Policy and Advocacy | 5/24/23
New York City Hall at ground level, featuring two-story a white building with neoclassical details.

In 2020, AIA New York launched the AIA New York Political Action Fund (AIANY PAF), which enables our association to support candidates for political office. We heard...

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Policy and Advocacy | 3/1/23
NY Governor Kathy Hochul speaking at a podium

On February 1, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul revealed her 2023 State budget proposal, which included many suggestions that could deeply impact the built...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/31/23
Two apartment building towers

Last month, Governor Hochul held her State of the State speech, outlining her policy proposals for 2023. Most notably, she recommended a series of policy changes to...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/25/23
New York City community districts. Image: Fitnr via Wikimedia Commons.

Borough presidents and New York City Council members are now accepting applications for community board appointments. Community boards are volunteer advisory groups that...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/18/23
New York State Capitol, Albany, NY. Photo: Kurtman518 via Wikimedia Commons.

The debate over banning new gas hookups in buildings has turned into a major political issue in both the country and state. Earlier this month, the Biden Administration...

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Policy and Advocacy | 12/14/22
Outdoor dining structure with lights at nighttime

Throughout 2022, New York City has debated how to make outdoor dining permanent. The city’s Open Restaurants program, which enables legal outdoor dining, is currently...

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Policy and Advocacy | 11/30/22
Aerial view of Rikers island complex

Over the last few years, New York City has sought to significantly change its criminal justice system. After the release of the A More Just New York City report in 2017,...

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Policy and Advocacy | 11/16/22
Woman speaking into a reporter's microphone.

Last week saw the pivotal 2022 Midterm Elections. Across the country, Democrats performed very well and Republicans did worse than expected. However, the inverse was...

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Policy and Advocacy | 11/1/22
Manhattan skyline with pollution

Over the last few years, AIA New York and its allies have made major headway at limiting the design and construction of new gas-powered buildings. Last year, AIANY...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/19/22
Construction site with worker on the bottom right corner

A core pillar of for Mayor Eric Adams is making New York friendlier for business. In particular, he is seeking to reduce burdens that cause design and construction to be...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/21/22
Solitary cell in Jacques-Cartier Prison Rennes, France. Édouard Hue via Wikimedia Commons

The increasing number of suicides among detainees in New York City jails has brought greater scrutiny to the city’s continued use of solitary confinement. Most...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/23/22
Dining tables with white tablecloths on a city sidewalk.

Throughout the pandemic, the expansion of outdoor dining kept countless restaurants in New York afloat. This proliferation of sidewalk and roadside dining was carried...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/10/22
US Capitol. Photo: Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons.

A series of court decisions regarding gerrymandered legislative districts created by the New York State Legislature led to a split primary cycle this year. Primaries for...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/27/22
Moynihan Train Hall by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photo: Dave Burk © Empire State Development | SOM.

The New York region has countless overdue major infrastructure projects. While these projects were long considered necessary, a lack of political will failed to move...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/12/22
Children play on a pedestrianized street

Though New York City has an enormous municipal workforce, there is no single office or individual charged with coordinating the various agencies that oversee public...

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Policy and Advocacy | 6/15/22
Dwight Burdette via Wikimedia Commons.

The 2022 New York State primary elections are around the corner. Races for governor and for the State Assembly are still scheduled to be held on June 28 as originally...

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Policy and Advocacy | 5/4/22
Aerial view looking down a street with many cars and tall buildings on either side

In 2019, congestion pricing was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo. A coalition of groups, including AIA New...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/22/22

This summer, New Yorkers will go to the polls for primary elections which will include candidates for state legislators. Given the importance of state law the built...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/20/22
Woman in white dress raises right hand while putting left hand on top of a book held by a man.

The Governor of New York has enormous sway over the practice of architecture in the state. As the state’s executive, they have major influence over public works,...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/6/22
FDNY fire truck parked on a street.

The January fire at Twin Parks Northwest, an apartment building in the Bronx, was among the worst in decades. 17 residents died tragically, apparently all from smoke...

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