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NYC-DSA Statement on Hochul’s Billionaire Donors

    Governor Hochul wants to sell out our budget to the highest bidders. But New Yorkers can win a budget for the working class.

    For Immediate Release: March 23rd, 2023

    NEW YORK, NY—In response to recent reporting on how Governor Hochul’s billionaire donors are influencing this year’s budget process, NYC-DSA released the following statement:

    “It comes as no surprise that the ultra-rich are bankrolling support for Governor Hochul’s pro-billionaire agenda: Governor Hochul has made it abundantly clear that she intends to serve the richest New Yorkers. It’s why she’s been fighting tooth-and-nail to shield them from paying what they owe for the public goods the rest of us rely on. And it’s why billionaires like Mike Bloomberg along with charter school, real estate, and Wall Street interests are donating tens of millions of dollars to pass her corporate agenda in this year’s budget. But New Yorkers are done catering to the super-wealthy while the rest of us struggle to pay our bills. New Yorkers overwhelmingly support taxing the rich to fund universal childcare, a better transit system, publicly-owned clean energy, and affordable housing for all — and because we’ve been organizing around this vision, we’re closer than ever to making it a reality. 

    With the budget deadline coming up, the ultra-wealthy are scared of our momentum. They’re pulling out all the stops to undo our progress and keep the state in their image. But we won’t let them win. We’ve gotten promises from the Assembly and Senate by stepping up and standing together. Now we need to turn up the heat to turn those promises into action. We won’t let billionaires buy our political system — we’ll build a New York by and for the working class.”


    ABOUT NYC-DSA: New York City Democratic Socialists is the local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America—the largest socialist organization in the United States with over 85,000 members. NYC-DSA is run by its 5,000+ members and activists who are working together to build a democratic socialist organization in the five boroughs.