After a White House meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump ended in impasse, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew Albence came to the Capital Region to appeal to state lawmakers to reverse a new law that has caused the federal government to ban New York residents from its Trusted Traveler program.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an expected package of limo safety legislation this week, putting into place new reforms and safety standards for the limousine industry after similar proposed measures stalled last year.
The first three hours of Tuesday's nine-hour hearing on transportation proposals in the 2021 Executive Budget were devoted to a conversation between lawmakers and representatives from the Metropolitan Transit Authority — which has been in a state of uncertainty amid restructuring and changes in leadership after a 2017 meltdown of the New York City subway system caused Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare it a state of emergency.
The 2021 Executive Budget would commit $175 billion to a five-year infrastructure plan investing in transportation, green energy, economic development, schools, affordable housing and more — but not everyone agrees with the governor’s math or how the funds would be appropriated.
The state administration has announced a series of actions to raise awareness and prepare New Yorkers in response to an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced two confirmed cases in the United States.
Despite spending about $36 million to reduce the subway homeless population, the homeless situation in the subways has grown significantly worse since 2013, according to an OSC audit released earlier this month, in part because the New York City Department of Homeless Services has neglected to monitor a non-profit that has repeatedly failed to conduct the outreach it was hired for.
The state Assembly passed a package of legislation Tuesday that will create additional regulations and requirements for the limousine industry, on the same day an identical package was passed in the Senate.
The state Senate passed a series of uncontroversial bills in a short 15-minute session on Monday, approving legislation related to veterans services and public restrooms while clarifying legislative language on a number of earlier bills. The chamber will meet again Tuesday to consider a limousine safety package pushed by survivors of the 2018 Schoharie crash.