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Josefa is the state Capitol reporter for THE CITY. She’s previously worked at The Associated Press, Politico New York and the New York Law Journal covering the governor and Legislature. Most recently she worked as a money-in-politics reporter for the startup Sludge.

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New York City Passes Landmark New Protections for Food Delivery Workers

The Deliveristas who kept New Yorkers fed during the pandemic will get bathroom access, minimum delivery payments and the tips they earned, under bills approved Thursday by the City Council. Supporters hope the first-of-their-kind regulations will become a national model.

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NYC Set to Pass Food Delivery App Laws Securing Workers Minimum Pay, Bathrooms and More

De Blasio supports first-in-the-nation bills scheduled for Thursday vote, seeking better working conditions in the booming tech-driven food courier economy. The City Council’s actions come as app firms sue to block bills it passed previously.

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Undocumented Immigrant New Yorkers Shut Out of Federal Hurricane Ida Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far doled out $10 million to New Yorkers impacted by the devastating remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month. But many undocumented immigrants are being left out of that pool.

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‘Independent’ Redistricting Panel Draws Partisan Battle Lines in Congress Fight

A bipartisan commission charged with reforming political mapmaking fails its first test as New York Democrats and Republicans deliver dueling congressional and state legislative maps. The gridlock came as House midterm elections loomed.

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NYC Food Delivery Workers Face Paltry Pay and High Risks, Analysis Shows

The city’s 65,000 app-based food delivery couriers earn an average of $7.87 an hour before tips — propping up a multi-billion dollar tech industry that relies on young immigrant workers who deal with robberies, crashes and worse on city streets.

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Historic Deadly Rains Put Spotlight on City’s Lack of Preparation

The record-breaking deluge that pummeled the city overnight Wednesday revealed weaknesses in the city’s infrastructure and planning following the second historic weather event in less than two weeks.

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City Senators Refuse to Commit to Commission’s Redistricting Maps

THE CITY asked 10 local incumbents who stand to see their district lines redrawn by a new Independent Redistricting Commission whether they’ll vote yes on nonpartisan results. Three said no, while the others — including Queens reformer Mike Gianaris — dodged the question.

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New York Extends Eviction Moratorium to early 2022, Offering New Chance for Landlords to Push Back

State lawmakers renew and rework tenant relief to fit a Supreme Court decision won by property owners — cheering advocates but drawing threats of further legal action.

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New York Eviction Moratorium Poised for Months-Long Extension

A special session in Albany is imminent to extend a pandemic pause keeping tenants in their homes following a Supreme Court strikedown. Meanwhile, a $2.7 billion relief program still struggles to get aid paid.

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Hochul’s Lieutenant Governor Pick, Brian Benjamin, Showcases Strategy to Win Election

The Harlem state senator stands to appeal to Black and New York City-area voters that the new governor from Buffalo could struggle to reach. Meanwhile, she must decide whether to keep Cuomo’s powerful budget director.