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Austin C. Jefferson

Albany Agenda

Politics

Absolutely everyone is claiming responsibility for Tom Suozzi’s victory

Labor unions, the governor, progressives and national political action committees are all saying they were instrumental in flipping the seat.

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Politics

Bowman threatens defamation lawsuit after Latimer says he takes ‘money from Hamas’

At a black history event this weekend, Westchester County Executive George Latimer baselessly accused Bowman of “taking money from Hamas.”

Albany Agenda

Policy

NY lawmakers call for tax credit reform after gnarly state audit

Turns out New York might be cool enough to make it on TV without having taxpayers foot the bill.

Albany Agenda

Politics

New York state Legislature 2024 races to watch

Here are some of the challenges, swing districts and open seats to keep an eye on.

Albany Agenda

Politics

The Democratic establishment is coming for another socialist lawmaker upstate

Socialist Assembly Member Sarahana Shrestha unseated Kevin Cahill in 2022. Now his former chief of staff is primarying her.

Personality

Personality

Byron Brown highlights need for predictable state funding

In a Q&A, the Buffalo mayor talked about his budget testimony and his political future.

Education

Policy

SUNY and CUNY leaders tell lawmakers they need more state aid

SUNY chancellor John King assured legislators that there are no plans to close down any public universities, though staffing levels may be cut.

Albany Agenda

Policy

Hochul touts her housing carrots for NY municipalities

The governor said there is increased interest in state grants to build housing.

Upstate

Policy

Upstate mayors highlight flat payments to cities on ‘Tin Cup Day’

They asked for Aid and Incentives for Municipalities to be indexed to inflation so that they can continue to revitalize their cities.

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Policy

Policy

Lawmakers propose creation of state authority to finance and build affordable housing

State Sen. Cordell Cleare and Assembly Member Emily Gallagher are sponsoring a bill to create the Social Housing Development Authority, which would build housing directly instead of relying on private developers.

Albany Agenda

Politics

As expected, the Bowman-Latimer primary is pricey

Together, the two Democrats raised more than $2 million in the most recent fundraising cycle – to defeat one another.

Education

Policy

David Banks may not have made much progress on mayoral control in Albany

During his testimony at an education budget hearing, it didn’t seem like the New York City schools chancellor’s message was getting through.

MTA

Policy

DiNapoli: MTA needs $43B for repairs and upgrades

The costs estimates were detailed in a new report released by the state comptroller detailing the agency’s needs assessments over the next 20 years, starting in 2025.

Albany Agenda

Policy

Hochul’s proposal to close 5 more NY prisons rankles state GOP

The prison population has halved since 1999, and staffing is in freefall. But Republicans say the prisons should get more resources, not less.

Policy

Policy

Hochul signs Rape is Rape Act

The law expands the definition of rape in New York to include non-penetrative forced sexual contact.

Albany Agenda

Policy

Across the political spectrum, lawmakers are peeved about Hochul’s plan for education funding

Republican state senators joined the chorus of teachers and their Democratic colleagues to condemn the proposal Monday.

Criminal Justice

Policy

Lawmakers debate bail reform and gun violence at public safety hearing

State legislators asked state law enforcement leaders about the impact of bail reform and how to keep guns out of children’s hands.