Analysis: The stars align for Hochul | Chroniclers

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“Kathy owned the public policy debate, she owned the fundraising effort and she owned the political leadership endorsements,” observed former mayor Tony Masiello. “There was nowhere for anyone else to go. His political experience paid off.

James’ move is sure to cause more fallout. It seems to widen the progressive path for candidates like New York Public Attorney Jumaane Williams and possibly New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Is Long Island Rep Tom Suozzi Now Reinforced As A Moderate Alternative? Hochul’s State of State address on January 5 may provide some answers if she offers left-wing agendas favored by a left-wing Democratic legislature, or perhaps she no longer feels the need to outflank James by left.

And the once unthinkable possibility that New Yorkers will elect an upstate for the first time in a century is gaining credibility.

It all happens as Hochul seamlessly transitioned to the role of Governor, with no fuss, no fuss, and no drama from Cuomo.

The race is far from over, but the last week will go down in its history as a landmark.

Speaking about the state of the state, Hochul announced that the annual speech that outlines each governor’s priorities for the year will return this year to the ornate Assembly Hall of the Capitol – the site where Governor Al Smith has first delivered the speech from the Assembly Gallery in 1923. Cuomo turned the address into a high-tech affair, with glitzy graphics, when he moved it to the Empire State Plaza, and even moved her around the state in 2017.

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