Hochul contemplates special session in Albany as she weighs state work permit program

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday said she’s entertaining the prospect of calling for a special session of the state legislature to deal with New York’s worsening migrant crisis, while emphasizing her administration is looking at granting migrants work permits at the state level.

Hochul said she spoke with both state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday about the possibility of calling state lawmakers back to Albany to tackle the challenges caused by the influx of over 113,000 migrants to the city. The special session would take place outside the regular legislative calendar, which runs from January through early June.