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New York’s first female governor Kathy Hochul sworn in


New York’s first female governor Kathy Hochul sworn in

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Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York at the stroke of midnight Tuesday, taking control of a state government desperate to get back to business after months of distractions over sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo.

The ABC 7 reports that the Democrat from western New York was sworn in as governor in a brief, private ceremony in the New York State Capitol overseen by the state’s chief judge, Janet DiFiore.

The new governor tweeted immediately after:

Honored to be officially sworn in as New York’s 57th Governor.

Looking forward to the full swearing-in ceremony with my family later this morning, and addressing the people of New York later today.

— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) August 24, 2021
Hochul’s ascent to the top job was a history-making moment in a capital where women have only recently begun chipping away at a notoriously male-dominated political culture.

New York Attorney General Letitia James congratulated Hochul via Twitter just moments after the swear-in ceremony.

Today is a historic day for New Yorkers with the swearing-in of our first female governor, @KathyHochul.

I congratulate Governor Hochul on this incredible accomplishment and wish her well in her new role building on the progress of our great state.

— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) August 24, 2021
Cuomo left office at 12:00 a.m, two weeks after he announced he would resign rather than face a likely impeachment battle. He submitted his resignation letter late Monday to the leaders of the state Assembly and Senate.

In the letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie, Cuomo wrote:

I hereby tender my resignation for the office of Governor of the State of New York. This resignation will be effective at 12:00 a.m., August 24, 2021. It has been my pleasure to serve with you both.