Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York’s first female governor
At 3 p.m., she will deliver her first speech as governor, which will be broadcast online.
During her 14-year journey from County Clerk to Member of Parliament in the upper echelons of state government, Ms. Hochul has distinguished herself with her affable personality, skill in trade policy, and demanding travel schedule. : she insisted on visiting each of the 62 counties. Still, she’s mostly an unknown amount to most New Yorkers, having worked under Mr. Cuomo’s shadow during his nearly seven years as lieutenant governor.
Ms Hochul has previously used her lack of a close relationship with Mr Cuomo as a way to distance herself from the former governor and the overlapping scandals that have engulfed his administration. Introducing herself to most voters, she sought to differentiate her leadership style, promising transparency, a more collaborative approach to governance, and a transformation of the governor’s workplace, which was outlined in the Attorney General’s report. as toxic and hostile.
Indeed, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York and many members of the state legislature greeted Ms. Hochul’s rise with a sigh of relief after years of feuds with Mr. Cuomo, whose style ruthless government and authoritarian presence led many in his party to work with him out of intimidation rather than goodwill.
Ms. Hochul is the first woman to become governor of New York after nearly 250 years of male predecessors and the 10th governor to succeed the lieutenant governor. Ms. Hochul is also the first governor outside New York and its immediate suburbs since Franklin D. Roosevelt stepped down in 1932.
A graduate of Syracuse University and Catholic University, where she obtained her law degree, Ms. Hochul made her debut in politics working as a staff member at Capitol Hill and the State Assembly. She served 14 years on Hamburg City Council and in 2007 was appointed Erie County Clerk, where she made headlines for opposing Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented migrants.
In 2011, she was elected to Congress after winning a special election to replace Rep. Christopher Lee, a Republican who represented one of the state’s most conservative districts and resigned after finding out he had applied for a woman via Craigslist. The district became even more conservative after the redistribution, and she lost her candidacy for re-election the following year to Chris Collins, Republican and leading supporter of Donald J. Trump.
In 2014, Mr Cuomo chose Ms Hochul as his running mate as he sought to bolster his ticket with a woman from outside New York. She was re-elected to this post in 2018.