UPDATED 6:34 PM PT – Sunday, August 8, 2021
New York Lt. Gov. Kath Hochul (D) has reportedly been making preparations to lead the Empire State on the chance embattled Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) were to step down or be ousted from office. According to reports on Sunday, Hochul sought advice on potential hires as well as who to keep from Cuomo’s administration.
The lieutenant governor has been said to believe she could end up in the governor’s office in a matter of weeks. However, Hochul has yet to be informed of Cuomo’s plans.
No one is above the law. Under the New York Constitution, the Assembly will now determine the next steps.
Because Lieutenant Governors stand next in the line of succession, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the process at this moment. 2/2
— Kathy Hochul (@LtGovHochulNY) August 3, 2021
The Democrat would become the first female governor in state history if Cuomo resigned or was removed from office by the state legislature.