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‘I’m ready’: Hochul touts distance from Cuomo in a pitch for New Yorkers’ trust

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ALBANY — Governor-to-be Kathy Hochul separated herself from disgraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration during her first public address since Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday, amid a litany of sexual harassment allegations.

Hochul, who will be New York's 57th governor and first woman to lead the state, said Wednesday she was “not aware of any of the allegations whatsoever” detailed in Attorney General Tish James’ report. The 168-page document detailed sexual harassment accusations leveled against Cuomo by 11 women — nine of whom were employed by the state — that ultimately drove the governor from office.

But during a packed news conference in Albany, Hochul pledged to rid the administration of any staffer implicated in the report and create an environment of transparency and trust — a juxtaposition to the toxicity of Cuomo and his advisers that James laid bare after a five-month investigation.

“No one who was named as doing anything unethical in the report will remain in my administration," Hochul said. “There will be turnover."

The lieutenant governor, who........

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