Kathy Hochul Sworn in as New York Governor

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Aug 24, 2021
Kathy Hochul sworn in as NYS governor

Kathy Hochul was formally sworn in as the governor of New York, replacing her departing predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, to become the first woman to hold the office. Cuomo announced  two weeks ago his plan to resign, shortly after the release of a damning report by New York Attorney General Leticia James, finding that the governor sexually harassed several current and former state employees. This led to numerous calls for him to step down, as well as a fast-moving impeachment inquiry in the Assembly (which has since been halted). 

Hochul, who was sworn in at midnight, has already appointed two top aides: Karen Persichilli Keogh, who will be secretary to the governor, the highest ranked appointed official in New York; and  Elizabeth Fine, who will be her counsel. 

The New York Times reported that Hochul will almost immediately need to address issues related to COVID-19, including the extent to which to mandate vaccines and masks in workplaces and schools, and whether to strengthen an eviction moratorium that expires later this month. “I want people to believe in their government again,” she said during a brief news conference shortly after she was sworn in. “Our strength comes from the faith and the confidence of the people who put us in these offices, and I take that very seriously.”

The 62-year-old governor was described by the BBC as a centrist Democrat from the Buffalo region who, for the past 14 years, held the largely ceremonial position of lieutenant governor. In previous statements she said she had been unaware of the former governor's behavior, and pledged her administration would not be 'toxic' as the previous one had sometimes been described

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