Latest Kathy Hochul News

New York appeals court hears arguments over the fate of the state's ethics panel

Feb. 16, 2024 16:55 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Months after a judge ruled that New York's ethics watchdog violated the state constitution because it was too independent, a state lawyer told an appeals court that officials had the right to create a corruption-fighting commission more insulated from the people it monitors. ...

Democrats cheer New York win as good omen for November. But is it enough to calm anxiety over Biden?

Feb. 14, 2024 15:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi's winning back his Long Island House seat could provide a blueprint for Democrat Joe Biden 's reelection campaign heading into November, demonstrating his party's strength in competitive suburban territory that also happened to be where Donald Trump...

New York stores are now required to post the extra charges for paying with a credit card

Feb. 12, 2024 17:30 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Businesses in New York are now required to clearly post exactly how much their products will cost if customers pay with a credit card, under a new state law that took effect Sunday. The consumer protection law means stores can no longer post a sign on a door...

Lawsuit claims National Guard members sexually exploited migrants seeking asylum

Feb. 09, 2024 17:41 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — National Guard members assigned to Buffalo-area hotels housing migrants awaiting asylum hearings are accused in a lawsuit of sexually exploiting the migrants, who described feeling especially vulnerable while living in unclean rooms, far from family and with little access to...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Feb. 08, 2024 13:57 PM EST

Advance Media New York. February 4, 2024. Editorial: In NY, it’s best of times for sports gambling, worst of times for cannabis It’s looking more and more like New York got mobile sports betting right. Wish we could say the same for the rollout of recreational...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Feb. 01, 2024 07:18 AM EST

Albany Times Union. January 30, 2024. Editorial: Throw this watchdog a bigger bone The Commission on Judicial Conduct deserves more funding than Gov. Hochul proposed for it. The work of the Commission on Judicial Conduct is vital to the functioning and...

New York governor nominates new police leader to agency that has struggled to diversify its ranks

Jan. 31, 2024 16:51 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has nominated a 32-year veteran of the New York State Police to be its new leader. If the state Senate agrees, Steven G. James would be the second Black person confirmed to hold the rank of superintendent and the third to lead the...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 25, 2024 07:19 AM EST

Albany Times Union. January 21, 2024. Editorial: Migrant crisis’ growing tab While New York’s bill to deal with the huge influx of migrants rises by billions, House Republicans stand in the way of an immigration deal they insist they want. By Gov....

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 18, 2024 07:12 AM EST

Albany Times Union. January 16, 2024. Editorial: Disorder in the court More can be done to reduce the amount of horrid behavior by New York’s judges, or at least bring it into public view sooner. Roughly a third of the people who dispense justice in...

New York governor wants to spend $2.4B to help deal with migrant influx in new budget proposal

Jan. 16, 2024 16:13 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Tuesday that she wants to spend $2.4 billion to help deal with the massive influx of migrants who have overwhelmed New York City's homeless shelters — addressing a damaging political issue for Democrats in her proposed state budget. ...