Hochul Faces Balancing Act. The Governor is treading cautiously on covid. The recent surge in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths caused her to issue the controversial mask mandate. The emergence of the omnicron variant makes matters worse. She is urging New Yorkers to get their booster shots and be circumspect for the holidays. Hochul is in the midst of gathering support for her gubernatorial campaign next year. Since assuming office 4 months ago she has been building constituencies. Thus far she has fared well in the midst of the worst public health crisis in 100 years. She has refrained from the Cuomo lockdowns which devastated the state economy. She treads a fine line looking to avoid controversy. Hochul Faces Balancing Act. Her political future depends on continuing to find the Middle Ground !!