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Policy and Advocacy | 4/13/21

New York City is now using ranked-choice voting (RCV), which allows voters to select more than one candidate in order of preference. The transition is occurring due to...

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Policy and Advocacy | 3/17/21

Last year, 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 | 2/25/21

In 2019, the New York City Council passed Local Law 97, a landmark piece of legislation requiring large buildings to stay under emissions limits. These emissions limits...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/17/21

New Yorkers have long debated the merits of a comprehensive plan, a single document that outlines goals for private and public sector design and construction over a set...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/5/21
New York City has 59 Community Boards. Image: Courtesy of NYC Dept. of City Planning.

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

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Policy and Advocacy | 12/14/20

The politics over affordable and supportive housing in New York City have become increasingly contentious. During both the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations,...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/27/20

AIA New York expresses its strong opposition to the continued efforts of the Trump Administration to mandate that federal buildings reflect classical...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/26/20

AIANY strongly encourages members to partake in the upcoming election and support candidates who value good design. AIA National has prepared presidential candidate...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/14/20

With the 2020 general election fast approaching, much is at stake for New York City’s architects. Funding for sustainable design, transportation, and the basic...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/30/20

For years, advocates have pushed to close Rikers Island. Conditions for detainees in the infamous jail have long been inhumane due to the physical state of the buildings...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/14/20

Census responses help determine how much funding New York receives for transportation, affordable housing, and other architectural priorities. Many have grown fearful...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/18/20

With years of neglect leading to a backlog of maintenance needs, the woes of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) are nothing new to most New Yorkers. The...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/21/20

Despite concerns about a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, New York is moving ahead with its reopening. New cases and fatalities have fallen dramatically since the virus...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/8/20

The current financial crisis has impacted all levels of government. Transit agencies across the country have been especially hard hit as ridership has remained at low...

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Policy and Advocacy | 6/24/20

Tuesday, June 23 was primary day in New York State. Democrats and Republicans voted in crucial contests for local, state, and federal races. Due to the significant...

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Policy and Advocacy | 6/10/20

The future of New York’s public space is being hotly debated. Protests and health concerns have changed how architects and policymakers are thinking about public...

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Policy and Advocacy | 5/26/20

As the health crisis wears on, the financial situation for state and local governments continues to be dire. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that...

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Policy and Advocacy | 5/13/20

As total hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continue to decline, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have begun preparing the City and State for a gradual reopening in the...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/29/20

Commercial tenants have been hit very hard by the current crisis. Healthwise, rules around working from home have limited the ability of tenants to use the spaces they...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/14/20

Architecture firms have been hard hit by the current health and financial crises, seeing a huge decrease in work due to a lack of clients and government-mandated...

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