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A Conversation with New York Governor Kathy Hochul

Hanne Dalmut, Senior Director, Partnerships, Concordia
Kathy Hochul, Governor, New York State

Introduced by Hanne Dalmut, Senior Director of Partnerships at Concordia, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul declared that she’s not in the role to make history, but rather to make a difference. As the first woman governor and often the only woman in the room during her career, she said she hopes her administration will frame things differently and usher in a new era of collaboration. Spotlighting her work with New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Hochul explained how she is breaking down institutional combativeness and working with the private sector to improve infrastructure around the state.

New York was hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and Hochul explained that people are looking for leadership, energy, and confidence in the future. She listed several priorities for her administration, including public safety, affordability in housing and childcare, and green initiatives. Turning to the idea of democracy, Dalmut asked the Governor for her opinion on democracy’s biggest challenges. Hochul expressed how important voting is. Access to the voting box and confidence in elections are crucial, and candidates need to give voters something to vote for. The responsibility lies with voters to cast their ballots.

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Leaders must work to increase diversity among decision makers. New problems require new ways of framing and collaboration. 
  • In a democracy, the government works for the people. Citizen engagement keeps our democracy vibrant and strong.

“Representation across gender, economic classes, and so on all change the way somebody approaches a challenge or lived experience, and then of course the policies have to reflect that non-uniform perspective.”


Hanne Dalmut, Senior Director, Partnerships, Concordia

“I’m not here to make history, I’m here to make a difference.”


Kathy Hochul, Governor, New York State