2 women running for governor, history in post-Cuomo New York

2 women running for governor, history in post-Cuomo New York

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not a boys’ club anymore. Just months after getting its first female governor, New York now has two prominent women running to lead the state long term in the wake of Andrew Cuomo’s resignation in August amid allegations he sexually harassed women. Both candidates in next year’s race — Gov. Kathy Hochul and her newly declared challenger, state Attorney General Letitia James — each had a key role surrounding Cuomo’s resignation. They also have their own histories of breaking barriers and finding political opportunities in the wake of misbehaving male politicians. 

Photo: FILE – The new Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, smiles during an inauguration ceremony in New York, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. James formally announced Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, that she is running for governor, a widely anticipated move from the woman who oversaw an investigation into allegations that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed numerous women. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)