Latest Kathy Hochul News

Bitcoin-mining power plant raises ire of environmentalists

Oct. 16, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed environmentalists. It uses its own power...

NY moving women, trans inmates from Rikers to state lockups

Oct. 13, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly all female and transgender inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex will be temporarily transferred to state lockups, a move officials touted Wednesday as a way to relieve strain on the city’s failing jails but that advocates slammed as a “rushed,...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Oct. 13, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

Advance Media New York. October 10, 2021. Editorial: Choose healing over division. Remove Syracuse’s Columbus statue The people and ideas a community celebrates in its public spaces reflect our values, our aspirations and our times. Our times...

Rail link to LaGuardia Airport put on hold after criticism

Oct. 12, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A $2 billion project to build a rail link connecting New York City to LaGuardia Airport was officially put on hold Tuesday, after weeks of criticism from public officials and a lawsuit from neighborhood and environmental groups. In a news release, the...

Religious vaccine exemption stays for NY health care workers

Oct. 12, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York health care workers will be able to seek religious exemptions from a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a lawsuit challenging the requirement proceeds, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Judge David Hurd in Utica had issued a temporary...

Columbus Day Parade returns to NYC after 2020 cancellation

Oct. 11, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The annual Columbus Day Parade returned to New York City on Monday after being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Marching bands and floats traveled up Fifth Avenue as spectators waved green, white and red Italian flags. Organizers...

Home care workers face deadline to get vaccinated in NY

Oct. 08, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Home health aides who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccination are barred from working with patients in New York as of Friday under a new state mandate that one industry group warned could lead to thousands of caregivers losing their jobs. The mandate,...

The Latest: Pennsylvania virus cases rise among vaccinated

Oct. 08, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The proportion of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated Pennsylvania residents has risen sharply in the past month, although the shot remains broadly protective. That’s according to new statewide health data. The latest...

Offshore wind backers announce plan to boost jobs in NY

Oct. 08, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Backers of a planned offshore wind farm announced an $86 million contract Friday to train workers and build infrastructure in New York. The proposed 122-turbine Sunrise Wind farm will need several hundred large structures, including concrete...

New York decriminalizes syringes, eases up on naloxone

Oct. 08, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has decriminalized the possession and sale of hypodermic needles and syringes as part of new laws signed this week by Gov. Kathy Hochul that supporters hope will reduce the number of people who die of drug overdoses. New York state already...