Budget Rundown + Mayoral Race Intensifies

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NYS Budget News

  • Gotham Gazette outlines how the State budget will impact New York City specifically.
  • Governor Cuomo’s proposed cuts to Medicaid, which would have  hit hospitals most affected by Covid-19, were eliminated in the final budget.
  • The State budget includes an increase of $1.3 billion from last year’s funding for New York City schools, as well as a commitment to fully fund Foundation Aid,  a formula meant to provide funds to high-needs schools but which has been neglected for years.
  • Although federal and state funding kept NYCHA in the black for 2020 and 2021, the housing program projects a $300 million shortfall for 2022.
  • The budget included a $2.1 billion fund for mostly undocumented workers that have been excluded from federal COVID relief. However, there are gaps in the program.
  • The budget passed a $2.4 billion rent relief program that - if implemented correctly - will help millions of people pay back rent. But it failed to provide relief for New Yorkers without housing.

Other Local News

  • New York City schools are relaxing slightly the rules that would trigger automatic closures under Covid protocols.
  • President Biden announced that the waters off of Long Island and New Jersey would be a designated wind energy area, which could enable the production of 9 gigawatts of wind turbines, or 30% of the city’s energy.
  • At an event celebrating the reopening of Coney Island, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul dodged questions about the investigations into Governor Cuomo’s misconduct.


  • The Working Families Party is nearing a decision on its mayoral endorsement. It has already said it will only consider candidates receiving public financing.
  • The United Federation of Teachers hosted a forum with four mayoral candidates–Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley, Andrew Yang, and Eric Adams–ahead of the union’s endorsement decision.  
  • Shekar Krishnan, a candidate for Council District 25 (Jackson Heights) who has received a number of progressive and labor endorsements, was accused of union busting at a legal services organization in 2018.
  • Stephen Ross, the billionaire developer behind Hudson Yards is funding a super PAC aimed at backing a moderate mayoral candidate. The PAC has not endorsed a specific one yet.
  • Maya Wiley is distancing herself from the ethics scandals that surrounded Mayor De Blasio while she served as his general counsel, insisting that her advice was not followed.
  • Conservative, anti-Palestine City Council member Kalman Yeger (D-Borough Park) is running unopposed in all three primaries–Democratic, Republican, and Conservative–in his district, all but guaranteeing that he will be the only name on the ballot this year.
  • Andrew Yang held a press conference with the founder of Turbovax, which according to NY1 was emblematic of his policy platform’s reliance on the private sector to provide public services.
  • Republican congressman Lee Zeldin from Long Island announced he’s joining the 2022 race for governor of New York.

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