Gov. Kathy Hochul can dodge all she needs. But New Yorkers are beginning to worry she stands for completely nothing.
The governor refused Tuesday to provide a straight reply on debating her opponent Lee Zeldin, saying solely that she’s “prepared to debate” the GOPer — with out a trace as to the place, when or how typically. This follows her actually running away from Monday’s West Indian Day Parade whereas ignoring a query from The Post.
This, with lower than 9 weeks till Election Day.
Yet that is Hochul’s commonplace working process. She gained’t come clear about the place she actually stands on any essential subject.
Take bail reform. To study her precise views, the gov defined final month, New Yorkers must re-elect her. Huh? Crime is a dominant subject throughout the state. And Hochul owes her constituents excess of a smug “wait and see” — about this and the whole lot else she’s dodged on.
Or the financial system. Last yr, the gov and Legislature hiked taxes a whopping $4 billion, serving to drive residents (and companies) to flee the state. Some 300,000 New Yorkers, who as a gaggle earned $21 billion in 2019, fled town, with many citing taxes as a key cause.
That represents a whole lot of wealth — and (paradoxically) tax income. Yet this yr, the gov refused to carry a finger to roll any of that again. Will she ever?
New York (not like the nation as a complete) has nonetheless to failed get better all of its pre-pandemic jobs and doesn’t anticipate to for years. What’s Hochul’s plan to deal with that, and the anemic financial system upstate?
Will she ease any of the oppressive state legal guidelines and laws, just like the excessive minimal wage and paid-leave guidelines, that hold jobs down? Or will she again the most recent effort to spice up the wage flooring but once more, this time to $20 an hour, making New York’s job state of affairs worse?
The one factor we do know is that she’s dedicated to vastly growing power prices statewide, along with her lunatic drive to make New York solely depending on “various” power inside a number of years.
Zeldin’s detailed plans on taxes, power and the financial system provide hope. Yet along with her newest transfer on debates, the gov’s getting near her personal model of Joe Biden’s “basement presidency.”
Hochul is behaving as if victory on Nov. 8 is assured in deep-blue New York. Oops: One new ballot reveals the underdog Zeldin inside 4 factors, placing the governorship realistically inside his grasp.
Or possibly she simply figures that spelling out a stand on any severe subject will price her extra votes than it good points. Then once more, it’s all too doable that the Accidental Governor doesn’t truly imagine in something past her personal election.