New York Gov. Kathy Hochul plans to run for another term as governor in 2026, she told reporters Tuesday at an event in New York City.

While answering questions at an event at Riverbank State Park on summer recreation, Hochul said she is running for another term two years from now and also plans to keep Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado on the ticket.

“Twenty-twenty-six, it may be a long way off. I'm running. I'm preparing for that race,” Hochul said.

She also said she has a very strong relationship with Lt. Gov. Delgado.

“We communicate regularly. He is doing a phenomenal job traveling the state promoting some of his signature initiatives. So I'm very happy with what we're doing now,” she said.

New York lieutenant governors can be replaced on the ticket and have been in recent history, particularly after first terms. Hochul replaced Robert Duffy in 2014 after four years as former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lieutenant. George Pataki replaced Betsy McCaughey Ross with Mary Donohue in 1998. Shortly after Cuomo’s resignation in 2021, Hochul said that Cuomo was prepared to push her off the ticket in 2022. Delgado has been lieutenant governor since the spring of 2022.

Hochul won election to a full four-year term later that year in the closest gubernatorial election in New York since 1994.

For now, Hochul said her focus is on this November’s elections.

“I have been in constant communication with our teams bulking up the state party, number one. I lead the state party and as goes New York, so goes the Congress,” Hochul said. “So I'm working to get boots on the ground. We're investing in local headquarters all over the state from our battleground districts. I've gone out and met people in those areas. So I'm going to continue my responsibility this year to deliver Hakeem Jeffries the House of Representatives and make him the speaker, continue to support Chuck Schumer, but also deliver New York and a robust, big way for President Joe Biden this November. So that's what all my focus is on right now.”

There are no term limits for New York governors.


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