A four-point Albany guide to the State of the City


With help from Shawn Ness

New York City Mayor Eric Adams delivers his third State of the City address at Hostos CoCommunity College in the Bronx on January 24, 2024.

Mayor Eric Adams gave his 2024 State of the City address highlighting homelessness and the migrant crisis. | Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

State government’s biggest players weren’t physically present at New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ State of the City address in the South Bronx today. It was a session day in Albany after all — but they were clearly on the mayor’s mind.

It was a largely positive speech that felt like a reelection campaign kickoff — the financial cost of housing and serving migrants was mentioned only briefly.

In it, though, Adams directly appealed to Albany to act on housing, cannabis and schools, reiterating the legislative agenda he’s laid out for this session.

Here are the top four things Albany insiders could take away from Adams’ speech:

1. Missing in action

Gov. Kathy Hochul, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins passed on

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