Albany lawmakers pass state budget that extends mayoral control, enacts modified ‘Good Cause’ protections

Albany lawmakers finally passed the state budget on Saturday, a plan that contained a two-year extension of mayoral control of New York City public schools, a deal to boost housing supply and some tenant safeguards.

Gov. Kathy Hochul took a victory lap Saturday afternoon over the passage of the roughly $237 billion spending plan, which was approved nearly three weeks after its April 1 deadline. It came nearly a week after Hochul announced a “conceptual” budget agreement between herself, state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie last Monday.