NEW YORK STATE

Who is new Governor of NY Kathy Huchol? When will she take office?

The history-making Democrat will be the first female to lead New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned Tuesday due to sexual harassment scandal.

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 Who is new Governor of NY Kathy Huchol? When will she take office?
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Lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul, 62, will become the first woman governor in the state of New York after Cuomo abruptly resigned Tuesday due to sexual harassment accusations.

Coming out at a difficult time when NY is still battling the global pandemic and is still in the middle of an economic recovery, Hochul will take the office in two weeks, when Andrew Cuomo's resignation takes effect.

Despite being partly unknown out of the state borders and not coming from a household name as multiple previous state governors including Cuomo have been, her hard work at all government levels, as well as a lieutenant governor for Cuomo for seven years, make her incredibly well prepared to lead New York correctly.

Hochul's democratic political career

The Buffalo native has always been linked to the Democratic Party, even back at her high school years when she volunteered at their local headquarters.

In 1994 after 10 years of her being graduated as a Doctor of Law from Catholic University, she was elected to the Hamburg Town Board in Erie County, New York, where she worked until 2007.

Kathy Hochul began to become a part of the bigger picture in 2011 after being elected to the US House of representatives.

It was just a matter of time she started to work with Cuomo in 2014 as his lieutenant. The pair then won the re-elections in 2018.

Even though they both worked hand by hand for seven years, Hochul came against Cuomo two weeks ago, when she condemned sexual harassment and described Cuomo's behavior as "repulsive and unlawful".