- Amazon announced plans to lease office space for 1,500 employees in Hudson Yards, prompting AOC and State Senator Michael Gianaris (District 12, Astoria) to take a victory lap, citing that Amazon had committed to more than twice as many jobs than their year-one projections for their proposed headquarters in Long Island City, even without the $3 billion in incentives on offer from the Governor and Mayor. Earlier in the week, the Times revisited the Amazon HQ fight while examining a year of political defeats for the real estate industry.
- Multiple NYPD officers who patrolled the subway from 2011-2015 have testified that they were explicitly told by superiors to target black and Latino New Yorkers, while easing enforcement of white and Asian people.
- The Department of Transportation announced a pilot program to introduce cargo ebikes for local deliveries in place of trucks and......
- The New York State Public Campaign Financing Commission held its final meeting, where they voted to create a new statewide system of public funding for state campaigns and to increase the vote threshold required for parties to secure a position on the ballot. The Commission voted to create an opt-in system where candidates will receive matching public funds for donations up to $250 (per donor). Only contributions from donors within a candidate’s district will be matchable (for statewide candidates that is the whole state).
- The Commission also opted to make it more difficult for third parties to get on the ballot, increasing the threshold from 50,000 votes to 130,000 votes (or 2% of turnout). The Conservative Party will likely meet this threshold, but it will be a challenge for the Working Families Party and the Green Party, an outcome that the WFP had feared......
- The NYPD crackdown on subway “quality of life” issues continues to have disastrous results. This week saw fallout from the arrest of a woman for selling churros, a homeless woman being assaulted by police officers in Queens, and a ticket for putting up post-its. A protest in Harlem against the subway crackdown resulted in 58 more arrests.
- New York City Council staffers have formally launched a union drive. Roughly 150 employees have already signed onto the effort and organizers are hoping to organize roughly 600 staff members in total, including both central staff and those who work directly for council members. The union, known as the Association for Legislative Employees, will be unaffiliated to avoid potential conflicts of interest with labor unions.
- The Queens DA office has agreed to release internal records on police officers whose honesty has been challenged......
Following an open letter signed by dozens of current and former City Council staffers that condemned abuse and harassment of Council staffers, District Council 37 has expressed interest in unionizing these workers. However, many think Council staffers will not opt to organize with a large union but a smaller one, due to concerns about the strong ties between these unions and City Council Members.
The NYPD maintained an illegal database of juvenile fingerprints, violating a State law requiring them to be destroyed. The database was discovered by Legal Aid lawyers, and has now been shut down.
The MTA has revealed it will cost the agency $249 million through 2023 to hire the 500 new subway police officers that Governor Cuomo has requested.
The City Council passed several pieces of legislation Thursday, including a plan to
- Election Night ended in mostly expected results: Jumaane Williams won the Public Advocate race, Melinda Katz won the Queens DA race, Farah Louis was again voted into the City Council seat she won in a February special election, and all five ballot proposal were approved by voters.
- The New York Republican Party continues to lose its grip on suburban and upstate counties, with Adam Bello defeated the Republican incumbent in Rochester, becoming the first Democrat to be elected Monroe County Executive in 27 years.
- Former Vito Lopez staffer Andy Marte has filed to run against Julia Salazar
- Democrat Loree Sutton announced her candidacy for mayor. Sutton stepped down as the Veterans’ Services Commissioner last month, and was an Army brigadier general and the Army’s highest ranking psychiatrist before she joined the de Blasio administration. She recently registered as a Democrat and describes......
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