First (authorized) weed sellers are right here

First (authorized) weed sellers are right here

Authorized weed is coming, and now we all know who’s going to be promoting it. The state on Monday authorised the primary batch of licenses to promote leisure marijuana, aiming to have authorized gross sales kick off by the tip of the yr.

The Hashish Management Board voted to approve 36 marijuana distributors — largely individuals who have beforehand been convicted of pot-related crimes, or their members of the family, in keeping with New York’s effort to permit these most harmed by the drug conflict to reap the advantages of the brand new authorized hashish business. Eight of the licenses are going to nonprofits, that means organizations like Housing Works and the Doe Fund will quickly have a facet hustle as marijuana retailers.

“It shouldn’t be misplaced on anybody that that is actually the primary of its variety anyplace,” Jen Metzger, a Hashish Management Board member, mentioned on the group’s assembly. “We’re really main with fairness right here.”

The state Legislaturevoted to legalize leisure marijuana within the spring of 2021, and possession and smoking pot have been authorized since April of that yr. Getting authorized dispensaries up and operating, although, has been a extra drawn out course of. The licenses simply awarded are amongst 175 the state plans to ship out. Officers introduced Monday that they will allow new companies to start out with supply providers.

However wait, aren’t there already spots brazenly promoting weed on what looks as if each nook? Certainly, the black market has flourished for the reason that state voted to legalize, with little enforcement, and a few within the business worry that can make it onerous for the brand new authorized operators to compete.

There’s one other hitch, attributable to a lawsuit introduced by a Michigan firm difficult New York’s eligibility necessities. A federal decide quickly blocked licenses from being issued in 5 areas. So whereas the primary batch of licenses embrace 13 dispensaries within the metropolis, representing 4 boroughs, Brooklyn must do with out for now.

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Adams declares one other spherical of finances cuts, by POLITICO’s Joe Anuta: Mayor Eric Adams ordered metropolis businesses to endure one other spherical of spending reductions Monday, marking the administration’s third try to rein within the finances. Jacques Jiha, director of the Mayor’s Workplace of Administration and Funds, informed company heads in a Monday letter that they are going to be required to completely wipe half of all vacant positions off their budgets. As well as, they might want to self-fund any new initiatives going ahead reasonably than asking for additional cash, in response to a replica of the missive obtained by POLITICO. To justify the brand new financial savings measures, Jiha laid out numerous ominous developments that might drain the town’s coffers at a time when out-year finances gaps are already projected to be as excessive as $6 billion by 2026.

Excessive-Paid NYPD Official Had Deep Ties to Eric Adams — Together with Shared Residence,” by The Metropolis’s Yoav Gonen: “A profession 911 dispatcher and longtime pal of Mayor Eric Adams who rented a room to Adams in her Crown Heights house for 4 years now has one of many highest-paid jobs in metropolis authorities, data present. In Might, the NYPD appointed Lisa White as its deputy commissioner for worker relations, at a wage of greater than $241,000 a yr — a virtually fivefold increase over her prior wage there and virtually as a lot because the police commissioner makes..”

Metropolis Council, unions dispute well being care coverage as they await decide’s ruling, by POLITICO’s Sally Goldenberg and Madina Touré: When Adrienne Adams was locked in a fierce battle final yr for the coveted job of main the Metropolis Council, a outstanding public-sector union got here to her help. District Council 37, which represents practically 240,000 energetic and retired metropolis employees, supplied essential help for Adams as she efficiently toppled incoming Mayor Eric Adams’ decide for Council speaker. Now Adams finds herself caught between dueling pursuits: On one facet is DC37, determined for Council intervention to rein in well being care prices and pushing a plan that might lead to a month-to-month cost for a lot of retirees. On the opposite are lawmakers afraid that acceding to the union’s want would anger these politically-active retirees simply months earlier than the officers are up for reelection.

Adams warns social media performs position in spreading hate following menace to Jewish neighborhood, by POLITICO’s Danielle Muoio Dunn: Mayor Eric Adams on Monday raised alarm concerning the position that social media has performed in spreading extremist views after police arrested two males who allegedly deliberate to assault an unidentified New York Metropolis synagogue. Officers arrested the 2 suspects on Saturday at New York Penn Station after one made antisemitic and threatening posts on-line, together with references to perpetuate an armed assault on a synagogue, Adams mentioned. Cops recovered an unlawful Glock firearm, a 30-round journal and a Nazi armband.

Is NYC operating out of kids’s hospital beds? State officers gained’t say,” by WNYC’s  Nsikan Akpan: “Final week, a viral tweet gave off the impression that New York Metropolis hospitals had run out of beds for youngsters. After mother and father flagged the social media submit, Gothamist dug into whether or not it had any advantage, given a surge of three respiratory ailments — respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the flu and COVID-19 — is driving public concern this autumn. Nonetheless, well being officers say that there’s no clear means for New Yorkers to shortly know if their neighborhood hospital has room for his or her sick youngster. When requested, the New York Metropolis well being division deferred any inquiries to the state, given it has broader leeway to watch particular person hospitals. And whereas the New York State Division of Well being collects knowledge on pediatric mattress capability from particular person hospitals, it informed Gothamist that it doesn’t launch this particular info to the general public.”

To Meet Local weather Mandate, New York Must Study The best way to Construct Clear Vitality Once more,” by New York Focus’ Colin Kinniburgh: “Final yr, Texas constructed dozens of wind and photo voltaic farms — sufficient to energy the states of Delaware and Hawaiʻi mixed. California constructed sufficient to energy each house in San Francisco, twice over. Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Kansas every constructed sufficient to energy lots of of hundreds of houses. New York constructed three wind and photo voltaic farms, about sufficient to energy one small metropolis. In 2019 and 2020, it constructed none. But it has dedicated to a quicker inexperienced transition than virtually another state, pledging to get 70 p.c of its electrical energy from renewables by 2030, greater than double their present share.”

With Grownup Survivors Act window opening, survivors launch marketing campaign to spotlight legislation in New York,” by Spectrum’s Nick Reisman: “The marketing campaign will function survivors of sexual abuse and is supposed to tell fellow grownup survivors of their choices concerning the year-long window that’s about to open this week even when the statute of limitations has expired. The window for submitting lawsuits below the Grownup Survivors Act will open on Thursday, Nov. 24. It is going to shut in 12 months by Nov. 23 of subsequent yr.”

Hochul raised record-breaking $60M to win time period as governor — spending roughly $20 per vote,” by New York Submit’s Carl Campanile

HOT JOB ALERT: “Six years after Buffalo Billion scandal, SUNY Poly nonetheless on the lookout for chief,” by Occasions Union’s Kathleen Moore: “SUNY Polytechnic Institute is saying goodbye to the third individual tapped to quickly lead the faculty after its founding president resigned and was convicted on federal fees…Since his resignation, appearing presidents have taken over for about two years every. There was no public replace on the seek for a brand new everlasting chief, and every appearing president has left once they received a job elsewhere.”

Residency questions might price GOP Brooklyn Meeting seat regardless of huge election win,” by New York Submit’s Zach Williams, Wealthy Calder and Carl Campanile: “Democrats say they could block Republican Lester Chang from taking workplace subsequent January, except he can show that he met residency necessities forward of his surprising win earlier this month over longtime Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Jr. (D-Dyker Heights). ‘The state Structure requires that candidates reside within the county the place they search workplace for one yr previous to the election. We’re trying into the matter,’ Michael Whyland, a spokesman for Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie, informed The Submit.”

FAREWELLS:

— “Richard Gottfried closes the guide on greater than half a century in workplace,” by Metropolis & State’s Rebecca C. Lewis

— “A take a look at Cathy Nolan’s trailblazing legacy,” by Metropolis & State’s Sahalie Donaldson

— “The final IDCer: An exit interview with Diane Savino,” by Metropolis & State’s Jeff Coltin

— “Yuh-Line Niou helped to usher in a brand new period within the New York Legislature,” by Metropolis & State’s Annie McDonough

#UpstateAmerica: Bidding on St. Patrick’s church in Troy — “a 14,416-square-foot constructing with 13 historic bells, hovering twin bell towers and 56-foot-high ceilings” — will begin at $1 in December.

Manhattan Prosecutors Once more Contemplate a Path Towards Charging Trump,” by The New York Occasions’ Jonah E. Bromwich, Ben Protess and William Ok. Rashbaum: “The Manhattan district legal professional’s workplace has moved to jump-start its felony investigation into Donald J. Trump, in response to folks with data of the matter, looking for to breathe new life into an inquiry that when appeared to have reached a lifeless finish. Below the brand new district legal professional, Alvin L. Bragg, the prosecutors have returned to the long-running investigation’s authentic focus: a hush-money fee to a porn star who mentioned she had an affair with Mr. Trump.”

Prosecution rests in Trump Group’s tax fraud case,” by The Related Press’s Michael R. Sisak: “Prosecutors within the Trump Group’s felony tax fraud trial rested their case Monday sooner than anticipated, pinning hopes for convicting Donald Trump’s firm largely on the phrase of two prime executives who minimize offers earlier than testifying they schemed to keep away from taxes on company-paid perks. Allen Weisselberg, the corporate’s longtime finance chief, and Jeffrey McConney, a senior vp and controller, testified for the majority of the prosecution’s eight-day case, bringing the drama of their very own admitted wrongdoing to a trial heavy on numbers, spreadsheets, tax returns and payroll data.”

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney faces ethics inquiry after wrangling a Met Gala ticket: ‘It’s the one factor she cares about,’” by Enterprise Insider’s Madison Corridor and Walt Hickey: “A federal workplace beneficial a Home Ethics Committee investigation into Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York after data revealed she improperly pushed for a ticket to the Met Gala. Maloney, who represents New York’s twelfth Congressional District in Congress, is not any stranger to the Met Gala, the place celebrities and bigwigs costume up in elaborate robes and costumes to boost cash for the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork’s Costume Institute. The congresswoman has attended the gala a number of years during the last decade, and as not too long ago as 2021. It’s not a violation of Home guidelines to attend such an occasion — Maloney has been invited and attended a number of instances with out subject. However members of the Home usually are not allowed to request free admission to occasions.”

— President Joe Biden declared a federal state of emergency for areas of western New York that had been hit with practically 7 ft of snow.

— Town is auctioning off items given to Mayors Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.

— Gov. Kathy Hochul signed laws to permit pupil athletes to revenue off their names and pictures.

— A report monitoring violence at Rikers Island will probably be saved secret from the general public.

— Metropolis constitution collegeshave been gaining college students as public college enrollment falls.

— A report discovered that almost all corporations are complying with a brand new legislation requiring salaries to be listed on job postings.

— The Division of Sanitation must spend $75 million on new vans to increase composting citywide.

— Many supply employees are cheering a proposal for a $23.82 minimal wage, however some say it underestimates their working bills.

— Buses and trailers used within the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had been destroyed in a hearth in New Jersey.

— The Buffalo AKG Artwork Museum will reopen in Might after receiving $20 million in state funding.

— The Division of Trainingmentioned it’s making an attempt to enhance college bus service amid rampant delays.

— Half-time college on the New College stay on strike as contract negotiations seem to have stalled.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield (7-0) … NBC’s Scott Wong … Brunswick Group’s Robert Christie … CBS’s Matthew Mosk … THE CITY NY’s Harry Siegel Donny Deutsch … CNN’s Cassie Spodak Sammy Jordan TheSkimm’s Jessica Turtletaub TJ Cholnoky … former Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.)

MEDIAWATCH — Cayla Bamberger is now an education reporter on the New York Day by day Information. She was previously on the New York Submit.

MAKING MOVES —Howard Slatkin would be the new government director of the Residents Housing & Planning Council. He has been deputy director for strategic planning on the Division of Metropolis Planning. … Kevin Hansen is now the pinnacle of presidency affairs and coverage in New York state for clear power Ørsted. He most not too long ago was SVP and head of public coverage for Empire State Growth. …

… Stephonn Alcorn is becoming a member of the board of administrators of City Pathways, a New York based mostly supportive housing supplier. He’s the VP of housing coverage and operations at Blackstone and is a Biden White Home alum… Samantha Tweedy will probably be CEO of the Black Financial Alliance. She is presently president of the Black Financial Alliance Basis and beforehand chief partnerships and influence officer on the Robin Hood Basis.

Gained Greenlights 3,200-Unit Astoria Growth, Paving Method for Council Approval,” by Metropolis Limits’ David Model: “The Metropolis Council is poised to approve improvement of a $2 billion, 3,190-unit advanced in an energetic industrial swath of southern Astoria, after the native councilmember green-lit a brand new model of the venture with lots of of further income-restricted residences than beforehand proposed. Councilmember Julie Gained introduced that she’s going to vote in favor of an software to upzone the manufacturing district forward of a land use committee vote Monday, paving the best way for the large 12-building venture referred to as Innovation Qns with 1,436 residences priced for low- and middle-income New Yorkers—up from 711 within the authentic venture proposal. The complete Metropolis Council will vote subsequent on the venture, and councilmembers usually defer to the native lawmakers on land use functions of their district.”

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