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After an unexpected rise, Hochul claims his runner-up position

Good morning. Today is Thursday. We’ll see how Governor Kathy Hochul has assembled a campaign disruptor. We’ll also look at the challenges small business owners face who dream of becoming a New Jersey cannabis retailer.

Remember last summer, when Kathy Hochul became governor. She made friends, but not the headlines, during her six years as lieutenant governor. The political class in New York did not see her as the kind of great power they were used to – assertive, even daring. And perhaps most of all, men.

The Democratic primaries are just over nine months away, with the election for a four-year term a few months later. Many Democrats expect a battle for the Democratic nomination for governor, with Hochul struggling to keep his job.

My colleague Nicholas Fandos wrote that now they can rarely see more wrong.

She will win Democratic approval for the nomination for a full term on Thursday. And, in a nod to Hochul making history as the first woman to lead New York, Hillary Clinton is expected to introduce her at the state Democratic convention in Midtown Manhattan.

[How Kathy Hochul Went From Unexpected Governor to Clear Front-Runner]

Hochul had reached this point after a swift campaign to corner party leaders and weed out potential opponents that was working as effectively as it should. She has put a new face on a state government mired in scandal. She also accumulated 21 million dollars contributed to the campaign in January, more than her competitors combined.

What is more remarkable is that just a year ago, her political career seemed to have come to an end. Before former Governor Andrew Cuomo was embroiled in sexual harassment allegations, his aides briefed Hochul that he planned to remove her from the ticket when he ran for a fourth term in 2022.

Since then, Hochul has benefited several times, including the decision of her most serious opponent, Letitia James, the state attorney general, to drop out of the gubernatorial campaign. Polls now show Hochul comfortably leading.

But she faces accusations from her main rivals – Representatives Tom Suozzi and Jumaane Williams, New York City public advocate – that she is confused about issues like crime and housing, or submit to special interests that contributed to her campaign. And political strategists say there are signs that Hochul has yet to build the enthusiasm among blacks, Latinos and young voters around New York City that she may need to rehearse assemble a winning general election coalition.

“Enthusiasm means everything,” said Gabby Seay, a labor strategist who served as James’ campaign director. “She has to work to build the rapport that people are exploding about her candidate. The question is will she have time to do that while in charge? ”

For her part, Hochul told reporters on Tuesday that she plans to “run like an underdog until it’s over.”


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Mayor Eric Adams .’s First Budget Proposal has called for widespread cuts of about 3% to most city agencies along with gradual reductions in the city’s workforce, which has grown to its largest-ever rate under the administration. his predecessor, Bill de Blasio.

Adams’ plan to spend $98.5 billion is $4 billion less than the current budget. He said it delivered on a campaign promise to save money and make city government more efficient.

Adams announced higher funding for priorities like the summer youth employment program. However, he said funding for the Police Department would essentially remain “stable” at around $5 billion. Saying he disagreed with efforts to displease police, he said he could improve public safety by shifting officers from desk jobs to street duty.

“We’re going to redeploy our staff, we’re going to make sure that everyone who’s supposed to be on the street does their job,” said Adams, a former police captain. “And then we will analyze if we have to put more money in,” said the former police captain. “

Adams has protected several city agencies from cutting its budget, among them the Department of Corrections, which is facing a crisis at the Rikers Island prison complex, and the Department of Health, the agency oversee City Hall’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.



New Jersey is legalizing marijuana, and hundreds of entrepreneurs are scrambling to get ready to apply for a license to become a marijuana retailer. But there are twists and turns on the road to opening a business in a new industry.

Lawmakers drafted marijuana legislation to correct flaws in the state’s criminal justice system, which disproportionately imposed on Blacks and Latinos. Most recently in 2018, Black residents were more than three times more likely was a white resident charged with possession of marijuana, even though nearly equal numbers of black and white New Jersey residents used marijuana.

For Black men like Michael White, who was charged with low-level drug possession as a teenager decades ago, running a marijuana store would be a way to write a A new end to the familiar war on drugs story.

His mother, Bessie White, is 78 years old and determined to get a license for a store that she, he and the next generation of family can oversee. They have a name for it – Simple ReLeaf. The pun on “relief” reflects their focus on homeopathic remedies. But they say the barriers are high for small business owners in an industry dominated by corporations with deep pockets.

If they win approval, they will face competition. At least eight companies that already operate medical marijuana dispensaries have applied to become retailers. Every statement it has stockpile enough marijuana to satisfy patients as well as recreational users – a yardstick for clinics that want to move into the adult use market.

Some companies have pressed the state to speed up the process. Lawmakers had hoped the adult-use market would be up and running by February 22, but the state would not meet that deadline. Some companies believe that the cannabis they stock for retail sale will go moldy if stored longer. Others said they could fire workers they had hired.

Whites and their loved ones also face another hurdle – marijuana remains illegal under federal law. My colleague Tracey Tully wrote that this made the banks reluctant to lend money or open accounts for cannabis businesses. Homeowners, worried that a marijuana store might jeopardize their federally backed mortgages, are similarly reluctant to sign a lease.

Bessie White’s niece, Theresa Howard, said the owner of a store they allegedly rented in Plainfield, NJ, raised the price to $7,200 a month — from $3,500 a month — after finding out what they meant. What business. Instead, they are considering buying real estate, with help from a consultant who runs a private equity fund and has offered $500,000 in startup money.

“We’re trying to have Plans B and C, and, if we need to, D,” says Howard.



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Dear Diary:

My husband, son, and I were on the Q train from Brooklyn to Manhattan. It was quite crowded, and we had to stand near one of the power poles.

A young girl sitting next to her father leaned toward him. She is probably around 8 years old.

“This train is really old,” I heard her whisper in his ear.

A young man about 22 years old with hair dyed bright yellow was standing nearby.

“I’m sorry to interrupt,” he said, “I couldn’t help but overhear. But did you know they started making this train when my grandfather was a little boy? ”

The other passengers began to smile.

“And now they’ve put them in the ocean when they’re done with them,” the young man added.

“That’s right,” said another. “They grow coral reefs in them!”

Everyone started to nod in agreement.

“Your hair is golden!” an elderly woman shouting at the young man.

He laughs.

“Me and my friends had a little fun last night and here’s what happened,” he said. “My mother will kill me.”

“Well, I think you look sloppy,” said the elderly woman.

– Suzanne Pettypiece

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/nyregion/after-an-unexpected-rise-hochul-cements-her-front-runner-status.html After an unexpected rise, Hochul claims his runner-up position

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