Kathy Hochul to run for governor herself in 2022 after Cuomo resigns

 

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will serve out the remainder of Andrew Cuomo’s third term after he steps down amid sexual harassment allegations in a little less than 2 weeks..

“Yes, I will,” the governor-in-waiting said, Thursday after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation from office on Tuesday.

Hochul plans to eliminate anyone from her administration and  Cuomo aides in the executive chamber who were implicated in unethical behavior by the New York attorney general’s investigation of his behavior toward women.  “Nobody will ever describe my administration as a toxic work environment,” Hochul said in her first news briefing on Wednesday after the Democratic governor announced his resignation a day earlier.

A democrat , 62-year-old Kathy Hochul  will become the state’s first female governor.

On Tuesday, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who has been in Albany ever since a report of the allegations of sexual harassment were released by the attorney general last Tuesday, has submitted his resignation. In this term, the governor, who ruled with an iron fist from decades, has faced various allegations and had been called to step down. Finally, he submitted his resignation today.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said that his resignation would be effective in 14 days. He will be replaced by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. She is also a Democrat and will be sworn in as the first female governor of the State.

Late Sunday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s loyal aide Melissa DeRosa tendered her resignation, according to the New York Times. The top and trusted strategist was found to have led retaliatory efforts against a woman who had publicly spoken against the governor’s alleged behavior of sexual harassment. DeRosa was also involved in the alleged coverup of nursing home deaths that is being investigated by federal authorities as well as the New York State Assembly.

The 38-year-old strategist has been a part of the Cuomo administration from 2013. She began her career as communications director. In 2015, she was promoted to the post of chief of staff. In 2017, she became secretary to Gov. Cuomo. She has been one of the youngest ever, to hold this position.

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