This was supposed to be a month for Gov. Kathy Hochul to tout her budget accomplishments — a spending plan that voters generally have given good reviews.
A Siena College poll released Tuesday found voters like the $1 billion boost for mental health care programs, an increase in the state's minimum wage and are cheering the changes to the state's controversial bail law.
But Hochul isn't yet fully enjoying the fruits of the budget labors, with a favorable rating standing at 40%.
"Voters like all of those things, they think they’re going to be good for New York," Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg said of the budget. "But at the same time, none of that has rubbed off on Gov. Hochul."
And the budget honeymoon has been short lived.
Hochul is now facing a growing crisis stemming from an expected rise in migrants heading to New York, and ongoing fight between New York City Mayor Eric Adams and county executives across New York who do not want to host migrants who first arrived in the five boroughs.
Officials have urged Hochul to take a more active leadership role in the dispute.
"People are starved for leadership," said Republican state Sen. Rob Rolison. "That’s why, I think, so many folks have such a low opinion of government in general. Leaders need to be leaders even before there’s an issue you have to absolutely lead on. Know what’s happening and be able to respond in a timely manner."
Hochul has pointed to the state's growing efforts to provide support. The budget included $1 billion for housing and resources. She's expanded the National Guard presence. And the state is reviewing potential housing sites for migrants while also asking for federal aid (Hochul said Monday she's yet to hear back from the White House on her request sent late last week).
In phone calls with county leaders and in public, Hochul has been a sympathetic voice, supporting both Adams while telling local government officials she understands their concerns.
"We have literally been embedded now with their incident command center," she said at a news conference on Monday. "I have my top individuals or in place to help navigagte through the complexities of what the mayor’s had to deal with."
Her fellow Democrats in Albany have been supportive of the governor. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has pointed to the federal role to play in providing suport for migrants.
"All of us have to be able to work together to deal with this crisis," she said, "and humanity is certainly at the core of it."