Weekly News Roundup – April 8, 2024

Upper East Siders Can Now Vote On Projects For Participatory Budgeting - Patch

Regular F train service restored to Roosevelt Island with completion of tunnel work - AM NY

An Upper East Side Favorite Grocer Reopens Monday, With More Room - Patch 

New UES Restaurants: A 'Noisy' Wine Bar, Thai, And A Mexican Return - Patch

Exterior Work Wraps Up On 250 East 83rd Street On Manhattan’s Upper East Side - YIMBY

The Harper Completes Construction At 310 East 86th Street On Manhattan’s Upper East Side - YIMBY

Major Housing Deal Appears Near in Albany - The City

Rent Board Reckons With Landlord Highs and Lows as it Considers Hikes - The City

Progressive NYC elected officials to Albany: No rent law rollbacks - City and State

Congestion pricing: Oral arguments made in New Jersey’s federal challenge to New York’s Manhattan toll plan - AM NY

MTA CEO ‘confident’ NJ lawsuit won’t derail congestion pricing - Gothamist

Company behind gun detection tech previewed in subway faces multiple lawsuits and federal investigations - City and State

'Fix this mess': Hochul tells MTA to nix plan charging NYC Marathon organizers for toll cash - Gothamist

New York City to make 53 streets car-free for Earth Day - Gothamist

Taxi Workers Alliance Loses Battle Against Driver Permit Increase - The City

NYC to shift to digital parking meters, saving 2,500 miles of receipt paper each year - Gothamist

Rise in fare evasion could hit New Yorkers' wallets, report warns - Gothamist

New Yorkers are throwing away less trash, but more lithium-ion batteries and vapes, study says - Gothamist

Why e-bike batteries are becoming the most dangerous object in New York - City and State

New metal detectors in NYC schools will still be paired with backpack checks - Chalkbeat

A push for universal after-school gains traction in Albany - Chalkbeat

Name-Calling and Calling the Police: How N.Y.C. Parent Meetings Got Mean - NY Times

NYC school mental health jobs are on the chopping block. The City Council wants them back. - Gothamist

Hochul: Major Foundation Aid changes off the table for now in Albany - City and State

Bill targeting illegal weed shops gets push as budget talks continue - City and State

New York court strikes down marijuana marketing rules - Politico

New York Has a Budget Trick to Try on the Federal Government - NY Times

Housing, Crime, Cannabis: The Big Questions Holding Up New York’s Budget - NY Times

NY lawmakers push back state budget again, allowing some to leave Albany for eclipse - Gothamist

City has funds to reverse library, education cuts and more, Council says - City and State

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

State Comptroller Details Capital Project Delays, Cost Overruns - Streetsblog

His Brownstone Is Worth $5.4 Million. Why Is His Tax Bill So Low? - NY Times

NYC’s Delinquent Property Taxes Soar Without Incentive to Pay - Bloomberg

Long-Awaited Placard Report Reveals Widespread Abuse by NYPD - Streetsblog

Streetsblog Gets Action: NYPD Chief Tells Cops to Stop Parking in Bus Lane - Streetsblog

Texas Gov. Abbott tells GOP crowd in NY he’ll keep the migrant buses coming - Gothamist

NYC investigators probing city’s migrant spending for fraud, waste and abuse - Gothamist

How earthquake-proof are NYC’s high-rises and new buildings? - Gothamist

NYC officials took more than 20 minutes to alert New Yorkers about earthquake - Gothamist

Friday's earthquake ranks among largest ever in NJ and NYC, scientists say - Gothamist

NYC delivery workers now make $19 an hour, but many say apps have made tipping harder - Gothamist

Why are Broadway tickets so expensive right now? It’s not just inflation. - Gothamist

3,500 free trees are being distributed all over NYC starting next weekend - Time Out

Malfunctioning NYC AI Chatbot Still Active Despite Widespread Evidence It’s Encouraging Illegal Behavior - The City

New Chair of CB5 Fends Off Charges His Open NY Group “Infiltrated” Community Board - Our Town

Why Environmental Groups are Backing the NY Heat Act - City Limits

Mayor Adams’ homeless encampment sweeps reached new high last fall  - Gothamist

Make Room, Tennis, Pickleball and Squash. Here Comes Padel. - NY Times 

Bipartisan group calls on Hochul to declare opioid epidemic a public health emergency - City and State

Any environmental hazards near you? NYC has a map for that. - Gothamist