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State of the Union: NYC’s Katie Hochul still doesn’t show a fight

In her first State of the Union address since winning election as Chief Executive of New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul pledged to work with the Legislature — even as lawmakers try to frustrate her candidacy for Chief Justice. In short, she hasn’t even shown a hint of fighting yet.

She showed what she heard voters worries about crime, saying, “Public safety is my top priority.” But her only concrete proposals to fix bail reform are more petty trifles, not something dramatic like allowing judges to consider “danger” like every other state does.

Worse, in a blatant attempt to appease progressives, she insisted that bail reform No a major driving force behind the crime, before saying she wants to “talk thoughtfully during the budget process about the improvements we can make to the law.”

it hint That’s her may be holds lawmakers’ desire to spend money hostage to getting real change, but then she detailed the minor ones to give judges little more discretion regarding the detention of defendants accused of serious crimes.

Yes, “danger” is a red flag for Legislative Assembly progressives; it’s one of the reasons Mayor Eric Adams recently focused on asking lawmakers to simply crack down on a handful of repeat offenders. But Hochul did not raise the issue.

No: On crime, the best news she offered was a tripling of aid to the state’s 62 district attorney’s offices to help them cope with the huge additional costs (as per the “disclosure” changes passed along with the bail waiver law) of prosecution each accused. , even those destined to make a plea deal.

She is also looking in the right direction with her $1 billion plan to address the most serious mental illnesses, including rebuilding lost inpatient psychiatric beds and even adding 1,000 statewide beds (though only 150 for five boroughs), as well as 3,400 support units. housing for education. ambulatory treatment.

On the plus side, with a recession approaching, she promised not to raise her income tax this year. It will mean a fight as lawmakers talk about finding $40 billion in new tax revenue. But it shows that she understands the “why” of the population loss she wants to reverse.

Or is she? Hochul then dispelled hopes for an improvement in the business climate by proposing to tie New York’s $15 minimum wage to inflation. This remark made the Democrats jump to their feet. And its anti-carbon climate policy will never build business confidence, no matter how hard it pretends to magically lower energy bills.

Also, she made no promises that the “temporary” income tax hike passed in 2021 (under the last guy) would actually expire when temporary increases have a long history of becoming permanent in this state.

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Hochul stated that “public safety is my top priority” and made proposals to fix bail reform laws.
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Yes, and as Citizens Budget Commission head Andrew Rein noted, “The State of the [of new spending]. We now expect the Executive Budget to see the bill.” Where will she find income?

Her goal of building 800,000 new homes over the next decade sounds great, but how hard will she fight to actually replace the city’s 421 tax credits to make construction affordable for builders other than luxury complexes?

“We will work with the Legislature to replace this important piece of the puzzle.” The legislature is not to want viable.

Even though her audience theoretically included the entire state, Hochul seemed determined not to offend the legislators listening to her in person. And yet she will have to do it if she wants to get even what she asks for.

That is, she will need to at least rally Democratic senators from moderate states to support her: they are in fact outnumber House Progressives, but the far left, still set the tone for the LaSalle nomination and clearly intend to continue to do so.

The Democrats lost their seats in the Legislature last fall, but the left is pretending that Hochul is to blame because he somehow failed against Republican rival Lee Zeldin, when all he did was hit hard on crime and economy. Progressives refuse to see what changes voters want.

In her conclusion, Hochul again decided to circumvent this reality: “Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You…. . whoever is going to build a new world must boldly go forward.” We will build a new world. And we’ll be brave.”

All he did was make everyone wonder when the governor of New York would show such courage.

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