Kathy Hochul Biography – Kathy Hochul Wiki
Kathy Hochul (full name Kathleen Courtney Hochul) is an American politician and lawyer serving as the Lieutenant Governor of New York State. She was inaugurated as the 77th Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York on January 1, 2015. Hochul was elected with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on November 4, 2014. She is to serve as the 57th governor of New York following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, scheduled for August 24, 2021, which will make her the first female governor of New York.
Prior to her election, the Lieutenant Governor served as a Group Vice President for Strategic Relationships at M&T Bank, serving as liaison for community matters and significant economic development projects.
From 2011 to 2013, then Congresswoman Kathy Hochul served in the House of Representatives from New York’s 26th Congressional District.
Prior to her time in Congress, Hochul was the highest-ranking female elected official in Erie County while serving as County Clerk from 2007 to 2011. The Lieutenant Governor also served 14 years as a Hamburg Town Councilmember.
The Lieutenant Governor holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a JD from Catholic University in Washington, DC. At the start of her legal career, she worked at a large firm in Washington and later as in-house counsel to a major corporation engaged in homeland security. Hochul then gave up private practice for public service. She was asked to serve as a legal counsel and legislative assistant to Congressman John LaFalce (D-NY) and later to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
In 2006, the Lieutenant Governor joined her mother and aunt in establishing the Kathleen Mary House, a transitional home for victims of domestic violence, and served on its Board of Directors. She co-founded the Village Action Coalition to help local businesses survive competition from big box stores, according to her official New York state bio.
Andrew Cuomo Resignation
On August 10, 2021, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he would resign effective August 24. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will serve out the remainder of Cuomo’s term, which ends on January 1, 2023.
At a press conference, Cuomo said via CBS New York: “Over the past several months, you have heard a number of complaints brought against me. I called for an independent review, and I said at the beginning, I would let the process unfold. I didn’t want anyone to say that I interfered. I said I would hold my tongue and I have – making only limited comments.
“It has been a hard and a painful period for me and my family. Especially as others feed ugly stories to the press, but I cooperated with the review and I can now finally share the truth. My attorney, who was a nonpolitical, former federal prosecutor, has done a response to each allegation and the facts are much different than what has been portrayed.
“That document is available on my website. If you are interested, please take the time to read the facts and decide for yourself.
“First, I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. I am 63 years old. I have lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am and that’s not who I have ever been.
“There is one complaint that has been made that bothered me most. That was a complaint made by a young woman, Charlotte Bennett, who worked in my office. And it’s important to me that you fully understand the situation.
“Charlotte worked in my office last year as an assistant. She was smart, talented, and eager to learn. She identified herself to me as a survivor of sexual assault. She said that she came to work in my administration because of all the progress we had made in fighting sexual assault. She talked about the personal trauma that she endured and how she was handling it.
“I could see how it affected her. I could see her pain. People now ask me, why was I even talking to this young woman? If I knew she was dealing with such issues, why did I even engage with her? That is the obvious and fair question, and one I have thought a lot about.
“The truth is that her story resonated deeply with me. I had heard the same story before with the same ugliness, the same injustice, the same damage. Not only had I heard this story before, I had lived with this story before. My own family member is a survivor of sexual assault in high school. I have watched her live and suffer with the trauma. I would do anything to make it go away for her, but it never really goes away.
“I spent countless days and nights working through these issues with her and therapists and counselors. I’m Governor of the State of New York, but I felt powerless to help and felt that I had failed her. I couldn’t take the pain away. I still can’t and this young woman brought it all back. She’s about the same age.
“I thought I had learned a lot about the issue from my family’s experience. I thought I could help her work through a difficult time. I did ask her questions I don’t normally ask people. I did ask her how she was doing and how she was feeling. And I did ask questions to try to see if she had positive supportive dating relationships.
“I know too well, the manifestations of sexual assault trauma and the damage that it can do in the aftermath. I was trying to make sure she was working her way through it the best she could. I thought I had learned enough and had enough personal experience to help. But I was wrong.
“I have heard Charlotte and her lawyer and I understand what they are saying, but they read into comments that I made and draw inferences that I never meant. They ascribe motives I never had. And simply put, they heard things that I just didn’t say.
“Charlotte, I want you to know that I am truly and deeply sorry. I brought my personal experience into the workplace and I shouldn’t have done that. I was trying to help – obviously I didn’t. I am even more sorry that I further complicated the situation. My goal was the exact opposite. I wish nothing but good for you, and for all survivors of sexual assault.
“There is another complaint that I want to address from a woman in my office who said that I groped her in my home office. Let me be clear. That never happened. She wants anonymity and I respect that. So I am limited of what I can say, but her lawyer has suggested that she will file a legal claim for damages. That will be decided in a court of law. Trial by newspaper or biased reviews are not the way to find the facts in this matter. I welcome the opportunity for a full and fair review before a judge and a jury, because this just did not happen.
“Other complainants raised against me questions that have sought to unfairly characterize and weaponize everyday interactions that I’ve had with any number of New Yorkers.
“The New York Times published a front page picture of me touching a woman’s face at a wedding, and then kissing her on the cheek. That is not front-page news. I’ve been making the same gesture in public all my life. I actually learned it from my mother and from my father. It is meant to convey warmth, nothing more.
“Indeed there are hundreds, if not thousands of photos of me using the exact same gesture. I do it with everyone. Black and white, young and old, straight and LGBTQ, powerful people, friends, strangers, people who I meet on the street after the event, the woman told the press that she took offense at the gesture.
“And for that, I apologize. Another woman stated that I kissed her on the forehead at our Christmas party and that I said, “ciao Bella.” Now I don’t remember doing it, but I’m sure that I did. I do kiss people on the forehead. I do kiss people on the cheek. I do kiss people on the hand. I do embrace people. I do hug people, men and women.
“I do on occasion say, “ciao, Bella.” On occasion, I do slip and say “sweetheart,” or “darling,” or “honey.” I do banter with people. I do tell jokes, some better than others. I am the same person in public as I am in private. You have seen me do it on TV, through all my briefings, and for 40 years before that.
“I try to put people at ease. I try to make them smile. I try to connect with them and I try to show my appreciation and my friendship. I now understand that there are generational or cultural perspectives that frankly, I hadn’t fully appreciated. And I have learned from this. Now the State already has an advanced sexual harassment training program for all employees, including me, but I want New York State government to be a model of office behavior, and I brought in an expert to design a new sexual harassment policy and procedures, and to train the whole team, myself included. I accept responsibility and we are making changes.
“Other complaints relate to the work environment. Now, I have always said, my office is a demanding place to work and that it is not for everyone. We work really, really hard. My office is no typical nine to five government office, and I don’t want it to be – the stakes we deal with are very high. Sometimes even life and death. We have to get the job done. I promised you that I would, and I will.
“But now a number of complaints, target female managers, which smacks to me of a double standard. First, when have you ever seen male managers maligned and villainized for working long hours or holding people accountable or for being tough? A strong male manager is respected and rewarded. But a strong female manager is ridiculed and stereotyped. It is a double standard. It is sexist and it must be challenged.
“Also, remember where we are. Today we are living in a superheated, if not toxic political environment – that shouldn’t be lost on anyone. Politics and bias are interwoven throughout every aspect of this situation. One would be naive to think otherwise, and New Yorkers are not naive.
“I understand these dynamics. My father used to say, God rest his soul, that politics is an ugly business. As usual he was right. But for my father and for me, it’s worth it, because despite it all, at the end of the day, we get good things done for people. And that is what really matters. And for those who are using this moment to score political points or seek publicity or personal gain, I say they actually discredit the legitimate sexual harassment victims that the law was designed to protect.
“My last point is this: I say to my daughters all the time that as complicated as life gets is as simple as life is. My job is not about me, my job is about you. What matters to me at the end of the day is getting the most done I can for you.
“And that is what I do every day. And I will not be distracted from that job. We have a lot to do. We still have to manage the COVID beast. It is not dead yet. It’s not over. We then have to reopen and re-imagine our state. Because our future is going to be what we make it. I know we can do these things because I know the strength and the character of New Yorkers. Look at the progress we made on COVID — it is amazing. We went from the highest infection rate in the country to one of the lowest infection rates in the country. Nobody thought that we could do it, but New Yorkers did it. That shows that there’s nothing that we can’t do when we work together. Together, together as one, as one community, as one family, as New Yorkers, we will.
Following Cuomo’s announcement, Hochul tweeted a statement, stating: “I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to step down. It is the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers. As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor.”
Kathy Hochul Age
Kathy Hochul was born on August 27, 1958, in Buffalo, New York.
Kathy Hochul Husband
Kathy Hochul is married to her husband, Bill Hochul, and they have two children, William and Caitlin. The couple married in 1984.
Kathy Hochul Children
Kathy Hochul and her husband, Bill, have two children, Will and Katie.
Kathy Hochul Parents
Kathy Hochul’s parents are John P. Courtney and Patricia Ann Courtney (born Patricia Rochford). Her mother, Patricia, died at the age of 76 on March 22, 2014, at her winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla. She suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Pat was an active presence in the Hamburg area for decades, serving as a director, staff person or volunteer for countless organizations, including the Neighborhood Information Center, Haven House and the Hamburg Counseling Center.
In addition, she ran her own business, Expressions Floral & Gifts, for 15 years. And at age 70, she founded the Kathleen Mary House, a transitional home for victims of domestic violence, with her sister, Sharon Wroblewski.
She also was an active member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg, serving as vice chairwoman of its Parish Council and organizing day camps and food drives for the needy.
Kathy Hochul Siblings
Kathy Hochul has five siblings; four brothers, Dennis, Michael, David, and Paul; and a sister, Sheila Heinze.
Kathy Hochul Family
Her grandparents were immigrants who fled poverty in Ireland, and her grandfather started his American journey as a migrant worker in the wheat fields of South Dakota. They later became domestics in Chicago and were lured to Buffalo by the promise of good-paying jobs at Bethlehem Steel. Kathy’s father, Jack, was also a steelworker and union organizer and began married life with her mother, Pat, in a tiny trailer in the shadow of the plant.
Kathy Hochul Salary
On April 1, 2019, the state Assembly and Senate passed concurrent resolutions giving Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo a raise from $179,000 a year to $200,000 in 2019. Under the resolution, Cuomo’s pay would then increase to $225,000 in 2020 and $250,000 in 2021. Similarly, the resolution increased Kathy Hochul’s salary from $151,500 to $190,000 in 2019, and would increase her pay to $210,000 in 2020 and $220,000 in 2021.
In December 2020, Andrew Cuomo said he would sign an executive order withholding previously approved pay raises for himself and other top state officials. The move affected the salaries of state Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James, and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. It also affected all top commissioners in each state agency.
“It’s no reflection on what these commissioners have done,” Cuomo said. “They probably worked harder this past year and performed better than any commissioner in their position frankly in decades.”
For Cuomo, it meant foregoing a $25,000 salary increase. The other three were in line for a $10,000 increase, according to the state comptroller’s office. Here are the current salaries for: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, $225,000; Lt. Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul, $210,000; Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, $210,000; and Attorney General Letitia James, $210,000.
Kathy Hochul Net Worth
Kathy Hochul’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.
Kathy Hochul Religion
Kathy Hochul is Christian: Catholic. She was born and raised in an Irish Catholic family.
Kathy Hochul Ethnicity
Kathy Hochul is of Caucasian ethnicity.
Is Kathy Hochul related to Nancy Pelosi?
No, Kathy Hochul is not related to Nancy Pelosi. On Aug. 10, 2021, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he would resign effective August 24. It was also announced that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would be sworn in at that time to replace him. Soon after, a false claim began to circulate claiming that Kathy Hochul was U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stepsister. Pelosi and Hochul are neither stepsisters nor related.
Pelosi’s only sibling is her late brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III. Pelosi doesn’t have any sisters or stepsisters. Her parents, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. and Annunciata “Nancy” D’Alesandro, were married in 1928 and remained married until Thomas’ death in 1987.
Kathy Hochul Instagram
Kathy Hochul’s Instagram handle is @ltgovhochulny.