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Kathy Hochul (right) is administered the oath of office as New York State governor by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore as her husband, Bill Hochul, holds a Bible at the state Capitol in Albany, New York, on Tuesday. Photo: Hans Pennink-Pool/Getty Images

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the state's 57th governor Tuesday, following former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: Hochul, a Democrat, is the first woman to serve as governor of New York and will serve out the remainder of Cuomo's term until 2022.

  • Nine women now serve as governor in the U.S. — tying with a record set in 2004 and equaled in 2007 and 2019, though this is well short of gender proportionality, AP notes.
  • Hochul has already announced her bid for governor in 2022, the first Democrat to do so after Cuomo said he would resign.
  • Hochul has vowed that no one will ever call her workplace "toxic," per AP.

Background: Hochul received national attention after winning a special election in 2011 for a New York congressional seat that had not gone to a Democrat in 40 years.

  • Hochul later joined Cuomo's gubernatorial ticket as lieutenant governor in 2014, though the two have rarely appeared in public together.

What they're saying: "I'll tell New Yorkers I’m up to the task," Hochul told WGRZ after being sworn in. "And I'm really proud to be able to serve as their governor and I won’t let them down."

  • She noted earlier that she has "a different approach to governing," per AP. "I get the job done because I don’t have time for distractions, particularly coming into this position," Hochul added.
  • State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs said, "She's very experienced and I think she’ll be a refreshing and exciting new governor."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new comment from Hochul and to include details of the governor's record.

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Oct 12, 2021 - Health

Judge rules New York must allow religious exemptions in health care worker vaccine mandate

Health care workers protest against being forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine outside the New York State Office Building in Hauppauge, New York. Photo: Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM via Getty Images

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that New York state must allow for religious exemptions in its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers.

Why it matters: The move is a new obstacle in the course of Gov. Kathy M. Hochul’s effort to require inoculation for all health care workers.

NYT columnist Nick Kristof forms PAC for potential Oregon governor run

Nick Kristof and director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute Laurel Weldon speaking at an event in 2017. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof formed a political action committee on Tuesday called "Nick for Oregon" ahead of a potential run for Oregon governor.

Why it matters: The move would allow Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, to raise money and hire staff for a potential gubernatorial campaign.

Biden says presidency "will be determined" by outcome of spending plans

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.

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