ALBANY – The New York State Constitution says that the Lt. Gov. would serve as acting Governor should a governor either resign or be removed from office.
An Andrew Cuomo departure would lead to an elevated role for Lt. Gov. and Buffalo native Kathy Hochul, which State Senator George Borrello (R-District 57) would be a welcome change of scenery for state government.
WNY News Now recently interviewed Borrello as the allegations against Cuomo continue to grow in size and strength. Borrello explains that Hochul, who also previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, would be a “capable, interim governor.”
“I think she is a genuinely caring and concerned person,” Borrello said. “The Governor set the bar very low as far as being able to work with him. The Governor is certainly a difficult person to work with. He likes to rule through fear and intimidation and, ultimately, he has made it very difficult to have a cooperative relationship between the Legislature and the Executive Branch.”
Borrello introduced legislation this week to prohibit elected officials from publishing books about their public service while still in office.
Senate Bill 5601 would amend the Public Officers Law to prohibit elected officials from publishing books about his or her time in office while still holding the position of such office.
“This isn’t a free speech issue, it’s an anti-corruption issue. This legislation is largely inspired by Governor Cuomo’s published memoir, ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic,’” Borrello said in a statement.
“In the midst of the pandemic, the greatest crisis facing our state in a generation, the Governor somehow found the time to write a 300-page memoir praising his administration’s COVID response. Setting aside the fact that his ‘victory lap’ proved to be grossly premature, it is a situation that raises troubling questions about the ethics of elected officials collecting outside profit from actions related to their government responsibilities.”
The bill was referred to the Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee.