Posted inCovid-19

De Blasio’s COVID Response Lacked Crucial Plan and Supplies, Stringer Charges

The city’s COVID-19 response suffered from incomplete, outdated disaster plans and a lack of critical supplies, according to an interim report released Wednesday by Comptroller Scott Stringer, who accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of stonewalling his investigation. The probe was launched more than a year ago, but Stringer said de Blasio’s office has not released […]

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 inCampaign 2021

How Garcia, Wiley and Morales Gave Their Male Mayoral Rivals a Run for Their Money

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams notched another $1.3 million in taxpayer-footed public matching funds Thursday — but the latest campaign finance numbers show how his top female primary rivals gave him a run for his money. The five men among the top eight Democratic candidates outpaced the women in garnering the support of super PACs — […]

Posted inJails

Hundreds of New City Jail Officers for Rikers Put Detainee Advocates on Guard

This story is the product of a collaboration between New York Focus and THE CITY. This story has been updated to reflect the current number detainees held in city jails. In March, Greg Williams testified before the City Council about his experience being incarcerated on Rikers Island.  He recalled observing groups of correction officers hanging […]

Posted inCampaign 2021

Where to Watch the First Official NYC Comptroller Debate on June 10

The eight Democratic candidates for city comptroller will face off at 7 p.m. Thursday during the first city Campaign Finance Board-sanctioned broadcast debate for that office. Brian Benjamin, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Zach Iscol, Corey Johnson, Brad Lander, Kevin Parker, Reshma Patel and David Weprin are each expected to make their pitch on why they should become […]