Adams and Hochul’s ‘new’ New York

We’re previous the purpose the place it feels bizarre to see the mayor and the governor share the identical stage, however nonetheless, it’s notable to see New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul in lockstep on a subject as massive as, in their very own phrases, “the way forward for New York Metropolis.”

Adams and Hochul rolled out their plan for easy methods to convey again the town’s beleaguered enterprise districts, which have taken a beating from the pandemic, as extra staff do their jobs remotely and workplace towers stay half empty.

It’s a 40-point technique devised by a type of blue ribbon panels leaders like a lot, dubbed the “New New York” panel. It goals to show Midtown Manhattan and different enterprise districts into 24/7 neighborhoods the place individuals truly need to be, relatively than relying on staff pressured to schlep to their desks. Implicit in all of it is a recognition by Adams and Hochul {that a} return to 2019 workplace tradition isn’t occurring, regardless of all their cheerleading.

The specifics are a bit ofmuch less grandiose, but when enacted, will go a good distance in the direction of altering the bodily face of Manhattan. They embrace a pedestrian promenade round Grand Central Terminal, eradicating automobile lanes on Broadway, altering zoning guidelines in enterprise districts to permit extra housing improvement, and creating a less expensive ticket for journeys inside the metropolis on commuter strains. Hochul additionally set a goal to construct 800,000 new properties throughout the state over the subsequent decade, encompassing Adams’ push so as to add 500,000 models inside the 5 boroughs.

Doubling down on the business-friendly boosterism, Adams has just a few selection phrases for critics on the left, and for the town’s information media. He derided progressives who’ve attacked the wealthy and referred to as for jacking up their taxes, saying: “It blows my thoughts once I hear, ‘So what in the event that they depart?’ No, you permit!” As for the press, he complained about protection that performs up issues the town is dealing with. “We now have to inform our information publications, sufficient. Sufficient,” he mentioned, claiming he doesn’t see such press therapy when he visits different nations. Let’s be clear: His most up-to-date worldwide journey was to Qatar, not precisely a bastion of press freedom.

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WHERE’S KATHY? Holding a Cupboard assembly and a winter storm briefing.

WHERE’S ERIC? Holding a roundtable assembly with Latino clergy members, making a hashish announcement, and internet hosting a vacation reception for the Metropolis Corridor press corps.

NYPD to alter ‘manifestly unfair’ disciplinary tips for cops,” by New York Publish’s Craig McCarthy: “Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell says she plans to make adjustments to the NYPD’s disciplinary tips — decreasing penalties after discovering dozens of instances have been ‘manifestly unfair’ to cops, The Publish has discovered. Town’s high cop, in an inner memo distributed Wednesday, mentioned she overturned punitive suggestions from inner police judges and the Civilian Criticism Overview Board within the instances, and would quickly ‘amend’ the division’s disciplinary matrix.”

— Two NYPD officers who drove right into a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters went on administrative trial.

Metropolis’s Avenue Distributors Noticed Twice as Many Tickets This 12 months In comparison with Pre-Pandemic, With NYPD Main Enforcement,” by Metropolis Limits’ David Model: “This yr, the NYPD has been the main enforcement company in opposition to avenue distributors, breaking from an earlier pledge to take them out of the method as a part of reforms introduced by former Mayor Invoice de Blasio. Police issued extra tickets to distributors in 2022 thus far than the Division of Shopper and Employee Safety (DCWP), a Metropolis Limits’ information evaluation discovered, even though DCWP was put in control of vendor enforcement final yr after passage of the Metropolis Council’s avenue vendor reform legislation.”

Lower than one-third of NYC subway homeless sweeps resulted in long-term shelter stays,” by New York Day by day Information’ Chris Sommerfeldt: “Almost 2,300 homeless individuals have been moved into shelters from the subways as a part of Mayor Adams’ outreach initiatives by way of August — however greater than two-thirds of them left the town’s care inside every week of being admitted, in accordance with information obtained the Day by day Information. Whereas Adams referred to as his administration’s subway sweeps ‘a win’ at an Aug. 30 press convention, homeless advocates say the efforts aren’t working if the overwhelming majority of focused people exit the shelter system after a brief keep, in lots of instances prone to return to sleeping underground.”

The Day No Guinea Pigs Would Fly: Council Hears Pleas to Cease Sale of Guinea Pigs from Pet Shops,” by The Metropolis’s Katie Honan: “Dozens of animal lovers on Wednesday warned the Metropolis Council of the risks of an out-of-control guinea pig inhabitants, urging the physique to cross a stalled invoice. The laws, from February, would prohibit pet retailers in New York Metropolis from promoting the favored fluffy rodents. Animal advocates have for years mentioned instituting this ban would assist stem the speedy breeding that has overwhelmed shelters. Risa Weinstock, the president and CEO of Animal Care Facilities of NYC (ACC), testified throughout Council’s well being committee listening to that the variety of guinea pigs introduced into their shelters has practically tripled for the reason that begin of the pandemic.”

GO AHEAD FOR MENTAL ILLNESS PLAN, FOR NOW A authorized effort to cease the mayor’s new psychological well being coverage was struck down by a decide Wednesday. A gaggle of organizations and people who have been already suing the town over its psychological well being insurance policies sought an instantaneous cease to Mayor Eric Adams’ newest directive, which broadens the factors first-responders can use to involuntarily transport homeless New Yorkers experiencing psychological sickness to hospitals. On Wednesday, a decide dominated that the coverage can proceed whereas the lawsuit performs out.

“We’re happy that the Courtroom agreed there was no foundation to freeze this necessary initiative whereas the case continues,” Legislation Division spokesperson Nicholas Paolucci mentioned in a press release. “When all of the proof is heard, we’re assured that the Courtroom will agree that the Metropolis’s compassionate efforts to help individuals affected by homelessness and extreme psychological sickness, adjust to federal and state legislation.” — Joe Anuta

— “Sufferers acquainted with NYC psychological well being system skeptical of recent Adams coverage,” by Gothamist’s Bahar Ostadan

New York hospitals on brink with staffing shortages, monetary woes: report,” by New York Publish’s Carl Campanile: “New York hospitals are reeling as they nonetheless battle to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic — with half the amenities reporting they slashed or eradicated companies due to staffing shortages whereas two-thirds mentioned they’re working within the purple, a stunning new trade report reveals. ‘One-hundred p.c of hospitals report nursing shortages they can not fill; over 75% mentioned that different key employee positions can’t be stuffed — straight impacting the accessibility of healthcare companies,’ mentioned the research launched Wednesday by the NYS Well being Care Affiliation.”

Wegmans didn’t come. So right here’s how Buffalo’s East Facet is constructing its personal meals economic system,” by USA Immediately Community’s Matthew Korfhage and Adria R. Walker: “From age 19, Wright had devoted himself to nonprofit after nonprofit, making an attempt to assist elevate up his group. However in starkly segregated Buffalo, many years of disinvestment and white flight had left behind a hollowed East Facet panorama of vacant heaps and boarded-up buildings. Supermarkets with contemporary produce had all however deserted his aspect of the town, residence to almost 85% of Buffalo’s Black inhabitants. Some chains, like Rochester-based Wegmans, by no means arrived within the first place.”

NYC’s younger males, individuals of colour struggling to search out work, Comptroller DiNapoli says,” by New York Day by day Information’ Denis Slattery

#UpstateAmerica: The authorship dispute over a Christmas poem first printed within the Troy Sentinel in 1823 is getting Hallmark film therapy.

Contained in the Jury Room for the Trump Org Legal Trial,” by the Day by day Beast’s Jose Pagliery: “To keep away from letting their private emotions towards Donald Trump cloud their judgment, jurors for the legal tax fraud case in opposition to the Trump Group had a novel technique: They referred to the previous president as ‘Joe Smith.’ ‘I continuously fought my knee-jerk perception that after all something with the title Trump on it’s crooked,’ one juror instructed The Day by day Beast this week. ‘I shocked myself in mid-November once I realized that I wasn’t positive I might discover the Trump Company and Trump Payroll Company responsible. We talked within the jury room about having to placed on blinders and look simply at these two firms.’’’

Eric Adams seeks $1B from Biden as NYC migrant crush swells to 30K,” by New York Publish’s Bernadette Hogan, Nolan Hicks and Bruce Golding: “Mayor Eric Adams has requested the federal authorities for $1 billion to deal with the crush of migrants who’ve surged into the Huge Apple this yr — however the fee was calculated when the inhabitants was far lower than it’s now and earlier than a decide determined to open the floodgates on the southern border, The Publish has discovered. The Federal Emergency Administration Company confirmed Wednesday that its Emergency Meals and Shelter Program’s Nationwide Board acquired the town’s funding request and was ‘reviewing their utility.’”

The Division of Buildings nonetheless has not performed an inspection of Mayor Eric Adams’ brownstone to analyze a criticism of an illegally transformed house.

— Two state lawmakerslaunched a plan to make MTA buses free.

— A decide granted Uber’s bid to quickly block a pay elevate for for-hire drivers.

— Seneca Lake Guardiansays it is being bullied by the state’s largest landfill, Seneca Meadows.

— Digital lessonsare permitting small faculties to supply a larger number of programs.

— Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg introduced $9 million for psychological sickness outreach companies.

— The Transit Staff Unionelected a brand new president, Richard Davis.

— The Manhattan DA returned antiquities to Iraq that have been looted throughout the 2003 invasion.

— “Evaluation: Can 2023 be a ‘reset’ for Hochul?”

— NYCHA officersmentioned they’re on observe to switch tons of of boilers which have contributed to warmth outages.

— The Landmarks Preservation Fee declined to designate an endangered Brooklyn nineteenth century Dutch residence as a landmark.

— The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albanyneeds a keep on sexual abuse lawsuits amid mediation, however attorneys representing plaintiffs say negotiations are going nowhere.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Donna BrazileMeridith Webster Invoice Knapp … Fox Information’ Griff Jenkins … Cheddar’s Kristen ScholerRaquel Zaki Katie Hunt Alison Omens

MAKING MOVES — Clifford Chanin would be the new director of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. He was previously affiliate director of arts and humanities on the Rockefeller Basis.

NY hire help program might shut Jan. 15,” by Gothamist’s Chau Lam: “New York’s pandemic-spurred rental reduction program might near future candidates beginning as early as subsequent month, below an settlement reached Wednesday between the state and legal professionals who sued to maintain this system open. The settlement lifts a brief injunction that stored the Emergency Rental Help Program open by way of 2022 regardless that funding had dwindled, permitting renters to stave off eviction proceedings whereas awaiting selections on their instances.”

Wagner Park Protected From Bulldozers for Now as Go well with Filed to Cease Waterfront Revamp,” by The Metropolis’s Samantha Maldonado: “The Battery Park Metropolis Authority on Tuesday agreed to carry off on development actions at Wagner Park after a gaggle of neighbors against the mission, often known as the Battery Park Metropolis Neighborhood Affiliation, notified the authority of a lawsuit coming the next day. The BPCA, a state company, needs to guard the neighborhood from storm surges with a $221 million plan that entails elevating the park, constructing a brand new pavilion and putting in a collection of flood partitions and gates, from the Museum of Jewish Heritage to Bowling Inexperienced Plaza.”

Locals Don’t Love the Metropolis’s Lengthy-Awaited Re-Widening of Crumbling BQE,” by Streetsblog’s Julianne Cuba: “Town on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited plans for the beleaguered triple-cantilever part of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, proposing three pretty comparable choices for a redesign of the crumbling infrastructure that can restore three lanes of visitors in every path, albeit with a park on high.”

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