‘Glass half full’ for Mayor Adams on likely state budget deal that fell short on some of his top priorities

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday said he is viewing the tentative state budget agreement Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the night before from a “glass half full” perspective when considering which of his priorities were included and excluded.

While many groups voiced dissatisfaction with the burgeoning Fiscal Year 2025 state budget deal Hochul unveiled on April 15, Adams was quick to give the plan a thumbs up. He applauded its inclusion of reforms he says will help the city build more desperately needed housing, new measures to crack down on unlicensed smoke shops and an extra $2.4 billion in migrant crisis aid — $500 million more than the state ponied up last year.