Kathy Hochul to become New York’s first woman governor

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Kathy Hochul to become New York’s first woman governor

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Kathy Hochul, the lieutenant governor, will succeed Andrew M. Cuomo to become the first female governor of New York.Credit...Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Kathy Hochul will take Andrew M. Cuomo’s place as governor of New York State once his resignation goes into effect in 14 days.

Ms. Hochul, New York State’s lieutenant governor, will become the first woman to lead New York State.

“I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to step down,’’ Ms. Hochul said in a statement. “It is the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers. As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor.”

Though she has served on Mr. Cuomo’s team since the 2014 election, Ms. Hochul has largely been cut off from his inner circle. She and Mr. Cuomo have not spoken since February, a senior official told The New York Times earlier this week.

Nevertheless, on Tuesday, Mr. Cuomo expressed confidence in Ms. Hochul’s ability to govern as the state shoulders through the ongoing repercussions of the pandemic.

Click here to read the full article published by The New York Times on 10 August 2021.

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