New York State

Poll: Which bills will cross the finish line in Albany?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers have yet to reach agreements on key issues.

Andrew Cuomo makes a statement on SALT Taxes

Andrew Cuomo makes a statement on SALT Taxes Darren McGee/Office of the Governor

Update: A number of major legislative proposals are up in the air in the state Capitol, and Albany observers are divided over which ones they think will become law this session. In mid-April and again mid-May, City & State asked readers to predict whether several key bills will pass. 

On a bill to expand the state's prevailing wage on public projects, a slight majority (55% in April, 52% in May) expected passage. Even more of our readers (64%, up from 56% last month) were optimistic about allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. Meanwhile, online voters were far less optimistic about legalizing recreational marijuana (31% expect it to pass, down from 59% last month) and raising the charter school cap (32% in May, 35% in April). 

Of course, it's all up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers, and there are typically a few surprises in store at the end of the session.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride for a number of high-profile bills still pending in Albany, from the legalization of recreational marijuana (hurtling downward) to the expansion of prevailing wages (climbing back up).

This week, we’re checking in with state lawmakers and key experts to assess the chances of various pieces of legislation. While legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo work through their differences – both publicly and behind closed doors – we’re also asking our readers once again to let us know which measures they think will advance this session.