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Queens elected officials hopeful for New York’s future with Governor Kathy Hochul

New York Governor Kathy Hochul reacts as she speaks to the media after taking part in a swearing-in ceremony to become New York state's 57th and first woman governor, in the Red Room at the New York State Capitol, in Albany, New York, U.S., Aug. 24, 2021. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

The air was filled with hope on Governor Kathy Hochul’s first day as the head of New York state.

At midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 24, Hochul took the oath of office at the State Capitol in Albany as former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned on Aug. 23 following his highly publicized sexual harassment scandal.

“I’ve already reached out my hand in friendship too many elected officials who are eager for a new relationship with the state,” Hochul said during her first address as governor.

She added that she would sign an executive order requiring ethics training for every government employee in New York state.

That same day, Queens politicians took to social media to congratulate Hochul on her appointment as the first female governor in state history and expressed renewed optimism to build back New York.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards congratulated Hochul and recounted their history of working together in government throughout the years.

Richards added that he looked forward to building a relationship with the incumbent governor that would uplift the people of Queens.

“Here in Queens, we look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the Hochul administration and working together tirelessly. From conducting vaccine outreach to under served communities to revitalizing our small businesses, we will continue to keep up the good fight,” Richards said.

New York state’s first governor was George Clinton in 1777 and the position would continue to be filled by men for more than two centuries. To date, 19 states have never elected a woman as governor.

Other lawmakers echoed Van Bramer’s sentiment and added that they looked forward to working with Hochul on pandemic recovery and other pressing issues in Queens and New York state.

Councilman Ron Kim, who went head-to-head with former Cuomo over his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, said that he was looking forward to working with Hochul to deliver justice to the victims.

Other lawmakers like Councilman Paul Vallone shared Hochul’s commitment to Queens communities. During her tenure at lieutenant governor, Hochul made visits to several Queens elementary schools, colleges and businesses to learn about the inner workings of the borough.

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