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Hochul approval rating doesn’t get boost from budget passage

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Despite broad approval of the recently passed New York state budget, Governor Kathy Hochul’s approval rating remains at 40%, according to a Siena College poll.

The budget, praised for its significant increases in mental health care programs and the state’s minimum wage, as well as changes to the controversial bail law, has not led to a significant boost in Hochul’s standing. Pollster Steve Greenberg indicated that while voters appreciate the budget’s provisions, this sentiment has yet to positively impact the Governor’s approval ratings.

Simultaneously, Hochul is grappling with a rising crisis related to an expected influx of migrants to New York, amidst a dispute between NYC Mayor Eric Adams and county executives unwilling to host migrants initially arriving in the city. Critics, including Republican state Senator Rob Rolison, have called for more proactive leadership from Hochul.

In response, the Governor has highlighted the state’s efforts, including a budget allocation of $1 billion for housing and resources, increased National Guard presence, and exploration of potential housing sites for migrants. While she has expressed understanding for both Adams and the concerns of local government officials, Hochul’s ability to navigate this complex issue remains a key factor in her future approval ratings.