Hochul’s policy agenda plays it safe in election year. But she offers plenty for everyone.


ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul’s lone State of the State before she appears on the ballot for a full term was loaded with proposals sure to be popular among voters.

But she mainly avoided a host of thorny issues that would prove more divisive and instead looked to rebuild the relationship with the Legislature that was torn beyond repair between former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers.

Case in point: She returned the speech to the Assembly chambers, known as the “people’s house,” after Cuomo eschewed the tradition for the more antiseptic convention center down the street.

Her speech was conciliatory rather than the combative governing style that marked Cuomo’s 11 years in office.

“What I am proposing is a whole new era for New York,” Hochul proclaimed.

“The days of governors disregarding the rightful role of this legislature are over. The days of the governor of New York and mayor of New York City wasting time on petty rivalries are

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