The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Hochul to become NY’s first female governor


ALBANY, N.Y. >> Kathy Hochul was set to become the first female governor of New York at the stroke of midnight, taking control of a state government desperate to get back to business after months of distractio­ns over sexual harassment allegation­s against Andrew Cuomo.

The Democrat from western New York was to be sworn in as governor in the first minutes of Tuesday in a brief, private ceremony overseen by the state’s chief judge, Janet DiFiore.

Her ascent to the top job will be a history-making moment in a capital where women have only recently begun chipping away at what was long a male-dominated political culture.

Cuomo was expected to leave office at 11:59 p.m., just under two weeks after he announced he would resign rather than face a likely impeachmen­t battle. On his final day in office, he released a pre-recorded farewell address in which he defended his record over a decade as New York’s governor and portrayed himself as the victim of a “media frenzy.”

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