Why Mayor Adams is optimistic state lawmakers will crack down on retail theft amid impasse over raising penalties

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday expressed confidence that Albany will find a way to crackdown on retail theft this budget cycle, despite Gov. Kathy Hochul and state legislative leaders being at odds over how to do so.

The issue is one of several where Hochul disagrees with state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on how to address — divisions which have driven the three to blow past their April 1 deadline for delivering an on-time Fiscal Year 2025 spending plan.