New York

Long Island Immigration advocacy groups call for an extension of the Excluded Workers Fund at a rally at the Perry B. Duryea Jr. State Office Building in Hauppauge on Long Island Thursday Oct. 14, 2021.
Ani Halasz, director of Long Island Jobs with Justice

Immigrant advocacy groups on Long Island are demanding more funding for a state program that helped undocumented workers who lost income due to the pandemic. / Flickr

The federal program that is supposed to forgive student loans for workers who choose public service has failed in New York, according to a report from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. It found that of the 89,900 borrowers who applied for the federal public service loan forgiveness program in New York, just 1,099 received debt forgiveness.

The New York Capitol Building in Albany
Pete Dzintars / Flickr

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state has ended its opposition to a 2006 ruling from New York's highest court that required billions more to be allocated each year to schools to address inequities in the education system.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.
House Television via AP

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin of Long Island now has support from nearly all local Republican leaders to run for governor of New York. Zeldin secured the Chemung County Republican Committee endorsement this week, adding to his list of supporters.

New York governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a ceremony to sign a package of bills to combat the opioid crisis, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in New York.
Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

Governor Kathy Hochul said she has apologized to family members of nursing home residents who died at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York. The governor, in a weekly briefing on the state’s management of the coronavirus, also drew attention to another infectious disease — the flu — which she said may also pose a serious health threat this year.