Hochul raises funds ahead of 2022 primary, AG James challenge

ALBANY – The race is on!

Gov. Kathy Hochul is furiously raising funds as she is expected to face fierce challenges from State Attorney General Letitia James and others in her 2022 reelection bid – even while attending an event hosted by one of the most lucrative lobbying firms in Albany run by the father of the ex-Govt. Andrew Cuomo’s former grand assistant.

Hochul attended a fundraiser of up to $ 25,000 per plate at the Capital Grille in Midtown on Tuesday night, hosted by the best Bolton-St. John’s lobbyist and partner, Emily Giske, and participants limited to lobbyist and corporate clients only.

Bolton St. John’s is ranked third in the Joint Commission on Public Ethics’ top ten list of Albany’s highest-paid lobby groups in the state in 2020 and 2019.

Their Albany office was set up by Giorgio DeRosa, also a partner, who is the father of Cuomo’s former head assistant, Melissa DeRosa.

Hochul has contacted large companies with affairs before the state since taking office in August – telling supporters she aims to raise $ 25 million before next year.

She also attended a client-only fundraising afternoon hosted by consulting firm Dickenson & Avella, PLLC on Tuesday, ahead of the Bolton-St. Jean’s evening.

She went to a maximum of $ 10,000 per ticket reception Wednesday morning at Lafayette 148 in SoHo, run by businessmen, The Post learned.

On October 4, she attended an Upper East dig fundraiser for film producer Jana Edelbaum and her husband, Michael Abbott, co-founder and chairman of cannabis company Columbia Care, currently licensed to providing medicinal marijuana to patients in New York.

AG Letitia James is reportedly announcing that she will run for governor soon.
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Last month, Ostroff Associates Inc. – another prominent lobby group in Albany – also hosted a client-only fundraiser for the new governor.

Her campaign – Friends for Kathy Hochul – sends out campaign notices, but conspicuously omits the names of the sponsors.

Bolton St. John’s represents a range of pre-state business clients who can provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in combined contributions for a candidate for governor.

The company represents a network of casino interests – including gaming giant Delaware North, which employs Hochul’s husband William Hochul, who is senior chairman and legal counsel; The Seneca Nations and St. Regis Mohawk tribes and Caesar’s Enterprises, based in Las Vegas.

The lobbying firm also represents many clients in the heavily regulated healthcare industry, including the Greater New York Hospital Association and health insurers Cigna and Humana, and Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant that produced the vaccines against coronavirus and COVID Quest Diagnostics lab testing company.

Other Bolton St. John customers include: Google, NBC Universal, food packaging giant Dart Container Corporation, Airbnb, food delivery app Doordash, private jet company NetJets, wind turbine company Equinox Wind Services, Fuel Cell Energy Inc., RWDSU Local 338 Cannabis Workers Union, Durst Organization, NYC PBA, Beer Wholesalers. KeyBank, the recording industry of America and Top Tobacco.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is also a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2022.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is also a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2022.
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Sources confirmed on Wednesday that James will officially announce that she will run for governor in the coming days. New York City public attorney Jumaane Williams has already announced his intention to appear and filed a case. a campaign account with the State Electoral Council. Other potential challengers include incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic Representative for Long Island, Tom Suozzi.

Hochul and James were seen attending high-profile events – they attended Alfred E. Smith’s fancy dinner last Thursday, the largest fundraiser held annually by the Archdiocese of New York.

Last Sunday, the couple separately attended the Westchester County Democratic Committee dinner.

The two men both delivered remarks on Monday at the 43rd annual convention of federal public employees.

On Wednesday, they were both honored at the 5:30 p.m. fall reception in Harbor NYC hosted by Eleanor’s Legacy – the Democratic organization founded to train women candidates to run for office.

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