Pataki on Hochul: ‘The beginning of a new era’


ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — When George Pataki delivered his inaugural address upon becoming governor of New York in 1995, he says he wanted to stress two things: change and unity. He says both are just as important now as Kathy Hochul prepares to take the oath of office to become the state’s 57th governor.

“In these ridiculous political times, where Republicans and Democrats don’t talk to each other, let alone try to get along, I think all of us should just say, ‘We have a new governor. Doesn’t matter if she’s from Western New York or New York City. Doesn’t matter if she’s a Republican or Democrat. We want her to succeed,'” said Pataki, the state’s last Republican governor.

Pataki remembers his Inauguration Day as “one of the most exciting days” of his life. “It was a great day from a ceremonial and a ‘pomp and circumstance’ aspect,” he said. “But then, I didn’t want to just hold a title. I wanted to do things.”

“I think [Hochul] is ready to hit the ground running,” Pataki added. “I think that’s one of the things that I would, from my experience, recommend to her: to just have an agenda and an initiative that people can get behind right away so that it’s not just the changing of a person, but it’s also the beginning of a new era.”

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