Governor Kathy Hochul (D) issues one executive order from April 17-23

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) issued one executive order from April 17-23. As of April 23, Hochul has issued 13 executive orders in 2023—six fewer than she did at this point a year ago. The order is below:

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 4.20, where the governor continues a statewide disaster emergency due to healthcare staffing shortages.

Governors use executive orders to manage executive branch operations. During the week of April 17-23, the nation’s governors issued 43 executive orders. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued the most with 20. Governors in 40 states issued the fewest orders with zero. Democratic governors issued 5 of the 43 orders, while Republican governors issued 38.

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 1,558 executive orders in 2022. Governors have issued 515 executive orders in 2023. Republican governors issued 346, while Democratic governors issued 169. New York is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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