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Hochul touts green infrastructure in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — New York’s new governor, Kathy Hochul, stopped by Lake Placid on Friday afternoon as part of a series of appearances around the state to highlight state-funded environmental projects during Climate Week. “I didn’t need too much of an excuse to come back here,” said ...

New York hospitals, schools fear staff shortage from vaccine rules

NEW YORK — Some of the nation’s most aggressive COVID-19 vaccine mandates are scheduled to take effect Monday in New York amid continued resistance from some to the shots, leaving hospitals and nursing homes across the state and schools in New York City bracing for possible staff ...

Hochul eyes foreign labor for short-staffed hospitals

ALBANY — Bringing health care workers from the Philippines and other countries to replace unvaccinated New York hospital and nursing home staffers is being considered to help facilities with their labor needs, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday. She said approval for temporary visas would have ...

New York health chief, defender of Cuomo policies, resigning

ALBANY — New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who was a leading defender of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has submitted his resignation, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday. Hochul thanked Zucker for his service and said he has agreed to stay on until the ...

Hochul gets pushback over state budget plans

NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul inadvertently started negotiations for the next state budget Tuesday afternoon during an announcement about the state’s efforts to combat global warming during Climate Week, drawing fiscal pushback from Republicans. Hochul will speak with legislative leaders ...

Hochul announces plan to address school bus driver shortage

ALBANY (AP) — New York is taking steps to address a mounting shortage of school bus drivers across the state. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sunday announced several short-term and long-term initiatives, including opening up new testing sites for commercial drivers license applicants, expediting ...