Kathy Hochul

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Hochul worked to complete her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and her JD from Catholic University. Hochul would later work as a legal counsel for U.S. representative John Laface, the U.S. senator Daniel Moynihan and the NYS Assembly. She would later work as Erie’s County Clerk from 2007 – 2011 and represented NY 26th District in Congress. By 2014 Hochul was chosen to serve as Cuomo’s Lieutenant Governor in 2014.  After Cuomo stepped down after his sexual misconduct allegations, Hochul became Governor of New York on August 24, 2021.

Key Issues

Public Saftey
Hochul was appointed by Governor Cuomo to co-chair the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force and spearheaded the Enough is Enough campaign which aimed to combat sexual assualt on college campuses. Hochul also established the Kathleen Mary House, a transitional home for victims of domestic violence, with her mother and aunt.
Civil Rights

Hochul has previously opposed a proposal to grant licenses to undocumented immigrants in New York and has has that she would have undocumented immigrants arrested if they applied for one in Erie County. Hochul has since reversed her position on the issue, as she supported the Green Light Law in 2019 which allowed undocumented immigrants to apply for New York driver’s licenses.

Housing

To combat homelessness, Hochul has proposed $25 billion to create 100,000 affordable homes, make 7,000 new supporting homes and legalizing garage and basement homes. As governor, Hochul passed an eviction moratorium and accelerated rental assistance.

Economy

During her 2012 congressional campaign, Hochul stated that she supported raising taxes on those making more than $500,000 pert year and opposed new free trade agreements. Hochul believes that free trade agreements such as NAFTA have suppressed U.S. wages and benefits and caused job loss.  She has recently worked to implement a 1.2 billion dollar tax cut on the middle class, permanently lower personal income tax for some workers and raise the amount of those eligible for public assistance.  She has also proposed $100 million in tax relief for many small businesses and create a new department that find those in need of work and train them.

Healthcare

Hochul supports the Affordable Care Act and has previously received criticism from her congressional district for saying that she would not vote to repeal it.  She has also proposed increasing the wages of healthcare workers in order to attract more healthcare workers and sing money to increase health care facilities.

Endorsements

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan of Queens, Peter Abbate of Brooklyn, Danny O’Donnell of Manhattan, Bill Conrand of Tonawanda, Monica Wallace of Lancaster and Karen McMahon of Williamsville, Bronx Democratic Party, Queens Democrats, State Sen. Pete Harckham, State Sen. Jeremy Cooney,  FDNY-Firefighters Association, FDNY-Fire Officers Association, The Hotel Association of New York City, New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association, The Hotel Trades Council, State Senator Didi Barrett, of Hudson; State Sen. Billy Jones, of Chateaugay Lake; State Sen. John McDonald III, of Cohoes; State Sen. Patricia Fahy, of Albany; and State Sen. Carrie Woerner, of Round Lake, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo; state Sens. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo; and Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, The Democratic Committees of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming county,  State Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Hochul#Trade

https://www.lohud.com/story/news/2021/08/17/kathy-hochul-stance-criminal-justice-immigration-reform/5569040001/