The New York Credit Union Association intends to continue its strong working relationship with Kathy Hochul, who was officially sworn in just after midnight today as New York state’s 57th — and first female — governor, following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo.
“Our mission is to advocate, educate, unite and support the interests of all credit unions statewide. To that end, our mission, work and strategy will not change; we will continue to serve as the strong, united voice of the New York credit union movement,” said William J. Mellin, the Association’s president/CEO. “The Association already maintains a strong working relationship with now Gov. Kathy Hochul. We look forward to continuing our work with her and building upon that relationship now that she has ascended to the historic role of New York’s first female governor.”
Hochul, in her capacity as lieutenant governor, made an appearance at the Association’s 2021 Virtual Advocacy Tour in February, where she praised credit unions for serving local communities and main street businesses, describing credit unions as “the heart and soul of many communities.” She has also expressed support for credit union personnel safety during the pandemic and support for remote electronic notarization legislation.
A second, ceremonial swearing-in ceremony was also held at 10 a.m. today. Hochul is also expected announce her priorities for the state in an address scheduled for 3 p.m. today. As of press time, Hochul had not yet announced her pick for lieutenant governor. On Monday Hochul announced the appointment of two top aides: Karen Persichilli Keogh, who will serve as secretary to the governor, and Elizabeth Fine, who will be Hochul’s counsel.