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Meet Hodes & Landy’s Legislative Intern, Olivia!

Olivia Vecchio has joined the H&L Team as a Legislative Intern to assist with all aspects of bill tracking and analysis, media monitoring, and special projects. Olivia is a current student at the University at Albany, SUNY, studying global political science and brings along experience from her time working on the […]

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New York Capital Brief: November 25, 2020

NYS Senate Dems Declare Historic Supermajority This morning, nearly three weeks after Election Day with a record number of absentee ballots counted, Hudson Valley incumbent Senator Pete Harckham declared victory.  The conclusion of this year’s most costly NYS legislative race ensures the Senate Democrats a minimum of 42 of 63 […]

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New York Capital Brief: November 19, 2020

Several Democrats Declare Victory in Key Senate Races This week, six Democrats declared victory in highly contested New York Senate races, bringing the Democrats closer to reaching a supermajority and quite possibly the largest Democratic majority in the New York’s history. Currently, the Senate Democrats hold 40 seats and need […]

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New York Capital Brief: November 12, 2020

Cuomo Announces New Statewide Restrictions On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced new statewide COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms, and residential gatherings in New York State. Effective November 13th at 10pm, any establishment licensed by the State Liquor Authority, including restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys, must close their dining areas at 10pm. Gyms […]

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New York Capital Brief: November 5, 2020

Mail-in Voting Impact on NYS The stakes remain high for both Democrats and Republicans in NYS legislative races, as the Democrats look to gain a supermajority in the State Senate and expand their party’s influence in the State Assembly.  Although many candidates hold generous leads after the conclusion of early and in-person voting, […]

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New York Capital Brief: October 29, 2020

The Countdown to November 3 With a current $15 billion budget deficit in New York, Governor Cuomo and lawmakers continue to hold out for federal aid before acting on final deficit reduction measures. As a temporary stopgap measure, several months ago Cuomo began withholding a portion of funding for local […]

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New York Capital Brief: October 15, 2020

Cuomo Releases Book: American Crisis In March, Governor Cuomo gained national attention when New York became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as New York’s positivity rate hovers around 1%, Cuomo gives what he calls a “halftime review” in his new book American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. […]

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New York Capital Brief: October 7, 2020

Cuomo Announces Cluster Action Initiative This week, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of the Cluster Action Initiative in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in concentrated areas within Brooklyn, Queens, Orange and Rockland counties. Instead of using the nine ZIP codes where COVID cases are skyrocketing, Cuomo has created […]

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New York Capital Brief: October 1, 2020

Cuomo Announces New COVID Smartphone App Governor Cuomo announced today the launch of a new mobile contact tracing app called COVID Alert NY. The app will notify users if they’ve been potentially exposed to a COVID-19 positive person. Ballot Printing Error in NYC Confuses Voters The week, nearly 100,000 Brooklyn residents […]

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New York Capital Brief: September 24, 2020

Comptroller Audit – Millions in Medicaid Overspending This week, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released five audits of the Department of Health’s Medicaid program that identified approximately $706.6 million in “unnecessary, improper, or questionable” payments. These audits come just as Governor Cuomo and the Legislature contend with solutions to […]

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