It’s time to vote for Governor of NY. Here’s what the candidates are planning for NYC – NBC New York

This article has been originally published June 25 at 10:56 a.m. EDT by THE CITY

New York gubernatorial candidates are competing to lead the entire state, from Montauk to Buffalo, beginning with the June 28 primary.

But with all due respect to Rochester, Troy and Riverhead, let’s take a closer look at what the candidates say they will do for New York – the state’s economic engine and home to 43% of its population.


Governor Kathy Hochul

A native of Buffalo, Hochul raised issues downstate with $600 million in the state budget for a new stadium for the Bills football team.

She also made a major misfire in choosing a Manhattan lieutenant governor, Brian Benjamin – even after THE CITY revealed evidence suggesting campaign finance fraud that has since led to her indictment on federal bribery charges. New Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado hails from upstate in the Hudson Valley.

But she won the approval of Mayor Eric Adams and spent a lot of time in New York – where she made sure to push big plans forward. Some continue efforts started by former Governor Andrew Cuomo, whom she succeeded after his resignation last August, while others bear her own signature.

Hochul has taken the first steps to reviving a little-used freight train line running through Brooklyn and Queens, with the goal of turning it into a new transit line it has named the Interborough Express. It would connect neighborhoods and transit lines from Bay Ridge to Jackson Heights and serve some areas without subway access. The MTA is currently conducting an environmental review.

The governor is now leading the Penn Station modernization project, pushing a scaled-down version of the massive Cuomo Empire Station plan. It still focuses on the controversial use of large-scale real estate development sites around Penn Station to pay for station improvements – potentially diverting billions of dollars in property tax revenue to the project and away from the city.

Disappointing some city residents while encouraging others, Hochul announced during the first Democratic debate that a planned fee to travel to midtown and lower Manhattan – known as congestion pricing – is still a long way off. to come into force. Congestion pricing is expected to generate $15 billion for the MTA’s capital program, which funds system improvements such as signal upgrades.

As a major real estate tax break known as 421-a expired, leaving New York housing development in limbo, Hochul backed an alternative that would lower the rent for affordable housing required and could be considered by the legislature. of the state in the future.

The governor launched a five-year, $25 billion housing plan to create 100,000 affordable homes across the state, one-tenth of which would be supportive housing with services for people with mental health, addictions or other needs.

Representative Tom Suozzi

Suozzi’s congressional district includes part of eastern Queens but is centered in Nassau County, LI, where he previously served as county executive and mayor of Glen Cove. Lowering taxes is a big part of his agenda, which would be more of a boon to suburban and upstate homeowners than city residents.

The centrist candidate – who said during a debate that he would accept former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s endorsement if offered – released a 15-point crime prevention and response plan that includes changing recently reformed bail laws to allow judges to consider a defendant’s “dangerousness” as a potential reason to keep them behind bars before trial.

The U.S. Representative supports the removal of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, joining those across the aisle who say Bragg hasn’t been tough enough on crime. Other measures he supports are a return of police to “stop, question and search using only trained and certified officers and respecting constitutional rights,” reads his campaign page.

Suozzi said he would also support eliminating a state-imposed cap on the number of charter schools New York could have, which froze their number in all five boroughs.

He also joins the governor in favor of delaying congestion pricing.

Suozzi called for another program of tax incentives and abatements to replace 421-a without providing developers with excessive returns on investment while ensuring rent stabilization for the duration of the tax cuts.

Public defender Jumaane Williams

Williams is the only candidate in the race to have been elected to a New York-based position. This comes with a city-informed vision for solving local issues, with a platform consistent with that of many of the city’s most progressive elected officials.

During the first Democratic primary debate, Williams drew on personal experience to address public safety issues, naming classmates who lost their lives to gun violence and sharing an incident in which he was nearly removed from an Amtrak train due to a misunderstanding of his Tourette syndrome.

“A bullet went through the door of my mother’s car when it was parked outside her house,” he explained during the debate. “These are not theoretical things for me. These are personal.

Williams’ platform includes a billion dollar investment in gun violence prevention, victim services and youth programs. His public safety plan also calls for statewide mental health infrastructure and a trauma response program for communities impacted by violence.

Williams proposed that the Empire State Development agency – the same one leading the Penn Station redevelopment project – be at the forefront of creating more affordable housing, focusing on partnerships with nonprofits. profit and qualified housing operators rather than large property developers. Its goal is to build and preserve one million carbon-neutral homes. He also called for the passage of anti-eviction legislation “for a good cause” sponsored by State Senator Julia Salazar, who failed to walk out of the committee during this year’s session.

Williams criticized the Penn Station redevelopment plan, saying it must be aligned with community needs and that the project should go through the city’s formal land use review process.

He was also the only candidate to say that congestion pricing should take effect immediately.


Rob Astorino, former Westchester County Executive

Astorino delivered perhaps the most memorable line during the first Republican primary debate, capitalizing on rising crime in New York by saying “if you’re lucky, you’ll get hit in the head with a bag of poo.” . It’s a good day to go into town now.

However, the former Westchester County leader joins other Republicans with a less city-focused platform than Democrats, with few details about how he would approach New York outside of public safety issues.

Astorino is campaigning for the repeal of cashless bail and has said he would fire Bragg and any other district attorneys who don’t prosecute crime if elected. He is also working on expanding charter schools statewide and repealing congestion pricing.

He told the Gotham Gazette he would support adding income-generating retail businesses to NYCHA developments as well as deregulating rent-regulated apartments if tenants earn more than $200,000 a year for two years. consecutive years.

Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani, son of the former mayor who led New York during the 9/11 attacks, joined other Republican candidates in painting a picture of endemic disarray and violence in New York.

He supports several methods of policing that were used when his father was mayor: “broken-window” policing, based on the theory that visible signs of disorder can lead to serious crime, and stop and frisk, which allows police to search individuals based on reasonable suspicion. . Both have since been criticized for violating constitutional rights and leading to racial profiling.

Giuiliani wants to repeal all bail reform measures of 2019, including cashless bail. He also wants to increase MTA resources to fight crime on subways and trains and would fire Bragg if elected, he said.

He opposes congestion pricing, saying it’s “a tax on hard-working New Yorkers.”

Businessman Harry Wilson

Wilson joins fellow Republican candidates in saying he would remove Bragg and repeal cashless bail. He also wants to remove congestion pricing.

He told the Gotham Gazette that to increase the state’s housing stock, it’s necessary to make development more affordable in the long term and create a successor for 421-a in the meantime. He would also create a committee to look into NYCHA’s mismanagement and unlock Section 8 funding to help low-income families in the private market.

“We need to make operating costs more affordable and better match tenant incomes while separately funding long-neglected capital needs, all in accordance with a realistic long-term plan and accountability at every step of the process to ensure that NYCHA’s many issues are actually being addressed and not just talked about,” he told the publication.

Representative Lee Zeldin

After the first Democratic debate, Zeldin, joined by New York City Council members Joe Borelli and Joann Ariola, mocked against congestion pricing, calling it the “rise of the Hochul”.

“Communities inside Queens, communities inside Brooklyn are going to see more traffic dumped onto their side streets as a result of these proposals,” he said.

Zeldin wants to repeal cashless bail, fire Bragg, and overturn the recently passed Less is More Act, which paved the way for the early termination of parole and reverses automatic detention and incarceration for certain parole violations.

Zeldin supports removing caps on charter schools.

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