Inaugural Themes. Hochul harkened to issues of crime and affordability at her swearing in. She faces an uphill fight, contending with liberals in her party. The restoration of law and order begins with overturning cashless bail. That is opposed by the far left. With her nomination of Hector LaSalle in jeopardy she can expect little support from them. She also pledged to make New York more affordable. New Yorkers are departing by the thousands, spurred by the highest tax burden in the nation. Off to a weak start, Democrats are unlikely to rally around her. The upcoming budget battle will be a test of her ability to govern. Inaugural Themes. The road ahead for Hochul is rocky at best !!