NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo facing possible impeachment over sexual harassment allegations, the spotlight is on Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul,

If a majority of the 150 member Assembly votes to impeach him, or if he steps down, Hochul would take over as governor, and it would make her New York’s first female governor.

READ MORE: Blackwood Blanks Reeling Flyers As Devils End 4-Game Skid

As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reports, Hochul has spent much of the last nearly seven years on the road, visiting each of the state’s 62 counties annually, mostly working in Cuomo’s shadow during her two terms in office.

The 62-year-old was not present during his daily coronavirus briefings, was not mentioned in his pandemic memoir, and is not considered part of his inner circle.

WEB EXTRARead The AG’s Report | Exhibits 1 | Exhibits 2 | Exhibits 3 | Cuomo’s Response

Hochul’s name was also not mentioned in the investigative report by state Attorney General Letitia James which detailed efforts by Cuomo’s staff to discredit some of his accusers.

In a series of tweets last week, Hochul said in part she believed the women and that “The AG’s investigation has documented repulsive & unlawful behavior by the governor towards multiple women.”

But she stopped short of calling for his resignation because she’s “next in line of succession, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the process at this moment.”

READ MORE: Duarte, Turner Lead Pacers Over Knicks

Her communications director posted pictures last week as she rode the subway on her way to an event in Harlem wearing a baseball cap that read “fight like a girl.”

“Even though jokes were made about this, could be the next governor that we’re addressing today. She was resolute and did not make any mention of anything. She was a consummate professional,” said Queens Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman.

Hyndman invited Hochul to speak at the event for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women prior to the release of the AG’s report.

Outside of that event, Hochul has been canceling public appearances.

“She was in Queens recently. A couple of my colleagues met with her. So she has definitely made an impression I believe across the state of New York,” Hyndman said.

A Buffalo native, Hochul served on the Hamburg town board and then as Erie county clerk. She was elected to Congress winning a 2011 special election, representing a conservative Western New York district, but she lost a bid for reelection a year later.

Hochul has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a law degree from Catholic University, but left a career in law for public service.

MORE NEWS: Avs Beat New York; Trouba Delivers Another Hard Check

She is married with two children.

Alice Gainer