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New York Capital Brief:
March 24, 2023


Budget Negotiations Gear Up

The General Budget Conference Committee, known colloquially as “The Mothership,” held its first meeting this Monday, officially kicking off budget negotiations for the fiscal year...

New York Capital Brief:
March 03, 2023


Encore for Former Budget Director

On Tuesday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of Robert Megna as New York State Budget ...

New York Capital Brief:
February 20, 2023


Governor Hochul’s State Budget Proposal

Last Wednesday, Governor Hochul proposed a $227 billion State budget, a plan that would increase direct aid to schools and health care networks, fund measures to bolster public safety and law enforcement, as well as expand hous...

New York Capital Brief:
January 26, 2023


NYS Hospitals to Reopen 850 Psych Beds

NYS-regulated hospitals have just three more weeks to submit their plans for reopening 850 psychiatric beds, following a directive announced by Governor Hochul during her State of the Sta...

New York Capital Brief:
January 12, 2023


Hochul Delivers State of the State Address

On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Hochul delivered her State of the State Address and released a 276-page briefing book outlining her goals for the 2023 legislative session. The speech was delivered in the Assembly Chamber to a crowd of legislators, statewide and local elected officials, staffers, and select guests and family members.  Also in attendance were the Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and State Comptroller.
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Happy Holidays!
December 21, 2022


The H&L team had the honor of providing some holiday cheer to a family in need through the Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families Adopt a Family Program!

New York Capital Brief:
December 21, 2022


Hochul: No Tax Increases

In a news conference this week, Governor Hochul declared that she would not consider tax increases in the upcoming State Budget process, saying that raising taxes would go against efforts to reduce the tax burden made earlier this year (i.e. rebate checks sent to property taxpayers and the faster phase-in of a tax rate cut aimed at middle-income earn...

New York Capital Brief:
November 23, 2022


Democrats Poised to Retain Supermajorities

The Democrats are on the brink of retaining their supermajorities in both the State Assembly and Senate, despite Republicans flipping several seats and coming closer to victory in the gubernatorial race than they have in decades.
Holding onto a supermajority of two-thirds of each chamber enables lawmakers to override gubernatorial veto’s and provides the legislature with greater ...

New York Capital Brief:
November 04, 2022


NYS Gubernatorial Candidates Seek to Boost Voter Turnout 

With less than a week until election day, Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and Republican challenger Rep. Lee Zeldin are focused on motivating their respective bases to “...

New York Capital Brief:
October 06, 2022


New Siena Poll: Hochul – 54% Zeldin – 37%

With just six weeks until Election Day, a new poll shows Governor Kathy Hochul widening her lead over Republican challenger Congressman Lee Zeldin. Governor Hochul holds a 17-point lead over Zeldin, 54-37%, up slightly from 53-39% in ...