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

New York advocates push the “All-Electric Building Act”

New York advocates push the “All-Electric Building Act”

During a media briefing on Monday, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) stated that it expects wholesale electricity prices to sharply rise this winter, which is in line with estimates from National Grid and other utilities. Upstate New Yorkers can expect heating bills to rise 30% or more over the next few months. Heating … 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

Newly elected NY Republicans not rushing to embrace Trump

Newly elected NY Republicans not rushing to embrace Trump

Former President Donald Trump appears ready to launch another bid for president, promising an announcement on Tuesday. However, not all Republicans from New York — including some of those who just got elected to Congress in formerly Democratic seats — are racing to embrace him. Mike Lawler, in an interview with Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight,” … Read more

The Biden and Trump factor in New York’s midterm elections

The Biden and Trump factor in New York’s midterm elections

A 2024 rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump is still far from a certainty, but the 2022 midterm results could be a foreshadowing of their prospects. In New York State, like elsewhere in the country, Biden helped lift some Democratic candidates to victory while Trump was pushed away by some Republicans … Read more

New York could pave way for GOP takeover in the House

New York could pave way for GOP takeover in the House

Reliably Democratic New York state could end up paving the way for a Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives. The GOP flipped at least four congressional seats in the state on Election Day, inching the party closer to the net five seat gain they need nationally to secure control of the chamber. The … 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