Kathy Hochul builds backing statewide – but would it be enough?

Kathy Hochul hasn’t made many headlines in her six years as lieutenant governor – but she’s made unlikely friends in unlikely places, from the Town of Arcade to the borough of Brooklyn.

If Cuomo resigns, could Hochul thrive as governor of a pandemic-wracked state driven by downstate voters and dominated by ambitious downstate politicians?

“I think, for her, it’s going to be challenging, given the environment and given the reality of how little time there is before the next election cycle,” said Dottie Gallagher, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, who otherwise praises Hochul’s commitment to Western New York and good government and her willingness to listen. “But I know there’s nobody that’s going to work harder at it than she will.”

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