Hochul Priorities: Revive the Economy and Attract Health Workers

Hello. It’s Thursday. We will look at the policy proposals Governor Kathy Hochul outlined in her State of the State message. We’ll also look at whether there is friction between Mayor Eric Adams and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

It was Governor Kathy Hochul’s first major political statement and also her first major political performance. She took the opportunity to promise a new chapter of government in Albany – ethical and functional government.

Hochul described his vision to guide the state out of the coronavirus pandemic. She announced a $ 10 billion commitment to rebuild the state’s decimated health workforce. She called for a “jails to work” program and tax cuts for the middle class. And, promising to position New York as “the most business and worker-friendly state in the country,” she called for action to help small business owners and attract new investment.

Hochul, New York’s first female governor, wore a white vote for her first state-of-the-state speech and issued an ambitious thesis: one that embodies excitement, energy, and endless possibilities.

But the state she chairs faces great challenges: more than 300,000 New Yorkers moved last year, the biggest population drain of any state. And New York City’s 9.4 percent unemployment rate is more than double the national average.

Politically, Hochul faces a contested primary in June after his unexpected rise to the state’s top post following the abrupt resignation of former Governor Andrew Cuomo last summer. My colleagues Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Grace Ashford write that she sought to balance competing political demands in her speech. She seeks to convince left-wing voters in the June primaries without exposing herself to Republican attacks in the general election five months later.

As for the government, it positions itself as a reformer. She proposed term limits for governors, a move that could restrict her own power and was seen as a not-so-subtle rebuke from her once-powerful predecessor, although she didn’t mention it by name. Cuomo was in his third term when he stepped down.

“For government to work, those of us in power cannot continue to hang on to it,” she said.

In another contrast to Cuomo, she promised a collaborative relationship with lawmakers and Mayor Eric Adams, who took office on New Years Day. Cuomo has spent much of her tenure feuding with the former Mayor Bill de Blasio.

She also called for an “interborough express” transit link between Queens and Brooklyn, an idea transportation advocates have applauded. But she failed to meet the challenge faced by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state agency that operates the city’s subways and buses. Federal aid has allowed the MTA to balance its budget this year, but it will face huge deficits in the future.


A predominantly sunny day will be accompanied by temperatures in the mid-1930s. The evening will turn cloudy with temperatures in the 20s and a risk of snow late at night.

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Two Metro stories suggest possible friction between Mayor Eric Adams and new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

One story asks if Adams can rebuild and curb the police department’s plainclothes anti-crime units that were responsible for a disproportionate number of fatal shootings by police officers. The other says Bragg has told his prosecutors not to demand jail time for the most serious crimes – including murder, sexual assault and major economic offenses – unless the law requires it.

The two officials, in office for less than a week, kept their electoral promises.

Adams has vowed he will tackle the rise in gun violence that began at the start of the pandemic by re-establishing anti-crime police units. Such units played a big part in the research of young black and Latino men during the stop-and-frisk era. The police department disbanded them in 2020, claiming they were the remnants of an outdated police model.

Progressive groups have criticized Adams’ plan, which would reconstitute them into a single “anti-gun unit” with body cameras, targeting illegal guns and gang activity. “I know how to do it right because I fought against what was done wrong. Adams said last week.

Bragg wants to strike a balance between protecting the public and reducing the damage the criminal justice system can cause to defendants. But a memo he released this week has left the 500 or so prosecutors working for him wondering about the effects on their cases. And the policies Bragg outlined in the memo can prove politically problematic if homicides and shootings do not decrease.

The changes Bragg-ordered were expected, and Adams on Wednesday gave no indication that he was upset that Bragg was moving them forward. Adams said on “CBS Mornings” that he respected Bragg, calling him a “great prosecutor.”

A Manhattan auction house postponed a sale of items, including a shirt worn by Nelson Mandela, above, and a key to a prison cell where he was jailed for 18 years for his opposition to apartheid.

The auction house, Guernsey’s, postponed the sale after a two-hour video conference with officials from the South African Heritage Resources Agency. Arlan Ettinger, the president of Guernsey, said officials had requested the postponement, saying they needed to determine whether the auction items were heritage items that had been sent from South Africa without permission.

Ettinger said he was unaware that such authorization was needed; Heritage agency officials did not respond to emails on Wednesday. Ettinger said the shirt – one of many Mandela wore with dress pants – was sent by Mandela’s daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, and a granddaughter, Tukwini.

This shirt and a number of others were on display at the Fashion Institute of Technology museum in Manhattan in October as a prelude to the sale, which Ettinger said was slated to raise funds for a 24-acre memorial garden in the Mandela’s hometown, Qunu. . Ettinger said Makaziwe Mandela also sent Mandela paintings up for auction, as well as a blanket given to him by former President Barack Obama.

Ettinger said the key to the infamous Robben Island prison cell was added to the auction after the fall sale was announced. He said he was consigned by a former guard there, Christo Brand, who Ettinger said remained friends with Mandela after Mandela’s release. Ettinger said Makaziwe Mandela agreed to sell the key and several other Brand items.

Nathi Mtethwa, South Africa’s Minister for Sports, Arts and Culture, released a statement last month saying it was “unfathomable” for Guernsey to auction the key without consulting his country’s government, the agency said. Heritage Resources or the Robben Island Museum.

Ettinger said Wednesday he was “disappointed” to have to postpone the sale.

Metropolitan agenda

Dear Diary:

A friend of mine from Wisconsin came to visit me. We promised to give her the real “Big Apple experience” because she had never been to New York City before.

First, we took the Staten Island ferry so she could see the skyline in all its glory. Then it was on the metro to begin the rest of our carefully chosen route.

As we settled into the subway car, my friend sat down next to a young man. Maybe 10 seconds after starting the ride, she touched my leg and pointed her arm.

There, on the sleeve of his obviously brand new suit jacket, the sewn-on tag was still attached. He looked like he was on his way for an interview, my friend suggested.

She patted the young man’s arm and showed the tag.

Go somewhere important? she asked. Other passengers were now watching the scene.

Oh, my God, he stammered, trying to tear off the tag.

No, my friend said, don’t do that.

Another passenger who was sitting nearby reached into her large I have it all here bag, pulled out some small scissors, and handed them to my friend.

She looked at the young man for permission, then proceeded to carefully cut the threads to remove the tag cleanly.

When he got off at his stop, we wished him luck.

– Sedra Schiffman

Illustrated by Agnès Lee. Send your submissions here and read more Metropolitan Diary here.

Glad we can meet here. See you tomorrow. – JB

PS Here is today’s one Mini crossword and Spelling. You can find all our puzzles here.

Melissa Guerrero, Geordon Wollner, Jonah E. Bromwich, Troy Closson and Olivia Parker have contributed to New York Today. You can join the team at [email protected].

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