COVID Rates Are Low in Schools but Spiking in Prisons + Menchaca Enters Mayoral Race

Local News

  • COVID testing in NYC public schools has revealed a remarkably low positivity rate, suggesting that the City’s program to reopen public schools has so far not resulted in an outbreak as many predicted.
  • Some of the Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn that have experienced COVID outbreaks over the past month have started to show a decrease in cases.
  • A poll revealed that a majority of New Yorkers approve of how both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have handled the COVID pandemic.
  • COVID-19 rates are spiking across two New York State prisons. The Department of Corrections has failed to test all incarcerated individuals and correctional officers are not obligated to undergo regular testing. The outbreaks have been linked to clusters in neighboring schools and assisted living systems.
  • The City is creating a plan to bring a quarter of government employees back......
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New Push to Tax NY’s Rich + Billionaire Trying to Prevent Democratic Supermajority

Local News:

  • While Cuomo has stalled efforts to close the looming budget deficit, state lawmakers have introduced a variety of bills that would increase taxes on the ultra-wealthy. Meanwhile, CUNY is facing severe budget cuts due to revenue shortfalls incurred by COVID and a refusal from Cuomo to raise new revenue.
  • Incoming and incumbent left-wing state legislators are pursuing rent cancellation and an eviction moratorium in an effort to prevent a homelessness crisis.
  • New York judges are posting higher partially secured bonds (PSBs) in an effort to further undermine 2019 bail reforms. Since the state rolled back the 2019 bail reforms, New York City’s pretrial detention population has increased by almost 16%.
  • Cuomo threatened to pull state funding for yeshivas that were noncompliant with COVID restrictions. The New York Times connected resistance to COVID guidelines in Brooklyn’s orthodox Jewish communities to......
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Protests in Borough Park + Menchaca, Wiley Eye Mayoral Runs

Local News:

  • NYPD intends to arrest City Council candidate Heshy Tischler for inciting a riot after a reporter with Jewish Insider was violently attacked at an anti-mask protest in Borough Park. The protests were in response to the Governor’s new restrictions on mass gatherings, which were strenuously opposed by elected officials aligned with the Hasidic community such as State Senator Simcha Felder and City Council Member Chaim Deutsch. A 34-year-old Hasidic man was beaten unconscious after urging compliance with coronavirus safety measures.
  • A federal judge denied a legal challenge filed by religious groups seeking to suspend the Governor’s new restrictions on mass gatherings.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents misidentified themselves as “local police” during a raid in Inwood last week. Immigration advocates and local officials decried the raid as the latest instance of ICE impersonating other law enforcement agencies in New......
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Gowanus Rezoning Process Starts in January + AM Mosley Challenging Souffrant Forrest in General Election

Local News

  • Deputy Mayor for housing and economic development Vicki Been announced that the City will start the Gowanus neighborhood rezoning process by January. City Council Members Stephen Levin and Brad Lander support the new timeline, which allows nearly a year for the plan to get through the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.
  • The New York City Council’s Committee On Standards and Ethics voted to recommend expelling Bronx Council Member Andy King from the City Council. King has been disciplined by the Council several times for conflicts of interest violations and sexual harassment allegations; until now, he has refused to pay the associate fines or cooperate with the monitor. The full Council will vote on his expulsion this week.
  • Ronald Lauder, billionaire heir to the Estée Lauder fortune and long-time donor and ally of Governor Andrew Cuomo, has donated $1.7 million to an independent......
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Gowanus Rezoning Process Starts in January + AM Mosley Challenging Souffrant Forrest in General Election

Local News:

  • Deputy Mayor for housing and economic development Vicki Been announced that the City will start the Gowanus neighborhood rezoning process by January. City Council Members Stephen Levin and Brad Lander support the new timeline, which allows nearly a year for the plan to get through the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.

  • The New York City Council’s Committee On Standards and Ethics voted to recommend expelling Bronx Council Member Andy King from the City Council. King has been disciplined by the Council several times for conflicts of interest violations and sexual harassment allegations; until now, he has refused to pay the associate fines or cooperate with the monitor. The full Council will vote on his expulsion this week.

  • Ronald Lauder, billionaire heir to the Estée Lauder fortune and long-time donor and ally of Governor Andrew Cuomo, has donated $1.7......

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