ALBANY, NY ( Associated Press) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who is running for office following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, will go head-to-head with two of her fellow Democrats, US Rep. Tom Suozzi, in a final debate. and New York City’s elected public advocate, Jumane Williams, who is challenging her to the race.
Early voting begins Saturday in New York, where Democrats will weigh their party’s future in a race that pits the state’s liberal, first female governor against a centrist Long Island congressman and a New York City progressive official Is.
Hochul is getting into the debate, citing a new endorsement from New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a fellow Democrat; newly signed legislation to protect abortion providers and patients; And descending on top of the latest polls suggesting it has extended support ahead of the June 28 primary.
He also sent estate tax exemption checks to New Yorkers earlier than usual with primary letters saying the checks were provided by “Govt.” Hochul and the New York State Legislature. ,
Suozzi, who had hoped that Adams would refuse to endorse anyone in the primary, says he will again make the case that he will succeed where he says Hochul has failed to combat crime and affordability in New York State. Accountants and attorneys want to reduce the cost of Medicaid, create a public bank that can help underserved communities access credit, and advance high-speed rail throughout the Northeast.
Williams said Hochul, like his predecessor Cuomo, had failed to take bold enough steps to help New Yorkers. He called for building or protecting a million new affordable housing units, increasing clean energy investment, passing a constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights, guaranteeing health care for all New Yorkers, and making it harder for tenants to evict. Have sworn.
Williams last faced Hochul in the Democratic lieutenant governor’s primary. He won by 6.6 percentage points, or nearly 100,000 votes.
Hochul benefited from massive fundraising by the end of May, when it reported an $18.6 million campaign war chest.
This dwarfs Suozhi’s $5.25 million and Williams’s $130,000.
But both Suozzi and Williams say they are ready to prove in Thursday’s debate they can tackle corruption, crime and gun violence better than Hochul.