Kathy Hochul

Policy

DC 37 to Hochul: Sign the Grieving Families Act

In a new letter, the state’s largest public sector union is calling on the governor to approve changes to the state’s nearly 180-year-old wrongful death law

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

State Sen. Pete Harckham on 2024 priorities

The Democrat discusses his new bill focused on creating greater accessibility for people with disabilities and other priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Policy

Policy

Adult changing facilities are focus of bill introduced by Harckham and Rolison

The Democratic and Republican state senators are backing the “Traveling with Dignity Act” for people with disabilities.

Heard Around Town

Politics

Democrats and Republicans turn out for opening of Brooklyn facility for older New Yorkers

The new Bay Ridge Center was celebrated with a show of bipartisan support that helped make the facility possible.

Health Care

Policy

City & State event focuses on transparency to combat predatory hospital pricing

Lawmakers and industry professionals gathered at the 32BJ Health Fund’s headquarters in Manhattan for discussions on how to bring costs down for hospitalized New Yorkers.

Health Care

Policy

Filling in the gaps left by federal child care funding running out

State Sen. Jabari Brisport has reupped his Universal Child Care Act for next year.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Q&A: Ron Kim’s latest update on nursing home deaths investigation

The Aging Committee chair talked about cooperating with the feds and the next steps for the 2024 legislative session.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

New policy group spends big on D’Esposito attack ads

Formed in February, Empire State Voices has targeted several New York Republicans in swing districts – and it’s not clear who’s funding them.

Policy

Policy

DOC stopped providing tampons to detainees – despite 2016 law mandating it

The Department of Correction has a problem with menstruation, amid fears that tampons will be used to smoke drugs and menstrual cups will be used for “splashings.”

Albany Agenda

Policy

Brouk rolls out doula care proposals

A new report from the state senator recommends how best to support the nonclinical professionals who have been key to improving childbirth outcomes, especially for women of color.

Health Care

Politics

After Damian Williams’ striking comments on supervised injection sites, New York leaders are quiet

The U.S. attorney said his office is prepared to take action as the sites are in violation of state and federal law, but he declined to elaborate further.

Policy

Policy

Is New York ready to legalize supervised injection sites?

Two sites in New York have saved hundreds of lives, but stigma and lack of buy-in from the governor might prevent expansion.

Politics

Politics

NY swing district Republicans are less neutral on abortion than they promised

On the campaign trail, they said abortion should be a states’ issue. In office, some New York GOP reps have changed their tune.

Health Care

Policy

‘We simply want our health care.’ Retirees rally at City Hall for Medicare Advantage bill

Fresh off a recent legal victory, retirees are pushing the City Council to buck the mayor and union leaders.

Policy

Policy

What you need to know about NYC retirees’ health care fight

A Manhattan judge temporarily blocked the city’s long pursued and controversial plan to switch city retirees to a privatized Medicare Advantage plan.

Health Care

Policy

Lawmakers introduce latest version of single-payer health care bill

The bill’s sponsors have tweaked the 30-year-old legislation in a bid to attract support from public sector unions who currently oppose it.

Abortion

Policy

Hochul marks one-year anniversary of Dobbs by signing law for telehealth abortions across state lines

The governor signed a bill that will protect New York health care providers administering abortion medication to patients living in other states – insisting New York is on solid legal footing to do so.

Policy

Policy

Coverage for All hangs in the balance as Assembly returns to Albany

Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas said she worked with the governor to amend the bill but now Hochul is “moving the goalpost.”