NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Before Andrew Cuomo became entangled in scandal, his then-lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, had been in talks to join President Joe Biden’s administration, CBS2 learned Thursday night.
Sources said that sometime in January of this year Cuomo staffers told Hochul they wanted to take her off the ticket for the next election because they wanted to have somebody who was “more of a partner,” and have somebody that represented the diversity of the state.READ MORE: Viral Video Shows Unmasked NYPD Officer Pushing Masked Commuter Out Of Subway Station
Melissa DeRosa, then-secretary to the governor, approached the Biden administration about getting a job for her. Hochul wanted ambassador to Canada or Ireland.READ MORE: Hip-Hop Improv Show 'Freestyle Love Supreme' Returns To Broadway
Biden’s people came back with the idea of undersecretary to an agency. Hochul then suggested undersecretary of commerce.
That was in the works when nursing home and sexual harassment scandals started to unfold in the Cuomo administration. Hochul then decided to stay on as lieutenant governor.MORE NEWS: Eligible New Jersey Residents Urged To Get COVID Booster Shot
CBS2 reached out to Gov. Hochul’s office for comment on Thursday night, but did not immediately hear back.