Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York’s first female governor


Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the 57th governor of New York at midnight Tuesday — making history as the first woman to be the state’s chief executive.

The 62-year-old longtime public servant was sworn in by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore at a private ceremony in the state Capitol building.

Hochul, a Buffalo native, succeeds disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo after serving under him as lieutenant governor since 2015.

Cuomo resigned in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations after more than a decade in control in Albany.

Hochul will later hold a ceremonial swearing in the state Capitol building at 10 a.m.

The new governor will then meet with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx).

She is then scheduled to deliver a virtual address to the public at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Hochul received her BA from Syracuse University, and a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Washington, DC’s Catholic University.

Her career in politics dates back to the early ‘90s, and includes stints as the Erie County Clerk and as the Representative of New York’s 26th Congressional District.

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