ALBANY — In January, Gov. Kathy Hochul was called by some political observers the prohibitive favorite in this year’s election for governor
She had raised a record-breaking $25 million in campaign funds. The person believed to be her most formidable foe had dropped out. She had a goody-filled state budget everyone seemed to love.
Then came April.
Budget secrecy and surprises undermined good will among some legislators. The field for governor has grown, not dissipated.
And her first major act in office — the selection of Brian Benjamin as her lieutenant governor — blew up in her face when he was indicted on federal corruption charges Tuesday and abruptly resigned.