Gov. Kathy Hochul and Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin will make a headlining appearance at a fundraiser for New York City Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney next month, according to an invitation for the Oct. 18 event.
Tickets for the fundraiser range from $25 to $500.
The appearance at the fundraiser will nearly two months into Hochul's tenure as governor, and nine months before she faces a likely Democratic gubernatorial primary in June. Making fundraising appearances like these events could be key for Hochul, a western New York native and the first governor from Buffalo in a century, to solidfy political relationships heading into an election year.
Hochul has signaled she plans to run for a full term next year, but she will likely face several challenges for the nomination. Potential rivals for the nomination include New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Rep. Tom Suozzi. Attorney General Letitia James has also not ruled out a run for governor.