Kathy Hochul was sworn in on Aug. 24 as the first female New York governor after now-former Governor Andrew Cuomo officially stepped down following sexual harassment accusations.
New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore swore in Hochul as the 57th New York governor during a private ceremony at the state Capitol in Albany at midnight.
A more formal ceremonial swearing-in took place at 10 a.m. where Hochul said she wants to revive people’s faith in the government.
“I want people to believe in our government again. It’s important to me that people have faith. Our strength comes from the faith and the confidence of the people who put us into these offices and I take that very seriously,” Hochul said, as quoted by British news outlet The Guardian.
Hochul also announced reforms to sexual harassment and ethics training policies for state employees and has pledged to have a more transparent tenure than her predecessor Cuomo, according to NBC News.
Hochul’s inauguration came two weeks after Cuomo first announced that he was stepping down following demands for him to resign, including from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden, amid a scandal in which 11 women accused him of sexual harassment.
Cuomo has denied the allegations.
Hochul, a 62-year-old Democrat, has been the New York lieutenant governor since 2015. Her inauguration marks the second time in 14 years that a New York lieutenant governor has ascended to the top executive post.
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