August 31, 2021

Ripped From The Headlines: Hochul Sworn In & $3.5T Budget Passes First House Hurdle

Just after midnight on Monday, August 23, Kathleen (Kathy) Hochul was officially sworn in as the 57th (and first female) Governor of the State of New York. While there are many critical issues she must address, Hochul (in a brief 12-minute statement) specified a few of her top priorities which include: combating the dangerous Delta variant of COVID-19; sending emergency rental relief to qualified New Yorkers; and providing transparency, accountability and ethics in her administration. Since her swearing in, she has also made several key appointments, including NYS Senator Brian Benjamin to serve as her Lt. Governor. Benjamin is chair of the Senate Revenue and Budget Committee and represents Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Hochul also appointed Karen Persichelli Keogh as Secretary to the Governor and Elizabeth Fine as Counsel to the Governor. LICA seeks to maintain a strong relationship and open dialogue with our leaders in Albany and we look forward to working with the new members of the Hochul administration.

As Hochul was sworn in in Albany, heated debate about President Joe Biden’s proposed $3.5T budget was taking place among House Democrats in our nation’s capital. But by the end of Tuesday, House leaders had struck a deal with moderates and passed a vote (220-212) to move forward with drafting the plan this fall. This was a critical component to keep hope alive for the potential passage of the related $1T bipartisan infrastructure package (already passed by the Senate). As temperaments and the temperature in Washington changes frequently, nothing is certain – however we will continue to provide updates on other important federal budget and infrastructure package milestones.

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