Cuomo Is Wounded — and New York’s Political Climbers Smell Blood

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D., N.Y.) speaks at a vaccination site in New York, March 8, 2021. (Seth Wenig/Reuters)
If the governor is toppled, expect a mad scramble for his post in 2022. Here’s who would be first in line.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A ndrew Cuomo is in a lot of hot water. It may not be enough to topple him from his perch before his third term as governor ends in January 2023, but when Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul showed up at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on St. Patrick’s Day, Archbishop Timothy Dolan cracked, “If you want to light some candles after Mass, we’ll understand.” If Cuomo is forced out, Hochul would become the state’s first female governor, its first from outside the New York City area since Franklin Roosevelt, and its first from Buffalo since Grover Cleveland. That could make her a figure

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