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Hochul’s IOU plan for the MTA may be DOA

Gov. Kathy Hochul wants the state Legislature to pass a bill providing the MTA with an IOU in lieu of congestion pricing revenue, but many lawmakers and advocates oppose it.

Transportation

Lawmakers hold dueling press conferences on congestion pricing

Some state legislators are concerned about how to fund the MTA, but others are just glad their constituents won’t have to pay more tolls.

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Will the MTA board put the brakes on congestion pricing?

Four members of the MTA board have said that they disagree with Hochul’s decision to suspend congestion pricing, but Hochul seems likely to get her way.

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Hochul says she will delay NYC congestion pricing

Congestion pricing tolls were scheduled to start in Manhattan on June 30.

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Will these bills pass before session ends?

From social media regulations to red light cameras, here are some of the bills to watch during the last week of the legislative session.

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Exclusive: Advocates who killed LaSalle nomination have a new target

The progressive advocacy group Center for Community Alternatives is raising questions about Gov. Kathy Hochul’s nomination of Judge Laura Ward as an interim justice on the state Supreme Court.

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The laws and bills impacting trans New Yorkers

Protections – and restrictions – continue to be considered at the city and state level.

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Bill to add AI disclaimers appears ready to pass this session

Albany lawmakers have moved swiftly after Meta’s AI chatbot made fake allegations against them.

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Tech watchdog fears social media regulation bill could harm minors’ privacy

The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project argues that the SAFE for Kids Act’s age verification requirements could result in social media giants collecting even more sensitive data.

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State releases details of $239 billion budget

The Division of the Budget also projects a “structural deficit” that could reach $7.25 billion in three years.

Politics

Danny O’Donnell endorses Eli Northrup to succeed him in Assembly

The longtime Assembly member is breaking from many Upper West Side political power brokers to endorse Northrup over opponent Micah Lasher.

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High-profile bills are languishing in the Assembly

The state Senate has passed several bills this year that haven’t gotten the OK from the lower chamber.

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Hochul mocks Republican South Dakota governor in LCA rebuttal

New York’s first female governor took shots at her Republican counterpart and poked fun at herself.

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Hochul makes end-of-session push for social media bills

The governor used dire language to describe the impact of algorithms on kids’ mental health.

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Advocates rally for MENA bill as NY session winds down

People who are Middle Eastern and North African shouldn’t be categorized as white by the state, advocates say.

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BOE mails paper checks to state legislative candidates, delaying matching funds

Rather than electronically depositing funds in campaigns’ accounts, the state Board of Elections sent paper checks worth tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates.