Weekly News Roundup – March 25, 2024

UES Parks Updates: HSS Construction, Esplanade, St. Catherine's Reno - Patch

Leaders Resign at Midtown Board Citing ‘Special Interest’ Influence Amid Zoning Fights - The City

4 Illegal UES Weed Shops Raided By Sheriff's Office, Julie Menin - Patch

With audit, Gov. Hochul hopes for more legal weed shops in NY and faster rollout - Gothamist

Manhattan’s first Black woman-owned dispensary is now open - Time Out

New York’s Marijuana Scorecard: 85 Legal Shops, 2,000 Illegal Ones - NY Times

NYC law touted as key tool against unlicensed weed stores showing little impact - Daily News

NYC’s $264 Billion Pensions Fail to Invest More in Affordable Housing - Bloomberg

NYC is adding more affordable apartments than ever. But who are they meant for? - Gothamist

NYC realtors pull out new trick as $15 congestion pricing is set to take its toll on motorists - NY Post

As Congestion Pricing Nears Reality, It Faces Growing Opposition - NY Times

NYC buys 180 electric school buses, needs 4,700 more to hit all-battery goal - Gothamist

NYC DOT Launches $1 Million E-Bike Safety Campaign, In Bid To Curb Accidents And Deaths - Our Town

F Train Returns Full Service To Upper East Side Soon: MTA - Patch

DOT Report: Rise in Red Light Running Shows Need for More Cameras - Streetsblog

Goldman, Levine and Reynoso back new bus funding - City and State

'Daylighting' Push To End Parking At NYC Intersections Gains Momentum - Patch

FATAL FLAW: NYC reckless motorists can keep driving no matter how many speed camera tickets they get - AM NY

What Would Make the Subway Feel Safer? Experts Have 5 Suggestions. - NY Times

Expansion of hate crimes pushed by Sharpton, Dukes, groups representing marginalized communities - City and State

Advocates aim to undo NYC budget cuts for discrimination law enforcement - Gothamist

Manhattan Tries New Approach to Avoid Court for Low-Level Crimes  - Bloomberg

NYPD leaders spar with NYC councilmembers over subway crime, National Guard presence - Gothamist

New Bill Would Stop Cops From Citing Debunked ‘Excited Delirium’ Syndrome - NY Focus

NYC schools will no longer require 5-day COVID quarantines, following CDC guidance - Chalkbeat

NYC schools chancellor hints at reversal of hundreds of millions in preschool cuts - Chalkbeat

NYC chancellor said he’d resign without mayoral control. His threat could add fuel to critics. - Chalkbeat

As tensions flare in parent councils, NYC sees a surge in misconduct complaints - Chalkbeat

Rising Discipline Problems in Schools: Another Sign of Pandemic’s Toll - NY Times

NYC Council poised to approve class-size transparency bill - Gothamist

Manhattan school committee approves plan to hinder transgender students' access to sports - Gothamist

Why Are Taxpayer-Funded City Lawyers Defending Eric Adams in a Civil Sexual Assault Case? - The City

Gov. Kathy Hochul killed these bills last year – and they’re back from the dead - City and State

Your Guide to the 2024 State Budget Fight - NY Focus

Stalemate between real estate industry, unions complicating NY budget talks - Gothamist

How will NYC implement settlement on migrants? Big questions remain. - Gothamist

Provide a lawyer for every migrant? NYC comptroller says it’ll pay off. - Gothamist

Newly Arrived Immigrant Youth Face Challenges to School Enrollment - City Limits

92NY, a historic cultural center, turns 150 — grappling with today's Israel-Hamas war - NPR

Top state court rules NYC property tax system may violate federal and state housing laws - Gothamist

Birth control now available in New York without prescription - Gothamist

Silver linings: New Yorkers happy with the basics while giving poor marks to quality-of-life in survey - AM NY

New poll shows wide bipartisan support for NY’s Equal Rights Amendment - Gothamist

NY's highest court asked to weigh in on NYC’s noncitizen voting law - Gothamist

NY lawmakers focused on environmental legislation this week - City and State

Despite the chilly weather, NYC's cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom - Gothamist