Covid-19 has had a substantial effect on the municipal workforce. We look at the effect during the peak months of the pandemic by examining the use of sick leave by uniformed staff members and civilian staff.
Our data detailing school spending since 1990 has been updated and now features interactive charts and graphs. It includes information on per pupil spending, revenue sources, and school debt service and pension costs.
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: Based on recommendations from the city’s Board of Correction, the de Blasio Administration is considering the release of some people now held in the city’s jails. How many people in custody might be released?
REPORT: The Governor contends that localities have allowed Medicaid spending to spiral because the state enacted a cap in 2012 that spared them from having to share in the increasing costs. His Executive Budget proposes to counter this.
The tumbling stock market has inevitably taken a toll on the value of the city’s pension funds. That means the city may have to increase its contributions to the funds by tens of million—if not hundreds of millions--of dollars in the coming years. We look at a few scenarios.
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: Subway ridership is way down. Which stations have seen the biggest declines in passenger entrances and what might plummeting ridership mean in terms of lost revenue for NYC Transit?
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: Since the de Blasio Administration began discharging people from the city’s jails to lessen the risk of Covid-19 contagion, the jail population has dropped by nearly 30 percent. Were some groups of people in custody more likely to be released than others? See the comparisons
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: Last November voters approved a change to the City Charter that increased staffing at the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Is staffing expected to reach the approved level under the Mayor’s Executive Budget?
FOCUS ON THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET: Over the past year, shifts in the composition of the city’s homeless population, increased spending on rental assistance, and pandemic-related aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have altered the city’s costs for providing shelter for the homeless.
This has been a difficult school year, perhaps most difficult for students living in neighborhoods hardest hit by Covid. At the request of WNYC we have looked at attendance figures for schools, with a focus on schools in these hard-hit neighborhoods.
With the parents of thousands of preschoolers needing to go to work and many K-8th grade students doing schoolwork remotely, the de Blasio Administration created the Learning Bridges and Learning Labs programs to provide care, supervision, and help with classes at hundreds of sites across the city.
While most New York City employees cannot receive pensions until they turn 62, police officers and firefighters can retire at any age after they have met their required number of years of service. Since 2010, how many of them began receiving pensions before turning 50?