Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a native of Buffalo, ventured downstate, in part, to build up her name and face recognition given that she is running for governor in 2022.
CDC recently recommended that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant is fueling infection surges. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are not mandating indoor mask-wearing at this time.
Homeless rights advocates are calling on the city and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to continue funding hotel stays until homeless residents can move directly into long-term housing rather than return to shelters in group settings.
The NYPD's most recent 2021 statistics through March 7 reveal that shootings are up 41.8% and shooting victims have increased by 37% compared to the same period in 2020. The mayor says public safety is not just the job of law enforcement.
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said about 60 people were arrested near Central Park out of a large band of protesters who had marched from near the mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion.
Advocates for the homeless and elected officials called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to house homeless New Yorkers in 30,000 vacant hotel rooms.