Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Gov. Kathy Hochul seeks to spend an additional $10 billion to help pull New York out of its COVID crisis — sums topped by the legislative leaders she’s negotiating a final deal with. Business leaders warn New York can’t afford extensive new commitments.
Gov. Kathy Hochul and top legislative leaders say they aren’t ruling out instituting a pool of financial assistance for immigrants shut out of federal disaster relief, as climate change toll grows.
A bipartisan commission charged with reforming political mapmaking fails its first test as New York Democrats and Republicans deliver dueling congressional and state legislative maps. The gridlock came as House midterm elections loomed.
In her first day in office, the state’s 57th governor moves to rebuild trust damaged by secrecy and sexual harassment under Andrew Cuomo. On her agenda: cleaning up Albany, speeding up rent and worker aid — and vaccine mandates.
First came the law — now comes the bureaucracy. The new Cannabis Control Board is expected to be in place in June, THE CITY has learned. Other states offer cautionary tales as New York aims to get pot sales going by April 1, 2022.
The fiscal plan raises taxes on wealthy New Yorkers, creates a fund for undocumented workers excluded from financial assistance and helps seed Cuomo’s overhaul of Penn Station.
Governor and legislative leaders agree that workers excluded from state and federal COVID economic aid programs should get financial assistance, but Cuomo demand for paper trails has some bill backers alarmed.
After Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins urged governor to leave office, a frenzy of phone calls and emails pleaded for a pause — pointing to attorney general’s impending investigation of multiple sexual harassment allegations
Ending evictions, eliminating months of owed rent, legalizing marijuana and taxing the rich become more feasible now that the threat of a Cuomo veto is less daunting.
By some measures, the Jersey approach is a success. But critics warn public safety reviews by judges can hold past injustices against defendants.
Senate rethink of mandatory pretrial release for criminal defendants opens divide among Democrats as Assembly activists slam “Jim Crow-style” flip.
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The mayor often relied on his personal account for public business, records show. Meanwhile, his promised email retention policy hasn’t surfaced.
The Assembly’s tenant-friendly gambit puts pressure on the newly Democratic Senate to up the ante. But sweeping change is far from a sure thing.