New York schools slow in spending federal aid

New York schools slow in spending federal aid

Schools in New York havve been slow to spend federal aid sent to them in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an anlysis released by an education advocacy organization on Tuesday found.  The report released by the New York Equity Coalition found school districts as of August 2022 have spent less than 10% of funding … Read more

Hochul will pick from 7 candidates for top New York judge

Hochul will pick from 7 candidates for top New York judge

It’s one of the potentially most consequential decisions Gov. Kathy Hochul has to make in the coming weeks: Who should lead New York’s top court and its court system? The state Commission on Judicial Nomination on Wednesday submitted seven candidates for Hochul to choose from for a nomination to the state Senate. By law, her … Read more

Why advocates want more oversight at New York nursing homes

Why advocates want more oversight at New York nursing homes

Advocates for older and vulnerable New Yorkers say more funding is needed for an oversight program at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.  More than half of the nursing homes and long-term care facilities in New York have not received a visit from a member of the state’s ombudsman program so far this year. It’s … Read more

Nutrition assistance will reach maximum level

Nutrition assistance will reach maximum level

New York households that receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are set to once again receive the maximum alloweable aid this month, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office on Friday announced.  The additional aid means a household of four people receiving $939 a month will see an additional payment of at least $95, Hochul’s office … Read more

Report finds NY home to largest income gap in U.S.

Report finds NY home to largest income gap in U.S.

New York state hosts the highest concentration of wealth in the United States and has the largest gap between rich and poor, a report released this month by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found.  The report, highlighted by the progressive Fiscal Policy Institute, could have broader implications ahead of the coming state budget … Read more

New York’s race for governor was also a costly one

New York’s race for governor was also a costly one

The campaign for governor this year was among the most costly, with millions of dollars in money injected into the race by outside entities seeking to sway the outcome.  The bulk of the money, about $11 million, came from billionaire Ron Lauder, who contributed to indepenent expenditure committees meant to burnish the Republican challenger, Rep. … Read more

New York lawmakers want to permanent daylight saving time

New York lawmakers want to permanent daylight saving time

Two state lawmakers in New York are trying to make daylight saving time permanent, ending the need to push clocks back an hour in the fall and forward in the springtime.  The proposal has united Democratic state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and Republican state Sen. Joe Griffo, who are both backing the measure that would need … Read more

Water infrastructure aid coming to New York

Water infrastructure aid coming to New York

Money from the federal infrastructure law approved earlier this year is beginning to flow into New York for water improvement projects in the state.  The first batch of projects is set to get underway with $176 million in financial assistance from the measure, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office on Thursday announced.  This initial round money will … Read more

Last-minute money floods New York’s race for governor

New York’s race for governor was also a costly one

Millions of dollars are flooding independent expenditure committees in New York in the final weeks of the campaign for governor as they seek to persuade — and bombard — voters with political messaging.  The money comes to New York as Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin has hoped to recapture the governor’s office for Republicans for the … Read more

Will enrollment still matter in race for New York governor?

Will enrollment still matter in race for New York governor?

For Republicans, it’s been a refrain heard since 2002: None of their candidates have won statewide elected office since George Pataki’s third term victory. Party enrollment has struggled to keep pace with Democrats and recently they were outnumbered by voters who are not enrolled in any party at all.  Rep. Lee Zeldin has faced an … Read more