The budget is finally finished. Here are the issues left to tackle this session.

Housing, criminal justice and transgender health care are all on the docket for New York lawmakers and advocates.


Hochul’s late budget strategy seems like it worked

It took a while, but the governor got concessions on bail, charter schools and more.

Criminal justice

Contrary to Hochul’s stated plan, bail reform rollbacks apply to low level offenses

The state budget includes removing the “least restrictive” standard for all offenses – not just bail-eligible offenses.


What made it into the 2024 New York budget?

From public safety to housing – here’s a guide on where the biggest policy issues stand in the agreement.


There’s no time to read budget bills, and Albany leaders are just fine with that

The budget is already a month late, but legislative leaders are still bypassing a three-day aging period meant to give lawmakers a chance to read the dense legislation

Editor's Note

Editor’s note: Hochul still has an ally when it comes to her housing ideas

The governor said she will be following up with New York City Mayor Eric Adams on several initiatives they both want to “get done.”


How’d Eric Adams do in the state budget? So-so.

Migrant funding, bail laws, housing, MTA funding and more – it all affects New York City.


Hochul announces tentative agreement on state budget

The governor says she and legislative leaders have reached a deal for a $229 billion spending plan


The NYPD isn’t the only overspender on overtime. Just the biggest.

Mayor Adams complained people care too much about police department overtime. There’s a reason.

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As state budget process reportedly winds down, will there be time to review the final document?

Some lawmakers are urging Gov. Kathy Hochul not to expedite the vote with a “message of necessity.”


Why does the NYC Council think there’s more money to spend than Eric Adams?

City Hall and the City Council often have different budget projections – and the council has been more accurate in recent years.


The budget is late, but not as late as many of its predecessors

Not to freak you out but New York leaders have pushed this into late April, May, even August.

Heard Around Town

Adams shouldn’t cut housing agency budgets, advocates say

Developers and homeless service providers united against the New York City mayor’s budget cut plans.


Lawmakers to Hochul: No housing without ‘good cause’

A growing number of state legislators say they’d rather cut housing from the budget completely than approve a deal without tenant protections.


Senate open to zoning overrides but Assembly opposed, sources say

Housing is now dominating budget talks as state leaders work towards passing a budget that’s more than two weeks late