The casino company employing Gov. Hochul‘s husband spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying state officials, including “staff at the Office of Governor and Lt. Governor,” while she was lieutenant governor, records show.
Delaware North, a Buffalo-based gambling and hospitality giant where William Hochul Jr. serves as general counsel and senior vice president, paid New York lobbying shop Bolton-St. Johns more than $300,000 between 2019 and 2021 for lobbying services in Albany, according to a review of JCOPE filings by The Post.
William Hochul joined the company in 2016 after three decades as a federal prosecutor. His wife became Gov. Cuomo’s lieutenant in 2015.
In several instances Delaware North and its lobbyists engaged in “direct lobbying” of the “Executive Chamber/Staff of Office of Governor and Lt. Governor” in 2020 and 2021, a time when Kathy Hochul held the position, records show.
In one 2020 case the lobbying centered on “Covid reopening safety plan[s] in New York