12 AUGUST 26, 2021 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Governments in America traditionally
change hands in January;
must happen for such a changing
of the guard to occur in the other 11
months of a calendar year.
That’s what occurred at the stroke
of midnight Monday, Aug. 23, in Albany,
when scandal-scarred Governor
Andrew Cuomo resigned his post, and
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
took the reins as New York’s 57th (and
fi rst female) chief executive.
We’ve been at similar points before
in New York and American history.
We think of March 2008, when
Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in
disgrace amid a prostitution scandal
and Lieutenant Governor David Paterson
took control of New York. We
think of August 1974, when President
Richard Nixon resigned after two
years of the Watergate scandal, and
the unelected Vice President Gerald
Ford assumed the task of leading a
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Governor Hochul has an excellent opportunity to mend fences and forge new alliances in state government.
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government humbled and hobbled
by the controversy.
And in August 2021, Hochul will assume
offi ce at a truly extraordinary
time in history. As if leading the
pandemic recovery work in progress
wasn’t challenging enough, New York
got blasted with a tropical storm over
the weekend that prompted a federal
Such is the life of a New York governor,
faced with challenges that come
at a second’s notice. We have no doubt
that Hochul is up to the task — and was
ready to go when Cuomo announced his
resignation plans back on Aug. 10 amid
the sexual harassment scandal that
crippled his stewardship of the state.
Where does New York go from
here? Look to the state motto that
Cuomo oft en mentions: Excelsior —
Governor Hochul has an excellent
opportunity to mend fences and
forge new alliances in state government.
She seems to understand the
challenges the state faces with the
pandemic: higher taxes and costs of
living, a crumbling infrastructure,
a need for economic reinvestment
among long-ignored communities.
If Hochul pulls it off , New York and
its residents have much to gain. Political
peace in Albany can bring about
tempered public policy and good
works that can boost our economy and
standard of living. Let’s hope she can
lead us there.
As to the outgoing Cuomo, we thank
him for his 11 years of service as governor.
Even so, the investigations into
his conduct over the past 18 months
shouldn’t be swept aside with his
departure from offi ce. New Yorkers
deserve answers and accountability.