced MetroCards and began replacing the iconic tokens long used by straphangers. But let’...
01/08/2022
A Brief History Of How New Yorkers Have Paid For The Subway

On Jan. 6, 1994, the MTA introduced MetroCards and began replacing the iconic tokens long used by straphangers. But let’s go back to where it all began in 1904: with a simple paper ticket torn by an attendant. Here’s a brief history of how we’ve paid for the subway.

The MetroCard was introduced on January 6th, 1994, the start of a long goodbye for the subway token. But before all that, we had paper tickets and dime-dropping.

“Don't forget just last November two voter friendly constitutional amendments, both went down in a blaze of misinformati...
01/08/2022
On Insurrection Anniversary, NY Lawmakers Push Voting Rights

“Don't forget just last November two voter friendly constitutional amendments, both went down in a blaze of misinformation and dark money. And the billionaire who funded the opposition said this week, of all weeks, that he's ready for round two,” said State Senator Myrie.

Legislators invoked the Capitol rioters and warned against efforts to stymie voting rights in New York.

“As you would expect because there’s so much community transmission, we’ve had people [in] car accidents COVID positive,...
01/07/2022
New, Preliminary State Data Shows Half of People In NYC Hospitals with COVID-19 Were Admitted for Other Reasons

“As you would expect because there’s so much community transmission, we’ve had people [in] car accidents COVID positive, coming to deliver a baby, COVID positive,” Dr. Mitchell Katz, the CEO of the city’s public hospital system, said on Thursday.
“Absolutely, there are people as part of those hospital statistics who are COVID cases.”

The state issued the numbers Friday after Gov. Kathy Hochul said this week she would ask hospitals to track patients who were not admitted for Covid, but were later diagnosed.

“As you would expect because there’s so much community transmission, we’ve had people [in] car accidents COVID positive,...
01/07/2022
New, Preliminary State Data Shows Half of People In NYC Hospitals with COVID-19 Were Admitted for Other Reasons

“As you would expect because there’s so much community transmission, we’ve had people [in] car accidents COVID positive, coming to deliver a baby, COVID positive,” Dr. Mitchell Katz, the CEO of the city’s public hospital system, said on Thursday.

“Absolutely, there are people as part of those hospital statistics who are COVID cases.”

The state issued the numbers Friday after Gov. Kathy Hochul said this week she would ask hospitals to track patients who were not admitted for Covid, but were later diagnosed.

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Environmental advocates say building a new power plant is antithetical to New Jersey Governor Murphy’s promises to protect Black and brown communities from being exposed to more polluting facilities.
Lisa Daglian, who represents the riding public on the MTA board, says $6 billion that the agency received in federal funding will “will help stave off transit-pocalypse for riders and our region, which is still being pummeled by COVID.”
New York and New Jersey are joining forces in an attempt to turn the region into a hub for wind energy by auctioning about a half-million acres of an offshore area for wind power development.
“Everything is limited to a degree that’s never been seen before,” says attorney Christopher Boyle of the New York County Defender Services. “And they’ve had enough. They’ve finally said this is what we’re going to do to get some attention."
Following President Biden's announcement that private health insurance companies will be required to cover at-home COVID tests, Sabrina Corlette from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University says "people should definitely hang on" to receipts as the administration did not standardize a reimbursement process.
“The budget I put forward will not come with any tax increases,” New Jersey Governor Murphy said in his State of the State address. "We will continue our work taking on the one issue that has stood in the way of too many New Jersey families for far too long – property taxes.” https://bit.ly/3HYoa7l
“After you’ve seen what I’ve seen, I can’t [stay there]. Everytime I go to my window I’m going to hear the screams,” says Ken Otisi, who says he has no choice but to find a new place to live. “I’ll stay in the hotel as long as I have to.”
In total, authorities say that 17 people died in the Bronx fire, all from smoke inhalation. Of the fourteen people identified by the city so far, spread out over at least four families, eleven of the victims were from Gambia.
“The main goal we have is to have a temporary shutdown of schools in NYC and a hybrid option for students who have food insecurities or who need childcare. We also want more COVID testing for students and staff," says junior Samantha Farrow.
"We bring glowing stuff to the plaza because it's the middle of winter, it's cold and dark, and people need something to lift their spirits," says, Barbara Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. "And it's in Midtown Manhattan, and Midtown Manhattan is open for business again."
Today at a hearing, the state Public Health and Health Planning Council approved Governor Hochul's booster mandate for health care workers. The mandate requires health care workers to get a booster shot within two weeks of becoming eligible.
Smoke detectors, self-closing doors, emergency exits, sprinklers, and who you should complain to. In wake of the Bronx fire that claimed 17 lives, experts lay out steps residents can take to ensure their building is equipped for a fire.