Hochul Sits Out Debate. She did not participate in yesterday’s forum with Democratic contenders Jumaane Williams and Tom Suozzi. She explained she had to remain in Albany for the final legislative session. Her opponents decried her favorable NRA rating and Bills Stadium deal. They trail her badly in the polls. She has a marked advantage as the incumbent. Her fundraising far outdistances them. Hochul is relieved that Cuomo did not file to run as an independent. That would have blown the race wide open. The ex Governor would have siphoned enough Democratic votes to pave the way for Republican victory. Hochul will participate in the final 2 debates. The primary is scheduled for June 28th. Hochul Sits Out Debate. New Yorkers have the right to hear her faceoff in a public matchup with her 2 rivals !!