Albany Agenda

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Takeaways from Hochul’s 2024 State of the State agenda

As the state faces major immigration and housing challenges, the governor launched an agenda aimed at ruffling the fewest feathers possible in a major election year.

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Top Hochul aide Micah Lasher likely to announce Assembly run

A Democratic club announcement for a Jan. 10 forum listed him among candidates for Daniel O’Donnell’s seat.

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Hochul unveils proposal to eliminate insulin co-pays in New York

In a toned-down preview of her agenda for the year, the governor said she would aim to expand consumer protections.

Heard Around Town

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Hochul on Suozzi: ‘It was in his interest to make sure that conversation went well’

The governor commented on the hardball meeting with the wannabe congressman Wednesday at an unrelated press conference.

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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

Housing

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Hochul confirms she won’t pursue suburban housing mandates in ‘an election year’

The Democratic New York governor is leading efforts to regain suburban House seats that flipped in 2022.

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On commissions and task forces, Hochul again issues dozens of vetoes

The governor said 32 proposed bills to study everything from Black youth suicide to climate expenditures would cost the state millions. A proposal to create a reparations task force was not vetoed.

Energy & Environment

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After years of pushing, the Clean Slate Act becomes law

Business leaders, union organizers and law enforcement all attended the bill signing in Brooklyn.

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Antisemitism review at CUNY sparks anxiety for free speech, public education advocates

Gov. Kathy Hochul appointed former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to look into discrimination at New York City’s public colleges.

News & Politics

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Amid Israel-Hamas war, Kathy Hochul takes the international stage

The New York governor has talked with the White House and Israel’s president about the war and Wednesday traveled to Israel for a “solidarity mission.”

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Hochul declines to offer any support to Palestinian New Yorkers

As violence in Israel and Palestine escalates, Gov. Kathy Hochul has issued multiple statements in support of Israel and Jewish New Yorkers – but nothing for Palestinians.

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Ready to hire: Hochul announces 18,000 potential job openings for migrants in New York

Hospitality and food service companies were the biggest group of employers to enroll in the state program.

Immigration

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After meeting with Biden, Hochul touts TPS as a win

The governor initially distanced herself from the issue of asylum-seekers in New York City, but she’s taking credit for getting the feds to act.

Housing

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Hochul announces agreement to build housing units at World Trade Center site

Coming off of a legislative session with little movement on her signature issue, the governor has announced another housing development in New York City.

Housing

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‘We will wait no longer’: Hochul announces housing executive orders

Months after the governor and legislative leaders failed to come to an agreement on housing, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced several housing proposals – and received backlash from some labor entities.

Heard Around Town

Policy

Hochul allocates $51 million to hate crime prevention

The money will go to community organizations facing bias crimes. The governor also signed college campus hate crime reporting legislation.

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.

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Hochul remains tight-lipped on her plans for the revised Grieving Families Act

Just five months ago, the governor vetoed the popular bill to update the state’s wrongful death laws. Lawmakers have passed a new version they say addresses the governor’s concerns.