Hochul prepares for spotlight as Cuomo steps aside

Hochul moves into spotlight as scandal roils Cuomo’s reign
Lieutenant Governor of New York Kathy Hochul speaks at a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Bronx borough of New York, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Kathy Hochul was set to begin reintroducing herself to the public Wednesday as she prepared to take the reins of power after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would resign from office.

The 62-year-old woman in two weeks will become New York’s first female governor, following a remarkable transition period in which Andrew Cuomo has said he will stay on and work to ease her into a job that he dominated over his three terms in office.

Hochul, a western Democrat from the state unfamiliar to many people in the state even after six years as its lieutenant governor, stayed out of public sight Tuesday, but she issued a statement adding that she was “prepared to lead.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Hochul planned to hold her first news conference at New York’s State Capitol, in the very room where Governor Cuomo became a familiar face to people across the United States and beyond for his televised briefings on New York’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo announced that he would step down rather than face a likely impeachment trial over sexual harassment allegations by at least 11 women, including one who accused him of groping her breast.

The 63-year-old Cuomo has continued to deny the allegations and said his instinct was to fight back against claims he felt were fabricated or unfair.

But he said that with the state of New York still in a pandemic crisis, it was best for him to step aside so the leaders of the state could “get back to governing.”\

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