Former US governor predicts NY’s Hochul will be ‘effective’ taking over for Cuomo

Former New York Gov. David Paterson (D) said Sunday that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) will be well-suited for the job when takes over for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) following his resignation.

When Hochul takes over, she will be the first woman to serve as governor in New York’s history. In a recent interview with John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM, Paterson talked about the task ahead for Hochul and the changes that will come when she assumes her new role as governor. “I think she is really going to surprise New Yorkers by how effective she is. She’s a moderate to a certain degree, but on the issues that are really important, I think she comes down on the right side,” Paterson said.

Paterson was the first legally blind person and first Black person to be sworn in as governor of New York, serving from 2008 to 2010. Paterson became governor following Eliot Spitzer’s resignation due to a prostitution scandal. Hochul will take over for Cuomo who announced his resignation earlier this week following a report issued New York Attorney General Letitia James (D). The report was released following an investigation that found the governor sexually harassed multiple women and retaliated against one who threatened to speak up about it.

Paterson also predicted that Hochul will look to bring in her own team. “I get the feeling that there’s going to be a little bit more of a housecleaning than you might think – that there is a real desire to change the whole make-up of the governor’s office and how it operates,” Paterson stated. “That’s a very good thing to do because in 2008, when I became governor [following Spitzer’s resignation], I didn’t do that right away and it came back to haunt me [because the people I kept stabbed me in the back],” he added.



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