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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Policy and Advocacy | 3/23/22
Front view of the New York State Capitol in Albany, NY.

The New York State budget is the most important policy proposal debated in Albany each year. More than a collection of fiscal items, the state budget is instead...

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Policy and Advocacy | 3/9/22
Illustration depicting different types of Accessory Dwelling Units, including: Detached Unit, Attached Unit, Interior Upper Level Unit, Interior Lower Level Unit, Above Garage Unit, Garage Conversion.

The national housing shortage has led to a spike in home prices, particularly in high-demand urban and suburban areas. To increase the supply of housing, policymakers...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/25/22
Gray-scale map of New York City Council Districts.

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 | 1/12/22
Photo of Mayor Bill de Blasio at the podium in the Blue Room in New York City Hall.

With the coming of 2022, Mayor Bill de Blasio and a host of other city elected officials have left office. Over the last eight years, the former mayor, comptroller,...

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Policy and Advocacy | 12/14/21
Photo of street in Noho neighborhood of Manhattan.

With 2022 approaching, New York is preparing for a major transition in its political leadership. The mayor, comptroller, four borough presidents, and most of the City...

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Policy and Advocacy | 12/1/21
Photo of Eric Adams standing in front of a brick wall.

Next month, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will take office as Mayor of New York City. He is already taking important steps to form his administration, such as...

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