Replacement For Andrew Cuomo Vows Disruption

( Andrew Cuomo will soon be gone as governor of New York after he resigned this week.

His replacement is already vowing big change in the state of New York.

On Wednesday, Kathy Hochul, who is currently the state’s lieutenant governor and will take over for Cuomo once he’s officially gone, said there will no longer be a “toxic” workplace at the state house.

The soon-to-be new governor also promised that she would oust any staffer who was hired under Cuomo if they were involved in the “unethical” conduct related to retaliating against some of the women who originally accused Cuomo of sexual harassment.

At her first news conference this week, Hochul said:

“The governor and I have not been close. And when my term ends, nobody will ever describe my term as a toxic workplace environment.

“I’m fully prepared to assume the responsibilities of the 57th governor of New York.”

Hochul is taking over for Cuomo and will serve the rest of his term, which is set to expire in 2022. In preparing for her new position, she has held calls and meetings with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (who is from New York), leaders in the faith and business sectors, governors of other states in the Northeast, former Senator Hillary Clinton (also from New York) and members of the state’s legislature.

She said she would pick the person who will serve as her lieutenant governor in the next two weeks, before she even takes over the position of governor. Hochul commented:

“Over the next two weeks, I will continue meetings with current and potential Cabinet officials. I’ll build out my senior staff. And I’ll do what I’ve always done.

“I will travel the state to meet New Yorkers, to listen to them, to assure them that I’ve got their backs.”

Cuomo resigned followed a reported that was issued by Letitia James, the attorney general of the state. That report found that the soon-to-be-former governor sexually harassed 11 women over his career. Those women include both former and current state workers.

James’ report concluded that Cuomo actually broke state and federal laws when he made unwanted comments that were sexually suggestive and touched women inappropriately.

In announcing his resignation, Cuomo continued to deny that he sexually harassed anyone. At the same time, he said he definitely made comments that made women feel uncomfortable, and he was sorry for that.

James’ report also found that some of the governor’s aides retaliated against Lindsey Boylan, a former government official, after she announced that Cuomo sexually harassed her.

Hochul commented specifically on that when she said:

“Nobody named in that report doing anything unethical will remain in my administration.”

At the press conference, Hochul wouldn’t answer a question by a reporter about whether she’d pardon Cuomo if he were ever charged criminally from the report.

At the same time, district attorneys’ offices from five different sections of New York are looking into whether Cuomo committed any crimes in their counties.