Hochul Pardons 10. The granting of clemency to former criminals who have rehabilitated and shown remorse is an annual Holiday Ritual. She moreover announced plans to extend pardons on a rolling basis throughout the year. 4 months into her term as Governor she is making all the right moves. She has established herself as a responsible and compassionate Executive. Such a contrast to her predecessor. Cuomo abused the powers of his office for personal gain. Bullying and intimidation were his tools. Finally he self destructed. Facing certain impeachment, he resigned. Hochul Pardons 10. There is a new day dawning in New York with Kathy Hochul in charge !!