Gov. Kathy Hochul says she is prepared to debate her challengers ahead of the June 28 primary election, as she seeks a full-term.
“I always do debates,” Hochul said Friday. “I’ve probably done 22 primaries and elections and I’ve always debated. I always embrace the opportunity, and it always goes well.”
Congressman Tom Suozzi and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who are challenging Hochul, have asked for a total of six debates. Hochul wouldn’t agree to an exact number, but did say, “More than once,” when asked.
Hochul was in Flushing, Queens Friday to receive endorsements from local leaders, including Congresswoman Grace Meng.
“This is a place that Governor Hochul knows well. From the days when she started as lieutenant governor, Flushing was one of her earliest stops. Meeting with our small businesses, meeting with our senior citizens, marching in our parades,” Meng said.
It’s been two weeks since Hochul left Albany after putting together her first state budget as governor. While much of her agenda was accomplished within that budget, Hochul says she still has other priorities for the rest of the Albany legislative session.
“We are going to be looking at the issue of affordable housing,” Hochul said. “I think we have opportunities to expand it. I have $25 billion on the table to expand affordable housing. But there is more to be done on that front.”
Lawmakers are due back at the state capitol next week. But because of the June primary, it’s a shortened legislative session this year. There are only 19 session days left, which means Hochul has limited time to achieve her objectives.