A look at New York State Governor Cuomo’s executive orders and laws he changed since the declaration of a state of emergency in New York.
July 21, 2020 In a series of upset victories against long-time incumbents in the State Assembly, Emily Gallagher has defeated 46-year incumbent Joe Lentol in Brooklyn, Phara Souffrant Forrest has defeated Walter Mosley in Brooklyn, and Zohran Mamdani has defeated Aravella Simotas in Queens.
July 17, 2020 Jamaal Bowman has been declared the victor over long-time incumbent Eliot Engel in the NY-16 Congressional race.
July 16, 2020 Marcela Mitaynes, a socialist tenant organizer based in Sunset Park, has defeated 26-year incumbent Felix Ortiz for State Assembly.
July 14, 2020 Mondaire Jones has been declared the victor of the Democratic Congressional primary for NY-17, all but ensuring that he will be one of the first openly gay African-American members of Congress. He is part of a wave of progressive insurgent challengers that have won electoral victories this year.
June 30, 2020 Due to the immense number of absentee ballots in this election cycle, the process of counting these ballots has been delayed until July 8 by the Board of Elections.
June 25, 2020 With this year’s primaries, the left wing of the Democratic Party continues to build on AOC’s surprise victory from two years ago. Also, the NYC chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has emerged as a formidable power player in NY State politics.
June 24, 2020 While it’s still too early to call yesterday’s primary races due to the large number of absentee ballots that need to be counted, it looks like progressive insurgents are leading in a lot of key races in NY while leftist incumbents such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julia Salazar are holding their seats with strong leads.
The June primary is still slated for June 23rd. If you are a registered voter in New York City, you can apply for an absentee ballot online. You can check out this elections update from AI member, NYIC.
The New York State Presidential Primary was reinstated by a Judge in which the New York State Attorney General Leticia James, later appealed that decision.
May 6, 2020 Judge reinstates New York State Presidential Primary
April 28, 2020 Congressional and local primaries will still be held on June 23rd, even though the Presidential Primary is cancelled, and all New Yorkers will be sent an absentee ballot application. Read more about what you should know about absentee voting.
April 24, 2020 Due to public health concerns, Cuomo announced that he will issue an executive order to mail ballot applications to every New Yorker. Recipients of the application will have to complete it and mail it back to the Board of Elections to receive an absentee ballot in the mail.
The State Legislature is in session this week, mostly through virtual means from home or their offices – to take up hundreds of bills, although budgetary and fiscal issues likely will not be addressed.
The State Legislature has before it a bill that would discourage abusive lawsuits filed with the sole purpose of silencing critics.
The State Legislature unveiled three bills that would protect all tenants from eviction, cancel rent and mortgage debt for unemployed tenants and homeowners, and provide immediate relief to re-house homeless New Yorkers.
One hundred State Senators and Assemblymembers have signed a letter supporting increased taxes on the richest New Yorkers to help close the state’s $13 billion budget gap.
The State Assembly passed two bills: one that would prohibit immigration-related civil arrests against anyone traveling to or from a court proceeding, and another that would expand New York’s rape statutes.
The State Legislature is holding a series of joint legislative hearings in the coming weeks. The joint legislative hearings include:
- July 28: Examining the impacts on higher education in the upcoming academic year
- August 3 and August 10: Reviewing rates of infection and mortality in residential health care
- August 11: Evaluating systemic voting issues and primary turnout
- August 12: Analyzing rates of infection and mortality in hospitals
- August 13: Exploring the impacts on unemployment insurance, workplace safety standards, and the federal Payroll Protection Program
- August 14: Reflecting on the effects on veterans
- August 25: Assessing impacts on the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which runs the subway system in New York City
The State Legislature will hold a hearing tomorrow at 10am to review the state’s new independent redistricting process.You can find information and the link to view the hearing here.
The State Legislature will reconvene session in Albany on July 20th.
The State Legislature also announced that it will hold hearings in July and August to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the state.
State legislators unveiled three bills that would protect all tenants from eviction, cancel rent and mortgage debt for unemployed tenants and homeowners, and provide immediate relief to re-house homeless New Yorkers
New York State cuts substance abuse treatment funds by 31% due to the State’s budget shortfall.
New York State taps $20 million in Family First Act funding to prevent aging out during pandemic.
Governor Cuomo has announced that there is no set deadline for when the Division of Budget will announce the cuts to the State budget.
The New York Conference of Mayors has said that 74 million dollars in Aid and Incentives for Municipalities or (AIM) funding will be withheld to 12 cities in New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order declaring Juneteenth a holiday for state employees, and said he will propose legislation making the day an official state holiday.
New York State legislators have given little support to New York City’s plans to borrow up to $7 billion to fill revenue gaps, hindering de Blasio’s efforts to reach a budget deal by the end of the month.
New York State legislators are planning to hold hearings on how COVID-19 hit nursing homes across the state. At least two hearings are expected to be held in early July to review what governmental policies and provider practices contributed to poor outcomes.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report that showed the State collected $766.9 million less in taxes in May than it did a year ago, a nearly 20% decrease.
Last week, the New York State Legislature passed the repeal of 50-a, granting the public access to police disciplinary records, along with other police reform legislation.
The State Legislature also voted to establish a special prosecutor’s unit to investigate police-involved deaths, codifying and expanding an executive order issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo five years ago.
The State Legislature will be considering more legislation that further aims to change policy and procedures for law enforcement, including one aimed at “demilitarizing” police.
Governor Andrew Cuomo reaffirmed his plan to withhold state aid for localities that do not enact policing reform measures by next year.
New York State Legislature announced they are working on bills related to recent protests and unrest and will continue their session next week.
The New York State Legislature convened and passed a series of legislation that dealt with the coronavirus crisis, and several bills codified parts of executive orders that Governor Cuomo issued in response to the pandemic. It also included a measure that would let New York City borrow as much as $7 billion to fill a budget hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Cuomo and State Legislators are facing advocacy from union leaders to pass tax proposals affecting only top bracket earners to make up for approximately $13 billion in revenue loss stemming from COVID-19.
Governor Cuomo and budget officials are hoping the U.S. Senate will take up a bill House Democrats passed earlier this month that is largely in line with New York’s requests, including billions in unrestricted aid to states, before making any State budget decisions.
In case you missed it, check out City and State’s profile of NYS Budget Director Robert Mujica.
As per an executive order issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo last month, June 9th is the scheduled public vote on proposed school budgets that will be conducted by absentee ballots only.
An executive order signed by New York State Governor Cuomo will allow ballots for votes on school district budgets and board candidates to be hand delivered through 5 p.m. June 9 and received by mail through June 16.
The New York State Senate introduced legislation to repeal 50-a, a controversial statute that has enabled New York law enforcement agencies to block the public’s access to police disciplinary records, and is voting on it today.
This week, the State Senate and Assembly are expected to pass a number of policing reforms. You can view yesterday’s committee agendas in the Senate and Assembly. Yesterday the following passed:
New York State announced a freeze to more than $1 billion in spending in response to decreased revenue.
New York State launches $100M New York Forward Loan Fund for small businesses, nonprofits with fewer than 20 full-time employees
The State Legislature held a hearing on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority communities. You can view the recording of the hearing.
The State Senate is reconvening this week to work on a dozen bills intended to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
May 19, 2020 The state Senate plans to reconvene next Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since passing the state budget in April. It remains to be seen whether the Assembly will do the same, but a two-way deal appears to be in the works on a dozen bills intended to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
Yesterday, the State Legislature held a hearing on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority communities. You can view all the submitted testimonies here.
Last week, the State Legislature held a hearing on the federal response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses in New York State. You can watch the recording here.
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the Legislature will likely not reconvene in earnest until it’s known if New York is getting direct stimulus aid.
The New York State Legislature is holding a joint hearing on the federal response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses in New York State on May 13th. There will also be a hearing on May 18th on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the disparities in communities of color. Oral testimony is by invitation only and individuals invited to participate will be notified within 48 hours of the hearing.
New York State Legislature announced that it will hold two virtual joint hearings to address the impact of COVID-19 in New York State.
April 24, 2020 The state Legislature has made tentative plans to return to session within the next two weeks to deal with legislation related to COVID-19.
April 17, 2020 The State Legislative calendar is still up in the air. The Legislature might reconvene at the end of April but lawmakers have no further details.
Governor Cuomo said the State will need tens of billions of dollars from the federal government to avoid cuts to health care and education.
Here are some key points on the Enacted Budget Financial Plan that was released by the New York State Division of Budget.
April 8, 2020 The State Budget gave the Governor the authority to adjust the budget in a rolling fashion throughout the year in order to respond to the state’s financial situation. The reassessments will take place at three points during 2020. April 30 is the end of the first “measurement period” when the projected revenue will be compared to updated estimated revenue.
The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics has released a staff proposal of revisions to the Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations and Source of Funding Regulations. Informal comment from both the regulated community and the general public before beginning a formal rulemaking process can be submitted to Carol Quinn, Deputy Director of Lobbying Guidance at email@example.com.
What Advocates are Doing
Nonprofit New York is leading an open letter to the City to center black and people of color led organizations in reallocating policing funds. You can sign your organization to the letter here.
The Chinese-American Planning Council and several organizations are leading a “Fund Social Services, Not the NYPD” letter in light of this weekend’s NYPD activity, and in light of a FY21 budget that cuts social services but maintains the NYPD.
Nonprofit New York is leading a memo in support of A10208/S8169, which would establish the coronavirus pandemic small business and not-for-profit organization loan program. We recommend nonprofits be exempt from the 100 employee cap for loan eligibility. If you would like to sign on to the memo, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Neighborhood Houses and several organizations have a sign-on letter for the HOPE Act, which would help states, counties, cities and tribal governments to better use modern technology to make it easier to enable struggling Americans to quickly access multiple unemployment, food, and anti-poverty benefits.
The Human Services Council is working hard at the City, State, and Federal level to make sure nonprofits and our staff have the support they need to continue their lifesaving work through COVID-19. You can support the effort by calling on our elected leaders each week on Fight for the Frontlines Friday.
The Human Services Council and the NYCETC has a survey to understand whether or not the Small Business Association’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP) has benefitted organizations within the human services sectors and workforce development organizations. You can complete the Nonprofit Data Collection for COVID-19 Advocacy: Payroll Protection Program (PPP) to help with that effort.
The Chinese American Planning Council and many human services providers are coming together to lead a sign-on letter to make sure the City knows that human services and the workers that provide them are essential during COVID-19 and during our eventual recovery. You can sign-on to the letter by May 6.
Nonprofit New York is leading a call to action at the City level to call on City legislators to protect City Council discretionary funding for communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Nonprofit New York is leading a call to action at the state level to call on State legislators to require business interruption insurance to cover COVID-19 losses for nonprofits and small businesses.
Asian American Federation created a website for their member and partner agencies.
Human Services Council Rapid Response Page and FAQ’s. HSC works closely with our government partners to connect human services organizations with information and access related to disaster preparedness. We will work hard during this period to provide you with up-to-date resources for human service providers from reliable sources. HSC has been asked to assess the demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the social services sector. Please complete the following survey to help us get a sense of the need in the sector.
Nonprofit New York is leading a letter calling on the New York City Council to include nonprofits in economic recovery efforts and assure FY20 Council appropriations will be honored. You can sign on to the letter and participate in a social media campaign with this toolkit by the Chinese American Planning Council.
What the State is Doing
April 7, 2020 The State released guidance for contracted nonprofit human services providers. The guidance outlines performance requirements for funding during COVID-19.
Governor Cuomo issued guidance on essential services which includes many social service providers.
What the City is Doing
City Takes Steps to Stabilize Human Services Nonprofits
Mayor’s Guidance for Health and Human Service Contracts, which includes payment on contracts, increased cash advances, reimbursements.
Mayor’s Office FAQ for Contracted Health and Human Service Providers
Comptroller’s letter to Deputy Mayor Fuleihan