Weekly News Roundup – September 25, 2023

September 25th, 2023

Mayor Adams Pitches Zoning For Less Parking, More Housing - City Limits

Mayor Adams rolls out bevy of zoning changes to promote housing development - AM NY

Could Unions Break New York’s Housing Impasse? - NY Focus

‘A Lot of False Hope’: City Data Show Ongoing Barriers To Supportive Housing - City Limits

It’s taking NYC over a year to fix up vacant public housing units, report shows - Gothamist

Give NYCHA a Fair Share of Pandemic Rent Aid, City Congressional Reps Plead - The City

The bills still awaiting Kathy Hochul’s signature before the end of the year - City and State

Republicans win a temporary freeze in New York’s redistricting fight - Politico

Equal Rights Amendment ratification push continues at Hunter College forum in Manhattan - AMNY

New York Republicans file lawsuit challenging newly signed mail voting law - City and State

Say Good-Bye to the ‘Free’ Citi Bike E-Bike Loophole - Streetsblog

NYC parking meter rates will increase starting next month - Pix11

Manhattan BP Wants To Raze FDR Drive South of Brooklyn Bridge - Streetsblog

Program meant to crack down on NYC's dangerous drivers should end, says transportation department - Gothamist

More OMNY delays as new MTA vending machines are months late - NY Post

OMNY use highest in gentrified NYC neighborhoods as uptake lags in lower-income areas: MTA - AM NY

After the Subway Shooting, NYC Transit Workers Say They’re Still Not Trained to Deal With Gunfire - The Trace

String of violent attacks on MTA drivers prompts rollout of safety partition pilot - NBC NY

Free buses start on Sunday - City and State

MTA considering ways to sustainability cool down scorching subway stations - AM NY

Is Congestion Pricing All Pain, No Gain for Motorists - The City

MTA will not boost service when congestion pricing goes into effect - Gothamist

Transit union rips congestion pricing as ‘thinly veiled’ MTA cash grab - NY Post

Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul call the migrant influx ‘unprecedented’ – historians disagree - Gothamist

NYC comptroller to launch ‘real-time’ audit of city’s $432M migrants contract - Gothamist

Illegal underground gig economy booms in NYC as migrants await work permits — all while living off city’s dime - NY Post

U.S. Will Allow Nearly 500,000 Venezuelan Migrants to Work Legally - NY Times

City Hall About to Put Migrants in Shelters on Shorter Clocks - The City

$2.1 Billion in Migrant-Related Contracts Sidestep Oversight, Despite Some Companies’ Checkered Records - The City

Inside the Manhattan Hotel That Is the New Ellis Island - NY Times

Adams official says NYC will ask judge to suspend right-to-shelter rules for migrants - Gothamist

Meeting on ‘out-of-control e-bikes’ to gather pols, police brass, crash victims - The Village Sun

Online Retailers Selling Illegal Batteries and Mopeds to City Buyers - Streetsblog

Adams Expands Trash Containerization, But Bins Will Still Crowd Pedestrian Space - Streetsblog 

Dumpster Dive: What’s in NYC’s Trash Now – and What’s Not - The City

Major felony crimes up in New York City schools - City and State

NYC schools are tightening cybersecurity. Some educators fear unintended consequences. - Chalkbeat

Eric Adams vowed all NYC students would get dyslexia screening. So far, 1,500 have. - Chalkbeat

Families have their students’ state test scores. But NYC will have to wait for overall numbers. - Chalkbeat

COVID guidance for NYC schools: Here’s what you need to know for this year - Chalkbeat

Report: Community preschool teachers paid half as much as public school teachers - City and State

NYC Council eyes hiring diversity monitor to take on school segregation - Gothamist

New York City schools are embracing AI. Lawmakers had some questions. - City and State

NYC schools buying new filters for controversial air purifiers - Gothamist

NYC school bus driver strike averted - Gothamist

NYPD officers are making 84% more drug arrests per month since Mayor Adams took office - Gothamist

Staffing shortages are still disrupting New York City services - City and State

Report: NYC unable to process most welfare applications on time - City and State

Building owners may get two more years to comply with Local Law 97 - Crain’s

New York metro leads the U.S. in clean energy jobs - Crain’s

City denied motion to dismiss suit over cap on food delivery fees - Crain’s

Are New Yorkers finally returning to the office? The data says yes - Crain’s

NYC Council advances bid that could yank monuments honoring Washington, Jefferson, Columbus - NY Post

NYC considers raising age limit for EMS workers who 'aged out' of firefighter test - Gothamist

How to Get the New COVID-19 Vaccine in New York City - The City

Roosevelt Island corp. descends into dysfunction as leader sues Hochul admin - Crain’s

Criticisms of Office of Cannabis Management Scrubbed from Public Video - The City

Film and TV Walkouts Add Drama to Sluggish Local Economy - The City

TLC Misses Deadline to Make Half of All Taxis Wheelchair Accessible, Again - The City

NYC Council renews calls for universal child care as mayor calls for budget cuts - Gothamist

Watch your step: A new robot will police the NYC subways - Politico

FDNY lives lost from 9/11-related illnesses now matches death toll from the day - ABC7NY 

'Bedpan Alley': Lenox Hill Hospital Expansion Pooh-Poohed By Locals - Patch

Disability Rights Bills Pushed by Seawright Are Signed Into Law - Our Town