This article was originally published June 25, 10:56 AM EDT by THE CITY
New York governor candidates will compete for control of the entire state, from Montauk to Buffalo, starting with the June 28 primary.
But, with all due respect to Rochester and Troy and Riverhead, let’s take a closer look at what the candidates say they will do for New York City – the economic engine of the state and home to 43% of the population.
Government Kathy Hochul
Hochul, originally from Buffalo, raised downstate hackles with $600 million in the state budget for a new stadium for the Bills football team.
She also made a huge bust choosing a Manhattan lieutenant governor Brian Benjamin — even after THE CITY revealed evidence suggesting campaign finance fraud, which has since led to his bribery charges. New Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado hails from the Hudson Valley in the state.
But she got an endorsement from Mayor Eric Adams and spent a remarkable amount of time in New York City — where she’s helped big projects move forward. Some are continuing the efforts launched by former Governor Andrew Cuomo, whom she succeeded after his resignation last August, while others bear her own signature.
Hochul took the first steps to revive a little-used freight line through Brooklyn and Queens, with the goal of turning it into a new public transit line she named the Interborough Express. It would connect neighborhoods and transit lines from Bay Ridge to Jackson Heights and serve some areas that don’t have subway access. The MTA is currently conducting an environmental survey.
The governor is now at the helm of the Penn Station modernization project, pushing a scaled-down version of Cuomo’s massive Empire Station plan. It still revolves around the controversial use of large-scale real estate development sites around Penn Station to pay for the station upgrades — potentially diverting billions of dollars in property tax revenue into the project and away from the city.
Disappointing some city dwellers while applauding others, Hochul dropped the news during the first Democratic debate that a planned fee to drive to central and lower Manhattan — known as congestion pricing — is a long way off. Congestion pricing is expected to bring in $15 billion for the MTA’s capital program, which will fund system improvements such as signal upgrades.
While a major real estate tax break known as 421-a has passed, leaving New York City housing in limbo, Hochul has supported an alternative that would lower the rent of the required affordable housing and in the future by the state legislature could be considered.
The governor has launched a five-year $25 billion housing plan to create 100,000 affordable housing units statewide, one-tenth of which are supportive housing units with services for people with mental health, addiction or other needs.
Rep. Tom Suozzi
Suozzi’s congressional district encompasses 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 an important part of his agenda, which would be more of a boon to suburban and state homeowners than city dwellers.
The centrist candidate — who said in a debate he would accept an endorsement from former government leader Andrew Cuomo if offered — released a 15-point crime intervention and prevention plan, including amending recently reformed bail laws so that judges understand the “dangerous ” from a suspect as a possible reason to keep them behind bars before the trial.
The U.S. Representative supports the removal of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and joins those across the aisle who say Bragg hasn’t been strict enough on crime. Other measures he supports include a police return to “Stop, ask questions and search by using only trained, certified officers and respecting constitutional rights,” his campaign page reads.
Suozzi has said he also supports abolishing a state-imposed limit on the number of charter schools New York City can have, freezing their numbers in the five boroughs.
He also joins the governor in favor of slowing the congestion charge.
Suozzi has called for another tax incentive and reduction program to replace 421-a without providing developers with excessive return on investment while ensuring rent stabilization for the duration of the tax cuts.
Public Attorney Jumaane Williams
Williams is the only candidate in the race chosen for a New York City position. Added to this is a city-informed vision of tackling local issues, with a platform that aligns with many of the city’s most forward-thinking elected officials.
During the first Democratic primary debate, Williams drew on personal experience addressing public safety issues, naming classmates killed by gun violence and sharing an incident where he was nearly removed from an Amtrak train over a misunderstanding. on Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome.
“A bullet went through my mother’s door while he was parked in front of her house,” he said during the debate. “These are not theoretical things for me. These are personal.”
Williams’ platform includes a $1 billion investment in gun violence prevention, victim support and youth programs. His public safety plan also calls for statewide mental health infrastructure and a trauma response program for communities affected by violence.
Williams has suggested that the Empire State Development agency — the same one that directs the Penn Station redevelopment project — spearheads the creation of more affordable housing, focusing on partnerships with nonprofits and qualified housing operators rather than larger real estate developers. His goal is to build and maintain a million carbon neutral homes. He has also called for the passage of anti-eviction legislation for a “charity” sponsored by state Senator Julia Salazar, who failed to sit on the committee during this year’s session.
Williams was critical of the Penn Station redevelopment project, saying it must be tailored to the needs of the community and the project must go through the city’s formal land use assessment process.
He is also the only candidate to say congestion charges should come into effect immediately.
Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
Astorino made perhaps the most memorable statement during the first Republican primary debate, taking advantage of the rise in crime in New York by saying, “If you’re lucky, you’ll get hit on the head with a bag of poop. That’s a good one.” day to go into town now.”
However, the former Westchester County leader joins the other Republicans with a platform less city-centric than the Democrats, with little detail about how he would handle New York City outside of public safety.
Astorino is campaigning for cashless bail to be revoked and has said he would fire Bragg and any other prosecutor not prosecuting a crime if he were elected. He is also in the process of expanding charter schools across the state and eliminating congestion pricing.
He told Gotham Gazette he would prefer to add revenue-generating stores to NYCHA developments and deregulate rent-regulated apartments if tenants made more than $200,000 a year for two consecutive years.
Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Giuliani, son of the former mayor who led New York during the 9/11 attacks, along with the other Republican candidates painted a picture of disorder and rampant violence in New York City.
He supports several policing methods used when his father was mayor: police with broken windows, based on the theory that visible signs of disorder can lead to serious crime, and stop and search, which allows the police to search individuals based on reasonable suspicion. . Both have since come under fire 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 the MTA’s resources to fight subway and train crime and would fire Bragg if elected, he has said.
He opposes congestion charges, saying it is “a tax on hard-working New Yorkers.”
Businessman Harry Wilson
Wilson joins his fellow Republican candidates in saying he would remove Bragg and revoke cashless bail. He also wants to get rid of congestion charges.
He told Gotham Gazette that in order to increase the state’s housing stock, it is necessary to make long-term development more affordable and create a successor to 421-a in the meantime. He would also set up a committee to review NYCHA’s mismanagement and release Section 8 funding to help lower-income families enter the private market.
“We need to make operating costs more affordable and more aligned with tenant revenues, while financing long-neglected capital needs separately, all in alignment with a realistic long-term plan and accountability for every step to ensure NYCHA’s many problems are actually resolved . solved and not just talked about,” he told the publication.
Rep. Lee Zeldin
After the first Democratic debate, Zeldin, along with New York City Councilors Joe Borelli and Joann Ariola, said: transported by rail at congestion prices and called it the ‘Hochul walk’.
“Municipalities within Queens, communities within Brooklyn will see more traffic dumped on their side streets as a result of these proposals,” he said.
Zeldin wants to revoke cashless bail, fire Bragg and reverse the recently passed Less is More Act, which has created a pathway to early parole and cancel automatic detention and incarceration for some parole violations.
Zeldin is in favor of removing caps at charter schools.
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