Over the last several days, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has met with officials in New York City who have feuded with outgoing Gov. Andrew Cuomo, ran against her, and did some retail politicking at a county fair back home in western New York.
The tour seems designed in large to telegraph to New York that she will be different from her predecessor, who is leaving office under the cloud of scandal and, well, generally disliked by the political establishment in the state, which is no longer afraid to say so on the record.
Hochul on Monday met with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and her office released a photo of the two beaming over a plate of baked goods.
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