Hochul sworn in as New York's first female governor

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, accompanied by her husband William J. Hochul Jr., takes the ceremonial oath of office administered by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore at the New York State Capitol. | Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul said she would bring a new style to New York's state Capitol as she was ceremonially sworn in on Tuesday morning to succeed former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned on Monday night.

Hochul is New York’s first female governor. She paid tribute to the women's suffrage movement by wearing white, the color associated with the movement. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who administered the oath, wore a robe used by the first woman to serve as New York's chief judge, Judith Kaye.

“I look forward to a fresh, collaborative approach,” Hochul said during brief remarks following the ceremony. “That’s how I’ve always conducted myself, it’ll be nothing new for me, but it’s something I’m planning on introducing to the state Capitol.”

Hochul’s official swearing-in was held at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, in a private event. Cuomo's resignation took affect two minutes earlier. He stepped down after state Attorney General Tish James issued a report detailing accusations of sexual harassment by 11 women.

After the ceremony, Hochul met privately with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Hochul said addressing the pandemic, getting aid to renters threatened with eviction and changing the culture in Albany would be among her priorities. Lawmakers and tenant advocates have raised concerns about the slow pace of rental assistance funded by the federal government.

She said she spoke with President Joe Biden, who pledged his support in the ongoing cleanup from Tropical Storm Henri.

Hochul also said she’d address delays in distributing money to workers, often undocumented, who were ineligible for unemployment or other aid during the pandemic.

“These people were not eligible for other forms of assistance and they’re hurting. They’re part of the New York family,” she said.

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