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.

Kathy Hochul

Policy

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.

Kathy Hochul

Personality

Hochul gets the last laugh in press show rebuttal: ‘Is that guy from Colorado still telling me what to say?’

The governor got some good-natured ribbing for her multiple trials and tribulations over the past legislative session.

Budget

Politics

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

Policy

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.

Budget

Policy

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.

Editor's Note

Opinion

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.”

Policy

Policy

Hochul joins Micron to announce ‘community engagement committee’

In her first appearance after a protracted budget fight, the governor was all smiles about the chip manufacturing company.

Policy

Policy

‘Not in New York, not now – not ever.’ Hochul announces abortion pill stockpile after Texas ruling

After the Texas ruling to stop the use of mifepristone sent shockwaves across the nation, the governor joined Planned Parenthood to announce a stockpile of another abortion drug in the state.

Politics

Politics

Rowan Wilson picked to be chief judge, as Hochul eyes Caitlin Halligan for associate judge

Wilson, who would be the first Black chief judge in New York state, was tapped following the rejection of Hector LaSalle.

Opinion

Opinion

Opinion: What would Hugh do?

A few things Gov. Kathy Hochul can learn from the state’s 51st governor as she navigates the challenges of budget season.

Policy

Policy

Just like that a proposal to roll back NY’s climate law got nixed

Almost as soon as news broke that the governor was considering allowing more emissions, she reversed course in negotiations.

Policy

Policy

These 3 NY budget proposals have support from conservatives, liberals – and not Kathy Hochul

The governor is resisting expanded school lunches, housing vouchers and health insurance for undocumented immigrants.

Politics

Politics

Hochul announces April 10 budget extender

As they continue negotiating beyond the April 1 deadline, lawmakers have indicated there will be no agreement before the Passover and Easter holidays.

Policy

Policy

Legal experts warn Hochul’s proposal would change definition of bail

Could New York be on the brink of upending decades of law around pretrial detention?

Kathy Hochul

Politics

Poll: New Yorkers back bail changes, millionaires tax

A new Siena College poll has bits of good news for everyone heading into the budget

Budget

Politics

What does Kathy Hochul need $5 million in promotional content for?

Support from outside funders urging people to support the governor’s budget priorities has raised eyebrows about her negotiating position.

Policy

Policy

The Legislature doesn’t want to force suburbs to build more housing. Advocates are calling them on it.

Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed aggressive building targets all over the state. Lawmakers roundly rejected her enforcement plans.