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De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

BY NATHAN RILEY | Public officials in the city and state should suspend marijuana enforcement until Albany resolves the pressing question of legalization. A new consensus is gaining momentum that the risks of marijuana can be controlled by public health measures. At its recent State Convention, New York State Democrats supported legal adult sales of recreational […]

Dazzling Colors, Diversity on Display on Pride Sunday

Dazzling Colors, Diversity on Display on Pride Sunday

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO & MICHAEL LUONGO | On a brilliant early summer Sunday, tens of thousands of New Yorkers turned out to march in the annual LGBTQ Pride Parade — controversy over the new route, contingent size limitations, wristband requirements, and all — with untold numbers watching from the sidewalks. Governor Andrew Cuomo was […]

The Face of Pride is the Future

The Face of Pride is the Future

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Ja’asriel Bishop is a 22-year-old who came to New York from Guyana in 2016. Describing himself as “gender non-conforming or fluid,” he explained he saw no future for himself in his homeland. “Being sexually fluid and identifying as non-binary, people there don’t really know what you are,” Bishop told Gay City News this […]

In Final Budget, City Ups Its Youth Shelter Commitment

In Final Budget, City Ups Its Youth Shelter Commitment

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Advocates for homeless youth are praising a surprise breakthrough that came as Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council reached final agreement June 11 on an $89.2 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 — an increase in a new city commitment to fund shelter beds for homeless youth […]

New Homeless Youth Beds, But Concerns Too

New Homeless Youth Beds, But Concerns Too

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a highly choreographed event in City Hall’s Blue Room on May 30, First Lady Chirlane McCray and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced a three-year, $9.5 million investment in the de Blasio administration’s ongoing NYC Unity Project focused on the needs of LGBTQ youth. The initiatives to be funded include the […]

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

BY NATHAN RILEY | While Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio dance around harm reduction measures to reduce the record-high number of overdose deaths, Cynthia Nixon is embracing Safer Consumption Spaces at events in the city and upstate. Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger unequivocally supports allowing users to inject in health care facilities where overdose […]

Sheltering Homeless Youth 21-24 Gets $1MM in New City Budget

Sheltering Homeless Youth 21-24 Gets $1MM in New City Budget

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the eight years since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg convened a special commission to study the hurdles facing runaway and homeless youth (RHY) in New York City, advocates organized as the Campaign for Youth Shelter have pushed the city to expand eligibility for New Yorkers without stable housing to enter youth-specific […]

A Seismic Shift on Legal Pot

A Seismic Shift on Legal Pot

BY NATHAN RILEY | Call it shop for pot, adult use, or tax and regulate, legalization makes a boast that Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio would never utter — use by youth 12 to 17 years will decli Reluctantly, the governor and the mayor are shifting their postures from anti to pro as the examples […]

What Are Judicial Delegates, and Why Should I Care?

BY ALLEN ROSKOFF | On Primary Day, September 13, voters get the opportunity to choose judicial delegates — elected posts that precious few people know about. Despite this obscurity, these delegates play a pivotal role in electing State Supreme Court justices whose decisions affect all of us. Back in the old days, Manhattan reformers battled Bronx […]

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

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