State budget doubles as power test for Hochul

New York’s budget will provide the strongest test yet of how much power Gov. Kathy Hochul wields over a legislature vying to reassert dominance after a decade-long battle with predecessor Andrew Cuomo.

Hochul’s circumstances look ideal ahead of the April 1 budget deadline. For the first time in the state’s history, the governor’s $216.3 billion executive budget doesn’t project deficits.

Flush with cash from soaring tax revenue and a $26 billion infusion of federal aid, New York’s finances are stronger today than at any other point. A Monday Siena poll showed Hochul with a 40-point lead over her competitors as she campaigns for the June Democratic

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