As Cuomo exits, Hochul to take office minus ‘distractions’

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New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul addresses the media after a meeting with Long Island labor leaders in Hauppauge, N.Y., on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. Hochul is set to take over as governor of the state in a midnight transfer of power on Monday, Aug. 23, following the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Danielle Silverman/Newsday via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to end his decade as New York’s governor Monday when Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul takes over in a transfer that will break another glass ceiling for women in state politics.

The transition between Democrats comes just under two weeks after Cuomo announced he would resign rather than face a likely impeachment battle over sexual harassment allegations. Cuomo had planned to run for a fourth term next year. Instead he is to leave office at 11:59 p.m. Hochul will become New York’s first female governor when she takes her oath in private moments after midnight.

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