New York City Mayor Eric Adams stands firm against mask mandates despite ‘high’ coronavirus alert level

New York City Mayor Eric Adams stands firm against mask mandates despite ‘high’ coronavirus alert level

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday stood firm in his reluctance to reinstate both the city’s indoor mask mandate and similar face covering requirements for schools, insisting that the city is now in a different place with treatments and vaccines available to blunt severe disease and death. “We’re … Read more

Bronx Man Indicted for PS 69 Journey Prep Slashings – NBC New York

Bronx Man Indicted for PS 69 Journey Prep Slashings – NBC New York

A 23-year-old Bronx man was indicted Tuesday for attempted murder in the first degree and other charges in connection to a knife attack at a public school in the Bronx last month, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. Claudio Villar is facing a litany of charges included attempted murder in the first degree, attempted … Read more

New York City Department of Correction reveals plan to save Rikers from fed takeover

New York City Department of Correction reveals plan to save Rikers from fed takeover

The New York City Department of Correction unveiled a plan for reforming Rikers Island on Wednesday that could help it maintain control of the jail system under the threat of a federal takeover. The 23-page plan, submitted to a federal monitor appointed following a 2015 class action lawsuit that accused the DOC and its officers … Read more

New York City elevates to ‘high’ coronavirus alert level, indoor masks urged

New York City elevates to ‘high’ coronavirus alert level, indoor masks urged

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York City entered the “high” COVID-19 alert level Tuesday, and health officials are strongly recommending wearing masks in public indoor settings. Health officials say there is a high community spread, and pressure on the health care system is increasing. “New York City has transitioned to a high COVID alert … Read more

How the draft redistricting maps shake up New York politics

How the draft redistricting maps shake up New York politics

It was not long after the release of the draft maps by court special appointed master Jonathan Cervas on Monday that Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced his bid for a newly drawn House district in the Hudson Valley. The only problem? It’s likely the same district fellow Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones will run this … Read more

hundreds of officers out sick

hundreds of officers out sick

Rikers Island is potentially poised for a federal takeover pending a hearing this week on a court-ordered new plan from the city detailing how officials plan to reform the notorious jail complex. At the center of the debate is a massive staffing crisis on the island, where hundreds of correction officers are calling out sick … Read more

Parents should engage kids on extremism: experts

Parents should engage kids on extremism: experts

The mass shooting at a Buffalo, NY, supermarket on Saturday is highlighting long standing concerns among experts and authorities about the violent power of racist extremism in the US to destroy the sense of peace and safety in nonwhite communities, and inflict fear across a fragile American society. The shooting, carried out in a predominantly … Read more

New York City expected to elevate to ‘high’ coronavirus alert level in coming days, indoor masks urged

New York City expected to elevate to ‘high’ coronavirus alert level in coming days, indoor masks urged

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York City is expected to enter the high COVID-19 alert level in the coming days, and health officials are strongly recommending wearing masks in public indoor settings. The city is currently in the medium alert level, but that is expected to change as cases increase. The New York City … Read more

How NY is preparing for potential dismantling of Roe v. Wade

How NY is preparing for potential dismantling of Roe v.  Wade

When news broke earlier this month of the leaked United States Supreme Court draft majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, many New Yorkers braced themselves for the worst. Though abortion rights advocates had been preparing for this potential reality for years, the news that the country’s landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion throughout the … Read more

Parks faces maintenance staff deficit going into summer

Parks faces maintenance staff deficit going into summer

Last summer, the city’s parks were flush with maintenance crews as New Yorkers streamed into green spaces after a long pandemic winter. The parks department was able to hire about 3,500 workers, their salaries paid with a one-time injection of federal COVID-19 relief funds, to pick up litter and protect greenery amid another spring awakening … Read more