State lawmakers from both chambers listened to testimony last month from agencies and advocates regarding funding of Human Services programs in the FY 2021 Executive Budget proposal. During the fourth of 13 joint legislative hearings on the governor’s proposed budget, legislators heard from the state offices of Children and Family Services, Temporary and Disability Services, and Aging, as well as the Division of Veteran’s Services, the only of the four agencies facing proposed funding cuts.
The governor has announced an emergency rental assistance program to help keep low-income New York families in their homes during the ongoing pandemic. Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday.
The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has approved $52 million for the final phase of construction for new digital communication systems on the authority’s transmission lines, improving the efficiency and reliability of the state electricity system.
Democratic leaders in Albany announced earlier this week that an agreement has been reached on a series of historic changes to state rent regulations meant to strengthen protections for tenants across the state, close key loopholes and address economic inequality.
Over the objections of real estate developers and landlords, both chambers are expected pass the comprehensive package today, Friday, June 14 — just one day before existing rent regulations are set to expire.