Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not want then Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul as his running mate on the 2022 Democratic ticket. She told reporters while she was in Manhattan on Wednesday, October 7, 2021,

 “It’s an open secret that we are not close. This was attempted at the end of the 2014 primary, there was an attempt in 2018, and I’m still standing. I believe I have a right to represent the people who put their faith in me.”

She went on to explain that this was the reason she didn't call for his resignation sooner amid sexual harassment allegations against him.  She thought that it would come across as self-serving, so she pushed for an investigation instead.  One of the concerns of former Governor Cuomo and his team was there was a lack of diversity on the ticket.

Gov. Hochul also confirmed that certain "hold over" employees from Cuomo's administration will be let go from their positions.

 

Gov. Hochul Announces $25 Million in Funding to Fight Hate Crimes in NY

The revelation about Cuomo's desire to dump her as his running mate happened while she was in New York City announcing state funding to fight hate crimes. She declared that $25 million in additional state funding will be made available to nonprofit organizations to improve security and protect people from hate crimes.

Governor Hochul spoke about the importance of protecting New Yorkers from hate crimes,

"By their very nature, hate crimes strike at the heart of our democratic values and threaten to undermine the very tenets of our society. By helping these nonprofit organizations protect themselves against these cowardly acts of violence, we continue to make public safety a top priority. Bigotry and hate have no place in our state, and we will do everything in our power to protect vulnerable people from those who would lash out against them due to their ideology, belief or mission."

If you've witnessed or been a victim of a hate crime in New York, you can report it using this online form.

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