Hochul says she’s taking time to learn state issues

SNYDER, N.Y.(WIVB) – Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul brushes off suggestions that Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to keep her quiet, saying anyone who knows her “knows that’s pretty impossible to do.”

Hochul helped start the Loughran’s Alumni 5K race Monday night on Main Street in Snyder. She told News 4’s Jacquie Walker that she is taking this time to learn what’s important to all areas of the state.

“We have a plan,” Hochul tells News 4. “I came out and I did interviews right from the get-go. And, I wanted to take this time, the early summer months to really get to know the people of the state. I know the issues of upstate, but I need to get to know the issues downstate as well. So I’ve had countless meetings with elected officials, members of Congress, immigrant groups, women’s organizations, community organizers. So I need to get out there and hear what’s important to them and make sure I can be an effective representative for them.”

Hochul says she has traveled all over the state since the governor named her as his running mate.

She had no comment on the announcement from Senator George Maziarz that he will retire amid a federal investigation of campaign spending.

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