Tag Archives: Kathy Hochul

NY Gov’s Proposed Budget Allows Casinos For NYC

Gothamist reports: Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed a $216 billion state budget Tuesday that would provide bonus payments to health care workers, bolster funding for schools and clear the way for casinos in New York City. Hochul’s spending plan comes as the state is in a relatively strong financial position, thanks to a large influx of federal aid and stronger-than-expected tax …

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NY Gov Backs Permanent Okay On To-Go Cocktails

Gothamist reports: New York Governor Kathy Hochul wants to permanently legalize the sale of cocktails to-go as part of a small business recovery plan outlined in her first state of the state address Wednesday afternoon. “Thousands of bars and restaurants, the souls of our neighborhoods, have had to close,” Hochul said. “We’re also going to do something bars and restaurants …

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New York Gov To Float Term Limits For New York Govs

The New York Times reports: Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York will propose a limit of two four-year terms on governors in her first State of the State address on Wednesday, a move that could allow Ms. Hochul to distance herself from her scandal-marred predecessor, former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who held outsize power for over a decade. The proposal, …

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New York Gov Extends Mask Mandate Through Feb 1st

The New York Daily News reports: As New York continues to ride a relentless COVID wave into the new year, Gov. Hochul on Friday extended a statewide mask mandate for businesses through at least the end of January and reported another day of record-breaking positivity numbers. At the close of a year of vaccine jabs and squashed dreams of post-pandemic …

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New York State Breaks Daily Record For New Cases

New York City’s NBC News affiliate reports: The state reported a new single-day high of 67,090 cases on Wednesday, a 64.5% increase in just the last day, Gov. Kathy Hochul said. The unprecedented total came amid a recent high in the number of daily tests — 362,594 — for a positivity rate of 18.5%. Hospitalizations are escalating exponentially, too, rounding …

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NYC Schools First In Line To Get COVID Test Kits

Gothamist reports: New York Governor Kathy Hochul said the state is expecting to receive millions of additional COVID-19 tests by the end of this week, and will make most of them available to school districts, including one million kits—each with two tests—for New York City’s schools. “They can be in hand for the school districts to be able to deploy …

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New York Makes Faking Vax Records A State Crime

The New York Daily News reports: Producing or using a fake coronavirus vaccination card has become a state crime in New York thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Hochul late Wednesday. The bill, which was inked along with a package of other pandemic response-related measures, makes the falsification of a coronavirus vaccination card a class A misdemeanor. …

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NY Gov Orders 37M Home Tests For Free Distribution

The New York Daily News reports: New Yorkers will soon be able to get tested for COVID-19 at subway stations or in the sanctity of their own homes free of charge, Gov. Hochul announced Wednesday, as state and city officials scrambled to ramp up testing amid an explosion of new infections ahead of the holiday weekend. Hochul said her administration …

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New York Opens Dozens Of Pop-Up Vaccination Sites

Gothamist reports: As COVID cases surge in New York ahead of anticipated holiday travel, the state is offering dozens of vaccination pop-ups starting this week, including in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. “The winter surge is in full force, but we are not defenseless. We have the tools to fight this virus and its variants: Get vaccinated, …

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NY Gov Announces $9.5B Makeover Of JFK Terminal

Gothamist reports: New York’s busiest airport is in line to receive a $9.5 billion facelift. Governor Kathy Hochul and Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton on Monday unveiled the latest plan to overhaul John F. Kennedy International Airport, replacing a pair of existing terminals with a 2.4 million sq. ft. Terminal 1 that will have 23 gates catering to international …

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NY Gov Issues Statewide Indoor Face Mask Mandate

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Hochul issued a statewide mask mandate on Friday, ordering the use of face coverings in all New York businesses that do not require proof of vaccination, as the state grapples with a winter wave of coronavirus cases that continues to stretch hospitals thin. The directive will enter force on Monday and last for …

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New York AG Letitia James Drops Bid For NY Governor

The New York Times reports: Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, announced on Thursday that she was dropping out of the governor’s race and running instead for re-election. Her decision upends the high-profile race for governor and further solidifies Gov. Kathy Hochul’s standing as the early front-runner. “I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my …

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NY Governor Takes Preemptive Action Against Omicron

New York City’s NBC News affiliate reports: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency ahead of potential COVID-19 spikes this winter due to the already-circulating Delta and newly-identified Omicron variants of coronavirus. The declaration, which goes into effect on Dec. 3, will allow the state to acquire pandemic-fighting supplies, increase hospital capacity and fight potential staffing …

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NY Gov Calls For NYC Workers To Return To The Office

New York City’s CBS News affiliate reports: Gov. Kathy Hochul is calling on people who work in New York City to come back to the office. She says she wants to see employees return early in the new year to bolster the local economy. “How about this New Year’s resolution? That in the days after New Year’s that we say, …

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NY Child Vax Incentive: Chance For Full College Ride

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Hochul wants school kids to give it the old college try when it comes to getting a COVID vaccine. New York is raffling off 50 full free rides to either a SUNY or CUNY college as part of the state’s latest enticement to get immunized, Hochul announced on Tuesday. The incentive program, dubbed …

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NY Gov Unveils Plan To Remake, Rename Penn Station

Gothamist reports: Governor Kathy Hochul plans to forge forward with a redesign of Penn Station and the surrounding neighborhood, but will put her own spin on the project first proposed by her predecessor Andrew Cuomo. “This area is is the beating heart of our city,” Hochul said during a press conference Wednesday, noting it’s the busiest transit hub in North …

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New York AG Letitia James Launches Bid For Governor

The New York Times reports: Letitia James, the New York attorney general who oversaw the inquiry into sexual harassment claims against former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that ultimately led to his resignation, declared her candidacy for governor on Friday, setting up a history-making, high-profile matchup in the Democratic primary. She begins the campaign as Gov. Kathy Hochul’s most formidable challenger, …

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New York AG Letitia James To Launch Bid For Governor

The New York Times reports: Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, is preparing to announce as soon as Thursday that she will run for governor, according to six Democratic leaders briefed on her plans. Ms. James, her chief of staff and key political advisers began informing allies in the state’s labor unions and Democratic political circles in recent days that …

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New NY State Regs Allow Growing Marijuana At Home

Gothamist reports: New York’s Cannabis Control Board issued regulations Thursday to allow medical marijuana users and their caregivers to grow their own supply at home. The proposal, now open to public comment for 60 days, would permit the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants in a private residence. The regulation will take effect after the commentary period closes and …

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NYT: De Blasio Planning To Run For New York Governor

The New York Times reports: Mayor Bill de Blasio has begun to tell people privately that he plans to run for governor of New York next year, according to three people with direct knowledge of his conversations with fellow Democrats and donors. Mr. de Blasio, who has been a polarizing figure during his two terms in office, has also sounded …

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