Kathy Hochul, New York Democrats under fire for using luxury suite to watch Bills game: ‘Abused their power’

KAthy Hochul in Albany

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during the State of the State address in Albany on Jan. 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

“Following the guidelines governing the ESD suite, Governor Hochul gathered with members of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and Western New York leaders at the Bills game where they discussed the region’s infrastructure and economic growth. The Governor followed all State guidelines regarding usage of this space, including using personal funds to pay $531.00 to cover the cost of tickets,” Hochul spokesperson Avi Small said, per the New York Post. 

The donation was made to FeedMore WNY.

A.J. Baynes, CEO of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, also noted that there was a “very productive discussion on critically important infrastructure for the future of the town of Amherst” with Hochul in the suite.

ESD spokesperson Matthew Gorton also told the paper that Heastie’s office requested to use the suite, which was “honored as a courtesy” and “all guests were notified of the rules regarding lobbyists’ attendance and public reporting requirements in advance of the game.”

Grandeu believes the fact that charitable donations were made proves the suite was used for personal use rather than a location to operate in their official capacity.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

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