Hochul, then assistant governor replaced Cuomo amidst allegations of sexual assault.
Earlier today, Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the 57th Governor of the State of New York, joined by immediate family members, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Hochul previously served as New York/’s assistant governor up until the resignation of Cuomo.
Cuomo was found to have inappropriate sexual conduct according to a report by New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office was tasked to look into several harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo responded with a broadcast claiming he never touched anyone inappropriately and that his actions were taken out of context. Cuomo faced demands for his resignation from the president, as well as multiple Democrats.
Attorney General Letitia James said “today closes a sad chapter for all of New York” in light of Cuomo’s resignation. “We must continue to build on the progress already made and improve the lives of New Yorkers in every corner of the state.”
“This is an emotional moment for me, but it is one that I prepared for and I’m so looking forward to continuing the work we have to do. To that end, I spoke with President Biden last night to talk about a number of issues. He pledged his full support to my administration and anything we need. Particularly I thanked him for the support we’ve received from FEMA and others in terms of cleaning up after Henri and how we were prepared and I want to continue assessing the situation.” Said Hochul
With Hochul at the helms, this marks the first time a woman has resided in the Governor’s mansion in the State of New York. While it is expected Governor Hochul will stay the course of the previous administration on issues like COVID-19, policing and overseeing the multiple charges facing former US President Trump, she will also look to make her own mark on the State New York.