ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — This week on Empire State Weekly, the race for governor of New York takes shape as Attorney General Letitia James launches her campaign challenging incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul.

This comes as former Gov. Andrew Cuomo will now face a judge following the filing of a misdemeanor criminal complaint, which accuses him of “forcible touching” one of his staff members at the governor’s mansion in Albany. All this playing out as New Yorkers are set to take to the polls on Tuesday for New York’s General Election, where they will have the chance to weigh in on a number of statewide issues.

We spoke with Grant Reeher—director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University—to analyze what this means for the Primary Election among Democrats in June. As questions begin to arise about how James’ candidacy for governor will split Democrats’ support in the primary, Reeher says incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul has an edge. But that could change with a divisive contest between a candidate with left-favorable views and one who wants to position themselves more moderately.

We also take a closer look at the five statewide ballots New Yorkers will decide on in the General Election on Tuesday, and how they could reshape New York’s political landscape. How will the environment play a role in future decision-making among state and local governments and businesses?

We also heard from Jennifer Wilson—with the League of Women Voters—and Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group with more insight on each proposal at hand. We took a deep dive into the issues surrounding two of the more controversial proposals on the ballot: amending New York’s redistricting process and the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthful environment.

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