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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City workers and Students Return + India Battles Sore Loser Brown in Buffalo

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  • De Blasio has mandated that all city workers return to the office full time without a telework option. 65% of city workers have received a COVID-19 vaccine, well below the 78% of NYC adults with at least one shot.
  • The federal government has promised aid to New Yorkers who suffered damages from storms caused by Hurricane Ida.
  • Self-harm has spiked in New York City jails since the beginning of the pandemic. City jails recorded 539 incidents of incarcerated people hurting themselves in April to June of this year, pushing the rate up to 95 such incidents per every thousand detainees — the highest in the last five years.
  • Governor Hochul signed into law a bill that the state legislature had passed in April, requiring that all new passenger vehicles sold in the state be zero-emission models by 2035.
  • Nearly a million......
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Eviction Moratorium Extended + New Redistricting Map Incoming

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  • New York State extended its eviction moratorium until January after the Supreme Court struck down the federal moratorium.
  • At least thirteen New Yorkers died as record-setting rainfall from Hurricane Ida led to flooding in many basement apartments.
  • The United Federation of Teachers, New York City’s teachers’ union, is pushing back against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate for school staff, asking the state government to intervene.
  • The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still not accepting paper applications, even though the contract the state made with the company setting up the program, Guidehouse, requires one be made available.
  • Former State Assemblymember Tremaine Wright, who lost her race for State Senate to Democrat Jabari Brisport (District 25, central Brooklyn) last year, was one of two appointees to the state’s new Office of Cannabis Management.
  • Gothamist speculated on the role that incoming Lieutenant......
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Kathy Hochul Becomes Governor + Eviction Protections Weakened

Local News

  • Federal COVID unemployment benefits are set to expire at the end of the week, potentially cutting off crucial support to New Yorkers as the city continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • NYC public schools issued a full COVID vaccine mandate for all Department of Education staff without an alternative such as weekly testing. The mandate came just as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.
  • More than 1,500 classrooms still require ventilation repairs as NYC schools prepare to reopen.
  • Union leaders representing CUNY faculty and staff demanded improved COVID protocols and transparency as the university system resumes in-person instruction for the fall semester..
  • Gov Kathy Hochul appointed State Senator Brian Benjamin of Harlem as Lieutenant Governor.
  • Before leaving office, Governor Cuomo granted clemency to five incarcerated men including David Gilbert, a former member......
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Some New Yorkers Eligible for Booster Shots + Cuomo Not Leaving Quietly

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Local News

  • Immunocompromised New Yorkers are now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots. The booster shots are only authorized for people who originally took the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, not Johnson & Johnson, and must be the same brand as the first two shots.
  • Assembly Members Marcela Mitaynes and Zohran Mamdani were arrested along with prospective Council Members Alexa Avilés and Sandy Nurse while protesting against the Supreme Court’s repeal of New York’s eviction moratorium.
  • The housing movement in New York is organizing to pressure incoming Governor Hochul to......
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