Gov. Hochul is now Andrew Cuomo 2.0. Is

When Governor Hochul took office a year ago this month, New Yorkers had high hopes that something new and necessary would happen: The large majority were delighted to have a less belligerent leader who promised “open, ethical governance.”

Yet apart from his poor performance on crime and the economy, Hochul has proved utterly enthusiastic in embracing cronyism as ever – albeit less competently. Andrew Cuomo,

Crime: New York City sees no real sign of change in its nearly 2¹/₂-year crime crisis.

New York City’s homicide level is down just 4% from the 2021 numbers, year over year – and the 488 murders in New York in 2021 were the highest in a decade. Several of this year’s high-profile suspects, including the men who allegedly murdered Kristal Byron-Nives and Christina Lee, were out without bail for previous crimes at the time of the murders.

Yet Hochul refused to convene a special session of the Legislature to determine how to fix it. Hochul is terrified of the Left, even though he has defeated his Leftist rival in the primary.

It is not just policy-dumb, but politically-dumb. It’s not a bad idea to put individual lawmakers on record where they stand before their own re-election this fall before putting dangerous suspects behind bars. It wouldn’t be bad for New Yorkers if such a stance resulted in some GOP wins and a more liberal, or at least more paralyzed, legislature.

EconomyNew York State is still missing about 4% of its pre-pandemic jobs compared to the summer of 2019. There are 1% more jobs in the whole country than at that time.
But Hochul has the only answer for the economy. , , Regressive cronyism. $600 million in state and local tax breaks the governor approved for the Buffalo Bills, which indirectly help pay for her husband’s half-million-dollar salary as a hot dog salesman, getting him more attention. Should meet.

Not that nearly all stadium deals are bad for the taxpayer. This one is really bad. Supporters of new urban stadiums can at least argue – to some extent – ​​that they are bringing new economic activity to troubled cities. But the Bills are simply building a new stadium in their suburb, which is not distressing. The median income for a nearly all-white city is about $90,000, a third higher than the national average.

Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo and Hochul received large donations ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 from the same company.
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Then she’s pushing for developer and top campaign donor Vornado’s desired office-space complex around Penn Station—so much so that the state can’t even calculate the dollar amount. So much for “open, ethical governance.”

If you want to indulge in this taxpayer-subsidized cronyism, at least do it for a good cause. But there’s no free-market indication that Manhattan needs more premium-priced office space in a ’70s-style dry superblock, World Trade Center or Hudson Yards style; In fact, as The Post’s Steve Cuozzo reminded readers on Monday, office space at the World Trade Center hasn’t even expired, thanks to a lack of demand.

Then there’s just plain old pay-to-play behind the scenes. The owners of a company with a lucrative multimillion-dollar lucrative contract to transport Medicaid patients donated more than $200,000 to Cuomo—and have now donated more than $100,000 to Hochul originally, as The Post’s Carl Campanile ‘s report.

living large: Why such a rule? to maintain power. And why maintain power? Because it’s fun. It’s good to be so rich, as it would have been for Hochuls if she had stepped down. But one of the signature trappings of real power, public or private, is access to a private plane or helicopter. With 140 flights from August to March, Hochul has spent most of its first year in the air.

It’s exciting over the top.

Nicole Gelinas is a contributing editor at the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal.

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