New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul addressed the public for the first time on Wednesday, attempting to distance himself from disgraced Governor Andrew Cuomo by saying they had “not been close, physically or otherwise” , during his six years in power.
At a press conference in Albany, Hochul said Cuomo had promised a peaceful transition of power and that the “toxic” work environment he allegedly created in the executive chamber would not continue under his leadership.
“There will be turnover” in his administration, Hochul said. “I think it’s very clear that the Governor and I haven’t been close, physically or otherwise, in terms of the weather.”
“I’m going to stay here, at the end of my term, whenever it ends, no one will describe my administration as a toxic work environment,” she said.
KATHY HOCHUL TO BECOME NY’S FIRST WOMEN GOVERNOR AFTER CUOMO’S RESIGNATION
Hochul, a Democrat who briefly served in Congress representing a district in the Buffalo area, will be the first woman to become governor of New York.
Cuomo, 63, on Tuesday announced his effective resignation on August 24 following an explosive report from state attorney general Letitia James claiming he sexually harassed 11 women from 2013 to 2020 in violation of the law. federal and state law.
The governor told a press conference he was “deeply” sorry for any behavior deemed inappropriate during his tenure, but denied the allegations of sexual harassment contained in the investigation.
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Hochul, 62, tweeted shortly after Cuomo announced that she was okay with his decision.
“I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to resign,” she wrote. “It is the right thing to do and in the best interests of New Yorkers. As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am ready to lead as as the 57th Governor of New York State. “
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