Governor Kathy Hochul (D) issues one executive order from May 8-14

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) issued one executive order from May 8-14. As of May 14, Hochul has issued 15 executive orders in 2023 — seven fewer than she did at this point a year ago. The order is: 

  • Executive Order No. 28, where the governor declared a State Disaster Emergency for the entire state of New York relevant to the anticipated surge of migration into the United States and the imminent arrival in New York of significant numbers of individuals seeking shelter and humanitarian assistance.

Governors use executive orders to manage executive branch operations. During the week of May 8-14, the nation’s governors issued 18 executive orders. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued the most with three. Governors in 36 states issued the fewest orders with zero. Republican governors issued 10 of the 18 orders, while Democratic governors issued eight.

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 1,565 executive orders in 2022. Governors have issued 591 executive orders in 2023. Republican governors issued 386, while Democratic governors issued 205. New York is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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