New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday (August 11) sought to distance herself from Governor Andrew Cuomo in her first remarks since sexual harassment accusations led to his resignation, saying no official found to have behaved unethically would keep their jobs.
“No one will ever describe my administration as a toxic work environment,” said Hochul, who will move into the governorship in two weeks, at a news conference.
Hochul, who had largely worked in Cuomo’s shadow since being elected lieutenant governor in 2014, has a long career in public service in the state. She served 14 years on an upstate New York town board, was appointed clerk of Erie County and represented a U.S. congressional district that no Democrat had won for 40 years until her victory in 2011.
As the No. 2 statewide elected official, Hochul will take over in two weeks from Cuomo, her fellow Democrat who resigned on Tuesday after the state attorney general concluded he had sexually harassed women, creating a hostile workplace.
Hochul pledged to deliver another public address laying out her vision when she becomes governor.
Hochul’s friends and prior colleagues have described her as hands-on, open-minded and professional, with a special passion for environmental issues and combating domestic violence.
With just 16 months left in the term, Hochul will soon face the decision of whether to run in the November 2022 election to secure a four more years at the helm of New York, the fourth most populous U.S. state.
(Production: Angela Moore)