Hochul unveils ‘conceptual’ $237B state budget deal focused on housing, retail theft, illicit weed shops

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday afternoon announced the “parameters of a concept agreement” for a $237 billion Fiscal Year 2025 state budget — two weeks past the spending plan’s April 1 deadline.

But while Hochul said she, state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie all agreed to the tentative deal she announced in a Monday afternoon news conference, the state Senate was reportedly still debating the details of a housing plan at the same time.