Latest Kathy Hochul News

More omicron detected as hospitals strain under delta surge

Dec. 04, 2021 23:56 PM EST

New York announced three more cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the number of state cases linked to the new variant to eight. “The omicron variant is here, and as anticipated we are seeing the beginning of community spread," state...

Omicron coronavirus variant found in multiple US states

Dec. 02, 2021 22:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The omicron variant of COVID-19, which had been undetected in the U.S. before the middle of this week, had been discovered in at least five states by the end of Thursday, showing yet again how mutations of the virus can circumnavigate the globe with speed and ease. ...

US started inquiry into Cuomo sexual harassment claims

Dec. 02, 2021 21:55 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice began a civil inquiry in August into sexual harassment claims made against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York officials disclosed Thursday. The exact nature of the inquiry and its current status was unclear. ...

Live updates: California reports 2nd omicron case in 2 days

Dec. 02, 2021 21:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES — California is reporting its second confirmed case of the omicron COVID variant in as many days. The Los Angeles County public health department says a county resident is self-isolating after apparently contracting the infection during a trip to South...

New NY health commissioner takes over from embattled Zucker

Dec. 01, 2021 22:50 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's new state health commissioner stepped into the role Wednesday, at a time when COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise in the state. Mary Bassett, a former New York City health commissioner, spent 17 years developing AIDS prevention...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Dec. 01, 2021 18:18 PM EST

New York Post. November 29, 2021. Editorial: New Yorkers shouldn’t have to pay SEVEN TIMES the cost for their schools as other cities As New Yorkers know better than anyone, everything costs more here. But seven times more? Alas, yes — at least...

Governor, NYC health commissioner recommend masks indoors

Nov. 29, 2021 16:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers are urged to wear masks in indoor public settings as scientists work to learn more about the newly identified omicron variant of the coronavirus, the governor and New York City’s health commissioner said Monday. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a...

US Rep. Tom Suozzi says he's running for New York governor

Nov. 29, 2021 11:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi said Monday that he is running for New York governor in next year's election, joining a competitive primary race that became wide open when former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned. Suozzi told reporters on a virtual news...

NY awards first round of vax scholarships for kids 5 to 11

Nov. 27, 2021 16:00 PM EST

ALBANY. N.Y. (AP) — Ten preteens from around New York have won the first round of state college scholarships for 5-to-11-year-olds who get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Saturday. The youths' names were drawn by lottery after their parents or...

Half of NY's $2.4B in rent aid held up 6 months after launch

Nov. 27, 2021 00:31 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly $1 billion meant to cover back rent for New Yorkers who suffered economic hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic still hasn't made it into the hands of tenants six months after the program launched. That's led to exasperation, especially...