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Hochul: Full funding for public school foundation aid is a budget priority this year

Foundation aid, which is determined based on a formula established by the state legislature factoring in wealth, cost of living and the regional economics, was enacted in 2007 in response to a court ruling that the state’s funding of public schools was inadequate and unconstitutional.

Zeldin concedes to Hochul, with a warning: Albany should take note of voter dissatisfaction

“New Yorkers of all walks of life are sick of the attacks on their wallets, their safety, their freedoms and the quality of their kids’ education and are hitting their breaking point, as proven by these results,” Rep. Lee Zeldin said in a statement conceding the governor's election to Gov. Kathy Hochul.

NY school mask mandate to be lifted March 2

Gov. Kathy Hochul today lifted the state’s controversial universal mask mandate for K-12 schools, effective Wednesday, March 2.

Hochul’s ‘Winter Surge Plan 2.0’ extends mask mandate to Feb. 1, imposes new requirements on SUNY/CUNY campuses

With COVID-19 infections surging to new heights every day, Gov. Kathy Hochul rolled out updated strategies for controlling the virus in New York, where new cases have increased to 271 per 100,000.

NY imposes indoor mask mandate for public spaces unless vaccine is required to enter

New York has a new mask mandate. Effective Dec. 13, masks required in all indoor public spaces unless a COVID-19 vaccine is required to enter the space, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced this morning.

Omicron variant likely in New York, Hochul says

The omicron variant of the coronavirus, which has been labeled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization, is likely in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul said this morning. This comes as a Minnesota resident who tested positive for the variant had attended a convention in New York City.

Citing ‘warning signs’ of winter surge and new coronavirus variant, Gov. Kathy Hochul declares state of emergency in New York

The omicron variant has not yet been detected in New York, but “it’s coming,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said yesterday. Citing the new variant and "warning signs" of a winter surge, including COV1D-19 transmission rates the state has not seen since April 2020, the governor declared a new statewide state of disaster emergency.

Hochul orders universal masking in all schools, says she will pursue options for vaccine mandate for school employees

Gov. Kathy Hochul dove head-first into controversial waters on her first day in office with the announcement of a back-to school plan that includes a universal mask requirement in all schools, as well as pursuing options for a potential vaccine mandate for school employees, with a weekly testing requirement for staff who remain unvaccinated.