Seeking a Quiet Place in a Nation of Noise

No studies have been done on the change in New York City's noise over time, whether it is getting worse or by how much.

Intergovernmental Fights ‘Deeply Rooted in the Flaws’ of New York’s Governor and Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan ends Flint’s bottled water shipments … California sheriff department’s K-9 shot in neck … and scofflaw golf cart drivers in “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.”

N.Y.C. Plans Free Cybersecurity App to Protect Residents’ Sensitive Data

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Santa Fe mayor reaffirms “sanctuary city” policy … rural Missouri counties push higher taxes to fund police … N.H. town retreats from glass recycling … and this year’s “Strongest Town.”

Uber Thinks This New Tax Could Be Really Great for Business

Congestion pricing is deeply unpopular with voters but could be a big boon for ride-hailing apps in New York City.

N.Y. Governor’s Plan to Use City Property Taxes Alarms Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | County dissolves flood-prone village near Mississippi River; Fla. proposal would pressure Miami-Dade County; 100-gigabit network in N.D.; Boise is booming; and dismal news for Pa. dairy farmers.

Madison Square Garden Has Been Secretly Scanning Fans With Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology isn’t illegal. Still, many privacy advocates object to the software’s widespread use since it allows silent surveillance without consent.

Next Recession Could Leave New York’s MTA ‘Particularly Vulnerable’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Okla. first to pursue nitrogen hypoxia executions; sunken island property dispute in N.C.; 2 police sketches, same fake cop?; a push for even stronger quake codes in Calif.

Has Trump Intervened to Kill Gateway Funding? Chao: 'Yes!'

The multi-billion dollar project features a rail tunnel in and out of Manhattan and is a priority in the New York City region. It's getting fresh attention as Congress works on a major spending bill.

Fire Escapes Are Evocative, But Mostly Useless

In the 19th century, fire escapes saved tenement dwellers from peril. Today they are more likely to cause harm than to prevent it.

N.Y.C. Mayor: Big Pharma Is ‘Hooking Millions of Americans in Exchange for Profit’

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP: U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting starting in D.C.; Minnesota county bars federal immigration detainees over high costs; and new concerns over contaminated water in a Michigan city.

Homeless Will Now Be Asked: Are You Fleeing Domestic Violence?

For years, advocates have called victims of domestic violence part of the country’s “hidden homeless.” But now, for the first time, they’re being included in the national homelessness count.

North America’s Largest Transit System Is the Acid Test for Electric Buses

“There really has been a convergence of factors over the last four or five years that has made this a really good time for New York to jump in,” according to Proterra's chief commercial officer.

As Boston, N.Y. Mayors Start Their 2nd Terms, a Focus on Housing Affordability

In their inauguration speeches, Marty Walsh and Bill de Blasio discuss what may be the the most difficult policy challenge U.S. city halls are facing.

The Case Against Library Fines—According to the Head of The New York Public Library

For many families across the US, library fines are a true barrier to access.

New York City Has Its Own Fund to Bail People Out of Jail

It’s one of several ways local officials are trying to reform a bail system that the state largely controls.

Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Make N.Y.C. Commuters Even More Vulnerable to Attacks

The White House has proposed a budget that slashes funds from some Homeland Security anti-terrorism programs in order to fund a border wall with Mexico.

New York City Defends Its Community Policing Approach

As the Trump administration defunds the Obama-era strategy, city officials are crediting it with reducing crime to record lows.

Could a Local Tax Fix the Gig Economy?

A group in New York is calling for a fee on all gig-economy transactions in order to provide workers with benefits like paid sick leave.