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At least one local elected, a union and a community organization applauded a state committee’s rejection of Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s chief judge nominee in a narrow vote last week. more
The City Council unanimously approved Councilman Eric Dinowitz’s bill on Jan. 19 to develop and manage a program to assist students with disabilities who are seeking to go to college. more
‘You know what’s more expensive for families than even paying their rent? Childcare,’ said Gov. Kathy Hochul, who visited the Bronx Children’s Museum Jan. 11 to speak about her plan to make child care fairer and  more affordable. Bronx borough president Vanessa Gibson, deputy city council speaker Diana Ayala, state Sen. Luis Sepulveda, assembly members Amanda Septimo, Latoya Joyner and Yudelka Tapia and Bronx Children’s Museum founding executive Carla Precht were in the audience. more
Gov. Kathy Hochul last week outlined how she plans to make New York “a more affordable, more livable and safer” state by investing in crime prevention, climate change mitigation, affordable housing and emerging technology. more
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has warned lawmakers they will soon hit a fiscal cliff due to a decrease in ridership among other things. But there may be some help coming from Albany. more
New York congressmen Ritchie Torres, who represents greater Riverdale, and Dan Goldman Tuesday filed an official ethics complaint with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics against incoming Rep. George Santos. more
Despite growing opposition to her Court of Appeals chief judge pick, Gov. Kathy Hochul has continued to strongly defend Justice Hector LaSalle. But her unwavering position has pitted her against some of her strongest allies in labor. Leaders of three unions rallied in the Capitol recently to let the governor know that if she doesn’t make things right, she can’t count on their support. more
U.S. Rep. Ritchie Torres took his comments about the embattled Long Island Rep.-elect George Santos to another level Dec. 30 when he introduced a bill that would punish candidates who lie to the public. more
The New York City Districting Commission recently published online the new city council district maps, which will be in place for the next decade. Over the course of eight months, the commission spent more than 100 hours redrawing lines after having received more than 13,000 submissions from the public and hosting 20 public meetings. more
With the new legislative session just weeks away, state lawmakers are gearing up to begin the hard and often arduous work of trying to turn their budding bills into laws. more
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