ALBANY – She’s in the money.

Governor Kathy Hochul’s campaign announced Tuesday that soon-to-be-released documents will show the Buffalo native has already raised more than $21 million as she seeks a full term.

The record sum, amassed since Hochul took office in August following the resignation of former Governor Andrew Cuomo, gives the incumbent Democrat a near insurmountable monetary lead over potential challengers.

Hochul raised a total of $21.9 million, including in-kind donations, and he has $21.3 million left.

The governor’s campaign boasted that the amount raised is the largest total of contributions for a single filing period in New York history, surpassing the $12.8 million raised in 2002 by former Governor George Pataki over $9 million.

The fundraising update comes as Hochul’s path to primary victory becomes increasingly clear, with Attorney General Letitia James dropping out of her gubernatorial run last fall and former Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing earlier Tuesday that he will not challenge the incumbent governor.

Hochul’s heavy war chest will come in handy as she still faces major challenges from New York City Public Attorney Jumaane Williams and Rep. Thomas Suozzi (DL.I.). Rep. Lee Zeldin (RL.I.) is the presumptive lead candidate on the Republican side.

According to a new Siena College poll released Tuesday, Hochul is the clear frontrunner for Democrats with five months to go in the June primary. She leads the main potential opponents by more than 30 points with 46% of Democratic voters in her corner, compared to 12% for de Blasio, 11% for Williams and 6% for Suozzi. Another 24% of Democrats polled said they weren’t sure.

“With 22 weeks until the primary, it looks like Hochul is in the catbird seat to be the Democratic nominee for governor,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

Hochul became the first woman to lead the Empire State last year after Cuomo resigned following a bombshell report from James’s office detailing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior.

Despite promises of transparency, Hochul’s fundraising efforts have raised some eyebrows as she has attended dozens of fundraising dinners with deep-pocketed donors around the city since taking over from Cuomo. .

The 63-year-old also reportedly outsourced much of her fundraising efforts to powerful Albany lobbying firms, according to the Albany Times Union.

Small in-person events have been organized by lobbying firms such as Hinman Straub, Brown & Weinraub, Avella Dickinson, Mercury Public Affairs and Bolton-St. John’s.

Suozzi also called for a formal investigation into Hochul’s campaign fundraising practices following reports that she used state-owned planes and helicopters to travel to political fundraisers. .


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