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AOC Campaign Aide Announces Primary Challenge to Michael Benedetto for Bronx Assembly Seat

Flush with campaign funds from supporters across the nation, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx/Queens) pivoted to community service during the pandemic, linking volunteer tutors with hundreds of children facing learning disruptions.  Homework Helpers was the brainchild of her campaign staffer Jonathan Soto, a public school parent in Throggs Neck. Now Soto, like AOC four years […]

Posted inThe Open Newsroom

The Child Tax Credit, Budgeting for Your Family in 2022 and More: Join Our Open Newsroom Dec. 20!

Budgeting for families in a normal year is challenging. The new year likely will bring additional financial challenges for many New Yorkers amid ongoing uncertainty over the pandemic. At the next Zoom session of The Open Newsroom — our effort to make local journalism more collaborative — we want to hear your questions, concerns, experiences […]

Posted inCongress

NYC’s Congressional Incumbents Outpacing Progressive Challengers in Fundraising Fights

New York City’s House incumbents are out-fundraising progressive challengers ahead of next year’s primaries and general election in congressional districts that have yet to be drawn. Three years after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took down a powerful House mainstay, progressive candidates are still trying to oust the city’s old guard. Ocasio-Cortez, who faces no current challenge […]

Posted inEnvironment

Hochul Shows Shades of Green, Offering Hope She’ll Kill Queens Fossil Fuel Plant

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s support of two new electricity transmission lines to bring clean energy into the city is giving some hope to opponents of a proposed fossil fuel power plant in Queens. For more than a year, environmental advocates have been protesting against energy company NRG’s plan to replace a half-century-old electrical “peaker” plant in […]

Posted inPolitics

Cuomo’s Exit Could Kick Off Game of Political Musical Chairs for Governor’s Seat and More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation is expected to lead to a statewide scramble for power among Democrats and Republicans in New York as politicians seek to capitalize on the unexpected opening of potentially multiple seats. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who in two weeks is slated to take over as governor to serve the remainder of Cuomo’ […]

Posted inImmigration

National Battle for Citizenship Path Marches Through New York City

Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a $3.5 trillion-dollar budget reconciliation bill that included a proposed path to citizenship for “qualified immigrants” — and New Yorkers are poised to help lead the fight for passage. The National TPS Alliance came to the city last week to rally the roughly 25,000 New Yorkers who benefit from Temporary […]