Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update.
In Albany, Governor Kathy Hochul offered her inaugural—and unless she wins re-election in November—her only State of the State Address. What will the Governor’s priorities be in the coming months? We’ll discuss.
Mrs. Hochul wasn’t the only laying out her agenda, though. The State of the State Address also serves as the unofficial start of the legislative session. The State Senate Republicans took the opportunity to lay out their “Take Back New York” agenda. In today’s program, we’ll let you what the GOP is proposing for the Empire State.
Then, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, has announced that his office will no longer prosecute certain types of crimes. From our position, that will only encourage more lawlessness.
Next, an intriguing piece of legislation was recently signed into law. It is poised to empower citizen advocates in New York, and frankly, we’re a little surprised that legislators and the Governor even allowed it. Stay tuned, and we’ll fill you in on the details.
Finally, we’d like to stick a pin in the pot proposals that localities were considering late last year. How many municipalities decided to opt out of marijuana shops and pot lounges in their communities?
Let’s get started.