Mike Espy, the Mississippi Democrat running to unseat Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who has come under fire for comments she made about public hangings and making it difficult for her opponents to vote, is heading into Tuesday's runoff election on a platform of inclusiveness and diversity.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has announced that the New York State Common Retirement Fund is putting $50 million toward the federal Paycheck Protection Program, a component of the latest coronavirus relief package, and said his office will pursue an additional $100 million.
New York Attorney General Letitia James and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the Trump Administration from eliminating food assistance for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.
Distaste over Trump's first two years as president contributed to depressed Republican turnout, and massive Democratic votes, in key parts of Wisconsin, leading to Gov. Scott Walker's narrow 31,000-vote loss to state education chief Tony Evers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed dominion over the state Democratic party’s progressive wing earlier this week, in conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, when asked whether he supported the wrong candidate for Queens DA.
Coronavirus related deaths in New York have reached 965 and the state expects the number of fatalities to ultimately climb into the thousands before the pandemic abates. The governor has announced that all NYS On Pause measures will be extended for the next two weeks and directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home through April 15. He also announced that a new, less intrusive test has been developed by New York’s Wadsworth Lab; the launch of a new mobile testing site in the Bronx; free home delivery of pharmaceuticals; and free day care services.
The enacted New York state budget for fiscal year 2019-2020, approved on April 1, implements a permanent property tax cap — one of the few budget issues supported by both parties. The cap is projected to save taxpayers $189.9 billion over the next 10 years.