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Hochul holds briefing to discuss her plans as governor

Aug 12, 2021 6:00 am

Joshua Solomon is reporting for the Times Union in her first public remarks since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced his resignation, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Wed., Aug. 11, promised that her administration will not include any Cuomo staffers found to have committed unethical offenses by the state attorney general's office. Hochul also noted her arms-length relationship with Cuomo and said that her administration will bring a people-first policy to focus on pressing issues. "I think it's very clear that the governor and I have not been close, physically or otherwise," she said. "I'm going to stand right here at the end of my term, whenever it ends — no one will ever describe my administration as a toxic work environment. ... There will be turnover." Hochul said she will spend the two weeks before Cuomo leaves preparing for a smooth transition of power, including taking the opportunity to meet with current cabinet members. "The promise I make to all New Yorkers, right here and right now: I will fight like hell for you every single day," she said. In her remarks, delivered in the Blue Room of the state Capitol, Hochul outlined the issues she sees New Yorkers facing, including the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 and how that has complicated the opening of schools, small businesses and factories. As the state's 57th governor, Hochul said she will quickly establish her own, diverse administration, including the selection of a new lieutenant governor. She will finish out Cuomo's third term, which was set to expire next year, but has not indicated if she will run in 2022. During the briefing Wednesday, Hochul deflected a question about impeachment and the next steps for Cuomo. Hochul has served as lieutenant governor since 2015, beginning with Cuomo's second term. Read the full story in the Times Union.