Goldman Sachs will invest almost $10 million in a new program aimed at reducing the recidivism rates of teenagers entering Rikers Island. It makes New York the first city in the nation to test "social impact bonds," which allow private investment in social service programs, which are typically funded by the government.
In the U.S., the Olympic sports of swimming and gymnastics are dominated by white athletes. But in London on Saturday, two New York City teenagers will challenge that notion. Lia Neal, 17, is a half-black half-Chinese athlete from Fort Greene, Brooklyn who will race in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle. And John Orozco, 19, a Puerto Rican from Harding Park in the Bronx will show what he’s got inside the gymnastics arena.
Workers, politicians and unions trying to draw attention to the plight of low wage workers rallied at Herald Square. It was all part of national day of action that took place in 30 cities across the country.
Charities will soon be allowed to post bail for the poor and indigent. A new law recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows charities to be authorized and regulated by the Department of Financial Services, the same state agency that oversees bail bondsman.
Even as the economy shows signs of picking up, the outlook for states is grim, according to a task force report by public policy and budget experts.
The plan to build affordable housing at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn appears to be moving forward after the slumping economy caused major delays. The city's Housing Development Corporation will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the sale of about $92 million in tax exempt bonds that will be used to finance more than 360 apartments.
After an 88-year-old woman was beaten to death inside her Bronx public housing apartment, Councilman James Vacca said security cameras will be installed at the development where she lived.
More than a thousand home health aides are expected to benefit from a $1 million dollar settlement of a class action lawsuit that charged the workers were regularly underpaid and companies flouted overtime rules.
Monday is the first day many Consolidated Edison workers will go without a paycheck. The approximately 8,000 splicers call center operators and grid designers have been locked out of their jobs since July 1, which means they will do without wages and health insurance until the two sides come to an agreement.
More than 3,000 athletes took part in the New York City Triathlon on Sunday, as thousands of spectators poured into Central Park to watch the athletes finish the last leg of a competition that included swimming almost a mile, biking almost a 25 miles and running just over 6 miles.
New York Police officers regularly walk the floors, stairwells and roofs of public housing developments looking for suspicious activity. These so-called vertical patrols are also conducted at private buildings when requested by building owners.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pledge to build 165,000 affordable housing units over 10 years is on schedule — but many of the units won’t be new as originally planned, according to a report.
The city's budget agreement Monday not only restores funds for child care, it also gives the city council more control over which centers will continue to stay open. This could mean good news for several organizations who failed to win city contracts through a new selection process.
The New York City Housing Authority is moving forward with plans to raise rents. NYCHA said the change is meant to generate revenue, create rent equity and encourage those who are financially stable to move out and purchase apartments in the private market.
The city's Rent Guidelines Board voted Thursday night to increase rents for the nearly 1 million rent stabilized apartments in the city.
The City Council passed a law Wednesday that would fine and revoke the licenses of taxi and livery car drivers if they are convicted of committing a sex trafficking crime.
A local Bronx activist group,
South Bronx Unite, and other local residents are suing Fresh Direct, city agencies and developers, to stop the internet grocer from relocating to the neighborhood.
Law makers in Albany have come to an agreement on a series of bills aimed at combating domestic violence, including one that cracks down on repeat offenders.
Cuts to the subsidized child care and after-school programs in the mayor's budget proposal dominated the discussion Wednesday during the final hearing before the City Council begins wrangling with the administration for restoration of funds.
The city will start accepting online lottery applications for subsidized apartments in East Harlem and Richmond Hill, Queens, on Tuesday – with an eye on expanding the process to all city housing developments by fall.