State Budget Passes. The Legislature approved the spending package last evening. It is a major triumph for Kathy Hochul. She delivered the budget just one week late. That contrasts with Cuomo’s deals which often missed the deadline by months. The program includes funding for the Buffalo Bills Stadium and bail reform provisions. It clearly is a special interest agenda that strengthens the Governor’s re-election bid. Like any good politician she is building constituencies of support. For 10 years Cuomo used bullying and intimidation to get his way. His successor is using diplomacy and compromise to get the job done. Faith has been restored to New York government. State Budget Passes. Hochul is emerging as the Leader of the Hour !!