New York Capital Brief:

New York City Leaders Voice Support for Attorney General James’ ‘HealNY’ Statewide Tour, Delivering Funds to Combat Opioid Crisis

Elected Officials and Advocates Across New York City Praise AG James’ 
Continued Efforts to Deliver Funds for Opioid Abatement to Five Boroughs

NEW YORK – After New York Attorney General Letitia James began her statewide ‘HealNY’ tour today and started delivering the first of up to $1.5 billion to combat the opioid epidemic, elected officials and community leaders across New York City came out and expressed their support for her work delivering funds to the five boroughs.

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Governor Hochul Signs Legislation Package to Combat Opioid Crisis

Governor Kathy Hochul today at John Jay College signed legislation (S.911/A.2354, S.1795/A.533, S.2523/A.868, S.6044/A.128, S.7228/A.5511) aimed toward reducing drug-related overdose deaths across New York State and encouraging those suffering from addiction to seek help in their recovery.

“Addiction can impact any family, suddenly and harshly – those who find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle are there through no fault of their own,” Governor Hochul said. “This is a personal battle for me and I am proud to be able to combat the opioid crisis by signing these bills into law. There is no shame in seeking help for substance use and I want to let all New Yorkers know that we are here for you. Treatment should always be accessible for those who need it.”


Hochul Leads Democratic Field in First Major Poll of N.Y. Governor’s Race

A Marist College poll found that voters favored Gov. Kathy Hochul over potential primary rivals, including the state attorney general, Letitia James.


Federal judge denies NYC teachers’ request for injunction on vaccine mandate

A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday declined to block enforcement of New York City’s vaccine mandate for public school employees, denying a request for a preliminary injunction from a group of 10 teachers, at least one of whom was denied a religious exemption from the policy.

Statement from Governor Kathy Hochul on Preliminary Injunction Against Vaccine Mandate:

“My responsibility as Governor is to protect the people of this state, and requiring health care workers to get vaccinated accomplishes that. I stand behind this mandate, and I will fight this decision in court to keep New Yorkers safe.”