New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that she is ready to take over as governor from Andrew Cuomo in two weeks, and vowed not to have a “toxic” workplace, as Cuomo allegedly has had for three terms.
Hochul also said she would get rid of any Cuomo staffer who was involved in “unethical” conduct in retaliating against at least one of the multiple women who accused the disgraced Democratic governor of sexual harassment.
“The governor and I have not been close,” Hochul told reporters at her first news conference, a day after Cuomo stunned the state with his announcement that he will resign later this month to avoid an all-but-certain impeachment.
“And when my term ends, nobody will ever describe my term as a toxic workplace environment.”
Hochul also said, “I’m fully prepared to assume the responsibilities of the 57th governor of New York.”
Hochul, whose term as governor will expire in late 2022, said she had already held meetings and calls with members of the New York legislature, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., former Sen.