The next governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, said on Wednesday (11) that in her term there will not remain any employee involved in the “toxic” work environment seen in the government of Andrew Cuomo, who resigned after accusations of sexual harassment .
“I think it’s clear that the governor and I are not close, physically or otherwise,” commented Hochul, who is still vice governor, in her first public appearance since the day before, when Cuomo announced his resignation, which will be effective in two weeks.
Hochul said he will work to assemble his own government team and anticipated that he would make important changes in the composition of the cabinet.
According to her, her government will not have any person involved in the unethical acts described in the state attorney general’s report on the alleged cases of harassment of Cuomo and his attempts to cover up the allegations.
That investigation, which eventually triggered the governor’s resignation, described a toxic environment in the cabinet, with a work culture marked “by intimidation, fear and intimidation, on the one hand, and on the other hand, by the normalization of frequent flirting and gender-based comments. by the governor”.
“At the end of my term, when I finish, no one will describe my administration as a toxic work environment,” said Hochul.
The deputy governor, who has worked alongside Cuomo since 2015, guaranteed that she was unaware of the problems in the work environment until the accusations were publicly revealed. Hochul emphasized that the two were never close and that she spent a lot of time visiting different parts of the state.
Hochul assured that this will remain his style: traveling around the state, “listening first and taking decisive action later”.
“The promise I make to all New Yorkers, here and now, is that I will fight for you every day,” said the 62-year-old politician, who will become the first woman to lead the state government.