"I want people to believe in government again," says New York Governor Kathy Hochul at her ceremonial swearing-in.
New York's new governor, Kathy Hochul, was sworn in on Tuesday and she immediately signaled a new beginning for the Empire State.
Former Governor Andrew Cuomo's nemesis, Hochul, is the first woman to hold the position. She said her top mission will be to help restore New Yorkers' faith in state government, a barely
Hochul remarked, "I want people to trust their government again." Faith is vital to me. It's the faith and confidence of the people who put us in these positions that gives us our strength, and I take that very
This includes "changing the culture of Albany" and embracing "a fresh collaborative approach."
A brief Q&A with Hochul revealed that she will prioritize getting COVID-19 support to tenants and taking over the pandemic recovery process. According to her, she spoke with Vice President Biden on Monday evening, and the fellow Democrat vowed his entire support for her
Mayor de Blasio, with whom Cuomo famously feuded, was also promised a new era of cooperation.
About working with city authorities, Hochul remarked, "There will be no blindside." It's important to work together
Judge DiFiore presided over the swearing-in ceremony at the State Capitol, only hours after Cuomo's resignation after sexual harassment claims went into effect with a similar official ceremony soon after midnight.
DiFiore chose a gown originally worn by Judith Kaye, the first woman to serve as chief judge, as a reference to Hochul's pioneering position.
Probably as a tribute to the women's rights movement, Hochul dressed all-white.
In addition to Hochul, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers both attended the ceremony.
In her first speech as governor, Hochul will outline her goals for the coming year.
During Cuomo's final six months in office, he faced allegations of misbehavior, an impeachment investigation, and questions regarding his administration's handling of the COVID situation.
Any Cuomo staffers identified in the Attorney General's investigation that found the former governor sexually harassed 11 women and presided over a "toxic" workplace will be terminated, she promised.
Hochul has frequently stated that she had no knowledge of the activities described by James' investigators.
He has refused to acknowledge to any wrongdoing, even after saying earlier this month that he would resign rather than face an impeachment trial.
When asked about the inquiry into his actions, Cuomo said that it was unfair and that the claims against him were politically motivated.
On Monday evening, the outgoing governor sent a letter to the leaders of the state Assembly and Senate informing them of his resignation, which took
Hochul, on the other hand, appeared to be eager to move on, announcing nominations to the administration early
To fill the state's top appointed job, she chose Karen Persichilli Keogh, a longtime adviser to Hillary Clinton and most recently the head of global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase.
Elizabeth Fine will serve as the Governor's Counsel, A former general attorney for the New York City Council, Fine is the Empire State Development Corporation's executive vice president and chief legal officer as well
It remains to be seen who Hochul's lieutenant governor will be.
If elected to another term in office next year, she will likely choose someone from the city.
Hochul will have a lot to do with when he takes office, and it's not only getting rid of Cuom Covid Rent Relief Program hampered by problems; shortage of workers at state agencies and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; fears about delta variant when schools reopen.
Despite not having a close ties with Cuomo, Hochul was chosen lieutenant governor in 2014.
She is the youngest of six siblings and graduated from Syracuse University and Catholic University of America in 1983 with a law degree. Originally from Buffalo, she served 14 years on the Hamburg Town Board before becoming Erie County's county clerk and winning a special election for a congressional seat.
A former United States attorney for the Western District of New York, William Hochul, is her husband. Children: The couple has two grown-up