Governor Kathy Hochul (D) issues one executive order from March 20-26

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) issued one executive order from March 20-26. As of March 26, Hochul has issued 10 executive orders in 2023 — five fewer than she did at this point a year ago. The order is:

  • Executive Order 4.19, where the governor continued the declaration of a statewide disaster emergency due to healthcare staffing shortages.

Governors use executive orders to manage executive branch operations. During the week of March 20-26, the nation’s governors issued 20 executive orders. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued the most with six. Governors in 38 states issued the fewest with zero. Democratic governors issued five of the 20 orders, while Republican governors issued 15.

Hochul has served as governor since Aug. 24, 2021. She issued 64 executive orders in 2022 and 25 in 2021. Nationally, governors issued at least 1,559 executive orders in 2022. Governors have issued 369 executive orders in 2023. Republican governors issued 229, while Democratic governors issued 140. New York is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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