Weekly News Roundup – March 18, 2024

Menin Secures Concessions In East 94th Street Rezone Development - Patch

Coming Soon to Manhattan, a Brand-New Tiny Forest - NY Times

Proposal underway to enable casino development in New York City - Politico

New Upper East Side Legal Weed Shop To Open Soon. - Patch

What will New York’s next real estate developer tax break look like? - City and State

Albany Housing Inaction Boomerangs on Increasingly Pricey City - The City

Council Speaker to Propose Deed Protections for New York Homeowners and Far-Flung Heirs - The City

Housing Crisis Spurs Some Politicians to Break From NIMBY Pack in New York - The City

Second Time’s the Charm? NY Legislature Angles For Broad Housing Deal - City Limits

Want to own your NYC apartment? This nonprofit is helping renters buy their units. - Gothamist

After Criticism, City Staffs Up Local Law 97 Enforcement - City Limits

Updated Tax Credit Would Help Low-Income Homeowners Afford Solar Panels, Environmentalists Say - City Limits

New York City Just Had Its Safest-Ever Year For Pedestrians. What Went Right? - Bloomberg

Déjà-Vu All Over Again: Assembly Balks on ‘Sammy’s Law,’ Bill Sponsor Silent - Streetsblog

Legislators Propose More Bus Service, Transit Discounts In State Budget Negotiations - Streetsblog

‘The Ghostbusters have arrived’: New NYC task force will crack down on fake license plates - Gothamist

‘Transit Hardship’: Report Shows Why Fair Fares Must Be Expanded to More Workers - Streetsblog

Speaker Adams Wants Streets Plan ‘Tracker’ to Make Sure Mayor Adams Follows the Law - Streetsblog

Transit Union Opposes Congestion Toll, Though Almost No Workers Will Pay - Streetsblog

Congestion pricing: Advocacy group wants free bus rides for first week tolls in Manhattan take effect - AM NY

Bumpy Rd: Delivery Workers Voice Concerns on First E-Bike Battery Charging Pilot Program - Our Town

Jumaane Williams calls for fire retardant storage cases for lithium ion batteries - City and State

SEE IT! Long-Awaited City Hall Delivery Worker Hub Unveiled - Streetsblog

Assembly is silent on expanding state cannabis agency enforcement power - City and State

New York Must Figure Out How to Fix Cannabis Mess, Hochul Orders - NY Times

Unsatisfied with the mayor’s, NYC Council to launch its own agency report cards - City and State

New York Legislature releases budget rebuttals - City and State

Housing at NYC libraries and Aqueduct Racetrack proposed by City Council speaker - Gothamist

NYC is mismanaging its infrastructure costs and needs, city comptroller finds - Gothamist

Lawmakers tackle “epidemic” of vaping at schools - City and State

As concerns over antisemitism in schools continue, a new resource helps NYC teachers address questions  - Chalkbeat

National Guard soldiers are ill-equipped to respond to NYC subway crime, former officers say - Gothamist

‘Democrats fight crime as well:’ Hochul fends off criticism after deploying National Guard to subways - Politico

Hochul, Adams present a united front on public safety after subway security spat - Politico

Youth Shelter System Locks Out Hundreds as Migrants Seek Entry - The City

NYC Mayor Adams reaches settlement in fight to roll back right to shelter - Gothamist

NYC burns pizzerias with new rule cutting smoky pollutants by 75%: ‘You’re going after pizza?’ - NY Post

In the Fight Over N.Y.C. Sidewalks, Tree Beds Are the Smallest Frontier - NY Times

They Sell Candy Instead of Going to School. New York Isn’t Stopping Them. - NY Times

New York City’s Population Shrinks by 78,000 - NY Times

A New Plan to Hire Thousands of Workers to Help N.Y.C. Families in Need - NY Times

Government transparency advocates push more disclosure requirements in Albany - Gothamist

Manhattan's Community Board 5 leadership steps aside after boardroom brawl - Crain’s

Libraries Fight Back Against Proposed $58M Budget Cuts - Our Town