Hochul makes pledge to New Yorkers in first address since Cuomo resignation

Get ready for change.

That was the clear message from Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday as she addressed New Yorkers for the first time since Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would resign in the coming weeks.

“At the end of my term, whenever it ends, no one will ever describe my workplace as a toxic work environment,” Hochul said, indicating that no member of the Cuomo Administration who is named in the attorney general’s report accusing him of sexual harassment or creating a toxic work environment would remain.




One of the biggest questions left involves her choice of lieutenant. The answer will come in the next two weeks, Hochul said during the press briefing.

“I will do what I’ve always done. I will travel the state to meet New Yorkers, to listen to them, to assure them that I have their backs,” Hochul added, speaking to the work that she will do over the next year, as she fills out the remainder of Cuomo’s term. “The promise I make to all New Yorkers, right here and right now, I will fight like hell through each and every day.”

WATCH: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul addresses New York State (video)


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