New York has a final spending plan in place that uses federal funds and higher than anticipated tax revenues to fund record spending on items like infrastructure, child care and support for education and health care workers.

Governor Kathy Hochul signed the $220-billion budget Saturday, April 9, a week after the start of New York’s fiscal year.

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A big hurdle to the timely passage of the budget was the issue of criminal justice reform as the administration took continued backlash from 2019 bail reform measure that did away with cash bail for many crimes and was being roundly blamed for an increase in crime in the state.

Saturday, Governor Hochul pointed out $90-million is contained in the new budget to address issues with discovery disclosures and support pre-trial services.

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The bills also include expanding the number of crimes where bail could be assigned included more gun offenses and repeat offenses.

The final legislation also closes the “Raise the Age” loophole that saw many cases dismissed as 16 and 17-year-olds that were charged with serious crimes as juveniles turned 18 while waiting for trial.

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