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.
I’ve had the privilege of working with the Governor when she was Lieutenant Governor; first as a Council Member and now as Queens Borough President. I witnessed firsthand Governor Hochul’s dedication and tenacity to all New Yorkers, and I know she is ready now on day one.
— Queens Borough President Donovan Richards (@QnsBPRichards) August 24, 2021
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.
Congratulations to our new Governor @GovHochulNY on this historic day for our State. My mom has lived in NYS for all her over 81 years and today is the first day she gets to see a woman as Governor! https://t.co/uUzRRwT2qk
— Jimmy Van Bramer (@JimmyVanBramer) August 24, 2021
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.
— Nily Rozic 李羅莎 (@nily) August 24, 2021
— Adrienne Adams (@AdrienneEAdams1) August 24, 2021
Congratulations to @GovKathyHochul on being sworn in as the first female governor of New York State!
We wish her well in her new role and look forward to working together with the incoming administration on issues of importance to the Queens communities.
— Queens DA Katz (@QueensDAKatz) August 24, 2021
Congratulations to New York’s first woman governor, @GovKathyHochul! I look forward to working with you to help our state recover from this pandemic and support New York families.
— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) August 24, 2021
.@GovKathyHochul sure has a nice ring to it!
Congratulations to our first woman governor! Look forward to working alongside you to build back a New York that works for all who call our beautiful state home. https://t.co/Em0Phb0aFO
— Jessica Ramos (@jessicaramos) August 24, 2021
Congratulations to @GovKathyHochul on being inaugurated as the first female Governor of the State of New York! A historic moment that puts New York back on track!
— Peter Koo (@CMPeterKoo) August 24, 2021
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.
Congratulations to Governor @KathyHochul on your historic day. I look forward to working with you and your team to build a partnership-driven Albany and deliver full accountability and justice for nursing home victims.
— Ron T. Kim (@rontkim) August 24, 2021
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.
Congratulations to @GovKathyHochul on the day of her historic inauguration! During her tenure as Lt. Governor she showed real commitment to our community by visiting the Clinton Democratic Club and touring NE #Queens. I look forward to what she will accomplish for our city. pic.twitter.com/m3C08mWvS4
— Paul Vallone (@PaulVallone) August 24, 2021