Just a day after delivering her wide-ranging budget proposal, Go. Kathy Hochul sat down with NY1 political anchor Errol Louis on Inside City Hall for an exclusive interview.
The governor talked in more detail about the migrant crisis and the MTA — while giving some clues about how she will respond to her nominee for chief judge being blocked by the state Senate.
With New York City dealing with a wave of homeless migrants, Hochul said she’s willing to help come up with a solution — and $1 billion.
“We are also stepping up to help the mayor,” Hochul says. “We have had a lot of conversations pushing the federal government to do what they are supposed to do. There is a crisis that starts at the border. But the mayor and I have been in sync on this, that there should be help. And we are helping.”
.@GovKathyHochul said President Joe Biden has started the process of helping New York handle the migrant crisis by allowing migrants to start an application process in the country before coming to the U.S.
“Don’t come here unless you know you’re going to be accepted,” she said. pic.twitter.com/WZWxrxqLYx — Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) February 3, 2023
Hochul also outlined a funding scheme for the MTA. Ridership dropped off significantly during the pandemic and has yet to bounce back, down roughly 33%.
Although she didn’t mention it in her address Wednesday, Hochul says she is relying on congestion pricing to help fund mass transit.
.@GovKathyHochul said congestion pricing will play