Kathy Hochul, New York Democrats under fire for using luxury suite to watch Bills game: ‘Abused their power’


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A proper grievance has been made towards New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and different New York Democrats, who’re being accused of utilizing their authorities positions to see the Buffalo Payments face the Dallas Cowboys in a luxurious suite final season. 

Hochul was joined by New York State Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie and New York Majority Chief Crystal Peoples-Stokes, amongst others, within the “I Love New York” suite at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, to observe the Dec. 17, 2023, sport. 

Lawyer David Grandeu despatched the grievance to the New York State Fee on Ethics and Lobbying in Authorities, per the New York Post.


New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks on the Dutch Broadway Elementary College in Elmont, New York, on Could 9, 2023. (Howard Schnapp/Newsday RM through Getty Photos)

“It’s clear that the general public officers secured the advantage of using the field and the tickets for themselves and their company for his or her personal profit and/or non-governmental functions,” Grandeu’s letter stated. 

“They clearly abused their energy to generate a precious perk for themselves and the lobbyists that accompanied that was not out there to on a regular basis New York residents and taxpayers.”

The “I Love New York” suite is managed by the Empire State Growth Corp. (ESD), which stories to Hochul. It’s full of 16 seats and is used to advertise New York’s financial system. 


Hochul, a Buffalo native, is a die-hard Payments fan, whereas Heastie is a Cowboys fan. That was seen on Hochul’s social media the day of the sport, when she posted a photograph of herself, Heastie and Peoples-Stokes.

“As Buffalonians, @CPeoplesStokes and I each imagine in tolerance for these with opposing opinions…and that’s why we determined to permit a sure [Cowboys] fan to hitch us on the @BuffaloBills sport,” she wrote.

“Sorry concerning the rating, @CarlHeastie! Let’s go Buffalo!”

The Payments demolished the Cowboys, 31-10, on their solution to the playoffs final season.

ESD filed a report concerning the attendance of Hochul and her company throughout the sport final season, saying charitable donations equal to the worth of the seats within the suite have been made. Hochul’s workplace informed the New York Publish that the correct steps have been taken to take a seat within the suite for the sport.

KAthy Hochul in Albany

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks throughout the State of the State handle in Albany on Jan. 9, 2024. (AP Picture/Seth Wenig)

“Following the rules governing the ESD suite, Governor Hochul gathered with members of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and Western New York leaders on the Payments sport the place they mentioned the area’s infrastructure and financial progress. The Governor adopted all State tips relating to utilization of this house, together with utilizing private funds to pay $531.00 to cowl the price of tickets,” Hochul spokesperson Avi Small stated, per the New York Publish. 

The donation was made to FeedMore WNY.

A.J. Baynes, CEO of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, additionally famous that there was a “very productive dialogue on critically vital infrastructure for the way forward for the city of Amherst” with Hochul within the suite.

ESD spokesperson Matthew Gorton additionally informed the paper that Heastie’s workplace requested to make use of the suite, which was “honored as a courtesy” and “all company have been notified of the foundations relating to lobbyists’ attendance and public reporting necessities upfront of the sport.”

Grandeu believes the truth that charitable donations have been made proves the suite was used for private use moderately than a location to function of their official capability.

Governor Kathy Hochul provides an update on the search for Charlotte Sena

Gov. Kathy Hochul (Mike Groll/Workplace of Governor Kathy Hochul)


“This can be a easy case. You may’t use your authorities place to see your favourite crew in a luxurious suite. It’s unsuitable. Sufficient is sufficient,” Grandeu stated.

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