The state legislature—which officially ended its session last week, though the Assembly is expected to return briefly before the end of the month—has so far failed to pass major legislation that advocates say would have a direct impact on the state’s growing immigrant communities.
“We’re at a point where the state needs to begin adopting policies at breakneck speed to meet our climate law mandates,” said Liz Moran, New York policy advocate for Earthjustice. “So far we are headed in the right direction, but there’s still much more to do and we’re looking forward to seeing some of that leadership from the governor.”
Gov. Hochul’s plan to ramp up construction across the state has emerged as a sticking point in delayed budget talks—making now the time, some lawmakers say, to push for the deal to include renter protections like “good cause” eviction. “You try to resolve some thorny issues within a final budget if you can,” said Manhattan Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal.
But Carl Heastie says the next move in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the federal government’s to make.
The sponsor of an Assembly measure that would sharply constrain the use of financial bail says she is optimistic her proposal will become law now that Democrats control the State Senate.
‘New legislation shifts schools from punitive, zero-tolerance approaches to discipline, towards restorative approaches that keep students in class and build stronger relationships between students, educators and families.’
The races for three Assembly seats and one Senate district drew between 2 percent and 6 percent of active registered voters.
Rolando Cruz and Jarrett Murphy |
District 74 covers most of the Lower East Side, the East Village, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill and some of Midtown East. The preceding assemblyman, Brian Kavanagh, left office to take a seat in the State Senate.
For only the second time in a decade, voters in the Assembly district covering parts of the Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights neighborhoods could see a contested race in the fall, though not in an April special election.
What makes less sense: the city paying to provide security at ritzy private schools, or lawmakers from six hours away having a say over the MTA?