Latest Kathy Hochul News

Superstorm Sandy group eyes ballots, insurance surcharges and oil fees to fund resiliency projects

Jul. 19, 2024 17:30 PM EDT

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — A 2% surcharge on property insurance policies, mandatory fees on the oil and gas industries, and holding a public referendum are ways a public-private group formed in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy recommends to pay for projects to protect New Jersey from the next big...

Storms flood the Ozarks and strand drivers in Toronto. New York community is devastated by tornado

Jul. 17, 2024 21:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Another wave of severe storms pummeled a wide swath of the United States and Canada, leading to flash floods and water rescues Wednesday in the Ozark Mountains, dropping a tornado that ravaged a community in upstate New York and stranding drivers in high water around...

Rhode Island tackles housing shortage by making it easier to add rental units on to homes

Jul. 02, 2024 17:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A new state law designed to streamline the process of developing accessory dwelling units — also known as “granny flats” or “in-law apartments” — is being hailed by advocates as a way to create affordable living spaces amid an ongoing housing crunch. The...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jun. 27, 2024 13:27 PM EDT

Albany Times Union. June 25, 2024. Editorial: No hiding flaws of proposed mask ban Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal for a new ban on face coverings raises irresolvable constitutional and enforcement concerns. When she took office during the COVID-19...

NYC's transit budget is short $16 billion. Here are the proposed cuts, as the governor seeks funds

Jun. 26, 2024 17:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's public transit system will stop work on a planned subway line expansion and retreat from other maintenance and improvement projects because of a $16.5 billion shortfall caused by Gov. Kathy Hochul's decision to halt a plan to fund the projects through “congestion”...

Man who police say urged 'Zionists' to get off NYC subway train faces criminal charge

Jun. 26, 2024 16:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who demanded that “Zionists” identify themselves on a New York City subway train during a protest over the Israel-Hamas war, then suggested that they get out, was charged Wednesday with attempted coercion, a misdemeanor, police said. A video showing the...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jun. 21, 2024 20:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press” — Mitch Landrieu, national co-chair of President Joe Biden's reelection campaign; Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D. ___ CBS’ “Face...

New York moves to limit 'addictive' social media feeds for kids

Jun. 20, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed a bill that would allow parents to block their children from getting social media posts suggested by a platform's algorithm, a move to limit feeds critics argue are addictive. Under the legislation, feeds on apps like TikTok and Instagram...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jun. 20, 2024 14:11 PM EDT

Albany Times Union. June 13, 2024. Editorial: A wounded watchdog The state’s ethics body keeps suffering legal losses as lawmakers and the governor sit idly by. The cynical joke in state political circles is that a weak and ineffective ethics...

New York requiring paid break time for moms who need to pump breast milk at work, under new law

Jun. 19, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York moms returning to work after giving birth will now get paid break time when they need to pump breast milk at their jobs, under a new law that took effect Wednesday. Gov. Kathy Hochul said the law requires employers in the state to provide a half hour...