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New York Capital Brief:
December 10, 2020


Fauci Approves NY’s ‘Critical Hospital Capacity’ Metric

Governor Cuomo was joined virtually by Dr. Anthony Fauci,  head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to deliver a joint warning to New Yorkers in light of the upcoming holiday...

Meet Hodes & Landy’s Legislative Intern, Olivia!
November 30, 2020


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 staff of a State Senator and serving on a NY Congressional ca...

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 seats, the largest majority and the first Democratic supermajority in Stat...

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 to pick up two additional seats to reach the veto-proof...

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 S...

New York Capital Brief:
November 05, 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, the final tabulation of mail-in-ballots will determine the results in several too-clo...

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 governments, schools,...

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 Les...

New York Capital Brief:
October 07, 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 Roc...

New York Capital Brief:
October 01, 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...