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Will she or won't she sign NY's cryptocurrency moratorium?

Kathy Hochul, wearing a blue suit, standing at a podium, with the American flag behind her.
Mike Groll
Office of the Governor
Gov. Kathy Hochul isn't saying whether she will sign the cryptocurrency moratorium passed in the legislature.

Gov. Kathy Hochul isn’t saying whether or not she will sign legislation being pushed by environmental advocates dealing with cryptocurrency mining.

The process of creating bitcoin relies on large amounts of energy, and plans to revive old coal-burning plants in the state to power crypto mining have been controversial. The legislation would temporarily ban energy-intensive cryptocurrency generating operations from setting up in retired fossil fuel power plants.

Hochul didn’t provide a clear answer whether she’d sign it.

“We'll be looking at all the bills very very closely," she said. "So we have a lot of work to do over the next, actually, six months.”

The first-of-its-kind moratorium legislation was initially drafted by Ithaca Assemblymember Anna Kelles. It was approved by the state senate in the last few hours of the legislative session last week.

Hochul’s progressive primary challenger, Jumaane Williams said he supports the measure. He criticized the Hochul administration for taking campaign contributions from the same cryptocurrency interests that have been lobbying against the legislation.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.
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