County Sheriff's raise concern about recent officer deaths
County Sheriff's raise concern about recent officer deaths

Sheriffs from across the state gathered in the New York State Capitol today calling on lawmakers to "end open season on police officers."

New York state budget almost across the finish line
New York state budget almost across the finish line

The final budget plan makes it way towards the finish line in Albany.  

Medicaid spending increases New York State budget total
Medicaid spending increases New York State budget total

Medicaid in this years budget drives spending increases.

Big budget drama in Albany
Big budget drama in Albany

Challenges continue to surround the New York State budget that is more than two weeks late.

Jill Stein launches her New York ballot access drive
Jill Stein launches her New York ballot access drive

As the presidential election gets closer, Green Party candidate Jill Stein is trying to get herself on the ballot in New York.

Hochul reaches conceptual budget agreement with legislative leaders
Hochul reaches conceptual budget agreement with legislative leaders

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a conceptual agreement with legislative leaders on the New York State budget.

New Yorkers stand in solidarity for immigration rally in Albany
New Yorkers stand in solidarity for immigration rally in Albany

Advocates are calling for the passage of a few bills they feel will help immigrant communities.

Advocates camp out in New York State Capitol
Advocates camp out in New York State Capitol

Some advocates in Albany are rallying against a plan that could potentially impact Medicaid program services for chronically ill and disabled individuals.  

New federal regulations on forever chemicals
New federal regulations on forever chemicals

This week the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced new regulations on certain forever chemicals.

Democrats continue to push for good cause eviction in the final budget
Democrats continue to push for good cause eviction in the final budget

Good Cause Eviction is the name of a potential policy in the budget that intends to set limits on how much landlords can raise rent and prohibit eviction without good reason.  

A push for increased Medicaid funding in the final budget plan
A push for increased Medicaid funding in the final budget plan

For weeks advocates have been traveling to the capitol in Albany – rallying for more Medicaid funding in the final budget plan.  

A look at cancer prevention in the state budget
A look at cancer prevention in the state budget

As the budget continues into overtime, some advocates and lawmakers rally for cancer prevention, early detection and medical debt to make into the final budget plan. 

Hundreds gather in Albany to watch the solar eclipse
Hundreds gather in Albany to watch the solar eclipse

As the moon covered the sun during a solar eclipse in Albany, hundreds of people gathered on the Empire State Plaza to take it all in.  

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Gov. Hochul provides update on education budget talks
Gov. Hochul provides update on education budget talks

Education has been one of the biggest issues in the budget this year but it seems that lawmakers and the Governor have overcome their biggest hurdle which is changes to foundation aid.

A look at retail crime in the New York State Budget
A look at retail crime in the New York State Budget

Combatting retail crime is a continued topic in Albany.

Assembly Speaker says the New York Heat Act is 'on the table' amidst budget negotiations
Assembly Speaker says the New York Heat Act is 'on the table' amidst budget negotiations

A policy measure to transition the state away from gas heating continues to be a popular topic among budget talks in Albany. 

Short term rentals in budget talks
Short term rentals in budget talks

Lawmakers in Albany are trying to create a registry for short term rentals.

Education remains a focus in budget talks in Albany
Education remains a focus in budget talks in Albany

Foundation aid—the state’s main education operating formula could see changes during budget talks in Albany.  

A measure to put high speed internet access in homeless shelters
A measure to put high speed internet access in homeless shelters

Lawmakers in Albany are trying to improve access to internet in homeless shelters.

Hundreds rally in Albany for the New York Heat Act
Hundreds rally in Albany for the New York Heat Act

Hundreds of advocates gathered in the New York State Capitol calling for climate justice.  

Housing remains a big topic in the New York State budget with its deadline days away
Housing remains a big topic in the New York State budget with its deadline days away

While the budget approaches it’s April 1 deadline, lawmakers continue to negotiate a deal on housing. 

Brain injury survivors and advocates hoping for support in the state budget
Brain injury survivors and advocates hoping for support in the state budget

Advocates rally for funding in the state budget for continuum of care for brain injury survivors. Some share their personal stories.

State budget proposal to close five state prisons
State budget proposal to close five state prisons

Five state prisons could be closed in the empire state, pending a proposal in the state budget.

Legislation to protect kids online
Legislation to protect kids online

Online safety for children is a priority for some legislative leaders and state lawmakers.

New York looks to ban another type of fracking
New York looks to ban another type of fracking

New legislation in Albany tries to expand the states fracking ban.

Gov. Hochul expands access to birth control
Gov. Hochul expands access to birth control

Birth control just became easier to access in the state, following an order from the Governor and the Department of Health Commissioner.

Housing remains big topic among budget talks in Albany
Housing remains big topic among budget talks in Albany

Lawmakers in Albany continue their effort to address the housing crisis in the state budget, after they failed to come to an agreement with the Governor last year.  

New York Heat Act makes way into state budget process
New York Heat Act makes way into state budget process

Some lawmakers add the New York Heat Act into their budget proposals ahead of negotiations.

State budget makes progress in Albany
State budget makes progress in Albany

This week lawmakers in Albany present their budget priorities.

A push in Albany to make childcare more affordable
A push in Albany to make childcare more affordable

A 'Blueprint for Childcare' is the name of a plan Republican lawmakers have introduced in the Assembly attempting to address affordability.