News and Updates


In the News: How New York could help migrants find jobs (WNYC)

Listen to the full story on WNYC’s All Things Considered. Photo of recent migrant, Deimer Bonilla Asprilla, addressing a rally to let migrants work. — Excerpt: New York City continues to grapple with how to accommodate more than 100-thousand migrants who have arrived since last year. Mayor Adams has been calling for expedited work permits […]

In the News: Seeking new playbook, Democrats sour on Mayor Adams’ migrant approach (Gothamist)

Read the full story on Gothamist. Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP via Getty Images (source: Gothamist). — Excerpt: On Tuesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul said conversations with legislative leaders about granting work authorizations at the state level are in the works, pending federal approval. Multiple state lawmakers and a new city think tank, the 5Boro Institute, […]

In the News: Migrant advocates call for New York-based work authorization permit (NY1)

View the full story on NY1. — Excerpt: Now, a new op-ed published in amNewYork is suggesting another option: let the mayor and governor create a “New York-based work authorization permit that allows migrants to work in the five boroughs and throughout the state.” The op-ed was penned by Grace Rauh, a former NY1 political […]

amNY Op-Ed: It’s time to be bold on migrants

Read the full op-ed on amNY. Photo by Dean Moses (source: amNY). — The Statue of Liberty may loom large in New York Harbor, but its welcoming message is getting lost as our city struggles to meet the demands of more than 100,000 migrants who have come to New York since spring of last year. […]

Gotham Gazette Op-Ed: New York City Must Prepare Against Future Air Quality Threats; Here’s How

Read the full op-ed at Gotham Gazette. — As all of us are learning quickly, the world is a small place when it comes to the devastating effects of climate change. The eerie, post-apocalyptic orange smoke that engulfed New York City as a result of wildfires raging in Canada last week is the latest sign […]

Gotham Gazette Op-Ed: The Most Important Infrastructure Project You’ve Never Heard Of

Read the full op-ed at Gotham Gazette. — This week, on the heels of the latest sobering United Nations climate change report, the next round of public input will close for one of the largest public infrastructure projects ever to be considered for the New York City region. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking feedback […]

5BORO’s NYC Staffing Report: What They’re Saying – A Roundup of Media Coverage

Tune in to hear 5BORO: NY1’s Inside City Hall: NYC has estimated 23,000 vacant positions across agencies: report WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show: NYC’s Municipal Staffing Shortage BronxNet Open BxRx: 5BORO: “Solving the NYC Staffing Crisis Report” 5BORO in the news: amNY: Adapt to fill the gap: NYC should embrace remote work, hire recruitment czar […]

Daily News Op-Ed: Getting & keeping workers for NYC’s government

Read the full op-ed at Daily News. — As the restaurant industry scrambles to hire staff and hospitals are down nurses and doctors, city government in New York is also short on people and it’s causing major problems. There are 23,000 vacant positions across city government and thousands more that Mayor Adams cut to help trim the […]

Grace Rauh: Calls for the City to Recruit Tech Workers for NYC Public Jobs

Grace Rauh the Executive Director of the Five Borough Institute spoke live on 1010 WINS Newsline with Budd Mishkin about why the city should take advantage of the recent lay-offs in the tech industry.

Daily News Op-Ed: Recruit Tech Workers for NYC Public Jobs

Recent tech sector layoffs are of course not the same scale as these other moments of global upheaval, but the same formula applies: hardship creates opportunity, if the right leaders seize it.