I recall, years in the past, doing a little analysis about politics right here within the Southern Tier. It didn’t seem to be a spot the place a Democrat may ever be elected. On the time, the final Democratic President who had carried the world in an election had been Andrew Jackson in 1828. It was fairly apparent then, as it’s at this time, that the Republican Social gathering is the default alternative of voters within the Southern Tier.
The area’s popularity as a Republican bastion is so nice that when Stan Lundine in 1976, in his first marketing campaign for Congress, carried Steuben County–he obtained a name from Jim Farley, then nonetheless residing and former marketing campaign chief for Franklin D. Roosevelt. Farley mentioned that it was the primary time he had ever seen a Democrat carry Steuben County.
Quick ahead to this yr, when the Republicans neatly challenged a Democratic redistricting plan in a Courtroom in Tub, Steuben County. The choose threw out the plan (most likely for good causes,) redrew the traces and guess what? The Republicans in New York State picked up an additional 4 seats in Congress this previous election day. The Southern Tier nonetheless is, and can probably proceed to be a Republican stronghold for years to come back.
Having mentioned that and understanding the politics of the place I dwell, I nonetheless are likely to assist Democrats right here after I can. We want and certainly profit when there’s a sturdy two-party system within the nation.
With that in thoughts, I consider that the Democrats made nice strides ahead once they changed Andrew Cuomo with Kathy Hochul. Cuomo was a top-down, micro-manager who dominated Albany largely by concern and trepidation. Hochul has introduced again the concept the Governor serves in live performance and cooperation with the legislature. She additionally permits the businesses and departments of state authorities to operate with out virtually every little thing they do having to be cleared by the Governor’s workplace on the second ground of the State Capitol… as was the case underneath Cuomo.
Hochul made some missteps in naming her first Lieutenant Governor however she acquired that corrected and moved on. She additionally addressed the “cashless bail” laws that had been handed underneath Cuomo. Although extra nonetheless must be accomplished, she acquired modifications made within the state finances to deal with at the very least among the issues with it. After all, within the election, she acquired no credit score for that. The cry went out: “Crime, Crime, Crime!” (It jogged my memory a little bit of “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!”) You’d have thought the previous City Councilwoman, County Clerk, Member of Congress, Lieutenant Governor and now Governor had change into the Queen of Crime.
Loopy — however that’s the politics of divide and conquer which in our day has change into fairly normal in elections.
I don’t agree with our governor on every little thing … particularly, the push inside her get together to maneuver so shortly to an all-electric world. They appear to have forgotten that the first gas for the state’s personal electrical manufacturing and for heating our properties is and can proceed to be, by necessity, for a few years — pure gasoline. However, that apart, we must always give her credit score for surviving a vicious, well-funded marketing campaign by her opponent, and changing into the primary girl to carry the workplace of Governor and the primary since Grover Cleveland to come back from the far reaches of Western New York.
And, if you’re a Buffalo Payments fan, she acquired the deal accomplished to maintain the Payments in Buffalo. Her opponent would have messed that up and was “lukewarm” at greatest on conserving the staff right here.
So, congratulations Governor in your election. You bought “shellacked” and trounced within the Southern Tier. However, don’t really feel too badly — Democrats by no means do very effectively down right here. We nonetheless although are New Yorkers, and we want you success within the subsequent 4 years as you confront the challenges of main this very numerous and unruly state!
Rolland Kidder is a Stow resident and a former New York state Assemblyman.