THE CITY Weekly Review: Mold, Solitary Confinement And IDNYC Banking Chips

(THE CITY) September 16, 2019

Dear New Yorkers,

Hello again. Before we get to the five stories you may have missed last week, we wanted to thank you for the ideas you shared on how we should cover elections and, more specifically, primaries. A common theme was that we should provide some very basic, service journalism.

Here are some examples of comments:

    • “I think that the news community needs to educate people on the basic structure of city government by providing clarity on the various types of elections, roles, timing, proposition, who votes when.”
    • “Most people do not know what the duties, and powers of the DA of their borough are, nor how these people and their staffs can affect the life of a borough resident.”
    • “I think making information about how to vote absentee (either by mail or in person if you’re unavailable on Election Day) more accessible could be helpful.”

If you want to add anything, let us know. Email or reply to this email.

Here are those five stories you may have missed last week:

    • While Staten Island awaits a 4.5-mile seawall and Lower Manhattan has a $1.3 billion plan to protect its east side from floods, rebuilding is on tap for parts of Brooklyn still vulnerable to rising waters. The city wants to buy *13 properties* ravaged by Sandy and build elevated one-or-two family homes on the lots.
    • The Board of Correction, which oversees city jails, won’t present its plan to overhaul solitary confinement rules until next month — and won’t vote on changes until at least December. That’s a blow to advocates pushing to strictly limit or outright ban the practice in the wake of Layleen Polanco’s June 7 death on Rikers Island.
    • The de Blasio administration has said it wants to put banking chips in all new IDNYC cards by next year. But pushback intensified last week as immigration, civil liberties and consumer groups decried the effort — warning that the privacy and security risks of adding a smart chip to the municipal identification cards would “outweigh any purported benefits.” Meanwhile, City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca introduced a bill to block the use of these banking chips.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy your Sunday. Talk to you tomorrow.