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At the highest tides in May and June, horseshoe crabs throng to New York City’s beaches to mate and lay eggs. Their numbers have been in decline recently, and that's a problem: their eggs feed migrating birds and their blood is used to test vaccines. WNYC’s Amy Pearl joined a crew of volunteers at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn to count and tag the ancien…
 
Shino Tanikawa, 58, has become an impassioned advocate for school desegregation, committed to battling anti-Blackness in society. So a recent and growing narrative that many of the attacks against Asian-Americans are coming from Black assailants has deeply disturbed her. "It breaks my heart," said Tanikawa. "It really does, because as Black-indigen…
 
The nature of policing — the very essence of the job — has changed dramatically over the course of the last year. After Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd, Americans poured into the streets demanding reform, defunding, even abolition of police departments nationwide, including the NYPD. WNYC's Jami Floyd sat down with NY…
 
New York residents and businesses send over a million tons of food waste to the landfill each year. Julie Raskin, executive director of the Sanitation Foundation, the non-profit partner of New York City's Department of Sanitation, and the organizer of the Food Waste Fair, said all that waste costs the city a lot of money to process and has very ser…
 
Early voting starts today - Saturday, June 12 - in the primary election for New York City's next mayor. Also on the ballot: city comptroller, public advocate, borough presidents, city council members, judges and, in Manhattan, a new district attorney. Just as poll sites opened, WNYC politics reporter Brigid Bergin called with an update from a polli…
 
The New York State legislature has passed a law designed to shrink the prison population by reforming the state’s parole system. It’s called the “Less is More Act” and it is now sitting on Governor Cuomo’s desk. Reporter George Joseph of WNYC’s Race & Justice Unit discussed the new law with All Things Considered host Sean Carlson.…
 
The city’s discount transit ticket program, Fair Fares, is getting a boost in this year’s budget. But it may not be enough to meet the new demand. It took four years of advocacy to get Mayor de Blasio to agree to the $106 million program to provide low-income New Yorkers with half-priced MetroCards. During last year’s budget crisis, the mayor cut t…
 
More than a dozen advocate groups in New Jersey are calling on officials to investigate why several polling places in Newark opened without any voting machines during Tuesday's primary election. Advocates sent a letter to Essex County Superintendent of Elections Patty Spango on Friday calling for a "thorough investigation" into why voters showed up…
 
The film "In the Heights" is new in theaters this week. It takes place in a Dominican neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. Two years ago, the producers announced that filming would not only take place in the neighborhood, but the production wanted locals to be background actors; you may know them better as “extras.” The film cast over 500 of them. WNYC…
 
A measure that would expand the powers of monitors in the school district of East Ramapo passed the New York state legislature on Thursday, a year after a federal judge found that the school board’s election system violated the federal voting rights act. The legislation would grant monitors the ability to veto or overturn a decision by the school b…
 
The first televised debate for the New York City Comptroller candidates was held Thursday night. It offered New Yorkers a chance to consider who is best prepared to tackle the pressing financial issues facing the city post pandemic. With a heated mayoral election and virtually every other city office up for grabs this election cycle, comptroller ca…
 
Brooklyn Borough President and mayoral front-runner Eric Adams gave reporters and TV cameras an unexpected glimpse into his private life this week, when he offered up a personal tour of his Bedford-Stuyvesant home. But it wasn't a typical open house. The event came in response to a story reported by Politico that found conflicting public records on…
 
State officials say they have received more than 63,000 applications in the first week. For the first 30 days of the $2.7 billion program, applicants who earn at or below 50 percent of the area median income are given priority. After that period, the program will provide assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.…
 
The city said it is disbanding the Absent Teacher Reserve, a pool of teachers who have been cut from schools for budgetary or performance issues, and reassigning most of them to new positions. Teachers in the reserve, once nicknamed the “Rubber Room," because they face disciplinary action will not be reassigned. For more go to Gothamist.com.…
 
After the Democratic candidates for NYC comptroller wrap up their first official debate, we'll gather on the air to unpack the candidates' positions and what they mean for our city. You can get more information and listen to audio of the debate here. From the end of the debate around 8:30 until 9PM, Brian Lehrer hosts a call-in with NYC Democratic …
 
New Jersey health officials said 1,319 people who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first four months of the vaccination program have tested positive for the virus. That's 0.06% of the more than 2 million fully inoculated residents. State medical director Dr. Ed Lifshitz said the data show the vaccines are very effective. "They’re not p…
 
Fourteen protesters were arrested outside the Bergen County Jail Tuesday as they tried to block an Immigration and Customs Enforcement van that they believed to be carrying immigrant detainees to the airport for deportation. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, which runs the jail and contracts with ICE to lock up undocumented immigrants, carried an…
 
The Indian-American community has grown considerably over the last twenty years and is now the second-largest immigrant group in the country, after Mexican-Americans. It also has the highest median income of any ethnic group, and that has led to some arguing that the community was relatively inoculated from racial discrimination, said Milan Vaishna…
 
As vaccination rates rise and the city approaches a full reopening, economic calamity may no longer be top of mind for many New Yorkers. But those working in food banks and pantries say demand is still much higher than it was before the pandemic, especially among groups that were already more vulnerable. “When it comes to the lines, we're really wo…
 
A senior transit official confirms that Sarah Feinberg is set to be nominated as Chairman of the MTA. Feinberg has led New York City Transit since 2020, overseeing the subway and bus divisions through a pandemic that's battered the agency's ridership and finances. Feinberg is a former railroad official under President Obama, She's frequently argued…
 
Vaccination rates against COVID-19 among staff in New York jails and prisons are significantly lagging behind other congregate settings and New Yorkers in the general population, according to data provided to WNYC/Gothamist. Five months after becoming eligible, just 31% of staff members in city jails—3,074 out of 9,882 employees—have received at le…
 
The company Revel was hoping to launch a fleet of 50 Tesla taxis in Manhattan this month. The electric cabs would’ve complied with the city’s rule about no new taxis, unless they’re electric. But now the city wants to review that loophole, and appears poised close it. The city says Revel is violating the spirit of the exemption, meant to convert ex…
 
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