Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service, John Kincaid, spoke with The Buffalo News about the rise of Kathy Hochul, New York’s new governor, and the executive power that comes with the role.

John Kincaid poses in front of bookshelf

John Kincaid

In the state of New York, the governor has extensive appointment powers and works with a budget that comes directly from their office. Hochul also has vast resources at her disposal that governors of other states cannot depend on.

“If you look at the existing research, most of it places the governor of New York on the high end in terms of the formal, institutional powers provided by the Constitution,” says Kincaid, who also discussed the governor’s leadership style. “Generally speaking, a governor who socializes with and works with the legislature tends to do better on average than a governor who does not,” he said. “So her willingness to work with the legislature, given the position she’s starting from, will probably pay benefits.”


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