ALBANY, NY (WENY) — Sunday, the first day of the new year sets the stage for a historical moment in time. Kathy Hochul was officially sworn in as the 57th governor of New York, making her the first woman to take gubernatorial office in the state.
“This day belong to little girls and to young women who will grow up knowing that this day forward there are no barriers they can’t overcome,” Hochul said.
Hochul previously served as Lieutenant Governor since 2015. She took over last year after Andrew Cuomo resigned in August. Since then, she has pushed for a number of issues including public safety, reproductive rights, climate change and economic development.
In her inaugural address, Hochul said she plans to tackle a variety of issues in her four-year term including affordability, gun violence, the rise in hate crimes, and reproductive rights. But she emphasized the issue of affordability.
“New Yorker’s are just struggling to pay rent, food, and gas to get to their jobs. They’re hurting. Our people are hurting. We’re gonna fight for them,” she said.
To tackle this issue, she added that she plans to strengthen economic development.