The first month of taking office is Kathy Hochul

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The first month of taking office is Kathy Hochul

What You Need To Know

Nick Langworthy is the chairman of the state Republican Party. As the former head of the Erie County GOP, he faced off against Hochul in local races for 15 years. He’s watched Hochul go from a member of congress endorsed by the NRA to a lieutenant governor who supported strict gun control under the NY SAFE Act.

Lenihan admits Hochul’s positions on certain issues may have changed, but says her commitment to those she represents hasn’t.

Langworthy believes the governor will lean more left in the future, noting her decision to make Brian Benjamin lieutenant governor.

Story Highlights

  • Len Lenihan is the former chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party in Western New York, Hochul’s home. From town council, to county clerk, to congress, Lenihan watched Hochul build a reputation as a moderate.

  • Gov. Kathy Hochul took office in late August
    Some Democrats say she is a “Joe Biden moderate”
    State Republican Party Chairman Nicholas Langworthy says the governor is leaning toward the extreme left

He describes her as a “Joe Biden Democrat.”