Albany Agenda

Albany Agenda

Antisemitism review at CUNY sparks anxiety for free speech, public education advocates

Gov. Kathy Hochul appointed former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to look into discrimination at New York City’s public colleges.


New York’s progressive chief judge joins with conservatives to expand DNA searches by law enforcement

In a 4-3 decision, Chief Judge Rowan Wilson ruled that the Commission on Forensic Science has the authority to allow law enforcement to search DNA databases to find partial DNA matches from relatives of potential suspects.

Health Care

Filling in the gaps left by federal child care funding running out

State Sen. Jabari Brisport has reupped his Universal Child Care Act for next year.

Albany Agenda

Ready to hire: Hochul announces 18,000 potential job openings for migrants in New York

Hospitality and food service companies were the biggest group of employers to enroll in the state program.


Crackdown on loophole allowing some stores to sell THC products draws complaints

The hemp cannabinoid industry fired back that new regulations approved by the Office of Cannabis Management are causing more harm than good to small businesses.

Albany Agenda

Brouk rolls out doula care proposals

A new report from the state senator recommends how best to support the nonclinical professionals who have been key to improving childbirth outcomes, especially for women of color.

Albany Agenda

A growing number of current and former NY lawmakers are running for Congress

In 2022, Democrats trying to jump from the state Legislature to the House lost. Republicans had better luck.

New York State

As lawmakers prepare for Somos, how is Hochul’s relationship with Puerto Rico?

The governor hasn’t had much of a chance to make connections of her own, and lawmakers and experts have ideas for how she can go beyond the status quo.

New York State

At convention, NY GOP awkwardly backs both Trump and Ukraine

Party Chair Nick Langworthy likened Ukraine’s civilian resistance to the GOP’s struggle, while he invoked a Putin-friendly former president.

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New York State

Long Island takes center stage at GOP state convention

The GOP playbook this fall depends on replicating their 2021 success in races in Nassau and Suffolk counties.


New York congressional redistricting is the ultimate Rorschach test

Albany Democrats have been very artful with the shapes of new districts across the Empire State.

New York State

Kathy Hochul’s Penn Station plan faces another roadblock

The city planning commission is the latest group to cast doubt on the governor’s revised proposal.

New York State

How a Republican lawsuit against Democrat-led redistricting could play out in court

The lawsuit will likely hinge on a 2014 constitutional amendment aimed at preventing partisan gerrymandering.


How will new legislative districts impact New York’s DSA?

It’s a mixed bag for democratic socialists running to be in the state Legislature.

New York State

The voice of the once-powerful New York GOP continues to fade

Assembly lawmakers limited debate speaking time, further restricting Republican opportunity for obstruction.

Health Care

How New York could cover its 1 million uninsured residents

A new report models several options – other than the New York Health Act – that the state could take to expand health care access.