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Permanent Disaster Relief Fund Eyed for Undocumented New Yorkers in Ida’s Wake

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.

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‘Independent’ Redistricting Panel Draws Partisan Battle Lines in Congress Fight

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.

New Governor Kathy Hochul to New Yorkers: You Can Trust Me

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.

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Cuomo-Controlled Legal Marijuana ‘Cannabis Board’ Rolling In for Summer

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.

Weakened Cuomo, Lawmakers Reach Deal on Massive $212 Billion Pandemic Budget

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.

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Hunger Strikers Demand $3.5B Relief Fund for Undocumented New Yorkers in State Budget. Will Cuomo Come Through?

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.

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Cuomo Called Lawmakers in Scramble for Support After Resignation Demands

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

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New York’s State Senate Democrats Gain a Supermajority. What Could They Do With It?

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.

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New Jersey No-Bail System Eyed By New York Leaders Reckons With Bias Risk

By some measures, the Jersey approach is a success. But critics warn public safety reviews by judges can hold past injustices against defendants.

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Bail Reform Rollback Battle Rips Rift in Albany

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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What You Need to Know to Decode Gov. Cuomo’s $175 Billion-Plus State Budget Speech

New York’s quirk-packed budget process gets more complicated this year, thanks to a Medicaid-fueled $6 billion deficit. Here’s how it all affects you.

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How the MTA Plans to Spend Billions on its Subway Wishlist

Will your commute speed up, via new signals? Will your station get an elevator? Find out via our interactive look at the record $51.5 billion plan.

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‘Tallman’ De Blasio Used Private Email for First 16 Months in Office

The mayor often relied on his personal account for public business, records show. Meanwhile, his promised email retention policy hasn’t surfaced.

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Cuomo and Lawmakers Signal Compromise on Rent Regulation Reforms

With a June 15 deadline looming, it appears tenant advocates’ quest to eliminate charges for improvements to buildings and apartments is a no-go.

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Far-Reaching Rent Reforms Resist Albany Consensus

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.