2018 New York state legislature

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The State Senate races are among the closest contests in New York on November 6th. Democrats need just one seat to take the majority away from Republicans. Spending on the races is growing intense, and accusations are flying.

Now that the 2018 legislative session is in the rear view mirror, what should New Yorkers think? 

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers on Wednesday busily passed bills on the final day of New York’s 2018 legislative session, but as the final evening approached they were unable to reach agreement on many major issues.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver his budget Tuesday, and the news is not expected to be good. The state faces a more than $4.4 billion budget gap, as well as funding cuts and policy changes from Washington that could cost New York and some of its taxpayers billions of dollars.

New York state Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan and other Senate Republicans detail their tax cut agenda for 2018
Karen DeWitt

Republicans in the New York state Senate say that, despite the more than $4 billion structural deficit, taxes need to be cut further and a property tax cap must be made permanent.

Monday was the first full day of session in the New York State legislature, and lawmakers have a lot to contend with, including a multibillion dollar budget deficit, as well as the beginning of an election year.