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About Anne
New York Times Beirut Bureau Chief, covering Syria and the Middle East
Based in Beirut
Previously served as Middle East and Baghdad bureau chief for the Boston Globe
Reported in the USA for the New York Times, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Covered Russia in the 90s for the Moscow Times
Feature Stories Content Writing Corporate Content
Fact Checking

If the globe is warming, shouldn’t there be less snow?

04 Apr 2024  |  nytimes.com
The article addresses a common question about global warming and snowfall. It features insights from Kevin Reed, an associate professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. Reed explains that while overall snowfall is decreasing in a warming world, higher temperatures allow the atmosphere to hold more water, leading to more precipitation. This can result in heavy snowfall during certain times. The article also touches on the concept of warmer air holding more moisture, leading to more intense weather events, such as the floods in New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Ida.

Hallelujah, Churches Have Seen the Light

01 Jul 2023  |  hottakepod.com
The article discusses the Presbyterian Church's decision to divest $4-$7 million from fossil fuels, including stakes in Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66, and Valero Energy. This move is significant due to the historical ties between western Christianity and the oil industry, as detailed by Darren Dochuk in his book 'Annointed with Oil'. The article also touches on the early days of the oil industry in the U.S., where religious beliefs and oil exploration were closely linked, particularly by figures like Lyman Stewart and John D. Rockefeller. The divestment by the Presbyterian Church is seen as a major step in the broader societal shift away from fossil fuels. Additionally, the article includes a section on climate coverage in the media, addressing the intersection of climate crisis with other major news events and the start of wildfire and hurricane seasons. It also critiques BP's social media engagement with the LGBTQ community in the context of environmental issues.

Hallelujah, Churches Have Seen the Light

01 Jul 2023  |  hottakepod.com
The article discusses the Presbyterian Church's decision to divest $4-$7 million from fossil fuels, including stakes in Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66, and Valero Energy. This move is significant due to the historical ties between western Christianity and the oil industry. The article also touches on the early days of the oil industry in the U.S. and how religion played a role in the expansion of oil companies, particularly mentioning Lyman Stewart and John D. Rockefeller. Additionally, the article covers the media's climate change coverage in May and June, noting an initial increase followed by a decrease in attention. It criticizes news outlets for not taking the climate crisis seriously despite earlier pledges. Furthermore, the article shares personal reflections on wildfire fatigue and the decision to move away from California, as well as a critique of BP and Shell for their performative support of the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month while contributing to the climate crisis.

The Great Resignation Hits NYC Prosecutors

05 Apr 2023  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses a significant wave of resignations among prosecutors in New York City, highlighting the issue as part of 'The Great Resignation'. A substantial number of prosecutors have left their positions in the past year, with offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens experiencing high turnover rates. Factors contributing to this trend include pandemic-related burnout, low salaries, and increased workloads. The latter has been exacerbated by two new laws aimed at making the judicial process more equitable by requiring prosecutors to share more documents with defense teams earlier, thereby increasing their workload in an already overwhelmed court system.

Fire in Manhattan High-Rise Injures 38; Lithium-Ion Battery Blamed

01 Apr 2023  |  spokesman.com
A fire in a Manhattan high-rise, caused by a lithium-ion battery in an electric bicycle, resulted in at least 38 injuries. Firefighters performed a dramatic rescue of a woman from the 20th floor, where the fire originated. The FDNY used ropes in what was described as a 'last resort' tactic. The fire has raised concerns about the safety of lithium-ion batteries, which have been linked to 200 fires in New York City this year alone. The article also touches on the confusion among residents during the fire, the response by emergency services, and the broader implications for building safety and emergency preparedness.

How climate change can supercharge snowstorms

23 Dec 2022  |  bostonglobe.com
The article discusses the paradox of increased snowfall in certain conditions despite global warming. Kevin Reed, an associate professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, explains that while overall snowfall is decreasing, higher temperatures allow the atmosphere to hold more water, leading to more precipitation. This can result in heavy snowfall when temperatures are just below freezing. The article also touches on the risks associated with different types of precipitation, including the potential for flooding from both rain and melting snow, especially when temperatures hover around the freezing point.

If the globe is warming, shouldn’t there be less snow?

22 Dec 2022  |  seattletimes.com
The article addresses a common question about global warming and snowfall, citing Kevin Reed, an associate professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. Reed explains that while overall snowfall is decreasing due to global warming, higher temperatures allow the atmosphere to hold more water, leading to more precipitation, which can still fall as snow under certain conditions. He notes that warmer air leads to more humidity and moisture, which can result in sudden downpours and flooding, as seen after Hurricane Ida. Reed also discusses how slight increases in temperature can lead to more snowfall when temperatures are just below freezing, and the flooding risks associated with freezing temperatures.

Takeaways From New York’s Midterm Election Results

09 Nov 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
New York's midterm elections showed signs of Democratic resilience and surprising Republican gains. Governor Kathy Hochul won against Lee Zeldin, who acknowledged the close margin in his concession. Despite being outnumbered, Republicans in New York had their strongest statewide performance in decades, capitalizing on issues like crime and inflation.

At Least 38 Injured in High-Rise Fire in Manhattan

05 Nov 2022  |  nytimes.com
A fire broke out in a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan, leading to a dramatic rescue of a trapped woman by firefighters. The fire, which occurred at 429 East 52nd Street, injured at least 38 people. Chief Fire Marshal Daniel E. Flynn identified the cause of the fire as a lithium-ion battery from an electric bicycle. The apartment where the fire originated contained at least five e-bikes, and there is an ongoing investigation into whether the resident was conducting unauthorized bike repairs. This incident adds to the approximately 200 fires in New York City this year attributed to lithium-ion batteries, which have resulted in six fatalities.

Five Ways to Prevent the Next Sandy

28 Oct 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the prevalence of illegal basement apartments in Queens, New York, and the risks they pose during extreme weather events. It highlights the impact of Hurricane Ida, which caused severe flooding and resulted in at least 16 deaths, many in basement apartments. The city's response to Hurricane Sandy nine years earlier is mentioned as insufficient in the face of new climate challenges, such as sudden downpours. The article details the city and state agencies' efforts to improve flood management through new flood maps, emergency systems, and infrastructure projects like drainage systems, porous streets, and rain gardens. It also mentions specific initiatives like the daylighting of Tibbetts Brook and a $2 billion drainage project in southeast Queens.

Wagner Park, a Haven in Lower Manhattan, Could Soon Be Demolished

21 Oct 2022  |  nytimes.com
Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, a popular green space in Lower Manhattan, is at the center of a controversy due to plans by the Battery Park City Authority to demolish and rebuild it on higher ground. This $221-million-plus resiliency plan aims to protect the area from the increasing threat of flooding due to climate change. However, local residents, including finance executive Kelly McGowan, oppose the demolition, arguing for a less extreme solution that would preserve the existing park while still enhancing its resiliency against future storms and rising sea levels.

Two Nursing Home Residents Die After a Legionnaires’ Outbreak

14 Sep 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Two residents of the Amsterdam Nursing Home in Manhattan have died with Legionnaires’ disease, and a total of eight cases have been associated with the facility. The source of the infections has not been determined, but water restrictions have been implemented in the facility's west wing. The nursing home has installed filters and is providing bottled water, and it was in full compliance with health department rules in 2021. The disease is more common in older, Black, and low-income individuals, and risks are increasing with warmer climate conditions.

Arsenic in N.Y.C. Water Sample Came From Testing Error, Lab Says

09 Sep 2022  |  nytimes.com
New York City officials retracted their previous statement about finding dangerous levels of arsenic in the tap water at Jacob Riis Houses, a public housing development in Manhattan. The alarming results, which had been released the previous Friday, caused a public health scare and left residents without drinkable tap water for a week. The laboratory responsible for the tests, Environmental Monitoring and Technologies, Inc., admitted that the arsenic was added to the sample during testing due to complexities in the method used. New tests confirmed that the water did not exceed federal arsenic standards.

Con Ed Dumps Hot, Dirty Water From River Park Pier, Records Show

23 Aug 2022  |  nytimes.com
Consolidated Edison, New York City's largest utility company, has been discharging wastewater into the Hudson River at a park with special aquatic life protections. This wastewater, released from the company's plant, is sometimes heated above 90 degrees and may contain toxic metals like chromium and lead. The discharges, which happen about twice a week, are part of the utility's process for maintaining boilers and cooling electrical cables. The practice, ongoing for over 20 years with permits, was recently brought to light by an adviser to the park's trust, leading to a debate over whether Con Ed should continue to operate within the park. The impact of these discharges on the river's water quality and marine life is not fully known, but there are concerns about the potential harm from heated water and toxic substances.

N.Y.C. Will Expand Compost Pickup to Queens in October

08 Aug 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the challenges and political issues surrounding organic waste recycling in New York City. It highlights the city's struggle with composting programs, which are crucial for reducing methane emissions and addressing the climate crisis. The city had previously suspended its composting efforts due to budget constraints during the pandemic and attempted to reintroduce it with a complicated opt-in process. New York Mayor Eric Adams, who had promised citywide composting during his campaign, deemed the program 'broken' upon taking office and canceled it to save costs, leading to frustration among composting advocates. The city is now looking for a more cost-effective and equitable solution to manage organic waste.

We Went on a Lanternfly-Killing Rampage. They’re Still Here.

07 Aug 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article reports on the invasion of spotted lanternflies in the New York metropolitan area, an invasive species that poses a threat to local agriculture and the environment. Since their first appearance in 2020, lanternflies have become more prevalent, causing issues for crops and making outdoor spaces less enjoyable. Despite New Yorkers' efforts to exterminate the pests, the problem persists. The article describes various sightings of lanternflies in different locations, including Roosevelt Island, Prospect Park, Midtown, the Museum of Modern Art, Rockaway Beach, and other parts of the city. It also mentions social media reports of infestations in specific locations such as the Nomad Tower and Jersey City, highlighting the widespread nature of the issue.

Not Enough Cooling Centers in New York City’s Hottest Areas, Study Finds

04 Aug 2022  |  nytimes.com
In New York, on days with dangerous heat levels, the city opens over 500 cooling centers for public safety. However, a study by the city comptroller's office reveals that neighborhoods with the highest need for these centers, due to factors like extreme temperatures, lack of green spaces, and absence of air conditioning, have the fewest centers per capita. Central Brooklyn, central Queens, and parts of the Bronx are most affected, with East Flatbush in Brooklyn being particularly underserved. This area has the highest heat vulnerability rating but had only two cooling centers during the last heat wave for its 162,400 residents.

When the Heat Can’t Be Beat

28 Jul 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
The United States is experiencing a series of record-setting heat waves, prompting people to adapt their lifestyles to cope with the extreme temperatures. Measures include staying indoors, becoming nocturnal, and using frozen water bottles. The heat is affecting infrastructure, with soil shifts causing water main breaks and power grids under strain. Vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, homeless, and low-income individuals, are particularly at risk. Climate scientists warn that such extreme heat will become more common and severe unless carbon emissions are curbed.

One Day in the Heat: What Cooling Off Looks and Feels Like in New York

23 Jul 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article explores the various ways New Yorkers keep cool during a particularly hot day. It highlights the diversity of methods employed by the city's residents, reflecting the varied lifestyles and preferences within the urban environment. The piece likely includes personal anecdotes, descriptions of public spaces, and might touch on issues such as climate change or urban infrastructure. However, without more details, the summary remains general.

The 3 Most Important Climate Laws You’ve Never Heard Of

08 Jul 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
New York has set ambitious climate goals, with recent laws enabling stricter energy-efficiency standards, allowing utilities to venture into thermal heating and cooling, and requiring prevailing wage for renewable-energy projects. Governor Kathy Hochul emphasizes New York's commitment to climate action, paralleling it with stances on abortion rights and gun regulation. The article also touches on the public health response to the monkeypox outbreak in New York City, highlighting the disorganized vaccine rollout and fears of stigma reminiscent of the AIDS crisis.

What the Gateway Deal Means for New Yorkers

07 Jul 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the Gateway Project, which aims to improve train capacity between New York City and New Jersey. The project's main feature is the construction of two new single-track tunnels to complement the existing century-old tunnels. Additionally, in New Jersey, new tracks will be laid, and the Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River will be replaced due to its tendency to malfunction. On the New York side, there is a need to expand Penn Station to accommodate more trains, although recent renovations to the station did not increase train capacity.

It was good while it lasted.

06 Jul 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the return of the pre-pandemic alternate-side parking schedule in New York City. During the pandemic, the frequency of street sweeping by the Sanitation Department's vehicles was reduced, allowing drivers to move their cars less often. This change was implemented in June 2020 and halved the time drivers spent relocating their vehicles to accommodate the sweepers. However, the original, more demanding parking regulations have been reinstated as of Tuesday, requiring drivers to resume the frequent repositioning of their cars.

N.Y. Primary: How to Vote and What’s on the Ballot

28 Jun 2022  |  nytimes.com
New York is holding closed primaries for several statewide offices, including governor and lieutenant governor, on Tuesday. Voters must be enrolled in a party to participate, and independents cannot vote. Early voting has concluded, and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on election day. The state board of election website provides information on party registration and polling site locations. Incumbent Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul is facing challenges from Jumaane D. Williams and Thomas R. Suozzi. On the Republican side, Lee M. Zeldin is contending with Rob Astorino, Harry Wilson, and Andrew Giuliani for the nomination.

What to Know About N.Y.’s Primary Election on June 28

24 Jun 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the current state of the New York gubernatorial race, focusing on the Republican primary and the Democratic candidates. Alison Esposito is the sole Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, running alongside Lee Zeldin. Incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, has a significant lead in fundraising and endorsements, and she's leveraging her incumbency by highlighting legislative achievements, such as a bill to protect abortion providers. Jumaane Williams and Tom Suozzi are challenging Hochul from the left and right, respectively. The Republican primary is partly seen as a referendum on Donald Trump, with Zeldin's strong support for the former president becoming a focal point. The article suggests that the outcome of the primaries will create a clear distinction between the parties for the general election.

3 Dead in Wind-Driven Fire in Queens, Officials Say

18 Jun 2022  |  nytimes.com
A fire in the Richmond Hill area of Queens, New York, resulted in at least three fatalities, with the deceased found in a basement. The fire, exacerbated by strong winds, destroyed two houses at 104-18 and 104-19 125th Street. The house where the bodies were discovered had a history of building violations, including an illegal basement apartment. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze, which was reported on Friday and led to the collapse of much of the structures of the affected houses. The identities of the victims have not been released as officials await formal notification of their relatives.

‘Scared and tired’: Thousands across the U.S. rally against gun violence

12 Jun 2022  |  seattletimes.com
Thousands of protesters rallied against gun violence in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S., renewing calls for federal legislation to limit military-style weapons. The demonstrations, organized by March for Our Lives, were a response to recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. During the Washington rally, a man caused a brief panic but was detained without finding any weapons. The protests saw participants from various cities sharing personal stories and demanding action. The article highlights scenes from rallies in Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, San Antonio, and Los Angeles, with protesters expressing frustration over the lack of progress in gun control legislation and sharing their experiences with gun violence.

‘Scared and tired’: thousands across the US rally against gun violence

12 Jun 2022  |  afr.com
The article reports on nationwide demonstrations organized by March for Our Lives, a student group advocating for gun control, in response to recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. The protests took place in various U.S. cities and some European locations, with participants calling for common-sense gun control and expressing frustration over the lack of congressional action. Personal stories from demonstrators highlight the impact of gun violence on their lives and the desire for legislative change. The article emphasizes the widespread demand for action against gun violence and the determination of activists to turn their movement into a political force capable of achieving firearm limits.

Protesters Gather Across the U.S. to Speak Out Against Gun Violence

11 Jun 2022  |  nytimes.com
Thousands of protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the United States to rally against gun violence and the prevalence of mass shootings. The protests come in the wake of numerous tragic events, including the shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, Parkland, Newtown, and El Paso. Demonstrators called for federal legislation to restrict military-style weapons that have been used in many mass shootings. The Washington rally experienced a moment of panic when a man threw an object into the crowd and shouted a phrase that caused attendees to run from the stage. The incident was reported by local television station WUSA.

After Uvalde, Protesters Across the U.S. Rally Against Gun Violence

11 Jun 2022  |  indianexpress.com
Thousands of protesters rallied against gun violence in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S., demanding federal legislation to limit military-style weapons. The demonstrations, organized by March for Our Lives, were a response to recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. A moment of panic occurred at the Washington rally when a man threw an object and was detained by U.S. Park Police. The protests echoed the 2018 rallies after the Parkland shooting and featured participants from various cities sharing their experiences and calling for action. The article highlights the widespread desire for gun control and the frustration with the lack of legislative progress.

New York Lawmakers Move to Counter Rightward Shift Elsewhere

03 Jun 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the legislative actions taken by New York in response to recent shootings in Buffalo and Texas. New York has passed gun-related legislation, becoming the first state to do so after these events. The new laws include raising the minimum age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle to 21 and barring most civilians from buying bullet-resistant body vests. Additionally, the state's red flag laws are being revised. The article also touches on other Democratic priorities in New York, such as enhanced protections against evictions and climate and environmental bills, which have faced challenges in passing. Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie are mentioned as key figures in these legislative efforts.

Mutual Aid Takes New Form as Baby Formula Shortage Continues

02 Jun 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses how the national baby formula shortage has led to an increase in mutual aid efforts in New York, particularly the donation of breast milk. It highlights that some new mothers produce more milk than they need and are able to pump it easily. The New York Milk Bank, an organization that has been providing donated milk to hospitals and parents of sick and premature infants, is mentioned as playing a role in this mutual aid initiative.

“The floor seems to vanish.”

01 Jun 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses a tragic incident that occurred at a construction site and was initially reported in The Daily News. Dan Barry, a colleague of the author, noticed the brief report about an elevator accident that resulted in the death of one worker and the survival of another. Intrigued by the lack of details, Dan conducted a basic investigation and discovered that this incident was the third death at the same construction site in less than three years, indicating a significant safety issue. The article implies that there is a deeper story to be explored regarding the construction site's safety record.

It’s Going to Be a Hot Summer. It Will Be Hotter if You’re Not Rich.

28 May 2022  |  akilligundem.com
The article describes a scene at the Betsy Head Pool in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where Shakema Edwards and her daughters visit a public pool. The article highlights the strict rules at the city's public pools, such as no bottled drinks, snacks, newspapers, flotation devices, or colored T-shirts allowed. It also mentions the presence of police officers for security. The article contrasts the experiences of wealthy New Yorkers who may have never visited a public pool with those of residents with modest means, noting that public pools are a vital part of summer for 1.5 million people, many of whom are from Black and brown communities.

Heat Waves in New York Highlight Climate Inequality

28 May 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the impending heatwave expected to hit New York and most of the country, with record-setting temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the Northeast will experience above-average heat this summer. The article highlights the dangers of extreme heat and sudden downpours in cities like New York, particularly for the most vulnerable populations. It also touches on the inequality of access to public spaces that provide relief from the heat, such as pools, parks, and libraries. The climate crisis and the ongoing pandemic are making these public spaces essential for health and safety, not just recreation.

Rikers Island Faces Pressure to End Death and Disorder Crisis

23 May 2022  |  nytimes.com
Louis A. Molina, the commissioner of New York City’s Department of Correction, is set to appear before a Federal district judge to discuss the future of the Rikers Island jail complex. The facility may face a federal court takeover due to ongoing issues. Over the past month, Molina's department has been collaborating with an independent monitor to devise a plan to improve the jail, focusing on staffing issues that have led to increased violence and detainees being left to fend for themselves. Despite promises to restore order, recent incidents, including a severe beating of a detainee, suggest that Rikers Island continues to struggle with a crisis. These incidents have come to light following reports by The New York Times.

Eric Adams Resists ‘Shutdown Thoughts’ Despite Covid Rise

20 May 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in New York City, where the daily reported cases have exceeded 4,000. Despite this increase, the mayor has not issued any public warnings or reinstated a mask mandate for public indoor settings. This is in contrast to the recommendations of a new alert system that was approved in March, which suggests that a mask mandate should be implemented at the current risk level.

On Day 100, Mayor Adams Has Covid-19

11 Apr 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses New York City Mayor Eric Adams testing positive for COVID-19 after attending the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, where many attendees subsequently tested positive. The article highlights the availability of antiviral medications at no cost for New Yorkers who are over 65 or have certain risk factors. Adams, who has a history of diabetes, is taking an antiviral medication as recommended by his doctors. The article also touches on the public's mixed reactions to Adams' handling of the virus, noting the rollback of some mandates and the postponement of lifting a preschool mask mandate due to a rise in cases.

Finally, the State Has a Budget Deal

08 Apr 2022  |  nytimes.com
Governor Kathy Hochul has finalized an agreement with legislators on a $220 billion state budget for New York. The budget was settled after intense negotiations that extended almost a week beyond the expected deadline of April 1. While Democrats in the Legislature were unsuccessful in their efforts to prevent amendments to the state's bail laws, they succeeded in securing substantial funding to improve the affordability of child care.

Covid Cases Are Rising Again. How Cautious Should We Be?

07 Apr 2022  |  nytimes.com
Covid-19 cases are on the rise in New York City, with the city now reporting 1,500 new cases per day and a 3 percent positivity rate, which is double the rate of spread from a month ago. The most affected group is younger adults, sparking concerns about potential risks to older, more vulnerable populations. However, there are signs of hope as hospitalizations remain stable, and vaccination efforts have increased, with 800,000 more New Yorkers receiving booster shots since the last peak and 83 percent of those 65 and older being fully vaccinated. Additionally, the widespread infection from the Omicron variant may offer protection against the new subvariant BA.2.

New Yorkers of Ukrainian Descent Plead with Relatives to Flee War-Torn Areas

06 Apr 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the efforts of people of Ukrainian descent living in New York City and its suburbs to persuade their relatives in Ukraine to leave cities and towns under attack by Russian forces. Despite the urgency, many New Yorkers are facing resistance, particularly from older family members in Ukraine. The journalist, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, has spoken to members of the Ukrainian community to understand their concerns and experiences. The article highlights the personal struggles within the larger context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has led to over four million Ukrainians fleeing their country.

A Battle Over Banning Gas and Oil Hookups in New Buildings

05 Apr 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the political battle surrounding New York Governor Hochul's proposed state budget, which includes a plan to ban gas and oil hookups in new buildings starting in 2027. This would make New York the first U.S. state to take such a step, requiring new buildings to use only electricity from emissions-free sources by 2040. The proposal has sparked a lobbying and public-relations battle between climate advocacy groups, who support the ban, and the gas and oil industries, who oppose it. The current obstacle to the proposal is the State Assembly, with Speaker Carl Heastie being tight-lipped about the measure. Climate groups like Food and Water Watch are frustrated with the Assembly's leadership, pointing out the environmental inequality in areas like the Bronx, which suffers from high childhood asthma rates and dirty buildings.

Can You Recycle a Greasy Pizza Box?

03 Mar 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article addresses a common question regarding the recyclability of greasy pizza boxes in New York City. It clarifies that pizza boxes with basic oil spots are recyclable, while those heavily soiled with cheese or other residues should be disposed of as trash. The piece suggests that there is more guidance available on what items can and cannot be recycled, indicating that the topic of recycling is nuanced and requires specific knowledge of local recycling rules.

How Wind Farms Could Transform New York

01 Mar 2022  |  nytimes.com
Last Friday, a significant investment was made in renewable energy with six companies spending $4.37 billion to lease ocean territory off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. These companies plan to build wind farms that have the potential to supply electricity to two million homes. The article by Anne Barnard, reporting from New York City for The New York Times, discusses the impact these wind farms could have on the transformation of certain land areas. The investment marks a substantial move towards sustainable energy solutions in the region.

New York’s Composting Program Faces Budget Cuts

17 Feb 2022  |  nytimes.com
Mayor Eric Adams of New York has proposed a 3 percent budget cut across the board, which includes suspending the expansion of the city's composting program. This move has sparked outrage among supporters of composting, as it contradicts Adams's campaign promise to expand curbside composting services to every neighborhood. The suspension aims to save $18.2 million in the upcoming budget and is expected to result in $91 million in savings over five years. The composting program was previously paused by former Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2020 due to budget constraints during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York Was Set to Expand Composting. Now It’s on the Chopping Block.

17 Feb 2022  |  nytimes.com
New York City's composting program has hit a snag under Mayor Adams's administration. The program, which was slowly restarted by former Mayor de Blasio after a pandemic pause, is currently limited to seven community-board districts. Despite the program's potential to reduce emissions and the city's rat problem, Mayor Adams has criticized it for low participation rates and inefficiencies. The decision not to expand the program has been met with disappointment from climate advocates and city officials like Sandy Nurse, who see it as a missed opportunity to address climate change and urban sanitation issues.

4 Candidates to Be New York’s Next Governor

08 Feb 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the political landscape in New York following the resignation of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. It highlights the unpredictable nature of the race for the next governor and mentions the recent endorsement by the progressive Working Families Party. The focus is on the top candidates vying for the governorship, although specific candidates are not detailed in the provided excerpt.

4 Climate Issues New York City Will Face

01 Feb 2022  |  nytimes.com
Mayor Eric Adams of New York City has appointed Rohit T. Aggarwala as the city's chief climate officer. Aggarwala's primary task is to safeguard the city against the impending threats of climate change, such as rising sea levels and extreme heat. The urgency of his mission is underscored by experts who caution that there is limited time to address these climate issues effectively.

Winter Storm Moves Into Maine After Pounding Northeast With Heavy Snow

29 Jan 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
A winter storm moved into Maine after delivering heavy snow across the Northeast, particularly affecting New York, Rhode Island, and southern Massachusetts. The National Weather Service predicted the storm would linger in northern New England overnight and disperse by noon on Sunday. Snowfall totals reached up to two feet in parts of Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts, with Maine expected to receive 12 to 18 inches. Power outages affected around 80,000 customers on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Officials, including Governor Charlie Baker, addressed the storm's impact and the ongoing cleanup efforts. Meteorologists provided insights into the storm's intensity and the effects of climate change on such weather events.

The Bronx Fire Victims: Passionate Students and Hardworking Parents

17 Jan 2022  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses a tragic fire that occurred in the Bronx, New York City, claiming the lives of 17 people, predominantly from the Gambian immigrant community. The fire happened in Twin Parks North West, a building that has been a hub for Gambian immigrants since Abdoulie Touray first settled there in the 1970s. The building, also known as Touray Tower, is described as a place where generations of families have lived closely, sharing their lives and cultural practices. The article recounts the day of the fire, mentioning the Janneh family and Mabintou Tunkara, who were affected by the tragedy. Rokia Touray, a daughter of Abdoulie Touray, reflects on the sense of community at a candlelight vigil held in memory of the victims.

Jury Deliberations to Resume Tuesday in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

20 Dec 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
The sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of aiding Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of teenage girls, has concluded its closing arguments. Prosecutors portrayed Maxwell as a sophisticated predator complicit in Epstein's crimes, while the defense argued that Maxwell is being wrongfully accused and that the accusers' memories are unreliable. The jury deliberations are set to resume on Tuesday after hearing testimonies from about 30 witnesses over three weeks.

New York City to Ban Gas Hookups in New Buildings

16 Dec 2021  |  bostonglobe.com
New York City has passed a bill to ban gas hookups in new buildings, requiring all-electric heating and cooking, to combat climate change. The ban starts in December 2023 for buildings under seven stories and in 2027 for taller buildings. Mayor Bill de Blasio will sign the bill, which aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The law has faced opposition from National Grid and real estate developers, concerned about electricity demand and the transition to renewable energy. However, support has come from various quarters, including Consolidated Edison, the Urban Green Council, and environmental groups. The law, which passed 40-7, includes exceptions for certain businesses and affordable housing units. It is part of a broader movement in cities to reduce fossil fuel consumption, with New York being the largest U.S. city to enact such a law.

N.Y.C.’s Gas Ban Takes Fight Against Climate Change to the Kitchen

15 Dec 2021  |  nytimes.com
New York City has taken a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint by banning gas-powered heaters, stoves, and water boilers in all new buildings. The City Council passed a bill that mandates all-electric heating and cooking in new constructions, with the ban taking effect in December 2023 for buildings under seven stories and in 2027 for taller buildings. This decision came after intense negotiations and is part of the city's broader goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who advocated for the ban, is set to sign the bill, which is seen as a potential model for other cities aiming to cut down on fossil fuel use.

Jeffrey Epstein's Black Book Was Shown to Maxwell Trial Jurors

10 Dec 2021  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses a recent ruling that allows a contact book belonging to Jeffrey Epstein to be introduced as evidence in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial. The book, which is said to contain names of girls and prominent figures, has been compared to the infamous 'little black book' of Heidi Fleiss. While there is interest in the contents of Epstein's contact lists, the court has decided that only parts of the book, labeled Exhibit GX52, will be shown in the trial and will remain under seal. This means the details of the contacts will not be made public.

Why Ghislaine Maxwell Is in Jail During Her Trial

06 Dec 2021  |  nytimes.com
Ghislaine Maxwell, who has lived a life of luxury, is finding her time at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn difficult, as her lawyers have stated in court papers. She has described her incarceration as 'intolerable' and 'a living hell.' Despite offering a substantial bail amount, Judge Alison J. Nathan has denied her bail requests four times, citing Maxwell's significant flight risk due to her multiple citizenships and financial resources. Maxwell's connections to Jeffrey Epstein, including financial transactions and shared properties, have been highlighted by prosecutors.

What charges did Jeffrey Epstein face?

02 Dec 2021  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the legal proceedings surrounding Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. It outlines the charges against Epstein, who was accused of sex trafficking and conspiracy involving underage girls. Epstein died by suicide in jail before he could stand trial. The focus then shifts to Maxwell, who is being charged by federal prosecutors for her alleged involvement in Epstein's crimes. The article highlights the defense's argument that Maxwell's trial is effectively a proxy for prosecuting Epstein's actions, while prosecutors maintain that Maxwell was central to the conspiracy.

What does ‘grooming’ mean in sexual abuse cases?

02 Dec 2021  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the concept of grooming in the context of sex-trafficking charges against Ghislaine Maxwell, who is indicted for conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually exploit vulnerable girls. Grooming is described as a process where an abuser gains the trust of a potential victim through seemingly benign interactions before gradually introducing sexual behaviors. The article highlights the insidious nature of grooming, which aims to make the victim feel complicit and less likely to recognize or report the abuse. The article also mentions the case of Robert A. Hadden, a former gynecologist charged by the F.B.I. for sexually abusing patients.

Can New York Really Get to 100% Clean Energy by 2040?

29 Nov 2021  |  nytimes.com
New York has committed to ambitious climate goals, aiming to create an economy powered by clean energy by 2050. The state is facing a challenge in its transition to renewable energy due to its two separate electrical grids: one upstate, where most renewable energy is generated, and the other in New York City, which consumes the most energy and still relies on fossil fuels. The existing power lines are insufficient to connect these two grids. Governor Kathy Hochul has announced two major transmission-line projects to address this issue, which is seen as a crucial step towards meeting the state's legal requirement to source 70 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030, up from less than 30 percent currently.

N.Y. State Refuses to Expand Gas Power Plants in Queens and Newburgh

27 Oct 2021  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the environmental impact of 'peaker plants' in New York, specifically focusing on two plants owned by NRG Energy in Astoria and Danskammer LLC in Newburgh. These plants, which operate during peak capacity times, emit significantly more nitrogen oxide than newer facilities. The areas where these plants are located, Astoria and Newburgh, are identified as environmental justice communities, which are predominantly low-income or minority areas historically affected by environmental damage. The state's climate law mandates addressing these issues. The article also touches on the history of the Astoria plant upgrade, which has been in planning for over a decade, and NRG Energy's future plans to potentially convert the plant to run on green hydrogen.

Ida Flooding Deaths Push Council to Demand Climate Change Plan for New York

07 Oct 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
The New York City Council approved legislation requiring a comprehensive plan to protect all neighborhoods from climate change threats, addressing rising seas, extreme heat, and floods. The bill, which Mayor Bill de Blasio will not veto, was prompted by the devastation of Hurricane Ida and aims to prioritize vulnerable areas, including working-class neighborhoods affected by recent flash floods. The legislation mandates the mayor to create a plan with solutions for citywide agency collaboration, although it does not specify funding or projects.

These health care workers would rather get fired than get vaccinated

27 Sep 2021  |  indianexpress.com
Healthcare workers in New York, including Deborah Conrad and Simmone Leslie, are facing a state deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs. Despite the public health consensus on the importance of vaccination, some workers are refusing the vaccine due to personal health concerns, skepticism, or perceived betrayal by their employers. The mandate has led to divisions within hospitals and legal challenges, including one involving Conrad. Governor Kathy Hochul has spoken against religious exemptions, while the state's approach to enforcing the mandate is being closely watched as a potential model for other states. The resistance from healthcare workers poses immediate practical challenges, with potential staff shortages and increased burdens on remaining staff.

These Health Care Workers Would Rather Get Fired Than Get Vaccinated

26 Sep 2021  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the situation in New York as the state's deadline for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 approaches. Two health care workers, Deborah Conrad and Simmone Leslie, are highlighted as examples of individuals who are willing to lose their jobs rather than comply with the mandate. Despite public health experts advocating for the mandate as a means to save lives and end the pandemic, these workers have their reasons for resistance. Leslie's request for a medical exemption was rejected, and Conrad has concerns about vaccine side effects that are not aligned with the scientific consensus. The mandate is seen as a way to prevent new virus waves and encourage vaccination among skeptics, while health systems view it as essential for the safety of patients and staff.

COVID These health care workers would rather get fired than get vaccinated

26 Sep 2021  |  boston.com
Health care workers in New York, including physician assistant Deborah Conrad and hospital switchboard operator Simmone Leslie, are facing a state deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs. Despite the public health consensus on the importance of vaccination to end the pandemic, a minority of health care workers are skeptical and some are challenging the mandate in court. Westchester County Medical Center Health Network reports a high vaccination rate among its staff, while the nurses' union supports the mandate. Governor Kathy Hochul has spoken against religious exemptions, emphasizing the vaccine's role in saving lives. Legal actions are ongoing, with a federal judge extending a temporary restraining order for some health workers. The state's mandate is seen as a test case for other states considering similar measures.

How Can New York City Prepare for the Next Ida? Here’s a To-Do List.

20 Sep 2021  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the impact of Hurricane Ida on New York City, highlighting the city's unpreparedness for such extreme weather events despite previous warnings and steps taken after Hurricane Sandy. It emphasizes the need for significant improvements to the city's aging infrastructure, including the subway system, to adapt to the increasing frequency and intensity of storms due to climate change. The article points out that while efforts had been made to address flooding from rising waters, the challenge posed by heavy rainfall, as seen with Ida and other storms, was not adequately addressed.

Painful Memory for Muslims: The Outrage Over a Proposed Islamic Center After 9/11

11 Sep 2021  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the controversy surrounding Park51, a proposed Muslim community center in Manhattan, which was envisioned by an Egyptian-American real estate developer and an imam. The center, inspired by the Jewish Community Center, aimed to provide spaces for worship, athletics, and cultural programs. However, due to Islamophobia and opposition from some politicians and 9/11 victims' families, who inaccurately labeled it a 'ground zero mosque' and suggested it was a symbol of Islamic extremism, the project was ultimately abandoned. The opposition ignored the fact that Muslims were an integral part of Lower Manhattan and were in need of prayer spaces.

New York's rats also felt the effects of Hurricane Ida

10 Sep 2021  |  clarin.com
After the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit New York, residents and scientists observed an unusual number of dead rats in various neighborhoods, indicating that the storm had a significant impact on the city's rat population. The flooding likely drowned thousands of rats and disrupted their habitats and food sources. Despite this, experts like Fordham University's Jason Munshi-South expect the resilient rat population to recover quickly, as they have adapted to past disruptions such as the reduced food waste during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This summer was hotter than the Dust Bowl summer, NOAA says.

09 Sep 2021  |  nytimes.com
Hurricane Ida has caused significant damage to New Orleans, including the destruction of the historic Karnofsky Tailor Shop and Residence, which was important to Louis Armstrong's early life. The storm has compounded the difficulties faced by the city's jazz scene, which was already reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of major jazz festivals. Musicians like Big Sam Williams and venue managers like Doug Trager express the struggle to survive without work. Despite some venues receiving federal grants, others, especially in working-class neighborhoods, have struggled to apply for aid. Mayor LaToya Cantrell's office emphasizes the balance between supporting local artists and maintaining community quality of life. Historic venues like Preservation Hall and Tipitina’s sustained minimal damage, while others like the New Orleans Jazz Market had to postpone programming. Musicians like Kermit Ruffins and Howie Kaplan have been providing community support. Preservationists express concern over the vulnerability of historic music landmarks, with some like the Eagle Saloon and the Iroquois Theater surviving the storm, while others remain at risk.

Biden Visits Storm-Ravaged Areas of New York and New Jersey

07 Sep 2021  |  nytimes.com
The White House has requested $14 billion from Congress for disaster relief efforts for events prior to Hurricane Ida and to prevent a government shutdown. The request also includes $6.4 billion for Afghan refugee assistance. Shalanda Young, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, indicated that the devastation from Hurricane Ida would likely increase the need for additional funds by at least $10 billion. President Biden visited New Jersey to assess the damage, particularly in Somerset County and Manville, where Ida caused significant destruction and fatalities. His visit followed a trip to Louisiana, another state severely affected by the hurricane.

In Louisiana, Small Towns Fend for Themselves Against Climate Change

07 Sep 2021  |  nytimes.com
The article discusses the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in LaRose, Louisiana, where local levees were insufficient to prevent flooding, contrasting with the effective flood protection system in New Orleans. Residents like William Lowe experienced significant damage and loss. The piece highlights the struggle of smaller communities to secure federal funding for adequate storm protection, despite decades of effort and partial local funding for projects like Morganza to the Gulf. The article also touches on the broader dilemma of how the U.S. decides which areas to protect as climate change exacerbates coastal erosion and extreme weather events. It mentions the Government Accountability Office's warning about unsustainable disaster costs and FEMA's overwhelmed funding requests. The article includes perspectives from local officials, residents, and experts who argue for proactive investment in protection and relocation projects to save lives and reduce long-term federal expenses.

Hurricane Ida's Aftermath Renews Debates on Climate and Infrastructure

05 Sep 2021  |  bostonglobe.com
The article discusses the aftermath of the floods caused by Hurricane Ida in the Northeastern United States, particularly focusing on the political and social response to the disaster. It highlights the debates over climate change and infrastructure resilience that have been reignited by the floods. President Joe Biden's upcoming visit to the affected areas in New York and New Jersey is mentioned, alongside his administration's efforts to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that includes measures to combat climate change. The article also touches on local and state leaders' vows to address climate change, the advocacy for tougher climate measures, and the public's demand for more action. The piece underscores the urgency of addressing climate change and the need for more robust government measures to protect communities from extreme weather events.

Transit in New York Area Slowly Resumes After Ida

02 Sep 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Transit services in the New York area are gradually resuming following the severe impact of Hurricane Ida, which caused record rainfall and widespread disruptions. Most NYC subway lines face delays, with some partial suspensions. Amtrak and New Jersey Transit are resuming services with exceptions, while the Long Island Rail Road has restored most services. Metro-North Railroad continues to experience disruptions. Airports also faced cancellations and delays, with Newark Liberty International Airport particularly affected by flooding. MTA officials have addressed the challenges and the necessity of service suspensions during the storm.

Ida Brings Flash Floods and Upheaval to New York City

02 Sep 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
New York City experienced severe flash floods due to the remnants of Ida, causing widespread disruption. City buses navigated through deep water, subway stations were flooded, and cars struggled through muddy waters. The extreme weather led to the shutdown of nearly every subway line and prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare a state of emergency. The event was seen by many as a harbinger of future climate change-induced extreme weather.

Weather Scenes from New York City as Ida paralyzes region

02 Sep 2021  |  boston.com
The remnants of Ida brought unprecedented flooding to New York City, transforming the urban landscape into a scene of waterlogged chaos. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the first time in the city's history due to torrential rainfall. Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency and advised residents to stay indoors. Social media was flooded with images of stranded vehicles and people navigating the floods in unconventional ways. The storm disrupted public transportation, with nearly all subway lines shut down, and even affected the U.S. Open and other events. The article highlights the city's unpreparedness for the extreme weather events intensified by climate change.

Ida Floods New York Area

02 Sep 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
The remnants of Hurricane Ida caused a ferocious storm that resulted in the deaths of at least 43 people across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, leaving over 150,000 homes without power. States of emergency were declared as officials addressed the extensive damage. Governor Kathy C. Hochul of New York highlighted the need for preparedness against such new normal extreme weather events. President Biden approved an emergency declaration for New York and New Jersey, enabling FEMA to aid in disaster relief. The storm caused severe flooding, necessitating boat rescues and evacuations, and a tornado in New Jersey with winds estimated at 150 mph.

Atlantic Pummeled by Ida's Heavy Rain

01 Sep 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
The remnants of Hurricane Ida brought heavy rain and flooding to the New York City region, causing widespread disruption. Central Park recorded 3.1 inches of rain in an hour, breaking the previous record. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the first time in New York City. At least two deaths were reported, and Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency. Subway service was severely affected, and New Jersey rail service was suspended, except for the Atlantic City line. Newark Airport experienced severe flooding, leading to a suspension of flight activity. Tornado warnings were issued for parts of the Bronx, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The storm, now a post-tropical cyclone, had previously hit Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane.

Sharks Are Spotted Off Long Island. Scientists Say Don’t Panic.

30 Jul 2021  |  nytimes.com
In Long Island, New York, recent shark sightings have led to temporary beach closures and increased local patrols, including police officers on boats and jet-skis. These measures and the heightened public concern evoke memories of the movie 'Jaws'. However, scientists have stated that the perceived danger to swimmers has not increased. The rise in shark sightings is attributed to more active searching and better technology for recording and sharing sightings, rather than an actual increase in shark presence. This follows a suspected shark bite incident on Fire Island in 2018, which led to increased vigilance by municipal shark patrols.

Why the New York Subway Has a Water Problem

09 Jul 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
New York City's subway system faces significant challenges from water, exacerbated by climate change. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has invested heavily in water mitigation and resiliency projects, resulting in a decrease in service delays caused by rain and flooding. Despite these efforts, the system remains vulnerable to extreme weather events.

Choice Voting Is in Turmoil. Again.

30 Jun 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
New York City's first citywide election using ranked-choice voting faced issues as the New York City Board of Elections, which had recently lost key personnel, released preliminary vote totals that included over 130,000 test ballots, leading to a retraction and renewed scrutiny. Despite a corrected tally showing Eric Adams still in the lead, the incident sparked outrage and calls for reform at the elections board, highlighting the city's history of electoral mishaps.

Adams Leads in N.Y.C. Mayoral Primary, but Ranked Choice Awaits

22 Jun 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Eric Adams took a substantial lead in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary with 31.6 percent of the vote, with Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia trailing behind. The race, marked by debates over public safety, the economy, and ethics, now enters a period of uncertainty due to the ranked-choice voting system. Andrew Yang conceded the race, ending his bid to become the city's first Asian American mayor.

N.Y.C. Mayoral Race Highlights: Adams Leads in Early Results Over Wiley and Garcia

22 Jun 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Eric Adams leads the NYC mayoral primary with strong support in Black communities, leveraging his stance on public safety and opposition to defunding the police. Ranked-choice voting introduces uncertainty, with Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley closely trailing Adams. Andrew Yang's initial surge faded, leading to his concession. Progressive candidates like Maya Wiley faced challenges in forming a winning coalition, but hope remains in other key races, with progressives like Brad Lander and Tiffany Cabán leading in their respective contests. The final mayoral results will depend on the tabulation of ranked votes in the coming weeks.

N.Y.C. Mayoral Race Highlights: Adams Leads in Early Results Over Wiley and Garcia

22 Jun 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Eric Adams leads the N.Y.C. mayoral primary with a focus on public safety, while Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia trail closely, benefiting from ranked-choice voting. Andrew Yang, initially popular, has conceded. The Democratic primary winner is expected to be the favorite in November. The article also highlights the influence of progressive candidates in other key races, including Alvin Bragg for Manhattan district attorney and Brad Lander for city comptroller. Curtis Sliwa wins the Republican primary, emphasizing crime and safety.

N.Y.C. Mayoral Race Highlights: Adams Leads in Early Results Over Wiley and Garcia

22 Jun 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Eric Adams leads the early results in the N.Y.C. mayoral race, focusing on public safety and consolidating Black support. Ranked-choice voting introduces uncertainty, with Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley trailing closely. Andrew Yang, initially a strong contender, conceded after falling to fourth place. Progressive candidates like Maya Wiley faced challenges, while other progressive candidates saw success in down-ballot races. Curtis Sliwa won the Republican primary, emphasizing crime and safety.

N.Y.C. Mayor Debate: Highlights and Analysis

16 Jun 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
During the NYC mayoral debate, candidates discussed public safety, policing, homelessness, and mental illness. Eric Adams defended his lead without significant damage from rivals. Andrew Yang focused on public safety and was criticized for his comments on mental illness. Maya Wiley opposed Adams' stop-and-frisk support. Raymond J. McGuire and Kathryn Garcia rejected defunding the police. Housing and mental illness were also debated, with candidates offering various solutions. The debate included criticism of each other's proposals, with few new ideas presented for legacy development projects.

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