Politics Aug 24

Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge swears in Kathy Hochul
Kathy Hochul becomes New York’s first female governor

Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York at the stroke of midnight Tuesday, taking control of a state government desperate to get back to business after months of distractions over sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo.

As her husband, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, faces public disgrace over revelations that he frequented a prostitution ring, Silda Spitzer now shoulders a burden familiar to political wives throughout history. Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming reflects on this role.