Kathy Hochul, New York State Deputy Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has announced that he is resigning after being accused of molesting more than a dozen women, heralds a change in political culture in Albany’s capital city. “At the end of my term of office, whenever my term ends, no one will ever describe my administration as a toxic working environment,” she said in a speech.
Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that 11 women were accused of sexual harassment resigns from office. During the speech, Kathy Hochul emphasized that she was not aware of her boss’s behavior. – I think it is clear that the governor and I were not close. (…) I travel around the state and I don’t spend too much time in his presence or in the presence of many people in the state capital – argued Hochul, a representative of the Democratic Party.
The New York Times emphasized that the clerk played a mainly ceremonial role in the Cuomo administration.
Hochul has signaled that she will change the culture in the governor’s office. Following Cuomo’s accusations, a report by Attorney General Letitia James described the atmosphere in Albany as hostile, retaliatory, and fueled by loyalty to the governor at all costs. “At the end of my term of office, whenever it ends, no one will ever describe my administration as a toxic working environment,” said Hochul.
She stressed that she will introduce personnel changes. He intends to remove from his team those who are accused of unethical conduct by the James office’s report.
Consultation with voters
According to Hochul, she would spend the next two weeks traveling around the state. She wants to consult voters before announcing her agenda. She has already spoken with the leaders of the democratic state legislators. She also contacted the leader of the democratic majority in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, former Senator Hillary Clinton, leading representatives of business and clergy, and governors of the northeastern states. Hochul will also continue discussions with officials from the Cuomo team, incl. on the selection of associates.
– I want people to know I’m ready for this. This is not something we expected or asked for, but I am fully prepared to take responsibility as the 57th Governor of New York State, she argued.
Following the swearing-in, the New York Times noted that Hochul, who is due to take power on August 24, will inherit a state that is struggling with a pandemic recurrence, economic downturn and important decisions about how to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus funds.
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