If NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is gone before the end of his term?
Hochul moves up to the Governor’s office…
(Cuomo hardly works with her)
She would be the first woman Governor of the Empire State….
And she is NOT from the metro New York City area where they tend to come from in the last few decades …..
As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confronts the greatest political crisis of his career, amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment and growing demands for his resignation, New Yorkers are growing more curious about Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who would replace him if he were no longer in office.
Mr. Cuomo has strenuously denied that he behaved inappropriately and has repeatedly ignored calls to step down, but he is losing the support of more leaders in his party by the day, and state lawmakers have opened an impeachment inquiry. If Mr. Cuomo were to resign or be removed from office, Ms. Hochul would become the first woman in history to serve as governor of New York.
Ms. Hochul, of the Buffalo area, is a lawyer by training and served briefly as a member of Congress. Mr. Cuomo chose her as his running mate in 2014, and she has won two statewide elections for that role. She thrives on retail campaigning and has spent much of her time as lieutenant governor away from Albany, traveling the state.
If she were to assume the governorship anytime soon, she would face a series of urgent legislative deliberations and responsibilities, including negotiating budgets, leading New York through its vaccination program and managing its economic recovery….
Ms. Hochul won re-election to that position in 2018, after defeating Jumaane D. Williams, now New York City’s public advocate, by less than seven percentage points in the Democratic primary. New Yorkers vote for governor and lieutenant governor separately in primary elections, rather than as part of a ticket, and Ms. Hochul won more counties across the state than Mr. Cuomo did, though he won his own primary by around 30 percentage points.
If vice presidents have historically complained about being marginalized in Washington, lieutenant governors tend to have it worse.
And Mr. Cuomo, who once declared, “I am the government,” is not thought to have a particularly close personal or working relationship with Ms. Hochul.
The lieutenant governor has spent much of her time on the road, highlighting the administration’s agenda and engaging in extensive on-the-ground politicking.
“She has made her entire time in the lieutenant governor’s seat sort of like a statewide campaign opportunity,” said State Senator Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat.
Through that process and her efforts to promote women running for office in particular, Ms. Hochul has built something of a statewide network of her own that was important in her re-election campaign and will be vital in any future bids for office. If she becomes the incumbent governor, people close to her say, she will seek re-election next year…..