Latest Kathy Hochul News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 05, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

New Yorkers can apply online for IDs with “X” option

Aug. 04, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers who want a driver's license with an “X” gender identity marker can now apply online and skip the line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday that New Yorkers can go to the state DMV website to change their gender...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 04, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

Dunkirk Evening Observer. August 1, 2022. Editorial: LEGISLATURE Why not let voters decide on number? It makes sense why legislative Democrats want to decrease the number of Chautauqua County legislators. With Republicans holding a 15-4 majority on the...

States boost child care money as congressional effort stalls

Jul. 31, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Difficulties in finding affordable child care cost Enoshja Ruffin her job three years ago. The mother of six was let go from her position as a counselor for kids with cerebral palsy after she missed three shifts because she had trouble finding babysitters. After...

New York City declares monkeypox a public health emergency

Jul. 30, 2022 21:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials in New York City declared a public health emergency due to the spread of the monkeypox virus Saturday, calling the city “the epicenter” of the outbreak. The announcement Saturday by Mayor Eric Adams and health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan said as many as...

Shark sightings get more common at New York beaches

Jul. 29, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — As bathers cooled themselves in the Atlantic surf on New York's Fire Island last Wednesday, Reily Winston held up a smooth dogfish shark his friend had just caught fishing off a pier in an inlet behind the beach. He briefly cradled the bloodied shark in his hands before...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 28, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Auburn Citizen. July 24, 2022. Editorial: Be wary of candidates who hide their views We’ve often written in this space about the importance of voter participation in making our nation’s democracy most effective, but lately we’ve been thinking about the other...

Investigators: Attacker 'did not know who' Zeldin was

Jul. 23, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

A man accused of attacking New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin during a recent campaign rally told investigators he’d been drinking that day and didn’t know who the congressman was, authorities said as the man was arrested on a federal assault charge Saturday. David...

Lee Zeldin, GOP nominee for NY governor, attacked at rally

Jul. 22, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for New York governor, said Friday he wasn't immediately alarmed when a stranger joined him onstage during a campaign rally because the man wore a hat indicating that, like Zeldin, he'd served in the military. Then...

New California gun control law mimics Texas abortion measure

Jul. 22, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California punched back Friday against two recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions as Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a controversial, first-in-the-nation gun control law patterned after a Texas anti-abortion law and urged other states to follow suit. He...