Kathy Hochul’s First Day as New York Governor

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It’s Wednesday.

Weather: Sunny in the present day with a excessive close to 93. Skies tonight will stay clear with temperatures dipping into the mid-70s.

Alternate-side parking: In impact till Sept. 6 (Labor Day).

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Kathleen C. Hochul grew to become the primary girl to ascend to New York’s highest workplace on Tuesday, vowing to steer the state via a still-surging pandemic and financial uncertainty, whereas ushering in a brand new period of civility and consensus in authorities.

In her first deal with as the state’s 57th governor, Ms. Hochul portrayed herself as an govt chief who has been grounded by her upbringing in Buffalo, and influenced by her interactions with New Yorkers affected by a weakened financial system, the opioid disaster and the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve been in the trenches with local health leaders and officials battling the pandemic day after day after day,” she mentioned. “Your priorities are my priorities, and right now, that means fighting the Delta variant.”

Her ascension capped a whirlwind chain of occasions that adopted a sequence of sexual harassment allegations made towards the outgoing governor, Andrew M. Cuomo.

[Read more about Governor Hochul’s first day in office from my colleague Luis Ferré-Sadurní.]

The instant points

Ms. Hochul faces a spread of urgent points, from working with lawmakers to strengthen an eviction moratorium that expires later this month to deciding whom to retain from Mr. Cuomo’s cupboard. She continues to be recruiting her prime workers and can announce her choice for lieutenant governor later this week.

[Read more about the challenges Governor Hochul inherited.]

Ms. Hochul must act decisively to curb the fast unfold of the coronavirus Delta variant, and restore belief amongst public well being consultants, particularly on the state Health Department, the place some senior executives felt betrayed by the Cuomo administration’s try and downplay the variety of nursing residence deaths in the course of the pandemic.

How she rose to the highest

In her 14-year trajectory from county clerk to congresswoman to the higher echelons of state authorities, Ms. Hochul has stood out for her affable character, deftness in retail politicking and demanding journey schedule: She has made some extent of visiting every of New York’s 62 counties. Yet she is usually an unknown amount to most New Yorkers, a truth she acknowledged throughout her deal with.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and lots of members of the State Legislature have welcomed Ms. Hochul’s rise with a sigh of aid after years of feuding with Mr. Cuomo, whose ruthless and overbearing governing type led many members of his social gathering to work with him out of intimidation, relatively than good will.

Ms. Hochul has mentioned that she is going to run for a full time period as governor subsequent yr.

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What we’re studying

New York has surpassed San Francisco as the nation’s costliest rental market, in accordance with a brand new actual property report. [Gothamist]

Starting in the present day, folks can purchase tickets to journey the Times Square Wheel, a 110-foot-tall Ferris wheel that appeared close to Duffy Square on Tuesday. [NBC New York]

More than 100,000 New Yorkers have been vaccinated because the metropolis began providing $100 incentives final month for individuals who obtained their first dose at city-run websites, Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced. [New York Post]

And lastly: The Metropolitan Opera reaches a long-fought take care of its orchestra

The Times’ Julia Jacobs writes:

The Metropolitan Opera has struck a labor take care of its orchestra, officers introduced Tuesday, paving the way in which for its musicians to return to work and for the corporate, the biggest performing arts group within the nation, to renew performances subsequent month after being shut down for greater than a yr by the pandemic.

After months of uncertainty, and talks that grew contentious at instances, the Met mentioned that the gamers had ratified a labor deal reached with the union representing the orchestra, Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians. The musicians had been scheduled to return to work on Monday for his or her first official rehearsal because the pandemic closed the opera home in March 2020.

The settlement concludes a number of months of rigidity over how important future pay cuts could be for musicians, who went for almost a yr with out pay in the course of the pandemic.

“The members of the Met’s great orchestra have been through herculean challenges during the 16 months of the shutdown, as we struggled to keep the company intact,” Peter Gelb, the Met’s normal supervisor, mentioned in a press release. “Now, we look forward to rebuilding and returning to action.”

The group was the final of the three main Met unions to come back to an settlement; and not using a deal on a brand new contract for the orchestra, the Met would have probably needed to postpone its reopening. Several smaller unions have but to succeed in offers.

In a joint assertion, Adam Krauthamer, the president of Local 802, and the members of the Met’s orchestra committee mentioned that they had been “thrilled to be returning to regular performances very soon, and look forward to reconnecting with our audiences.”

It’s Wednesday — let the present go on.

Metropolitan Diary: Living with out

Dear Diary:

“I’m just so tired of my body failing me in different ways,” I heard a lady behind me say as I used to be crossing a road in Morningside Heights.

“You should just do what my grandma did,” her male companion replied. “Just remove your spleen.”

The girl gasped.

“You can do that?” she mentioned. “Just live without a spleen?”

“Yeah, I mean, she’s doing it,” the person mentioned as we reached the opposite facet of the road.

“Well, then, get it out of me!” the girl mentioned as they walked off up Broadway.

— John Finnegan

Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read extra Metropolitan Diary right here.

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