Kathy Hochul makes history as the first woman to serve as Governor of New York after the now-former Governor, Andrew Cuomo resigned amid a number of scandals during his administration.
The 65-year-old Democrat and former member of Congress from Western New York, replaces Cuomo as she was sworn in as the 57th governor of New York. The overnight brief and private inauguration took place at the state Capital, where Janet DiFiore, the State’s Chief Judge, administered the oath of office.
Hochul, was little known as New York’s lieutenant governor 2015 till she was elevated two weeks after Cuomo left the office at midnight. He announced his resignation rather than facing an impeachment battle over the accusation of sexually harassing 11 women.
Gov. Kathy Hochul in a speech at the ceremonial swearing-in on Tuesday, promises more transparency and ethical conduct in government hence forth. Heading her first day as governor, she appointed Karen Persichilli Keogh, a former New York state director and one-time campaign manager to serve as secretary to the governor.
Also Elizabeth Fine, who recently served as executive vice president and general counsel at Empire State Development, was appointed as counsel to the governor.
Sonia Ossorio, President of New York chapter of the National Organization of Women, shared her views saying” One of Hochul’s biggest obstacles when she enters office will be combating the surging Delta Variant of the coronavirus. Thus, Hochul faces calls to make vaccination mandatory for all state employees.
Aside becoming the first woman to serve as governor in New York, Hochul’s advancement brings the total number of female governors in the US to nine.