When you think about ice skating in New York, one image probably comes to mind. The Rink at Rockefeller Center. But New Yorkers have lots of great options - and some of them have much lower prices and fewer crowds. Gothamist photographer, Scott Lynch joins WNYC's David Furst for a roundup of the best places for outdoor skating in New York City.
NJ Renters Have 2 Weeks To Apply For Rental Aid As Eviction Moratorium Sunsets
New Jersey residents who missed rent payments due to the pandemic are running out of time to apply for state assistance as the eviction moratorium comes to an end.
Tenants have until December 15th to apply to the state’s rental aid program and will be entered into a lottery to fairly distribute the remaining federal dollars. But individual counties, along with municipalities like Jersey City and Newark, are also distributing funds, though some of those programs are no longer taking applications. Newark’s remains open through January 7th; Jersey City closed its application last month.
“Apply for every place that you can possibly apply for it. But don't leave any stone unturned,” said Matt Shapiro, president of the New Jersey Tenants Organization. “There are going to be plenty of tenants left out in the cold and our focus is to try to minimize the number of tenants that actually end up being put out of their homes.”
The federal government issued more than $800 million in rental assistance to state jurisdictions to cover accumulated rent payments. The U.S. Treasury said any funds that aren’t distributed will be reallocated to entities that are able to more effectively give out the money. Governor Phil Murphy has also set aside an additional $500 million in federal aid to help prevent evictions.
“This problem is not solved simply because a lot of money was put into it. Because while it's a lot, it's not enough,” Shapiro said.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on COVID
It's the day before Thanksgiving, and families are getting together — some for the first time since the pandemic began. But COVID is on the rise in parts of the state. We talk to New York Governor Kathy Hochul about COVID, why she isn't requiring vaccines for MTA workers, and other news.
Troubled New Jersey Prison System Lacks Permanent Leader -- And Key Watchdog
New Jersey’s troubled Department of Corrections is without a Senate-confirmed commissioner. The newly empowered prison ombudsperson’s office doesn’t have an actual ombudsperson. And the state’s only women’s prison — the focus of multiple probes due to systemic violence — continues to make headlines for sexual assault involving officers.
As Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, begins his second term in January, the leadership of the state prison system and oversight of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for female prisoners remain concerns for lawmakers and prisoner advocates.
Eleven correctional officers at Edna Mahan have been arrested for charges related to assaulting women this year alone — and that follows years of investigations detailing a culture of violence at the facility.
Murphy’s handling of the crisis — and his commitment to the embattled state corrections commissioner, who eventually resigned — was a controversial flashpoint of his first term. Going into his second term, plenty of questions remain: Who will lead the prison system? Who will take on the critical role of ombudsperson? And when will Edna Mahan close, as he has promised?
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