Women in politics: first female governor


UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Kathy Hochul may be the first female governor, but she’s certainly not the first woman in politics. Four female leaders from central New York are excited about this new role and the message it will send to girls and young women across the state.

Cooperstown mayor Ellen Tillapaugh said, “Having a woman in that position for the very first time in New York’s history is really a very positive note for all young women across the state.”

Jacqueline Izzo, mayor of the city of Rome, shared that sentiment and explained that having a female as governor will show young women that “you can attain that high of an office in public service.” Izzo said, “It gives you a goal, something to shoot for. And I think that she’s going to make all women proud.”

With hope and excitement for a successful term ahead, these women trust that Hochul will get the job done.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney said, “I’m hopeful that she will hit the ground running and charter her own course and give a certain sensitivity that I think women can bring in politics to her role.”

“She’s going to do a great job, because she listens. She’s a consensus builder. She’s going to be extremely ethical,” Tillapaugh expressed.

Mayor Izzo added, “I think that she will be a breath of fresh air, because she’s going to bring a new perspective on a lot of different issues.”

Hochul will bring new perspectives as a women, but also as someone familiar with upstate New York. Tillapaugh, Izzo, and assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon spoke about spending time with the governor during her previous visits to the area, and each of the women emphasized the importance of having women in politics, two even offering advice.

Buttenschon suggested, “Start on a small level. Continue and see what you can do, and as you move forward those opportunities come forward and you take that chance and move on.

“Fight the fight,” recommended Tenney. She said, “Do sports. Be on par with men in sports and, especially, in politics and law and so many places where we can do better in many cases.”

Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the first female governor in New York state history on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

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