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The MTA says passengers were slashed by attackers early this morning on the Lexington Avenue subway line in Manhattan. The incident added kindling to an ongoing political battle over how to police the subways. Interim New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg is blaming Mayor de Blasio for the attacks, saying they might been prevented if he'd …
 
As we’ve heard this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, Rochelle Walensky, announced that once people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they can—for the most part—stop wearing masks and social distancing. WNYC’s health & science editor Nsikan Akpan spoke with Danny Lewis to explain what this means in the l…
 
Progressive activists around New Jersey were watching this week a local non-partisan election over a small town mayor. They were hoping that the slate of Kate Delany, Bill Johnson and Jen Rossi in Collingswood would create a crack in the wall of the party machine run by George Norcross. It didn't work out that way. Listen to WNYC's Nancy Solomon br…
 
Student test scores were already trending upward before former Gov. Chris Christie stripped the Camden school board of its power in 2013 and installed a state-appointed superintendent. These are the findings in a new report by the left-leaning think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective. Julia Sass Rubin helped author the study and says the state need…
 
When it comes to public education in the pandemic, some of the most searing images have been students sitting outside McDonalds trying to get Wi-Fi, or siblings taking turns with a parent’s iPhone to do their homework. The pandemic made the digital divide vivid, and now politicians and activists say they’re committed to finding solutions…
 
Eight of the leading Democratic candidates running to become New York City mayor are scheduled to take part in the first televised debate of the campaign season on Thursday, May 13th. Broadcast on NY1 and WNYC from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the debate is the first of three that have been planned by the Campaign Finance Board. WNYC/Gothamist reporter Liz Ki…
 
Tonight, from 7-9 PM EST, the Democratic candidates for mayor of New York City will square off on issues facing the city, and who would be the best choice to guide NYC through its next chapters. Brian Lehrer will be asking some questions as a panelist, along with moderator Errol Louis from NY1, and THE CITY's Josefa Velasquez. To hear some of Brian…
 
Under a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy, public water systems will have ten days to tell customers of any elevated lead levels in their tap water. That's a significantly shorter timeframe than current federal standards, which give water systems sixty days to notify consumers. The state law also directs landlords to pass the information on to the…
 
Bars, restaurants, and delis will still have to stock straws. But they'll only be allowed to give them out to customers who ask for them. Eric Goldstein of the Natural Resources Defense Council says it will limit a key revenue source for plastics manufacturers. "There are many things we have to do to back off on our reliance on climate-altering fos…
 
Mayor de Blasio pressed pause on selective admissions at middle schools this year, saying the pandemic made it impossible to use typical criteria like test scores, grades and attendance to decide who got in where. He said the change would also increase equity. And according to new numbers released by the city, the temporary change has made a differ…
 
Governor Cuomo says students at the state’s public universities will have to be vaccinated when they return to campus this fall. But the state has not said whether the same will be true of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more, go to Gothamist.com.Door WNYC Radio
 
On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for use in adolescents aged 12 to 15. The move expands eligibility by millions of people, and some public health experts say it could be key to blunting transmission in New York City. One of those is Professor Donna Hallas, the director of the Pediatric Nurse Prac…
 
New county vaccination data show white people in New Jersey are receiving doses at almost double the rate of Black and Latino residents, with some of the largest gaps in South Jersey. In Burlington County, about 20 miles from Philadelphia, white people received doses at nearly three times the rate of Black people, as of May 9th. In Cape May, white …
 
According to statistics collected by the courts, more than a third of all criminal defendants on Long Island are Black men. However, there are only two Black male assistant district attorneys for all of Long Island.Demographic data obtained through interviews and freedom of information requests reveals that Long Island’s justice system is overwhelm…
 
In the crowded race for New York city mayor, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is consistently counted as a front-runner. But he has a stubborn generation gap in his support-- his campaign has not caught on with younger New Yorkers. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan reports. Read the full story on Gothamist.com…
 
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