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Delgado in background of Hochul administration

May 24, 2023 12:51 am

Joshua Solomon reports in the Times Union about what New York Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado has been up to. It has been about a year since Delgado quit on the 19th Congressional District, leading to a special election that Democrats won, and a general election that Republicans won. Delgado was seen widely with Gov. Kathy Hochul during her reelection campaign last fall, but since then Delgado has not been very visible. Now Solomon writes, "he has been relatively absent during the governor’s biggest political fights since the election: the failed nomination of Justice Hector D. LaSalle as chief judge; an unprecedented (and now failed) proposal to increase housing; and recent changes to the state’s bail laws intended to increase public safety." Delgado declined to be interviewed for the story, instead sending a statement that said, in part, that he has “worked in partnership with Governor Hochul to build a safer, fairer and more affordable state.” Instead, Solomon caught up with Delgado speaking in Herkimer, "read[-ing] lines that can be traced back to state websites and administration news releases." Delgado has almost become Hochul, who as number two to Andrew Cuomo, did little but tour the state and meet many local officials. Delgado has been meeting folks such as Assemblyperson Chris Tague, a Schoharie conservative, who at the Olde Tater Barn in Schoharie County saw the Lt. Gov at an annual Chamber of Commerce awards dinner. Delgado said, “This community embraced me, and whether you were a Democrat, a Republican or an independent, there was at least an attempt to be civil, thoughtful.” Delgado then turned to Tague, and said, “We’re not going to agree on every single issue, right, Chris?” Tague said he wishes Delgado had a louder voice in the Hochul administration, saying, “Maybe things would be a little different in Albany if he was able to play a little bigger role.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.