New York’s new governor Kathy Hochul’s first conflict of interest could present itself in her family, which includes a husband who works for a food services and casino management company that has $50million in open contracts with the state.
Hochul, a married mother-of-two from Buffalo, takes over from Governor Andrew Cuomo in two weeks. He resigned suddenly on Tuesday after fighting sexual harassment allegations for a week since the release of Attorney General Letitia James’ damning report.
Hochul’s husband, William J. Hochul Jr. or Bill, as she calls him, is the general counsel and senior vice president of Delaware North, a gaming giant which has massive stakes in New York’s gambling laws.
The company has two casinos in upstate New York – Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and Hamburg Gaming.
The New York Gaming Commission must sign off on any deals done in the casino industry like the sale or acquisition of a site. Hochul is now in charge of it.
Delaware North manages casinos around the country including one in the Finger Lakes and Hamburg Gaming, a casino in Buffalo.
Hochul’s husband, William J. Hochul Jr. or Bill, as she calls him, is the general counsel and senior vice president of Delaware North, a gaming giant which has massive stakes in New York’s gambling laws
Delaware North manages casinos around the country including one in the Finger Lakes and Hamburg Gaming, a casino in Buffalo
Records from the New York State Comptroller’s Office shows Delaware North has $50million in contracts that are up for renewal with the state
One of Delaware North’s casinos is the Finger Lakes Gambling and Race Track casino
It also has $50million in open contracts on the food services it operates including a $39million contract with the New York Thruway Authority to manage all of its food and drink services at service area stops.
That contract, as first reported by The Daily Beast, began in 2006 and will expire in 2022 – a month after the Kathy’s first potential election. She’ll still be in office even if she doesn’t win.
Delaware North also has a $10million contract with the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation that expires at the end of this year.
It includes all of the food, beverage and gift shop concession at Niagara Falls
Hochul’s daughter-in-law Christina works for a DC pharmaceuticals firm. She is the Director of Federal Policy there
Delaware North also manages food and drink stands at The Rink at the Rockefeller Center, event catering at The Plaza hotel, and food stands at at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Niagara Falls State Park, the Keybank Center.
Hochul’s daughter-in-law Christina works for DC pharmaceuticals company Biogen and her daughter, Caitlin, is a communications director at a Washington DC PR firm that is regularly hired by the federal government to improve how inclusive it is of disabled staff.
Concepts, the firm Caitlin works for, has been hired in the past by the Department of Justice and the State Exchange on Employment & Disabilit, the Department of Defense, the Department of Housing & Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Her daughter-in-law, Christina, is the Director of Federal Policy at Biogen, a $50billion pharmaceuticals company which recently received FDA approval for an Alzheimer’s drug.
Hochul’s son, William Hochul III, is a lawyer at the DC firm Sidley Austin. His past cases have included working pro-bono for migrant families separated at the border.
The family has been suddenly thrust into public glare by Cuomo’s resignation and now faces
Hochul’s daughter Caitlin is a director at a PR firm which has been hired in the past by multiple government agencies to help them improve how inclusive they are of disabled staff. Her son, William Hochul III, is an attorney in Washington DC
Hochul said on Tuesday that she was ‘prepared to lead’. She will give her first press conference at 2pm on Wednesday
Hochul’s husband Bill is a former prosecutor who served in the Western District of New York for 23 years. He helped prosecute al-Qaeda terrorists including the Lackwanna Six, the first known Americans to travel to train with the group.
Hochul previously served as Eerie County Clerk. She was endorsed by the NRA in Buffalo in 2007 and 2012 but she since she started working in Albany, she has taken a firm anti-gun stance.
She has begun making phone calls, including one to Reverend Al Sharpton, about how she will govern, but is yet to speak publicly about it aside from tweeting on Tuesday: ‘I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to step down. It is the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers.
‘As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor.’
She will give her first press conference at 2pm on Wednesday.