Advocates urge Hochul to scrap predecessor’s fingerprints from record-setting budget proposal

New York Democratic party 2022 State Nominating Convention in Manhattan in New York City
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raises arms with New York Governor Kathy Hochul at the New York Democratic party 2022 State Nominating Convention in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., February 17, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar

As Gov. Kathy Hochul continues to pave her own path as New York’s leading politico, advocacy groups are imploring the Democrat to scrap leftover policies and proposals of her controversial predecessor Andrew Cuomo — who resigned in August following sexual misconduct allegations by 11 women — from this year’s record-setting budget.

In recent weeks, various demonstrations have been held urging Hochul, who faces primary challenges from both moderate and progressive flanks of the party, to repeal a pre-pandemic Cuomo-era proposal that would result in $2.5 billion in cuts to the state’s Medicaid program, set to be implemented in 2023.

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