Articles by Henry Goldman

New York Effort to Legalize Marijuana Fails; Decriminalization Possible

New York state lawmakers couldn’t approve marijuana legalization this session, and the legislature is now considering a back-up bill that would expand access to the drug for medical reasons and decriminalize its possession for recreational purposes. As the legislature planned …

Video Believed to Show Helicopter Flying Erratically Before New York Crash

The helicopter that slammed into the roof of a Manhattan high-rise building on Monday was apparently captured on video minutes earlier flying erratically, and investigators are trying to determine whether the pilot should have taken off in the decaying weather. …

Helicopter Pilot Killed on Manhattan High-Rise Had Reported a Problem

The pilot of a helicopter who was killed in a crash-landing on a high-rise building in Manhattan had reported a problem and said he wanted to return to the heliport he had taken off from minutes earlier. The copter instead …

NYC Mayor Proposes $10B Plan to Flood-Proof Manhattan as Climate Risk Grows

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a $10 billion plan to push out the lower Manhattan coastline as much as 500 feet, or two city blocks, to protect from flooding that’s expected to become more frequent as global temperatures …

New York, New Jersey Governors Set 2019 Goals to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

The Democratic governors of New York and New Jersey each set goals to legalize recreational marijuana as part of their 2019 agendas, declaring in separate State of the State speeches Tuesday that new laws should raise state revenue and redress …

What If an Irma-Like Hurricane Hit the New York City Metro Area?

It sounds like a Hollywood disaster movie. A Category 5 hurricane churning in the mid-Atlantic suddenly veers northwest – and heads straight for New York City. The good news is that, for now, experts agree a Cat 5-sized deluge appears …

NYC Planners With Sandy Nightmares Say Barrier May Come Too Late

The warming Atlantic Ocean has raised the risk of another Hurricane Sandy. And still, trillions of dollars of real estate and infrastructure near the shores of New York City and northern New Jersey remain vulnerable to devastation. A storm-surge barrier …

NYC Taxi Regulator Sides With Uber in Employee vs. Contractor Debate

New York considers drivers for ride-hailing car services such as Uber freelance workers rather than employees, according to the city’s chief taxi regulator, a policy that supports the company’s business model. The view, expressed by Meera Joshi, chairwoman of the …

NYC Reaches $5.9M Settlement in Eric Garner Chokehold Death Case

New York City reached a $5.9 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black man who died after being put in a choke-hold by a police officer. Eric Garner’s death in a confrontation over the sale of loose cigarettes …

NYC Comptroller Finds $6.8M Misspent for Superstorm Sandy Relief

New York misspent $6.8 million after Hurricane Sandy in payments to independent consultants for flawed and incomplete work that delayed help to at least 20,000 people with damaged homes, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said. The Office of Housing Recovery Operations …