At midnight on Tuesday, Kathy Hochul was sworn in to become New York’s 57th Governor, becoming the first female governor of New York State.
Gov. Hochul answered a few questions before stepping away to head to her first meeting as governor. She addressed her priorities during an afternoon address. Among her top concerns are Covid-19, teachers, vaccinations, testing and evictions.
On her first day as governor, Gov. Hochul held a public swearing-in ceremony. She wore white, representing the suffragette movement and the historic moment for her and New York, as she became the first female governor of the state.
“Honored to be officially sworn in as New York’s 57th Governor. Looking forward to the full swearing-in ceremony with my family later this morning and addressing the people of New York later today,” Gov. Hochul tweeted from her newly updated Twitter username, ditching the original title of “Lt.” of @GovKathyHochul.
“This is an emotional moment for me, but I am prepared for it,” she said. “I’m so looking forward to continuing the work we have to do.”
She’s got a running start, already speaking to President Joe Biden, who pledged his full support to her administration.
She is “looking forward to a fresh collaborative approach.” To that end, she’s spoken to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who called her to tell her about the teacher vaccination mandate and said there would be no surprises.
Family members who attended the early morning ceremony included First Gentleman Bill Hochul, who held the bible for his wife to profess the oath, Matt Gloudeman, and Will and Christina Hochul. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore initiated the ceremony and oath.