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Gov. Hochul and city officials have decided not to wait for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 to be detected in New York State.

On Friday, Nov. 26, Hochul, under her emergency powers, signed a declaration to allow the Department of Heath to limit nonessential and nonurgent procedures for hospitals of systems where the availability of inpatient beds falls below 10 percent of capacity “or as determined by the Department of health based on regional and heath care utilization factors.”

Gov. Hochul on Monday morning announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will not be increasing fares in the near future and that service cuts being planned for 2023 and 2024 have been taken off the table thanks to a coming infusion of federal infrastructure money.

Hochul’s remarks, according to a press release on her official website, were made at  Albany International Airport as she was headed to Washington, DC, to attend President Biden’s signing of the estimated $1.2 trillion package.

 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is temporarily ceasing preparatory work on the controversial $2.1 billion LaGuardia Airport AirTrain project.

“At Governor Hochul’s request, the Port Authority is undertaking a thorough review of potential alternative mass transit options to LaGuardia Airport,” the agency said in a press release Tuesday afternoon. “The agency will work in close consultation with independent experts and stakeholders, and will complete its work as expeditiously as possible, consistent with the need for the review to be thorough and rigorous. During the review, the Port Authority will pause further action with respect to the LaGuardia AirTrain project.”

Just prior to a well-publicized outdoor press conference on Monday featuring opponents of the LaGuardia AirTrain, Gov. Hochul announced that she directed the Port Authority to examine alternatives that get more people to and from the airport while also getting them out of their cars and onto mass transit.

But many of the participants were just as interested in what Hochul’s statement did not say as what it did.

Congestion pricing — the imposition of new fees on drivers headed into most of Manhattan via routes that are now toll-free — appears to be mov…

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While Kathy Hochul may have spent her first week as governor distancing herself from disgraced Andrew Cuomo, her first test arrived her second week as she called the Legislature back into an emergency session to address a looming eviction crisis.

Last week Hochul gave her first address in which she outlined her priorities, several of which involve reforms to change the culture in Albany under the Cuomo administration.

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In the course of 14 years, the Empire State has had Govs. Eliot Spitzer (2007 to 2008), David Paterson (2008 to 2010) and Andrew Cuomo (2011 to 2021) leave office in scandal. Now, perhaps more than ever, New York needs someone to steady the ship as it continues to deal with another spike in coronavirus cases because of variants, a homeless crisis, a rise in crime and a lack of affordable housing that could lead to thousands of tenants in the Big Apple and across the state to being evicted from their homes.

After the Briarwood-born and Queens-bred Cuomo resigned from office on Aug. 11, 16 months shy of finishing the end of his third term (Dec. 31, 2022), and losing all the momentum from his early handling of Covid-19, which could have set him up for a possible presidential bid for 2024, because of allegedly sexually harassing 11 women, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will succeed him in two weeks.

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Gov. Cuomo announced Tuesday that he will step down from being New York’s chief executive amid an ongoing sexual harassment scandal, setting in motion a cascade of relief among the majority of Queens Democratic legislators who had been calling for his resignation.