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How much did Hochul’s annual address cost? Report says over $2M

Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration spent nearly $2 million on private consulting firms over the past two years to assist in preparing her State of the State addresses.


The state’s use of private consultants increased during the COVID-19 pandemic when public bidding was set aside, and many fiscal restrictions were lowered.

The Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte Consulting were paid most of the funds for State of the State preparations through a $19 million contract approved during former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

The state inspector general’s office is currently investigating contracts related to project management work for COVID-19, which may also involve scrutiny of the contracts used to help with Hochul’s speeches and State of the State addresses.