HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is preparing to take the reins and make history as New York’s first female governor.
As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reports, on Long Island Friday, Hochul stepped it up in Hauppauge, while Andrew Cuomo packed it up in Albany. Moving trucks were taking his stuff away as his replacement continued her in-person “get to know me better” tour.READ MORE: 'NYC Winter Outings' Hopes To Expand The Impact Of Restaurant Week
“Showing appreciation to the labor community, the job creators, the business community, elected officials,” Hochul said.
Her last weekend as lieutenant governor kicked off with a roundtable discussion, with no news media allowed, with Long Island labor leaders, where topics included job training, green jobs and new legislative efforts to support essential workers.
In Albany, a six-man team of movers hired by Cuomo worked to beat the clock, because the executive mansion will become Hochul’s not long after 11:59 p.m. Monday, when Cuomo’s resignation officially takes effect.
Carlin asked Hochul about her plans to take up residence in Albany.READ MORE: LIRR Commuters Sound Alarm On Frigid Conditions And Limited Heated Waiting Rooms
“I haven’t thought about getting a U-Haul. I was just gonna pack an overnight bag and see what happens,” Hochul said. “I’ll then keep our residence in Buffalo as well. It’s going to be very fluid.”
The 63-year-old Cuomo can fund new lavish living arrangements, with earnings that included $5.1 million for his COVID book. Additionally, retirement papers are in for him to get a $50,000 annual state pension for life, which is unlikely to be denied him, with no felony charges.
The allegations that led to Cuomo’s leaving are in a report from state Attorney General Letitia James, concluding the governor sexually harassed 11 women, including current and former staffers. The governor’s legal team once again pushed a narrative Friday that the AG’s report needs edits and retractions.
“That the report has to include evidence that was favorable to the governor that the investigators were told about.” attorney Rita Glavin said.MORE NEWS: Former New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Says He Will Not Run For Governor
So Friday ended without a glimpse of the governor, but with Hochul happy to say get used to seeing her a lot.