Despite New York governor’s vow, her policies have aided casino operator Delaware North, her husband’s firm

Despite New York governor’s vow, her policies have aided casino operator Delaware North, her husband’s firm

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  • Jay Root, The New York Times
May 29, 2023 8:39 PM
  • Jay Root, The New York Times

The day before she was sworn into office, Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York signed an unusual recusal policy forbidding her from using her position to help Delaware North, a global giant in entertainment and hospitality services.

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The privately held company — which owns or manages 11 gambling venues and numerous hotels, and handles concessions at scores of stadiums, airports and parks — employs Ms. Hochul’s husband, William Hochul, as its senior vice president and top lawyer.

Yet Ms. Hochul’s recusal, and an even more sweeping addendum she signed two months later, hasn’t stopped the governor from taking actions that could benefit Delaware North or hurt its competitors, especially near Buffalo, the governor’s hometown.