New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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Accelerating Internet Accessibility in U.S. Cities

EveryoneOn has already brought affordable, reliable internet to 405,000 homes in 48 states, and the nonprofit is about to embark on a nine-month effort to expand its work.

The Gaps in New York's Free-College Plan

Critics worry that the students who need the most help might be among the least likely to receive it.

A $10 Billion Overhaul of New York’s JFK Airport Isn’t Going to Fix Its Biggest Problem

“You look at airports all across the globe and one is better than the next,” says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “They are all ahead of where we are.”

The Free-College Dream Didn't End With Trump's Election

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to make the state’s public colleges and universities free for families earning less than $125,000.

New York’s Other Costly and Long-Delayed Transportation Megaproject

Huzzah! The first phase of the expensive Second Avenue subway is open for business after a tortured 100-year history. But don’t overlook the even-more-expensive and delayed East Side Access project.

Digital Privacy Battle Against Manhattan District Attorney Wages On

The Center for Democracy and Technology continues to press Facebook’s right to protect its users from overreaching search warrants in court.

N.Y. State Pension Bribery Indictments; Will Congress Kill D.C.’s ‘Death With Dignity Act’?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Snow-removal costs pile up in Billings; Ohio aims to make its data more accessible; and Oklahoma City’s new evening lifeline.

Feds Press Albany Over ‘I Love N.Y.’ Highway Signs

The Empire State doubled down on the tourism campaign local officials find obnoxious and unsafe last summer, even with the Federal Highway Administration threatening $1.7 billion in funding.

The Poverty Argument Against Red-Light Cameras

Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Lovely Warren: "I cannot, in good conscience, wage a fight against poverty while also imposing burdensome fines.”

The Notable Silence of New York's Charter-School Leaders

Betsy DeVos is an advocate of education choice, so why haven’t many of her colleagues rallied behind her?

Learning From Resilient Design Projects in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy

A new report spearheaded by the Georgetown Climate Center explores the funding, legal and land-use barriers to local resilience efforts and why they're to be expected at such an experimental stage.

New York Competition Will Focus on Local Government Consolidation, Restructuring

A winning consortium of jurisdictions will be eligible for about $20 million.

Bill de Blasio’s Suggestions for N.Y. Election Reforms

Election Day in the New York City was marked by lengthy waits and malfunctioning ballot scanners.

Big Setback for Airbnb in New York; Major Drought Grips Alabama

Also in our State and Local weekend news digest: Oklahoma rebuffs Russia; important pension case before California Supreme Court; and Pennsylvania’s violent prisons.

Smart City Ambitions in the ‘City That Lights and Hauls the World’

Schenectady, New York, is proving you don’t need to be a major tech hub to make smart city investments.

Navigator Award Finalists: Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Team

Using municipal data to expand a blight-fighting program that strengthen communities and improves city services.

N.Y.C. Cracks Down on Brooklyn Bridge ‘Love Locks’

The city’s transportation department is installing new signs and asking travel guide editors for help, as it looks to keep sweethearts from fastening padlocks to the landmark.

Four Westchester County Cities Join Together to Bridge the Digital Divide

Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers in New York will be coming together to bring gigabit broadband to the whole county within three to five years.

Syracuse Wants Citizens to Help Boost Street Quality Using Open Data

“It’s a way of bringing new resources and new ideas to a very traditional problem,” said Mayor Stephanie Miner.

LinkNYC’s Link Creator Looks to New ‘Smartscapes’

Will the smart infrastructure equivalent of the iPhone speed the digitization of more cities?

Can Public Art Solve Pressing Urban Issues?

Mayors are using an unusual tool to address issues like environmental stewardship and public safety: public art.

New York City Will Arm Prison Guards With Tasers

The move comes after safety complaints from the correctional officers’ union, despite decreases in officer assaults.

Anonymous NYPD Cops Bet on Violence; Pennsylvania Fines Uber $11.4 Million

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Food-borne illness up in Texas; L.A. tries to legalize granny flats; and Oklahoma's gov. eyes criminal justice reform

Burying a 1950s Planning Disaster

The partial removal of the Inner Loop might make Rochester, New York, the city that finally breaks a ruinous mid-century mold.

A Summer of Drought Troubles in Upstate New York

Ithaca’s primary water supply was within weeks of running dry last month, and farms have been hit hard by unusually dry conditions.

Amid U.S. Opioid Epidemic, E-Prescriptions Catching on Among States

New York mandated electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, followed by Maine and possibly Massachusetts next.

Cuomo Moves to Block Sex Offenders in N.Y. From Using ‘Pokemon Go’

The governor’s action follows an investigative report from lawmakers that highlighted potentially problematic trends.

In the ‘City of Good Neighbors,’ Government Leads by Example

In a guest article, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown discusses how his city is harnessing data and empowering citizens to improve their community and government.

NYPD Gears Up to Protect Its Officers Following Dallas and Baton Rouge Assaults

The nation’s largest police force plans to purchase 6,000 bulletproof vests and 20,000 military-style helmets.

The New York Public Library’s Little-Known “Human Google” Service

Any question, answered by phone

A Peek Inside New York's Subway Redesign Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed details of his plan to make over the city’s aging transit system.

Upstate N.Y. Local Governments Get Infusion of Casino Money

The state is doling out $30.2 million in license fees from three new casino projects to counties and municipalities.

New State Minimum Wage Hikes Come With 'Off Ramps'

Many states that raised their minimum wages this year took a cautious approach.