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District 2

Carlina Rivera

Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, East Village, Midtown South-Flatiron-Union Square, Gramercy, Murray Hill-Kips Bay

By Reuven Blau, September 27, 2023 

“Department of Correction officials would have to notify the public after any death in custody within 24 hours if a bill set to be introduced Thursday becomes law.

The agency overseeing detainee medical care would also have to issue public reports with recommendations to prevent future fatalities.

City Councilmember Carlina Rivera (D-Manhattan), the legislation’s primary sponsor, cited THE CITY’s coverage about the lack of transparency in jail death reporting and secret medical morbidity and mortality reviews conducted by staff at Correctional Health Services.


September 1, 2023 by Jacob Kaye

Four years – as of Thursday, that’s exactly how long the city has to close its notorious jail complex on Rikers Island. 

Whether or not that deadline of Aug. 31, 2027 can be met by the city is another question entirely, and one whose answer is becoming increasingly unclear.

But with the legally-mandated closure of Rikers Island officially four years away, dozens of advocates, formerly incarcerated New Yorkers and a handful of elected officials gathered outside of City Hall on Thursday to demand that Mayor Eric Adams get the city’s current – and only – plan to shutter the jail back on track. 


Mayor Eric Adams called on the City Council Tuesday to revisit the plan to close Rikers Island.

The current court-mandated deadline to close the jail is August 2027.

Adams pushed back against the current proposal to move to a borough-based jail system, citing the rise in population and costs.

This all comes as a potential federal takeover of the jail complex continues to play out in court.


August 28, 2023 by Reuven Blau

Anytime someone dies inside a city jail, the agency in charge of medical care launches a comprehensive review of what happened, with an eye toward preventing future detainee deaths. 

But the morbidity and mortality reports conducted by Correctional Health Services are never made public, and their “corrective action” recommendations are rarely shared with anyone outside of city government. 


August 16, 2023 by Arthur Chi’en

For many New Yorkers, the corner along E. 14th St., and 1st Avenue is not likely to end up in any “I Love New York” commercials anytime soon. 

The corner is consistently the scene of homelessness, drug use, and unlicensed vendors – which residents tell said are selling items stolen from stores nearby or pillaged from community refrigerators in the neighborhood. 


August 16, 2023 by Ryan Schwach

A new city law in response to the scourge of illegal smoke shops went into effect this summer, and on Monday, the Queens councilmember who sponsored it and other officials discussed how the new law will work. 

Introduction 1001-B, which went into effect on July 23, prohibits owners of commercial spaces from knowingly leasing to unlicensed sellers of marijuana or tobacco products, and imposes fines on landlords for violations.