By virtue of her virtually limitless energy approach to the job, the people of the State of New York are coming to know a great deal about Governor Kathy Hochul. Seemingly nonstop events from Long Island to Niagara Falls; the State of the State message; the presentation of her proposed 2022-2023 state budget; and the release of campaign financial reports have flooded the media with facts and commentary about the governor. There is still a state Democratic Convention and a primary coming up with two challengers in the race, but it is hard to deny that we have a fairly good picture of Hochul’s priorities and where she wants to take the state.
It is good to see most Western New Yorkers doing their part to flatten the COVID-19 curve with social distancing, staying close to home and generally taking proper care to help reduce the spread of the virus. There is plenty of good neighboring going on that hopefully will bring better times a little closer.
The personal tragedies of severe illness and death are difficult to bear, as is the uncertainty of it all. Most everyone will come to personally know someone who has been affected directly or through quarantine. Continue reading