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New York's first female governor

Kathleen Hochul became the first woman governor of New York State. The Intelligencer newspaper reports about it.

Since 2015, the 62-year-old Hochul served as the state's vice-governor under the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was forced to resign on August 10, 2021, on charges of harassment. She officially took office at 11:59 p.m. local time, just after Cuomo finally stepped down.

The handover is known to have taken place behind closed doors under the direction of state Chief Justice Janet Difiore. Hochul will be publicly sworn in at City Hall on Tuesday, August 24, at 10 a.m. local time.

On Monday, Aug. 23, Hochul announced the first appointments of members of her team. She appointed Karen Keogh, managing director, and head of state and local government relations for financial holding company JPMorgan Chase & Co. as her secretary. She has also worked in state government in the past. Elizabeth Fine, a lawyer who has worked both in business and in the state attorney's office, will be an adviser to the new governor. Thus, all three key positions in the executive branch of the New York government will be held by women.

Kathleen Hole, as a member of the Democratic Party, has been involved in politics since the 1980s, but she was not successful in this area until 2011 when she was able to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2015, she took office as Lieutenant Governor of New York. As Deputy Cuomo, she campaigned against hard drugs and sexism. She advocated for driver's licenses for undocumented migrants. On her Twitter page, Hole welcomed her former chief's resignation.

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