New York’s governor becomes a ‘juggernaut’ in Cuomo’s wake

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Hochul’s rise in New York, a hotbed of progressivism, offers a new test of the idea that moderates are the future of the Democratic Party — not the left.

If she wins, Kathy Hochul would be the first woman elected governor in New York history. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

By JOSEPH SPECTOR

01/18/2022 06:35 PM EST

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, with less than six months on the job, turned Tuesday into a tour de force of her political and government prowess.

In one day, the moderate Democrat reported shattering campaign fundraising records, saw one of her biggest potential primary opponents bow out and released a state budget packed with goodies for residents and special interest groups.

And a statewide poll shows her crushing her foes.

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