Good morning on this sunlit Thursday.
On Tuesday, Democrats took control of the New York State Senate for just the third time in the last 50 years.
New York might be considered a blue state, but Democrats have held power in our Senate for only three years since World War II.
So now that the Democrats are in control in Albany, what can we expect them to do?
Here are few of the issues they may take on.
Investing in the subway. One of the proposals to fund the subway is congestion pricing. A version of the plan calls for a daily fee to be levied on drivers who enter a “congestion zone” (from the Battery to 60th Street) during busy hours. It would also place a surcharge on taxis, Ubers and other for-hire vehicles. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signaled that he wants congestion pricing. But it’s not universally supported by Democrats.
Legalizing recreational marijuana. Earlier this year, Mr. Cuomo studied legalizing marijuana in the state. A report issued by the Health Department concluded that the state should have a regulated and taxed market for marijuana. In the past, Senate Republicans have refused to take up the issue, saying that legalizing marijuana was not a priority for them.
Strengthen rent regulation. Facing an affordable housing crisis in the city, a Democrat-run Legislature could roll back some of the changes made to the rent regulation system in the last few decades. They could end rules that take apartments out of regulation when the rent hits $2,733.75 and end the 20 percent bonus that landlords are allowed to tack on to rent when a tenant vacates.
Writing Roe v. Wade protections into state law. In the past, Mr. Cuomo has pushed legislation that would codify the protections guaranteed under Roe v Wade into state law and update the state’s law to allow late-term abortions when the health of the mother is in danger or the fetus is not viable. Senate Republicans have stymied the bill’s passage in the past, but Mr. Cuomo said he wants it passed during the first month of the new legislative season.
Single payer health care. While it might be a pipe dream for Democrats, the State Assembly has passed a measure to create a single payer health care system for the last four years in a row. The proposal would allow New Yorkers to sign on to health coverage without deductibles or copays. Republicans were unwilling to take up the measure when it was last passed by the Assembly in June.
What are the issues you’d like to see the Democrats take on? Let us know in the comments.
Here’s what else is happening:
It may be a touch cooler today, but it’s just as bright.
Expect a stunning fall day filled with sunshine and a high near 54.
Soak it up, the rain returns tomorrow.
In the News
• The Democratic Party seized control of the New York State government on Tuesday. Now they need to actually figure out what to do with that power. [New York Times]
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared New York the “progressive capital of the nation” after his win on Tuesday night.CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times
• The votes have finally been counted in Connecticut, and the next governor has finally been named: Democrat Ned Lamont. [New York Times]
• No matter how Republicans positioned themselves, they were not immune to Northeast political winds. [New York Times]
• It’s been four years since the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a New York police officer. What action has been taken since? None. [New York Times]
• Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will push for changes in Washington. But will Washington push back? [New York Times]
Election night results held little drama for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.CreditElizabeth D. Herman for The New York Times
• The driver who was charged with manslaughter after she fatally struck two young children and injured a pregnant mother in Brooklyn last March was found dead in what appeared to be a suicide. [New York Times]
• Economists expect that Amazon plopping itself in Long Island City will bring the company more services, more markets and more money. It will also likely pack the subways. [New York Times]
• In the coming weeks, PATH riders will be able to make calls underground depending on their provider and station. [New York Daily News]
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• An evening of jazz and blues music at the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center in Marcus Garvey Park. 6:30 p.m. [Free]
• The culinary scholar Tonya Hopkins and sommelier Lee Campbell lead a tasting and discussion about the history of Virginian food and wine at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. [$25]
• The actress Tonya Pinkins performs sections from the book, “The Sweet Flypaper of Life,” at the Brooklyn Museum. 7 p.m. [$16]
• Writers and editors from Slate Magazine recap the midterm elections at the Theater for a New Audience at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Downtown Brooklyn. 7:30 p.m. [$30]
• Islanders at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (MSG+).
• Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Monday.
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
I was at the corner of 42nd Street and Third Avenue rushing to work on a sunny morning when a well-dressed woman came up next to me. I could see that she was trying to ask me a question, so I took out one of my earbuds.
“What did you say?” I asked.
“What brand of shoes are you wearing?” she said.
I glanced down at my shoes. They were soft and pale pink and had white rubber soles.
“I can’t remember,” I said.
She didn’t move.
“They look so comfortable,” she said.
“Do you want me to take my shoe off and look?”
Not waiting for her to answer, I quickly slipped off my right shoe. I squinted at the insole but couldn’t make out the letters without my reading glasses. I turned the shoe over. Finally, I held the shoe out toward the woman.
She leaned in, and the two of us looked at the insole together.
She read out the brand name.
“Yes, that’s it,” I exclaimed.
I slipped my shoe back on and hurried to work.
— Deborah Rood Goldman
After our heated midterm season, we could all use a good laugh.
The best place to find them this week is at the New York Comedy Festival, which is offering stand-up sets and performances across this city from some of the biggest acts in comedy through Monday.
Here are a few suggestions:
Today. Yvonne Orji, known for her role as Molly in the HBO television show “Insecure,” performs stand-up at Carolines on Broadway in Midtown at 7:30. [$43.75] Or join the comedian Tim Dillon as he gives a tour of New York on a double-decker bus in which he promises to talk about all the things that make New York fun: “money laundering, international gangsters, intergenerational wealth” and more, beginning at Columbus Circle at 7:30 p.m. [$43.75]
CreditGabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times
Tomorrow. Scott Rogowsky, a host on the game show app HQ, hosts a late night talk show with John Oliver as a guest at Sony Hall in Midtown at 11 p.m. [$27.52] Or attend a stand-up set by Dan Harmon, the creator of the comedy show “Community,” at the BMCC TriBeCa Performing Arts Center in Lower Manhattan at 7 p.m. [$35]
This weekend. Bassem Youssef, Egypt’s version of Jon Stewart, does stand-up at Joe’s Pub in the East Village at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. [$30]
Sopan Deb, who writes about comedy for The Times, shared the five shows he’s most looking forward to here.
And take a look at the full lineup.
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