UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul’s first stop on her final day of campaigning was a busy Upper East Side intersection.
The New York governor – facing an increasingly tight gubernatorial race against Republican Lee Zeldin – stopped to shake hands and take photos at the corner of East 86th Street and Second Avenue.
Hochul’s appearance outside the Second Avenue subway tracks with a campaign emphasizing infrastructure and post-pandemic recovery.
“Passengers keep coming back to the subway,” Hochul said in a press release about the rise in subway ridership. “We invest in cops, cameras and care to ensure our passengers have the best possible experience across the system.”
Meanwhile, contestant Zeldin garnered growing support with an anti-crime message that earned him an unequivocal endorsement from the New York Post and on-pitch support from Upper East Side moms.
Hochul, visiting the Upper West Side on Mondaysaid Zeldin was just “hyperventilating”.
“He’s… been trying to scare people for months,” Hochul said. “New Yorkers are in the game.”
If Hochul wins the election – her 14th – she will become New York’s first elected female governor.
If Zeldin wins, he will become the state’s first Republican governor to be elected since Governor George Pataki, who served from 1995 to 2007.
Upper East Side voters who have yet to vote can find what they need to know here.
Patch will follow the returns on Tuesday night and provide live updates on the results.