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NY Governor Hochul Promises to Focus on Crime, Cost of Living

  • First female governor says voters chose ‘woman in the arena’
  • Governor will lay out agenda in policy speech on Jan. 10
New York Governor Kathy Hochul arrives to speak during her inauguration ceremony in Albany, New York, on Jan. 1. 

New York Governor Kathy Hochul arrives to speak during her inauguration ceremony in Albany, New York, on Jan. 1. 

Photographer: Hans Pennink/AP

New York Governor Kathy Hochul promised to reduce crime, improve affordability and stem the state’s population loss as she took the oath of office for her first full term on Sunday.

Hochul’s inauguration capped a remarkable ascendancy in New York politics, becoming the first woman to take the state’s top office in her own right, after inheriting it in 2021 following Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.