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Candidates for New York’s Next Governor: Who’s Still Running to Run This State?

Kathy Hochul is hoping to win a full term, but other Democrats are lining up for a primary challenge. And Republicans have been campaigning and raising cash for months before she took over from Andrew Cuomo.

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Hochul Balanced Budget Proposal Banks on Wealthy Staying Put

Projecting billions in boosted tax revenue and cashing in federal aid, state budget plan socks away funds for a future rainy day while helping New York dig out from COVID calamity.

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Albany Readies to Renew Remote Meeting Option for New York Government Bodies

With a law allowing Zoom sessions expiring even as omicron spreads, Gov. Kathy Hochul has a bill on her desk that would virtual sessions for as long as pandemic emergency lasts.

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Legal Weed Shops May Not Hit in 2022, New York. Here’s What We Know

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Hochul Ready to Rev Up Ethics Overhaul to Clean Up After Cuomo, Senate Ally Says

The governor could strengthen the weak watchdog commission — or even replace it, as proposed by Manhattan Sen. Liz Krueger, who says stay tuned for a Hochul announcement. The Cuomo probe, meanwhile, offers a blueprint for reform.

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Letitia James Easily Clears Democratic Competitors From Attorney General’s Race

There’s no point of running a "hopeless race," political experts say. So the five Democrats who would have been competing against the incumbent have said their good-byes since she bowed out of the contest for governor.

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Tax-the-Rich Push Drives High-Stakes Cuomo State Budget Showdown

Federal aid and higher-than-expected tax revenues are enough to fill the pandemic budget gap. Progressives say more taxes are needed to repair COVID-19 damage while tax opponents argue a hike would drive high-earners from New York.

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Calls to Tax the Rich Abound. But What Exactly Does that Mean?

While Cuomo stalls action to close billions in budget gaps, some state lawmakers say it’s time for elite ultra-wealthy New Yorkers to pay more. Latest stats show the number New Yorkers making $5 million-plus grew to over 4,400 in 2018.

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Cuomo Plays Budget Waiting Game with NYC Potentially Billions in the Hole

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In Desperation, New York State Pays Up to 15 Times the Normal Prices for Medical Equipment

State data shows that New York is paying enormous markups for vital supplies, including almost $250,000 for an X-ray machine.

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Call for Cuomo to Free Ailing Prisoners as Virus Spreads

Legal Aid lawyers cite a handful of vulnerable, inmates dealing with cancer, diabetes and more as prime candidates for immediate release.

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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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New York Businesses Struggle With Debts After Reform Left Them Out

Gov. Cuomo outlawed high-interest cash advances for out-of-state companies that clogged state courts. But New Yorkers are still fair game.

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Meet the Company Reaping Big Bucks From N.Y.’s Budget-Busting Medicaid Surge

Gov. Cuomo blames NYC for rising insurance rolls — while the state pays Virginia-based Maximus dearly to decide which poor people deserve costly care.

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Two Pursue Primary Against GOP-Friendly Democratic Sen. Diane Savino

Challengers hope to use the Staten Island and Brooklyn incumbent’s Republican coziness against her. But two years later, do voters still care?

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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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Bail Law Fuels GOP Challenge to Democratic Reformer in Brooklyn Swing District

Southern Brooklyn State Sen. Andrew Gounardes faces at least one Republican betting that voters want a return to the tough-on-crime Marty Golden era.

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Booming Long-Term Care Industry Drives Budget-Busting Medicaid Cost Surge

While Gov. Cuomo demands NYC pay a greater share, insurers sign up patients by the thousands — sometimes for services they don’t actually get.

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Cuomo’s Recipe to Plug $6B Budget Hole: Everyone Shares Medicaid Pain

Proposed Medicaid changes could leave NYC on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars a year as governor put forward record $178.6 billion plan.

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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.