Kathy Hochul To Become NY’s First Female Governor

The Democrat & Chronicle reports:

Kathy Hochul will soon find herself as the first female governor in New York state history after an abrupt end to the three-term tenure of embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo on Tuesday announced he would step down, with his resignation taking effect in 14 days, clearing the way or Hochul to be elevated to the governor’s office.

Since 2015, Hochul, 62, has been lieutenant governor. In 2011, Hochul ran in a special election for a congressional seat in a Republican-leaning district encompassing much of the area between Buffalo and Rochester following the abrupt resignation of Republican Rep. Chris Lee.

Republican Jane Corwin was initially heavily favored to win, but Hochul pulled off an upset victory by attaching Corwin to a controversial Republican proposal to overhaul Medicare.  She served in the seat until 2012, when she lost to Republican Chris Collins after the district was redrawn and renamed the 27th congressional District.

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Hochul is expected to run for governor next year. Other possible Democratic candidates include New York AG Letitia James and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio. The leading Republican candidate, so far, is GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin.