Latest Kathy Hochul News

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...

Hochul: Order boosts hospital capacity ahead of new variant

Nov. 26, 2021 18:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bracing for a potential winter spike in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced an executive order intended to boost hospital capacity and address staffing shortages. The protocol comes amid warnings about a new and highly transmissible...

Long Island ER to reopen after resolving staffing shortages

Nov. 25, 2021 17:02 PM EST

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island emergency room will reopen Friday after resolving staffing shortages related to the state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. Mount Sinai South Nassau closed the Long Beach Emergency Department this week amid a...

Interior Department approves 2nd large US offshore wind farm

Nov. 24, 2021 16:42 PM EST

The Biden administration approved an offshore wind farm off the coasts of Rhode Island and New York on Wednesday as part of a plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it approved the construction and...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Nov. 24, 2021 15:17 PM EST

Albany Times Union. November 21, 2021. Editorial: Get facts before revising bail reforms From the start of the debate over criminal justice reform in New York, some people were simply against any substantive change. And with little more evidence than...

Hochul nominates judge from western NY for state's top court

Nov. 24, 2021 10:31 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A veteran judge from western New York was nominated Wednesday by Gov. Kathy Hochul to serve on the state's highest court. If Justice Shirley Troutman is confirmed by the state Senate, she will be the second-ever Black woman to serve on the Court of...

NY urged to launch endowment for public universities

Nov. 22, 2021 16:28 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is facing calls from faculty to boost the state's public university system by launching a university endowment — a step dozens of other states have taken. Lawmakers on the state Senate higher education committee held a hearing Monday as...