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Recent articles by Ayana:

‘Longstanding’ issues led to deaths of Rikers inmates: report

NEW YORK (PIX11) — “Longstanding” issues contributed to the deaths of three Rikers Island inmates — including one who didn’t receive medical aid after choking on an orange, the New York City Board of Correction found in a report released Monday. Tarz Youngblood, George Pagan and Herman Diaz all died within the first three months […] → Read More

New law delivers protections to food app workers

NEW YORK (PIX11) — They keep New York fed through snow, heat and other extreme conditions — now, new protections for New York City’s food delivery workers will go into effect Friday. Workers who deliver restaurant orders through third party apps will now have more control over which deliveries they choose to accept. Cyclists will […] → Read More

Report: Black women 5 times more likely to die of pregnancy complications

NEW YORK (PIX11) — In New York State Black non-Hispanic women are five times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than white, non-Hispanic women according to a report from the New York State Department of Health. “People are beginning to unfortunately now realize this is true and it has been true for a very […] → Read More

Hochul: Lt. Gov. didn’t tell me he was turning himself in

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Gov. Kathy Hochul told PIX11 News, former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin did not tell her he planned to turn himself into federal authorities. Benjamin was indicted on federal bribery charges Tuesday. “I know there’s a lot of questions right now,” Hochul said Wednesday. Benjamin faced ethical questions about his campaign fundraising […] → Read More

New York state official being probed for illegal campaign contribution scheme

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Federal prosecutors are looking into whether New York Lt. Gov. Brain Benjamin played a role in an illegal campaign contribution scheme during his 2021 run for New York City Comptroller, PIX11 News learned Monday. During Benjamin’s run for comptroller, reporter Clifford Michel with the online news outlet THE CITY noticed there […] → Read More

Adams announces efforts to reduce maternal and infant health inequities

New efforts aim to bolster the Citywide Doula Initiative and the Midwifery Initiative to provide expanded access to doulas and midwives to families in need. → Read More

Gov. Hochul proposes changes to New York’s bail law

ALBANY, N.Y. (PIX11) — New York conservatives and liberals have both sounded off against Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed changes to the state’s bail law, with some liberals saying the law should remain the way it is and some conservatives saying the governor’s reforms don’t go far enough. “What I saw in that plan should scare […] → Read More

Trespassers create chaos at NYCHA senior development

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) — One Corsi Houses resident described an increase of trespassers as “a real epidemic.” A broken front door at the NYCHA development has led to a long list of serious safety issues, according to Assemblyman Eddie Gibbs. He said trespassers are coming and going at all hours of the day — […] → Read More

NY congressman talks canceling student loan debt, lowering utility costs

New York Congressman Jamaal Bowman never thought he would run for office, but now he’s using his position to advocate for the removal of student loan debt. → Read More

Adams meets with LGBTQ advocates over controversial appointments

NRE YORK (PIX11) — Mayor Eric Adams had a private meeting with LGBTQ+ activists inside City Hall after three of his recent hires sparked controversy. The Mayor hired three pastors who have previously opposed LGBTQ rights. The City Council’s LGBTQ Caucus called on Adams to rescind the hires. Councilmember Crystal Hudson, who attended the meeting […] → Read More

New York GOP picks Rep. Lee Zeldin as gubernatorial nominee

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s Republican Party leaders nominated U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin as their candidate for governor Tuesday at a convention on Long Island, though he could still face a primary challenger in June. Any Republican candidate faces tough odds in New York, where registered Democrats outnumber GOP voters by more than 2 […] → Read More

Columbia staff member suspended for ‘ignorant’ comment on model’s skin

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Sudanese-American model Nyakim Gatwech is comfortable in her skin, which she told PIX11 News she used to want to bleach. But one “ignorant” comment from a Columbia University department chair left her hurt all over again. “I was bullied before,” she said, “I worked so hard to build a tough skin.” […] → Read More

80-year-old woman’s belongings vanish during visit from Brooklyn rehabilitation facility to doctor’s office

BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Mitchell Harper reached out to PIX11 News after his 80-year-old mother’s personal items vanished. More News from WRBL Helen Harper is a patient at Brooklyn Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, recovering after fracturing her leg. On Jan. 21, Helen Harper went to a doctor’s appointment with a specialist; a medical transport service […] → Read More

Is Manhattan’s new DA ‘soft’ on crime? Preliminary arrest data says otherwise

Days after he became Manhattan district attorney, there were calls for Alvin Bragg to be removed from office because of his "soft" stance on crime. But preliminary data shows a different story — during Bragg's first weeks in office, the number of defendants in Manhattan who were sent to jail remained steady. → Read More

New York legal team helps Louisiana man gain freedom after 44 years

NEW YORK (PIX11) — After 44 years in prison, Vincent Simmons became a free man this week. Simmons walked out of a Louisiana courthouse alongside his legal team from New York City. “I want to go somewhere where it was quiet, where I can think and enjoy the moment of freedom,” Simmons said Monday after […] → Read More

What’s drill music, and why does Mayor Adams think it’s fueling NYC’s gun violence?

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Is a gritty form of rap music fueling gun violence in New York City? Mayor Eric Adams thinks so. “I had no idea what drill rapping was,” he told PIX11 News’ Ayana Harry. “But I called my son, and he sent me some videos … and it is alarming.” The songs, […] → Read More

New Yorkers’ Con Edison bills jump by shocking amounts

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Con Edison customers may see higher electricity bills this month. State Sen. Michael Gianaris is calling for an investigation by state utility regulators. He said he’s heard from “dozens and dozens” of people. Gianaris explained some of his constituents “are dealing with in some cases, spikes by as much as 300% […] → Read More

Rikers crisis: Medical care delayed for thousands; Biden declines to visit jail complex

NEW YORK (PIX11) – President Joe Biden declined to visit Rikers Island during his trip to New York City this week, despite calls from inmates and jail reform activists. “We’d encourage every public official, every policymaker to see with their own eyes what’s happening at Rikers, because once you do, you can’t just turn away,” […] → Read More

Video shows ‘fight nights’ inside Rikers Island; inmate says gang leader forced participation

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Surveillance video recorded inside Rikers Island shows what attorney Eric Burse said is one of many “fight nights” inside the jail. On the video, inmates are crowded around a cell, where Burse said the fight was happening inside. He described inmates as “cheering … throwing their arms up in the air […] → Read More

NYC mayor seeking waiver to hire brother for security job

Eric Adams has brought on his brother Bernard Adams, a former New York police officer who was most recently as the assistant director for parking at Virginia Commonwealth University, to serve as the executive director of mayoral security. → Read More