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Who is Katie Hookle, The First Woman Governor Of New York

Katie Hockle will be the first female governor of New York after Andrew Cuomo resigned on charges of sexual harassment.

Hookul will take over the governorship in the fourth most populous American state in just two weeks, reports “BBC”.

Her predecessor described her as smart and competent. She joined the governor’s team in 2014.

Hockle was born Kathleen Mary Courtney in 1950. She comes from a working class family, and her grandparents escaped poverty in Ireland and made their home in New York.

Her website says she grew up in an Irish Catholic family in Buffalo.

Her father, Jack Courtney, was a poor steel worker and later became president of an IT company.

She congratulated her father on his father’s birthday a few weeks ago on her Twitter account: “Born into a poor Irish immigrant family, he lived with my mother in a trailer, worked in a steel plant. But with a college degree, strong work ethic and a positive attitude “… became president of an IT company. I think the hard work paid off.”

Hokul is one of six children and has earned two university degrees. She graduated from Syracuse University and graduated in law from the Catholic University of America. She has since worked as an assistant at Capitol Hill and worked in local positions before being elected to Congress.

She has also stood behind women who have faced domestic and sexual violence throughout her career. She led Cuomo’s “Enough was Enough” campaign to combat sexual harassment in colleges.

In 2006, with her mother and aunt, she founded Kathleen Mary House, a temporary home for victims of domestic violence. She told Politico in 2014 that her grandmother was a victim of domestic violence, which prompted her family to address the issue.

Hookul joined a group of politicians who condemned Andrew Cuomo last week, saying his resignation was a “right thing to do”, calling his behavior “disgusting and illegal”.

Recall, an independent investigation by the Attorney General’s Office in New York found that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, including civil servants. He denies the allegations.

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