En años anteriores, el gobernador y los líderes del Senado y la Asamblea —los proverbiales “tres hombres en una habitación”— trabajaron la maraña de proyectos de ley y resoluciones en un presupuesto ejecutivo, un proceso poco transparente. Si bien la óptica es diferente esta vez, algunos expertos en elaborar presupuestos dicen que no esperan que el proceso cambie drásticamente.
In years past, the governor and leaders of the Senate and Assembly—the proverbial “three men in a room”—worked the tangle of bills and resolutions into a budget, an often opaque process. While the optics are different this time, some budget experts say they don’t expect the process to change dramatically.
Hochul, who became the state’s first female governor after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in 2021, has worked hard to distance herself from her predecessor, and from what she has described as a toxic working culture in the Capitol.
The “Unity Map” was drawn by three civil rights legal groups—the Asian American Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Law and Social Justice, and Latino Justice—and features districts drawn to preserve a community’s political power, the organizers said, particularly important given the growth of the Asian population in the city according to last year’s census.
It’s official: Eric Adams is now the mayor of New York City. Already, our new mayor has been off to an almost dizzying start, part of a pledge to “Get Stuff Done” in his first 100 days. City Limits has been covering City Hall’s new leader for nearly two decades. Here are some highlights.
A Tale of Two Speakers? Adrienne Adams And Francisco Moya Both Declare Victory in Race to Lead Council
In statements Tuesday afternoon, both Moya and Adams, who are Queens Democrats, projected victory in the coming contest for speaker. The body will officially vote on one speaker—who essentially sets the legislative agenda and liaises with the mayoral administration—after its members are sworn in at the beginning of the year.
The news sets up a competitive primary for Assembly District 37, which includes Astoria, Sunnyside, Ridgewood, and Queensbridge, and iterates an increasingly familiar dynamic in Queens politics: a seasoned incumbent facing off against a relative political newcomer.
As of Nov. 30, according to a disclosure statement produced by the transition team, Adams had raised $993,478 from around 530 donors, including nearly 150 from outside New York City.
The speaker’s race—the Council’s own internal contest for electing its leadership—comes at a turbulent time, as the city attempts to rebound from the impact of the still-mutating COVID-19 virus. Each speaker sets the legislative agenda for the incoming Council and liaises between the lawmaking body and the administration.
The new report also details how former Gov. Andrew Cuomo used state resources, including personnel, to publish his 2020 book, flouting state policy in the process.