Tag: Hochul, Kathleen C

Gov. Kathy Hochul Apologizes For Israel-Hamas Analogy to Canada

Gov. Kathy Hochul apologized on Friday night for remarks she made at a Jewish philanthropy event in New York City that implied that Israel would be justified in destroying Gaza because of the Oct. 7 Hamas attack. In a speech on Thursday at the event, for the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York, Ms. Hochul […]

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NYC’s Housing Crunch Is the Worst It’s Been in More Than 50 Years

New York City’s housing crunch is the worst it has been in more than 50 years. The portion of rentals that were vacant and available dropped to a startling 1.4 percent in 2023, according to city data released on Thursday. It was the lowest vacancy rate since 1968 and shows just how drastically home construction […]

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New York City Wants to Revise Its Zoning Code to Restore the City’s Soul

Over the past decade, there has been much hand-wringing about New York’s puzzling empty storefront problem, with vacancy rates sitting north of 15 percent last fall in some of the city’s most celebrated areas. How did streets, from the East to the West Village, once home to the urbanist Jane Jacobs, a champion of the […]

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Providence Officials Approve Overdose Prevention Center

More than two years ago, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to authorize overdose prevention centers, facilities where people would be allowed to use illicit drugs under professional supervision. On Thursday, the Providence City Council approved the establishment of what will be the state’s first so-called safe injection site. Minnesota is the […]

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New York Will Debate Mayoral Control of the NYC Schools This June

For two decades, New York City has been something of an anomaly: Unlike the school boards that reign over thousands of towns and cities, the nation’s largest public school system is ruled by the mayor. But this year, the city’s method of running its schools is facing a unique and significant challenge that threatens to […]

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What Might Replace 421a, the Law That Got NYC Housing Built?

Nearly every debate about New York’s housing crisis involves a state program called “421a.” But what is it? On one level, it’s a simple idea: Give developers a property tax break to build housing in New York City that might otherwise be a drag on their bottom line. The program was first put in place […]

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9 Democratic Governors Push Biden and Congress to Address Migrant Crisis

Nine Democratic governors have joined together to urge the Biden administration and congressional leaders to address what they call “a humanitarian crisis” created by the surge of migrants seeking refuge in the United States. The governors, led by Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York, asked in a letter to the White House and Congress for […]

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Migrant Costs Help Push New York State’s Budget to $233 Billion

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday unveiled a $233 billion budget for New York State that includes $2.4 billion to help New York City manage its migrant crisis — a $500 million increase reflecting the mounting costs as immigrants continue to arrive. The budget proposal sought to thread the needle between the necessity to exert financial […]

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N.Y. Reconsiders Capitol Artworks That Offend Native Americans

At an informal gathering last summer at the Executive Mansion in Albany, N.Y., Gov. Kathy Hochul shared an anecdote about making an unpleasant discovery there, not long after taking residence: a painting depicting the marriage of Pocahontas. The governor thought Pocahontas looked young and frightened, and had the painting removed. In its place went what […]

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Gov. Kathy Hochul to Propose $25 Million in State Funding for A.L.S. Research

Gov. Kathy Hochul is set to propose an appropriation on Tuesday that would provide one of the largest sums ever invested by a state into research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the neurodegenerative disease known as A.L.S. The appropriation, part of Ms. Hochul’s overall budget proposal, would commit $25 million to A.L.S. research, creating a program […]

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Hochul Warns of Lingering Floods and Outages in New York State

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York cautioned residents on Tuesday evening about two major storm-related problems that were likely to linger after the system moved on: widespread power outages and the risk of flooding in certain parts of the state. In an interview with Spectrum News, a cable television outlet, Ms. Hochul said that 52,000 […]

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5 Takeaways From Kathy Hochul’s State of the State Address

In her third State of the State address, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday laid out her vision for the coming legislative session and described objectives that often were more of a reflection of her moderate roots than the state’s recent progressive slant. She made crime a focal point, while barely mentioning the migrant crisis that […]

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New York Weather: ‘Significant’ Risk as Forecasters Warn of High Winds

A major coastal storm will bring excessive rain and damaging wind gusts over 50 miles per hour to New York City and nearby areas late Tuesday into Wednesday, possibly causing moderate to major flooding in the region’s waterways overnight. Here are three things to know about the storm: Rain will begin moving in during the […]

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Hochul Unveils Her State of the State Agenda

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, the day Gov. Kathy Hochul is to deliver her State of the State address. We’ll find out what to listen for. January is a time for setting goals and agendas. Gov. Kathy Hochul spent the past week outlining the themes for the State of the State Message she will deliver today. […]

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Kathy Hochul to Propose AI Research Center Using $275 Million in NY State Funds

In her third State of the State address, Gov. Kathy Hochul will propose a first-of-its-kind statewide consortium that would bring together public and private resources to put New York at the forefront of the artificial intelligence landscape. Under the plan, Ms. Hochul would direct $275 million in state funds toward the building of a center […]

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Floating East River Pool May Open to Public Next Year Under Hochul Plan

A plan for a floating, self-filtering pool in the East River may soon become a reality, New York officials said on Friday. With a $16 million investment from the city and state, the floating pool, an initiative of the group Friends of + POOL, is set to open for testing this summer, with a goal […]

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As Literacy Lags, Hochul Proposes Changing How Schools Teach Reading

Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed on Wednesday a major shift in education policy that could transform the way many schools teach reading across New York, following the lead of other states that have jettisoned methods experts say have left millions of children behind. The proposal comes as education experts point to increasing evidence that the state’s […]

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How Will New York Deal With Its Housing Crisis in 2024?

It seemed like 2023 would be the year New York did something big to help solve its housing crisis. As skyrocketing rents punished residents, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party rallied around new safeguards for tenants. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a centrist Democrat, vowed to build more homes in the suburbs. The real estate industry […]

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It’s 2024. Here Are the New Laws That New Yorkers Should Know About.

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed roughly 900 bills in 2023. Those laws — many of which are scheduled to take effect in the new year — touch nearly every aspect of New Yorkers’ lives. There are measures recognizing additional school holidays (the Lunar New Year and Diwali), and others that establish broader protections for freelance workers […]

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Can Stony Brook University Balance Equity and Ambition?

Shortly after she became governor of New York, Kathy Hochul made an announcement that caught the higher-education world off guard: The state, which has generally regarded all its public universities as equals, would start treating two universities as “flagships.” More surprising still, her choices for the elite label didn’t include Binghamton University, which has often […]

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New York’s Migrant Crisis: 600 Days of Chaos, Fury, and Mistakes

Nearly 70,000 migrants crammed into hundreds of emergency shelters. People sleeping on floors, or huddled on sidewalks in the December cold. Families packed into giant tents at the edge of the city, miles from schools or services. And New York City is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a month to care for them all. […]

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As Chain Pharmacies Close, Mom-and-Pops Pick Up the Slack

At one of the few chain pharmacies still open in the South Bronx — a Rite Aid on Southern Boulevard — just about everything except for the greeting cards is behind plexiglass barriers and sealed with a lock. The Kit Kats. The Pringles. The soda. The dog toys. Yet near a subway station on that […]

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Hochul Plans to Veto Ban on Noncompete Agreements in New York

Gov. Kathy Hochul plans to veto a bill that would have banned the use of noncompete agreements in New York after a furious lobbying effort by Wall Street and other powerful industries that forcefully opposed the measure, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations over the bill. Ms. Hochul was expected to veto […]

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New York to Consider Reparations for Descendants of Enslaved People

New York will undertake an ambitious effort to address the state’s history of slavery and racism, establishing the United States’ second statewide task force to examine whether reparations can be made to confront the legacy of racial injustice. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday signed a bill that empowers a commission to study not only the […]

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Will These Closely Watched Bills Become Law in New York?

Will New York swear off buying paper from the Amazon rainforest to help stave off its deforestation? Should employers be able to bar workers from going to work for competitors? A harried last-minute lobbying push to answer these and other questions is accelerating in Albany, where less than two weeks remain for Gov. Kathy Hochul […]

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New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York is expected to announce on Monday a plan to invest $1 billion to expand chip research activities in Albany, N.Y., as the state aims to continue as a global semiconductor center. The plan is expected to create 700 new permanent jobs and retain thousands more, and includes the purchase […]

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What Ails Offshore Wind: Supply Chains, Ships and Interest Rates

A few years ago, interest in offshore wind energy was so strong that developers proposed spending tens of billions of dollars to plunk hundreds of turbines the size of skyscrapers in the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to Virginia. But several of those projects have recently hit the skids after executives miscalculated the impact that the […]

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New York’s Ban on Guns in Parks and Other ‘Sensitive’ Sites Is Affirmed

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld significant portions of New York’s expansive gun law, ruling that the state can ban the carrying of guns in schools, parks and other places and deny firearms to people whom local officials deem dangerous. The ruling, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, came in […]

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Inside the Secret Meeting That Cleared the Way for Tom Suozzi’s Return

With his successor, George Santos, expelled from Congress, Tom Suozzi appeared to be on the brink of a full-scale comeback campaign on Monday. Then he got a worrisome request: Gov. Kathy Hochul wanted to see him. In Albany. Tonight. Mr. Suozzi knew Ms. Hochul, a bitter rival, had been toying for weeks with trying to […]

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N.Y. Cannabis Board Settles Suits, Paving Way for Dispensaries to Open

The New York State cannabis board voted Monday to approve a settlement that would resolve two lawsuits and end a three-month-long freeze on recreational dispensary openings across the state. The agreement would salvage the state’s interim licensing program, which gives the first opportunities to sell cannabis legally to people who were convicted of marijuana-related offenses […]

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New York’s Era of Overspending Ends With a Shudder

After years of heady spending, the budget cuts announced by Mayor Eric Adams last week hit New York City like a punch to the gut: Most libraries would be closed on Sundays. The expansion of the city’s signature prekindergarten program would be delayed. So would efforts to improve New York’s notoriously dirty streets and keep […]

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