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Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York's first female governor

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) being sworn in as the state's 57th governor early Tuesday, following former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: Hochul is the first woman to serve as governor of New York and will serve out the remainder of Cuomo's term until 2022.

  • Hochul has already announced her bid for governor in 2022, the first Democrat to do so after Cuomo said he would resign.
  • Hochul has vowed that no one will ever call her workplace "toxic," per AP.

Background: Hochul received national attention after winning a special election in 2011 for a New York congressional seat that had not gone to a Democrat in 40 years.

  • Hochul later joined Cuomo's gubernatorial ticket as lieutenant governor in 2014, though the two have rarely appeared in public together.

What they're saying: "I have a different approach to governing,” Hochul said, per AP. "I get the job done because I don’t have time for distractions, particularly coming into this position."

  • State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs said, "She's very experienced and I think she’ll be a refreshing and exciting new governor."

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