Kathy Hochul has made history after becoming the first woman to be elected as New York Governor. The Democrat 64-year-old retains the office she assumed in August 2021 when her predecessor, Andrew Cuomo resigned.
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Hochul defeated Republican congressman Lee Zeldin, an ally of ex-President Donald Trump. She told supporters shortly after her triumph and was declared winner, she tweeted on Wednesday saying;
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“I’m not here to make history, I’m here to make a difference”, “I may be New York’s first woman governor, but I know I won’t be the last”,
Hochul won the Democratic primary in June, defeating U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi of Long Island and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
In May 2011, Hochul won a special election for New York’s 26th congressional district after the resignation of Chris Lee. The victory then made her the first Democrat to represent the district in 40 years.