Governor Kathy Hochul, elected for a full term, has 4 years to win in New York
October 27, 2022 – Syracuse, NY – Governor Kathy Hochul at an event to highlight Micron’s plan to invest in chip manufacturing in upstate New York. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)
November 10, 2022 —
Now that Kathy Hochul has won the full governorship, what will her full term look like? The governor offered some clues, but not many details.
Hochul in her campaign has focused on protecting abortion rights and pointed to the votes of her opponent, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, against certification of the 2020 presidential election. But she did not present a detailed plan of what she will do when she continues to lead the state in 2023.
Hochul, in her victory speech on election night, said she hoped to provide more job opportunities, such as the recently announced Micron Technology deal in Syracuse, which supporters say could create up to to 50,000 new jobs.
“We are going to build a where families can afford to raise their children,” said Hochul, who promised “well-paying jobs” from Long Island and New York and across upstate to Buffalo.
Hochul also said she wants to create more affordable housing and take action to reduce violent crime.
“To have the safety of walking the streets and riding our subways, with no illegal weapons on our streets,” she said.
Hochul and the legislature may have to revisit one of the governor’s signature pieces of legislation. After the United States Supreme Court struck down the 100 years regulating the carrying of concealed weapons, the governor and legislature quickly approved a new law that also sets new requirements for obtaining a pistol license. But a federal judge overturned a key provision of that law.
Zeldin has made the repeal of the State Bail Reform Act a centerpiece of his campaign. The 2019 law ended many forms of cash bail.
Hochul convinced the legislature in April to make changes to the law, adding more crimes to become eligible for bail again and giving judges more discretion over whether to detain a defendant before trial. But Hochul does not support overturning the law.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, who like many towns in New York is facing an increase in gun violence. She said Democrats going forward, including Hochul, need to do more to address public concerns about crime. But she said Republicans gained traction on the issue during campaigns not by coming up with a blanket plan but by trying to scare people away.
“When people peddle fear, it’s really demoralizing and it can suppress the vote,” Sheehan said. “And I think we have to fight back against fear.”
Hochul will have to publish a budget plan in a few months. More will be known about state finances when the Governor’s Budget Office releases its mid-year report. The economic slowdown and inflation could disrupt the plan, which was balanced when it was signed into law last April.
Report under state law was due Oct. 31stbut Hochul, speaking days before the election, said his analysts needed more time to work on it.
“Historically, it came out in November,” Hochul said. “It is really important to get this message across as soon as possible. So we’re working on it. »
The governor has yet to act on a bill passed by the Legislature to impose a two-year moratorium on certain forms of energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining that use repurposed older power plants. for electricity. Environmentalists are asking him to sign it. Liz Moran, with Earthjustice, said the measure would help the state meet its goals of reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change.
“It’s simple legislation,” Moran said.
The bitcoin industry and some unions are against the moratorium, saying it would prevent New York from creating more jobs in the industry. The governor has so far been coy about whether she will sign or veto the measure.
Hochul didn’t say much about her education plans, though she did approve a budget that increased school aid. During a debate on Spectrum News, she said she supports raising the state cap on the number of charter schools that can operate in New York, a stance that could cause conflict with the state and New York City teachers’ unions. She has not ruled out reimposing health-related mandates on schools if COVID-19 cases escalate or a new, stronger variant of the virus emerges.
And finally, Hochul will have to appoint a new chief justice to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, after Janet DiFiore resigned at the end of the summer. The governor, with four years to go now, has her chance to make her mark on the court, as well as all other aspects of state government.