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Fresh off making historical past, pundit says Gov. Kathy Hochul must now captain New York through perilous waters

NEW YORK — It was a history-making election on Tuesday as voters broke the glass ceiling and made Kathy Hochul the first lady ever elected governor of New York.

Hochul is the projected winner with 53 p.c of the vote, however Congressman Lee Zeldin has not conceded. He stated on Tuesday evening that he was going to attend till each final vote was counted.

However, sources advised CBS2 that Zeldin is anticipated to concede the election later Wednesday.

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Based on the projected outcomes, Hochul gained solely 13 of the state’s 62 counties, however she prevailed the place it counted — in each borough of New York City, besides Staten Island, and in Westchester County, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse. And in profitable, she made it clear she thinks voters need greater than Zeldin’s promise to chop crime, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

“The lesson of tonight’s victory are that given the choice, New Yorkers refused to go backwards on our long march toward progress,” Hochul stated.

In victory, she grew to become the primary lady truly elected governor after 56 males held the publish, and the primary upstater because the Nineteen Thirties. She promised a strong agenda of initiatives, starting from creating reasonably priced housing and new jobs, and a state that’s reasonably priced to individuals elevating households.

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Hochul additionally addressed the elephant within the room, public security, saying she needs a state, “without illegal guns on our streets.”

But it might be a case of watch out what you want for as a result of Hochul is dealing with plenty of issues, together with a looming fiscal disaster — in each the state and town — and a Legislature that’s way more progressive than she is.

“The fiscal problems she is going to face in New York City and New York state are significant. New York City is in particular trouble. People are beginning to understand that she’s going to have to be the captain of the ship that steers us through the criminal justice crisis, while getting us through the fiscal crisis,” political strategist Hank Sheinkopf stated.

The heaviest lifting could also be attempting to get the left-leaning Legislature to go together with modifications to the felony justice system and bail reform. Pundits say she might should forge an alliance with Republicans and average Democrats to get that completed — not a simple feat in Albany.

“There’s going to have to be some criminal justice reforms on the bail laws and there’s going to have to be a real recognition that our fiscal problems are overwhelming. If we don’t solve the crime problem, we’re going to have more people leaving,” Sheinkopf stated.

The governor is seemingly taking it straightforward Wednesday after her frenetic campaigning over the previous couple of weeks. But on Thursday, she is anticipated to fly to Puerto Rico for the annual Somos Conference.

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