Meet Kathy Hochul, who replaces Andrew Cuomo to become NY’s first female gov

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Gov. Cuomo’s resignation announcement on Tuesday has paved the way for longtime public servant Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to become the Empire State’s first woman governor.

The 62-year-old — whose political career took her from an upstate town board to Congress and through two-terms as the next in line to the governor — will succeed Cuomo once his resignation in the wake of sexual harassment allegations goes into effect on Aug. 24.

“Kathy is absolutely ready,” Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner told The Post.

“There’s one word that describes our lieutenant governor: tenacious,” continued Zellner, pointing to Hochul’s ability to appeal to rural and urban Democrats alike. “She’s been a bulldog from day one. She knows what needs to get done for the people of New York.”

A Buffalo native and steelworker’s daughter, Hochul received her BA from Syracuse University, and a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Washington, DC’s Catholic University.