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Shortly after midnight, Kathy Hochul was sworn in because the 57th governor of New York.
She turns into the state’s first feminine governor, taking management at a rare time for New York.
The state nonetheless struggles to get better from the pandemic, presenting Ms. Hochul, beforehand the lieutenant governor, with a number of critical challenges in housing, public well being and different areas. Her tenure begins after Andrew M. Cuomo resigned as governor following a state legal professional common report that discovered that he had sexually harassed 11 girls.
Ms. Hochul, a Democrat from western New York, has vowed to usher in a brand new period of civility and consensus in state authorities.
“I feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders and I will tell New Yorkers I’m up for the task,” Ms. Hochul advised WGRZ-TV, a Buffalo-based information station, shortly after she was sworn in. “I thought about all the women that came before me, including my mother who was not there, but a lot of women through history, and I felt they passed the torch to me.”
[Many members of the State Legislature have welcome Ms. Hochul’s rise with a sigh of relief after years of feuding with Mr. Cuomo.]
Ms. Hochul bought her begin in politics by working as a staffer on Capitol Hill and the State Assembly. She served 14 years on the Hamburg Town Board and, in 2007, was appointed Erie County clerk.
In 2011, Ms. Hochul was elected to Congress after successful a particular election to interchange Representative Christopher Lee, a Republican.
Mr. Cuomo picked her as his operating mate in 2014, and he or she was re-elected as lieutenant governor in 2018.
Ms. Hochul’s first deal with can be streamed on-line at three p.m., the place she is going to seemingly define a lot of her priorities as governor.
Ms. Hochul has stated she is going to take as much as 45 days to find out which cupboard officers and prime workers she desires to maintain from the Cuomo administration.
But on Monday, Ms. Hochul introduced her two prime aides: Karen Persichilli Keogh, who most lately labored as head of worldwide philanthropy for JPMorgan Chase & Co., can be secretary to the governor, and Elizabeth Fine, common counsel and an govt vp at Empire State Development, can be Ms. Hochul’s counsel.
Cuomo's ultimate speech
In a ultimate deal with on Monday, which was prerecorded and 15 minutes lengthy, Mr. Cuomo struck a defiant tone, claiming that “intense political pressure and media frenzy” had brought on a rush to judgment on the sexual harassment allegations made towards him.
In an indication he is probably not absolutely exiting the general public enviornment, he likened the legal professional common report back to a firecracker that began a “political and media stampede,” and stated there would “be another time to talk about the truth and ethics of the recent situation involving me.”
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The police commissioner is pleading with officers to get vaccinated, saying three officers have died of Covid-19 up to now week. [N.Y. Post]
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ferry program added a new route between Staten Island and Manhattan, with an growth to Coney Island deliberate for later this 12 months. [Gothamist]
A girl who referred to as a automobile by means of a ride-hailing service on Staten Island was sexually assaulted inside a automobile that picked her up, police stated. [Staten Island Advance]
And lastly: The fiberglass cows have returned.
The Times’s Julia Jacobs writes:
The cows are again.
Twenty-one years in the past, about 500 fiberglass cows — embellished by artists, celebrities and schoolchildren — have been positioned throughout New York City. The vibrantly colourful cows grazed in parks and on sidewalks, the place vacationers snapped pictures, kids clamored to climb up on them and thieves plotted attention-getting heists.
Now, although, the cows are much less like a wild herd drumming up chaos throughout the 5 boroughs and extra like an elite pack of pampered present cows being trotted out on the county truthful.
Last week, 78 fiberglass cows have been settled in eight areas within the metropolis, largely the place they are often watched by safety guards or cameras. At Hudson Yards, 22 cows stand inside and out of doors the posh shopping center, posing beneath the escalators or searching a glass balcony towards Kate Spade and Coach (the place purses fabricated from their pores and skin can fetch a whole bunch of ).
The firm accountable for the general public artwork exhibition, CowParade, didn’t need a repeat of the occasions of 2000, when cows have been defaced with graffiti, had their ears lower off or disappeared from their podiums. (In one case, two younger males have been within the technique of loading a painted cow into their Jeep on West Houston Street when the police arrived.)
“That event was one hell of a learning experience for us,” stated Jerome Elbaum, the founding father of CowParade, who’s now 81. “We were very naïve in those days.”
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Metropolitan Diary: ‘You go’
I used to be crossing a avenue in Midtown Manhattan. I seen a person approaching from the left. We reached the nook on the identical time.
I finished to let him cross.
“Please,” he stated. “You go. I’m retired. I don’t have to be anywhere.”
— Arthur Flug
Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read extra Metropolitan Diary right here.
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