With the diverse political experience that propelled her from a city council in upstate New York to Capitol Hill in Washington, Kathy Hauckol will soon become the first woman governor of New York.
As New York’s deputy governor, the number two in the state’s chain of command, she will take over in two weeks from Governor Andrew Cuomo, her fellow Democrat who resigned on Tuesday over a sexual harassment scandal.
“I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to step down,” Hokol, 62, wrote on Twitter. “This is the right thing to do in the best interests of New Yorkers.”
“Given that I have served at all levels of government and as the next nominee in the chain of command, I am ready to take on the position of the 57th Governor of the State of New York,” she added.
Andrew Cuomo (archive from AFP)
For 14 years, Hokol has been a member of the city council of Hamburg, a town of about 55,000 near her hometown of Buffalo which is more than six hours’ drive from New York City.
‘Proud of Holkol’
“I grew up in Hamburg, and we are very proud now that she has become the first woman governor of New York,” said Joanne Kisner, a Democrat who served with Hokol on city council from 1997 to 2007.
After Hokol’s experience in Hamburg, then New York Governor Elliot Spitzer appointed her as Erie County Chief of Staff. quit
Spitzer from the governorship in 2008.
In 2011, Hokol won a special election for a congressional district that no Democrat had won in 40 years.
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