skip to main content

Friday, June 2, 2023

play newscast audioPlay

A Wisconsin group criticizes two of its members of Congress, a new report says the Phoenix area cannot meet its groundwater demands, and Nevada's sporting community sends its priorities to the governor.

play newscast audioPlay

The Senate aims to get the debt limit spending bill to President Biden's desk quickly, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis makes a campaign stop in Iowa, and a new survey finds most straight adults support LGBTQ+ rights.

play newscast audioPlay

Oregon may expand food stamp eligibility to some undocumented households, rural areas have a new method of accessing money for roads and bridges, and Tennessee's new online tool helps keep track of cemetery locations.

NY Mayor Eager to Address Numerous Issues After Conference

play audio
Play

Thursday, March 30, 2023   

A New York state mayor is eager to implement new initiatives he observed during the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference.

Earlier this week, elected officials from across the country convened in Washington to explore different means of helping their respective municipalities.

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist said he is eager to address housing concerns. While most cities are grappling with an affordable-housing crisis, he said Jamestown is dealing with a different kind of housing issue.

"We have a really difficult housing stock," said Sundquist. "We've had a lot of loss of investment in the city and very excited to hear about the creation of a new housing accelerator that we're hoping to be a part of to talk about how do we revitalize, and how do we reimagine what housing should look like?"

Sundquist noted that this is especially important for seniors because most of the housing stock in Jamestown isn't designed for someone with limited mobility.

But, most homes in New York's rural areas aren't, and modifications can be costly. A study from the Rural Housing Coalition of New York finds 28% of homes in New York's rural counties were built before 1940.

Cities such as Jamestown and others across the U.S. are also facing the issue of redefining public safety.

Across the country, different municipalities have been training officers in mental health practices to better understand how to deal with a suspect who might be mentally ill.

Sundquist noted that mayors from across the country discussed this during the conference.

"We talked about having folks in the community agencies also help in this work, and how we can say what should public safety look like," said Sundquist. "Police officers are great, but we also need mental-health counselors. We also need people who are going to target the root issues of some of the crime that we're seeing."

This re-evaluation comes as the U.S. is facing a shortage of police officers.

According to a 2022 survey from the Police Executive Research Forum, there was a 3.48% decrease in officer staffing levels between 2020 and 2021.




get more stories like this via email

Almost all departments in Connecticut schools saw shortages in 2022, following a long-standing national trend. A 2022 American Federation of Teachers report found before the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 300,000 teachers were leaving the profession each year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

As the school year ends, Connecticut's teacher shortage seems to have only worsened. In March, school districts across the state reported having 2,60…


Social Issues

play sound

A Muslim rights group is taking the Kent County Sheriff's Office to court for forcing a Michigan woman to remove her hijab for a booking photo…

Social Issues

play sound

A rally was held in Salem Thursday to urge passage of a bill to provide food assistance to Oregonians regardless of their immigration status…


With the debt-ceiling debate winding down, Congress faces future budget battles, including the Farm Bill reauthorization this fall. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

This week's debt ceiling deal saw federal policymakers compromise on budget-related matters, but a new awareness campaign from a Wisconsin grassroots …

Environment

play sound

Offshore wind in New York and New Jersey is becoming a large contributor to job growth. New York's offshore wind investments are slated to create …

Sarah Van Loon, Midwest regional director for the American Jewish Committee, said it is incumbent upon all of us to teach children about the Holocaust. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Hoosiers could play a pivotal role in pushing back against a surge of hate and violence against Jews in America. Nearly two-thirds of all …

Environment

play sound

The Nevada hunting and fishing community is sharing its top 10 conservation priorities for 2023 with Gov. Joe Lombardo's office, as they seek to …

Environment

play sound

In Yellowstone National Park, 30,000 acres are protected from mining by Congressional order, but there is a sliver left unprotected, and a Montana …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021