Report Slams De Blasio for Campaign Finance, Again

Local News:

  • The New York City Department of Investigation released a report accusing Mayor Bill de Blasio of misusing about $320,000 of city funds on travel and security, particularly during his 2020 presidential campaign. This is part of the nearly $1 million the mayor owes to lawyers, campaign consultants, and lobbyists.
  • Governor Hochul has officially halted the LaGuardia AirTrain project and is asking the Port Authority to explore alternatives.
  • Mayor de Blasio announced a plan to scrap the city’s Gifted and Talented program. Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams has said he is not only opposed to getting rid of the program, but also would work to expand it.
  • City Council is considering passing a bill that would require restaurants to include plastic cutlery with to-go orders if only if customers specifically request it. Meanwhile, the ban on plastic straws that City Council......
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Head of Major NYPD Union Resigns + Dem Chair Endorses Hochul

Local News

  • Following FBI raids of his office and his Long Island home, Ed Mullins resigned as chairman of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association. Since 2002, Mullins has used his platform as head of one the NYPD’s biggest unions to resist any police reform efforts, and has engaged in personal, misogynistic, and racist attacks on many prominent New York City officials.
  • After promising to clean house of Andrew Cuomo’s closest allies, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she would retain Robert Mujica as state budget director. Mujica formerly worked for Senate Republicans and was thought to be central to Cuomo’s austerity agenda.
  • New York’s Excluded Workers Fund, the state relief money for undocumented workers, has stopped taking new applicants as it runs low of funds.
  • Governor Hochul directed the Port Authority to reexamine Cuomo’s controversial “AirTrain” project, which would build a new transit line......
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De Blasio Visits Rikers In Crisis + Jumaane Williams Announces He May Run for Governor

Local News

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Rikers Island on Monday amid growing scrutiny into deplorable conditions at the jail complex. It was his first trip there in more than four years, and he did not speak to detainees or staff.
  • Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has directed prosecutors not to ask for bail in nonviolent cases, so as not to increase the Rikers population.
  • After advocating for and approving the project in 2017, Council Member Laurie Cumbo called the Bedford Union Armory development a “failure” after its developers failed to follow through on providing a significant number of discount rec center memberships for the Crown Heights community.
  • De Blasio launched an investigation following the revelation that several active NYPD officers are members of the far-right anti-government militia group the Oath Keepers.
  • Responding to concerns that officers are rude to civilians, the NYPD will......
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Food Delivery Workers Win Landmark Protections + Rikers Crisis Continues

Local News

  • The New York City Council passed legislation to set minimum working standards for app-based food delivery workers, the first of its kind nationwide. Los Deliveristas Unidos, a grassroots collective of immigrant food delivery workers, began organizing last winter around the issue of bathroom access.
  • State hospitals and nursing homes are preparing for waves of layoffs and resignations in response to New York State’s vaccine mandate. While some hospital systems have near 99-percent vaccination rates, compliance varies widely among providers. Governor Kathy Hochul is considering calling in the National Guard to replace fired hospital workers.
  • Schools are also preparing for staff shortages, with as many as 10,000 teachers still unvaccinated (although the teachers’ number says the numbers are lower), and nearly 20,000 other school staff members not having received a shot. Over 500 school staffers have received religious exemptions. Unions for......
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A Humanitarian Crisis at Rikers + City Council Speaker Race Heats Up

Local News

  • Assemblymember Emily Gallagher, Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani, State Senator Julia Salazar, State Senator Jabari Brisport and other elected officials visited jails on Rikers Island, witnessing a humanitarian crisis of abuse and neglect. The New York Times joined these officials in calling on Governor Hochul to immediately sign the Less is More act into law.
  • Governor Hochul had New York State’s Parole Board release 191 inmates from Rikers Island after signing Assemblymember Phara Souffrant Forrest’s Less Is More bill, which limits the kinds of small violations of parole that can return a parolee to prison.
  • The Legal Aid Society filed two petitions in Queens court on Thursday, alleging that the city’s Department of Correction (DOC) is refusing to disclose how it ensures the safety of Rikers Island inmates during heat waves. The filing came one day after City Council held an emergency hearing on......
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