Kathy Hochul

Election 2022: Kathy Hochul navigates campaign homestretch

On Halloween night, Gov. Kathy Hochul met voters at Veselka in the East Village Ukrainian restaurant.

Hochul was told by one woman, “You’re doing an amazing job,” as she stopped at their table.

ECONOMY, SMALL BUSINESSES, and TAXES

Over a thousand restaurants were forced to close in New York City due to the COVID pandemic. It’s not surprising that New Yorkers rank the economy high on their list of top issues as they head to the polls.

Hochul stated that “we have a billion dollars to revitalize our small business, especially here in Manhattan. They’re still not recovering.” They are not where they used to be. We’re here to help them.

Hochul did not promise to lower taxes in the next year, but she said she would.

Hochul stated that they aren’t raising their taxes. Hochul noted that they will make it easier for them to survive, as they are part of our identity. These small businesses are what we are as New Yorkers.

CRIME, ILLEGAL GUNS, and POLICE FUNDING

Hochul has mainly focused her campaign on the right to abortion and stopping the flow of illegal weapons into the city.

Hochul stated at a rally Monday that Hochul didn’t want to tell people that he has a tough-on crime plan but that he is soft on guns.

New York City saw a decrease in murders and felony attacks last month, compared to 2021. Every other category of crime saw an increase, including grand larceny, rape, and robberies. Hochul asked us how she intends to combat these types of crimes.

Hochul stated, “I will continue to work with local law enforcement. I’m going to support

the police. I’m going to fund the police. Making sure they have money from the state that they’ve never had before.” “I tripled our funding for law enforcement programs.” I am helping mayors in Syracuse and Rochester, Buffalo, and Albany, and wherever they need my assistance.

While Democrats are more popular than Republicans in the state, Hochul’s lead in polls

has fallen from double to single figures in recent weeks. Hochul was asked why she thinks this race is so close.

Experts say Hochul waited too much in her campaign to concentrate on crime and economics, which gave momentum to her Republican opponent, Rep. Lee Zeldin.

Hochul replied, “It’s happening everywhere in the country. There’s anxiety out there.” “I get that. People are still getting to know me. I’ve only been here for about a year. But I work hard. “I’m fighting for New Yorkers.”

COVID TESTING CONTROVERSY

Hochul was criticized for allegedly paying twice the amount required for COVID testing during the heights of omicron.

Hochul stated that she did everything possible to obtain the test kits in her debate against Zeldin. “I’m glad that I did because we got them back to school in New York. They did not return to New York in other locations.

There is however a bill on the governor’s desk, which would require that the state comptroller review all state contracts before their approval. This could prevent something similar from happening again.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli made a statement urging the governor to sign the bill. He stated that it would help protect taxpayers against fraud and abuse.

DiNapoli stated that “by reviewing contracts before they’re awarded, my office helps to ensure the integrity and protect taxpayers and agencies.” “Both houses passed legislation in the 2022 legislative session that will statutorily restore our oversight of certain state contracts, and ensure that crucial oversight checks are in place. This legislation should be signed by the Governor.

Hochul however did not agree to sign the bill as it stands.

Hochul stated, “That hasn’t been in place over the last decade.” Hochul said, “I’m going take a look at it with him. We’ll also look at any legislation that comes my way, but for now, I have always followed the rules. “I will always follow the rules.

If she is pressed, will she sign the bill again?

Hochul stated, “We’re working on the details.”

HOCHUL & HISTORY

Hochul is not afraid of a challenge.

Governor, she was elected during turbulent times in New York’s recent history. Gov. Andrew Cuomo quit amid multiple scandals. Hochul, at the time lieutenant governor, only had two weeks to set up her administration.

A little over a year later, she’s still on the campaign trail convincing voters that she’s ready for the next four years.

Hochul, if she wins, will be the first woman to be elected to a full term as governor of New York. Hochul stated that she hopes her leadership will be an example for young women but her work will speak for itself.

Hochul stated, “I didn’t come here to make historical records as the first female governor.” Hochul said, “I came to make a difference.” That’s how I will be judged for many years to follow.”

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